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 Post subject: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:15 am 
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I'm supposed to be making invitations for my sister's "baby shower" which is really not a traditional baby shower with only ladies and corny games and whatnot, but more of a casual gathering type thing to which spouses and partners are invited. I'm totally stuck on what to call it if not a "baby shower", that still conveys the idea that it's about the baby. They are still doing a registry for baby things so I need to put that on the invitation. I don't want to just call it a "party" but I'm totally drawing a blank about what to call it. "Baby party?" That sounds weird...

My mom suggested something like "We're waiting for you, Baby (LastName)!" but I'm not in love with that. If the baby was already born it would be easier, like a "Welcome Baby (LastName)" thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:38 am 
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It sounds like it's just a baby shower, but co-ed. Lots of baby showers are co-ed these days and lots don't have silly games. I think the "shower"/gifting part of it sounds like it will be essentially the same, though.


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I generally just hear those referred to as a "couples" baby shower.


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We did the same thing for my sister-in-law and just called it a shower celebrating Mom and Dad X.

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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
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I hosted a non-traditional shower for a friend of mine a few years ago and we did just call it a baby party. It worked for us!

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My friends had a non-baby-shower for us and the invitation just said, "Come celebrate mooo's pregnancy!"


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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
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My baby shower was co-ed. My sister just called it a baby shower. There was one "game" that consisted of drawing a picture on a piece of cloth that was later made into a quilt. Other than that, no games. Just good times and gifts. And cupcakes!


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The shower sounds like it will be a ton of fun. I wouldn't get too hung up the name- people will just be stoked that it is co-ed and non-traditional. I was going to suggest calling it a gathering, but then I thought of The Gathering, and then I pictured everyone painting their faces and ICP crashing the party. So maybe don't do that.

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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
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Thanks everyone! Yeah, it basically IS a baby shower, except co-ed and no corny games. (My sister said she went to one where they had different diapers with melted candy bars in them and you were supposed to guess what the candy was. Gross!). For me anyway the phrase "baby shower" is just so linked to annoying stuff like that so I want to avoid it entirely. Maybe "baby party" is the simplest way to go. I also was thinking of "gathering" but the ICP thing came to mind. Although my sister and I love making fun of ICP so that might be funny...


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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
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i like the idea of "baby party"

baby shower conjures up imagines of all women and pink dresses and giggling and stupid games.

baby party conjures up imagines of people hanging out together and having a good time but because a baby is coming and maybe there would be baby related things.

if i actually do manage to get pregnant i am terrified of the idea that i will have to sit through a baby shower. a bridal shower was bad enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
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Have Miracles playing on repeat as background music, to emphasize the miracle of birth or something.

You could always use a thesaurus to choose a better words. Like... Progeny Precipitation. Cherub Deluge. Tot Decontamination. Bambino Barrage.


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Baby Jam 2012


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mittenmacher wrote:
Baby Jam 2012


For invitations, alter a movie poster for Space Jam in photoshop.


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Tea wrote:
Have Miracles playing on repeat as background music, to emphasize the miracle of birth or something.

You could always use a thesaurus to choose a better words. Like... Progeny Precipitation. Cherub Deluge. Tot Decontamination. Bambino Barrage.



I LOVE TOT DECONTAMINATION!

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Tea wrote:
mittenmacher wrote:
Baby Jam 2012


For invitations, alter a movie poster for Space Jam in photoshop.


I think I need you guys to plan every important event in my life.
Starting with my wedding. It's next fall. Let's do this.

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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
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Maybe a "pregnancy celebration"?

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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
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Just call it a baby shower! You don't have to rename it just because it's not traditional. Otherwise I guess I would call it a "baby celebration" because "baby party" sounds kinda goofy to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
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Please use Baby Jam 2012. or Tot Decontamination. and post pics of the invites.


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 Post subject: Re: Help! What to call a "non-baby-shower" baby shower?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:32 pm 
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Hahaha, you guys are so funny! I love Baby Jam 2012. "Rugrat riot"? Hah.

Ah, I'm going to stop fretting about this. I'm thinking I can just avoid calling it anything with something like:

"Please join C&J as they celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child. Open house at X from 2pm to 6pm. C&J are registered at www.expensivebabystuff.com" And the invites will be addressed to not just the ladies so that should make it clear it's co-ed.


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