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Potential baby shower

So, people have been asking me (and nightskyre) if there's going to be a baby shower. Short answer: we don't know.
Longer answer: there's been a lack of people with the availability & resources to plan a shower. Our friends our busy with their own lives, which is as it should be. However, since there seems to be interest in going TO a shower, we drew up some very preliminary plans, and I figured I would ask the mighty Intarwebs for advice.

EDIT: Poll is now closed. If there is a shower, it will be early in September, instead. Thank you all for your feedback!

Poll #1231332 Baby shower
This poll is closed.

Is August 16th too short notice for a baby shower?

Yes
2(16.7%)
No
8(66.7%)
I don't care
2(16.7%)

Is it weird/tacky if nightskyre does most of the preparation, and a few female friends do the planning & on-the-day work?

Yes
3(25.0%)
No
8(66.7%)
I don't care
1(8.3%)

Would you come if there was a shower at my house on Saturday, August 16?

Yes
5(41.7%)
No
4(33.3%)
Maybe
2(16.7%)
Other
1(8.3%)

If you answered maybe or other, feel free to explain here:

Registry question: I've been researching cloth diapers. Should I create an online registry or wishlist for them? (Babies R Us doesn't carry anything cloth-diaper related.)

Yes, you should register with an online store.
3(30.0%)
Yes, you should create a registry/wishlist with a generic service like Kaboodle
3(30.0%)
No, just put a list up on your website/LJ.
4(40.0%)
No, don't bother.
0(0.0%)

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juldea July 29th, 2008
The reason I answer "create a registry with an online store" is that those generally keep track of whether or not a particular gift has already been purchased, which helps us not get you too many of one item when we could get a different one you don't have yet. :)

shadowravyn July 29th, 2008
You're due in October, right? You can have your shower in September. Yeah, September is good...

Just, y'know, sayin'.

anitra July 29th, 2008
I'm due around the third week of September, so Labor Day weekend is probably the latest we'd want to have a shower.

August 16th was picked as a potential date because my friend lorisheep will be coming up from Rochester that weekend, and she really wanted to be involved. Of course, none of this came together until a couple of days ago...

I know August is incredibly busy for you, hun.

lil_cherub July 29th, 2008
3 weeks is not too short of notice. Having the FOB throw a shower is weird for two reasons: its a female event and he's immediate family. Traditionally men don't even attend the shower and girlfriends/sisters(-in-law) throw the baby shower. You can look online for etiquette sites, they will say the same.

nightskyre July 29th, 2008
I wouldn't be throwing, just the initial organization.

lil_cherub July 29th, 2008
If by initial organization you mean picking the date and cleaning the house, that's fine. You can even help with the invite list to include your coworkers and friends who may not know Anitra well.

But if you are planning party ideas/themes, buying favors and making finger sandwiches... that's all for the females.

nightskyre July 29th, 2008
No, I think you pretty much nailed my involvement with the first one.

(Anonymous) July 29th, 2008
Picking a date & cleaning is fine, just don't pick up the pink streamers, pink plates, pink forks and blow up the pink balloons.

Most fathers will help with finding the right day so that the mother can be surprised. The thing you want to avoid is throwing the party yourselves. Can your sister or one of the girls who was a bridesmaid in your wedding run the shower event?

Summer is hard for planning parties. Every weekend is a picnic or family event until labor day. Maybe the first weekend after labor day would be enough time for everyone?

treyvana July 29th, 2008
I'd probably have a heavy hand in helping, as I am close by (ish...closer than Lori, anyways), and such. And...I'm one of the people who wants a baby shower!

hntrpyanfar July 29th, 2008
I don't mind helping/organizing/working on finger sandwiches. My crazy is almost done, and then I can wrap my brain around this. =)

k1ttycat July 29th, 2008
let me know if I can make something or help with something.

treyvana July 30th, 2008
So, I looked into it, and I can't change my plans on the 16th, I don't think. I could do the weekend before or the weekend after or Sunday the 17th...
Oi

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