Well Baby Shower's are a new phenomenon from over the pond, a creation from our lovely Yankie neighbours where women celebrate the new baby BEFORE the baby is even here.... A bit like wetting the baby's head for the men after the birth, Mum gets a treat before struggling with the efforts of a new born baby. She gets to get people running around after her and a good old gossip with her friends too.
I think it's a great idea it means you get all the present giving and visiting out of the way all at once, so you don't get inundated with them in that precious and tiring first week of baby's life! Some folks don't like the idea and think it's a way of making people buy presents and they think it's quite indulgent and selfish... I think this is silly! If you don't want to buy presents DON'T BUY A BLOODY PRESENT! lol nobody is saying you can't come unless you buy something for the baby, that'd be awful and indeed indulgent... plus you don't have to accept or even go, so it's not all bad.
Anyway my lovely cousin Red organised an amazing Baby Shower via facebook for me and although I knew it was happening I had no idea who or what was going on just that I had to keep the date free.
Now I'm going to be honest this HORRIFIED me! I admit I'm a little bit of a control freak... but this whole experience made me realise just how much of a control freak I really am... Honestly it was hell. I hate not knowing what's going on. I trusted her to organise an amazing day but the not knowing was killing me! I just needed to know a few details but NO I was not allowed to know a thing. It made it worse when she said there were a few BIG surprises up her sleeve... OMG what the f would they be?? I even started having nightmares about it. I'm surprised my heart didn't give in.
The day came round really quickly, considering it was like hell not knowing! Lot's of cake baking was going on the day before apparently and lot's of restless worrying about who's coming and who isn't BUT all went well. A few mishaps with a few no show early doors helpers *cough cough* MOTHER & SISTER *cough* but it all managed to go swimmingly. Red had bought some lovely decorations and Goldfish (a friend) had baked some fantastic cupcakes and flapjacks. All sandwiches were made and everything was going way too smoothly for our liking... SO they cracked open the wine!!... This rang alarm bells to me as they had the biggest glasses of wine ever seen and nobody had even arrived yet...
Anyway after they gulped down a lot of wine the day went like this....
A BIG SURPRISE....
So the surprises were what I was dreading... I was expecting baby photos etc... I was an ugly kid so I was not happy about this.
I was standing in the kitchen talking and a car pulled up outside, I looked, I looked again, got confused as to who the car belonged to, carried on talking, had an odd realisation feeling, looked again, ran to the door and had this overwhelming girly moment and ran down the drive....
It was one of my oldest friends, she had come all the way from Cambridgeshire just for the Baby Shower!!! I didn't cry....... OK I did cry....... I couldn't believe it! I couldn't believe she was there!
She was there at the birth of Kyd you see, she'd hopped on a train from Cambridgeshire and gone all the way to Yorkshire when I told her I was in labour aged 16. She then appeared out of nowhere half way through a contraction scaring me and proceeded to taunt me from the corner of the labour suite the whole way through. Until she started crying at the end when he was born. I think I've put her off having a baby for life!
I was so happy to see her we don't get a chance to catch up face to face often as we are so far away. She looked really well considering she suffers so badly being trapped in her 80yr old body (she has dodgy medical issues!) and she had bought with her her lovely fella... who just so happened to have gone to school with us too, so it was lovely to see his face again... even if he did bugger off to the cinema to watch a musical on his own... poor lad it was the only thing on at the time, I can't imagine what the other cinema goers thought, he's braver than most men I know.
I really hope it's not too long before we see them again! It was the BEST SURPRISE EVER!!! (although I did tell Red I hated her for doing it.... I didn't really I love her even more for it... if that's possible)
Entertainment was a hard one with this event as what on earth do you do to entertain all the different ages that would be there. You can do anything at these things as it is relatively new to the UK so you have no expectation to do certain things. A few games and Wine is about all Red came across whilst searching. Whilst at a friends house for a Pampered Chef party I decided this was a fab idea for a baby shower as it would suit all sorts of age ranges whether they cook, bake or eat out, I thought I'd put that idea across to Red giving her an option of entertainment.
About Pampered Chef - (taken from their website www.pamperedchef.co.uk)
The Pampered Chef—UK, Ltd. is the premier direct seller of essential kitchen tools, and has been helping families prepare quick, delicious meals since 1999.
We believe that multi-purpose tools are the cornerstone of an efficient kitchen. Our products are designed to be used in more than one way, so kitchens are no longer cluttered with rarely used utensils.
Our products are available exclusively through our sales force of Independent Pampered Chef® Consultants. These highly trained professionals bring our products to life at in-home Cooking Shows, where guests learn time-saving cooking techniques and sample great-tasting, easy-to-prepare recipes — all in a relaxed atmosphere with good friends, plenty of laughter and lots of fun!
We had a lovely lady (Dawn) coming to do the Pampered Chef demonstration and she was amazing. She came and set up, talked us through a few things and then showed us how to bake a few muffins and tarts too. It had everyone glued to it and we had a few people in stitches... dirty minds! I would suggest this as a good form of Baby Shower entertainment if you're organising one. You basically are leaving the hard work to the party host and enjoying yourself instead of running around like a mad man. Plus you get some Freebies too! Whoop everyone loves Freebies!
We also had a hilarious game of Pinata in which we were all so aggressive that we broke the string and ended up just bashing it on the floor!... It was funny to watch.
A BIG THANK YOU.....
I'd like to thank EVERYONE who came for their lovely gifts and for joining me in celebrating this little miracle growing inside me! I really appreciate it all. I'd like to thank Red and everyone else involved in the organising too I have been so poorly during this pregnancy it was lovely to see a lot of my favourite people all at once and remind me I'm not just a baby growing machine and I do have a life and friends outside this house... this is how it feels sometimes!
I had a lovely day with some lovely people, I think everyone should have a baby shower as it's nice to have people running around after you... whether you're a control freak or not!!