I knew I did not want a typical baby shower at our house. I am not super great at being the center of attention. I start to sweat, get all hot, and my face turns red. In fact, before our BBQ began I made sure to pray and ask God to help me relax, remember the reason people are coming, and just enjoy the day.
Also, opening gifts in front of people makes me uncomfortable and I think I overdue my gratitude expressions to make sure the people know how much I appreciate the gifts. The thought of Dillon helping me open gifts sounded great! So I knew I wanted a co-ed shower for sure.
While I’m not a huge fan of being the center of attention in a large group of people, what I do love is having people over (for a set amount of time…#introvert), having people taste how great of a chef my husband is, and having one-on-one conversations with family members and friends. I also love showing off my big pregnant belly. Gaining weight may be my favorite thing so far about pregnancy. I keep telling Dillon, “I ain’t loosing the baby weight!” Although knowing my body, I imagine my extra weight will melt right off the day the baby is born.
BBQ Baby Showers are very popular right now, so I decided that it was the route I would like to take in celebrating sweet Baby Mowdy. Because it’s not about the gifts or the food or the decorations. God gifted my husband and I with a sweet baby and that little miracle should be celebrated among family and friends.
I love making invitations by hand with scrapbooking supplies. Luckily, I over bought scrapbooking supplies a few years ago and the only purchase I had to make for the invitations were the envelopes and blank cards. I made our wedding invitations and Christmas cards by hand, as well. I always look on Shutterfly and all those websites, but I can’t ever find one that feels right. What feels right is a huge scrapbooking paper mess spread out all over the living room.
I’m pretty fast and efficient when it comes to paper crafts, so it really isn’t that big of a undertaking. It also makes me feel productive while watching an episode of The Office on Netflix for the 4th time.
I always try to include a few things with each card I send out. I always stamp the back of the invitation with a Made With Love stamp I got off of Etsy. I also always wrap the envelope with washi tape. Where was washi tape when I was a kid? I would have washi taped EVERYTHING.
Since we weren’t going to play the typical baby shower games, but I still wanted our guests to have something to interact with, I set up three stations.
Guess Baby Mowdy’s Birthday
Most people participated in this one. Boy is definitely the popular vote and one week early is the popular date. This Mama still needs to write her guess down.
Advice For Mama and Daddy
Only 6 people did this. I wasted a lot of ink and washi tape… Oh well, it was super fun reading the ones that did fill it out.
Late Night Diapers
People didn’t really get into this one either. Oh well, but once again super fun to read the ones who did participate.
My step mother took a ton of photos on her camera, but I don’t have any of those yet. I only took one bathroom selfie after everyone had gone home. Ignore the toilet… And I’m 34 weeks pregnant in this photo.
Overall, our BBQ and Baby Talk was a great success. Dillon and I were beyond grateful for everyone who came and showered Baby will love.
Also, a special shout out also to my Bible study group and co-workers, who each through me a baby shower also. Three parties to celebrate Baby was way more than this mama expected. I feel so loved and supported.