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Dicey

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Baby Shower Help Needed
« on: May 27, 2016, 06:04:17 PM »
Hi Mustachians! My bonus daughter is having a baby shower tomorrow. I'm told one of the games will be to see who has the most of what's on the list in their purse. Well, I'm a mustachian lady who carries a very tiny purse. It's more like a wallet on a strap. It probably doesn't help that I don't wear make-up either.

Just to make this event a little more fun*, I'm gamely going to try to game this game.

Have any of you played this thing before? What kind of stuff should I stuff in my imposter purse?

Of course y'all know I'm asking for your help because I do not intend to BUY anything. I haven't been to a baby shower in at least a decade, so help me, please!

I found this on the web, but I'm not sure if I'm on the right track. http://printablebaby.com/images/whats-in-your-purse-boys.pdf

The container I'm planning to pass off as a handbag is an old (but nice) laptop tote bag made from seatbelt webbing, so it's pretty strong and capacious. And, it bears repeating, no shopping is going to happen to play this game.

*There's a whole contingent of other side of the family that I've never met before, so yeah, I want to make this as fun as possible.

Thanks!

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2016, 06:37:50 PM »
I don't think you should try to get the things that will be on the list (that would be like cheating and may make the game less fun for others).  But I think you can have a ton of fun with this by getting some CRAZY things to put in your "purse". 

*Tie a bunch of scarves together, clown-style, and pull those out of your purse while looking for something else.
*Instead of cough drops, have a bottle of wine or whiskey.
*Instead of a flashlight, have a lightbulb (still in box for safety)
*Have fun, but don't go overboard, because it's not your day.

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2016, 06:50:51 PM »
Or stuff it with stuff useful for baby: wipes, diapers, etc.

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2016, 07:45:54 PM »
ohhh... sounds fun... reminds me of Let's Make a Deal!
Throw in your whole junk drawer (if you have one)!

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2016, 08:42:45 PM »
Oh BlueHouse, I love these ideas!
And Little Nell, my gift for her is a Bassinest stuffed with useful Babyganics products and extra hand made sheets. 'Cause I have a friend in the baby business + I can sew...

TL;DR Alert: I didn't want to give all the gory details, but this might help.  DH was a widower. He married his high school sweetheart and they were happily wed for almost 25 years. She died fairly suddenly. We basically married on the rebound, eloping only six months after she passed away. (Don't worry, I'd known him for a decade and no, we weren't having an affair, and yes, we are living happily ever after. All of which is rough for those that knew and loved his first wife, the mother of this beautiful girl who's having her first baby.) Her family was not happy and I have never met them. So yes, they are hosting tomorrow's shindig, and I am touched they invited me and I am going with love in my heart and my head held high.

More TL;DR -  DH's Mom (the great grandma) and her pal Al Z. Heimer live with us. They are She is coming with me to the shower. My alternate, super secret plan is to give her the bag stuffed with goodies so that 1). She doesn't feel left out. (She carries no purse at all, because, you know, Al.) and 2). Because it would be funny in a happy, she wouldn't be expecting it way if she won. And please understand that even if she has every.single.thing in her bag, she wouldn't necessarily be able to identify it, so the game will still be fun for everyone.

I realize this may cast a slightly different spin than my original post, but I was trying to omit identifying details, because this is not a journal entry. Now that I've spilled more beans, if you read this and recognize the story, please identify yourself as a fellow mustachian when we meet.

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2016, 09:12:42 PM »
Lovely, Diane!  I hope it goes well for you.  Sounds like your gifts will be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2016, 06:07:52 AM »
From past plays of this game:

Tampon/pad, receipt, gum, nail polish, coupon, pen, brush/comb, lipstick, sewing kit, calculator, check book, nail file, lotion, underwear, and a photo of the bride/mom-to-be.


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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2016, 06:51:11 AM »
Oh BlueHouse, I love these ideas!
And Little Nell, my gift for her is a Bassinest stuffed with useful Babyganics products and extra hand made sheets. 'Cause I have a friend in the baby business + I can sew...

TL;DR Alert: I didn't want to give all the gory details, but this might help.  DH was a widower. He married his high school sweetheart and they were happily wed for almost 25 years. She died fairly suddenly. We basically married on the rebound, eloping only six months after she passed away. (Don't worry, I'd known him for a decade and no, we weren't having an affair, and yes, we are living happily ever after. All of which is rough for those that knew and loved his first wife, the mother of this beautiful girl who's having her first baby.) Her family was not happy and I have never met them. So yes, they are hosting tomorrow's shindig, and I am touched they invited me and I am going with love in my heart and my head held high.

More TL;DR -  DH's Mom (the great grandma) and her pal Al Z. Heimer live with us. They are She is coming with me to the shower. My alternate, super secret plan is to give her the bag stuffed with goodies so that 1). She doesn't feel left out. (She carries no purse at all, because, you know, Al.) and 2). Because it would be funny in a happy, she wouldn't be expecting it way if she won. And please understand that even if she has every.single.thing in her bag, she wouldn't necessarily be able to identify it, so the game will still be fun for everyone.

I realize this may cast a slightly different spin than my original post, but I was trying to omit identifying details, because this is not a journal entry. Now that I've spilled more beans, if you read this and recognize the story, please identify yourself as a fellow mustachian when we meet.

Congratulations, you have turned a baby shower into something it sounds like I'd actually want to go to.

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2016, 10:48:50 PM »
Congratulations, you have turned a baby shower into something it sounds like I'd actually want to go to.
Ha! I've gotten so used to my post-FIRE life that I kind of forget that could seem like a lot o'cr-a-a-a-zy from the outside...

Just reporting in after the fact. Turns out there were so many attendees (including most of her old Girl Scout Troop and their Leader, wow!) that there were more bodies than space to play that game. DH and DSS and I had fun the night before scrounging up all the stuff on the compiled list, so we just stuck the bag in a closet, 'cause who knows when we'll need it again, right? The men even decided to add a golf ball, so if you're making up one of those lists, it could be a good tie-breaker/bonus item, lol.

I'm happy to report that the day was blissfully drama-free and MIL and Al did just fine. She willingly donned the outfit I laid out for her and only changed her shoes four times before we left for the shower, so that was nice. She couldn't remember where we were going or why, but seemed to enjoy the day, as did all  of the other guests, including this one.

Thanks to everyone for their support. I went into the event in a much less stressed frame of mind and it really, really helped. You're the best!

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2016, 09:39:01 PM »
It sounds like it was a grand success :)

Way to go! I'm really glad you got some good support!

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2016, 10:55:09 PM »
Lol! I just got feedback from the shower. Seems I was rated "Nice, but not grandma material. Not very maternal." Little do they know that while I have no kids of my own, I'm the oldest of six and Auntie to nine. Fortunately, I trust my mad skillz, and I may or may not be "Nice."

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Re: Baby Shower Help Needed
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2016, 12:57:33 AM »
I have six stepgrandchildren, and am well known for not being maternal, but that does not stop the kids from climbing into my lap and demanding that I read them a book. They know when they are loved.