We had our baby shower today. It was a great event. Couldn't have planned it better myself. My sis flew in from TX on thursday night. She and mom took an unplanned trip friday morning to visit Gma since we weren't sure if Gma would be able to come to the shower. On friday, I took off a few hours from work and met my sis and cousin at my house to get started setting up. I still had half of the popcorn bags to finish. Meanwhile my cousin set up all the dishes she brought with her from NC. That night, my best friend from college and her family got into town. We all went to my mom's for dinner that night.
Saturday morning I tried to relax and was able to sneek away to get my nails done. Right at 2pm, my aunt and uncle from NC arrived. From then on, we had a steady steam of people arriving. We invited all - men, women and kids. I felt like it was my wedding, trying to get around to talk to everyone. Barely getting enough to eat for myself. DH and I even had the huge cake it cut. It was bigger than our wedding cake. Overall we had about 43 people, including kids. Our house held up really well - it has a great open plan. It also helped that the weather was great and people were able to go outside on the back porch.
We had 4 games: decorating oneies, guess mine and DH ages from pictures from when we were young, "make a baby" with play-doh and guess mine and DH circumference as we hug. The games were great! many of the men pertisipated too. We gave $10 gift cards to the winners of each game.
We also had an Easter egg hunt for the kids in the front yard.
Since we had so many people, we didn't open gifts infront of everyone. We opened them later just infront of close family. We got tons of stuff. Our friends and family are so generous. A few things are duplicates but if I take them back, it should be enough to get the few things we still need...like a crib mattress.
I couldn't have asked for a better shower. Just want I wanted...a big party for Lil' Miss Bean.
fyi: we have a name picked out but we're not telling anyone until she's born. :)
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