Thursday, February 23, 2012

How to Host a Reverse Baby Shower

Imagine the mom-to-be (or even bride-to-be) lives far away from a large group of friends and family.  Everyone wants to get together for her, but traveling for a shower just isn't feasible for either the guest of honor or the other guests.  What do you do?

My mother-in-law was faced with this dilemma several years ago when the husband's cousin was pregnant with twins.  Her solution?  A 'reverse' baby shower.  My MIL provided the wrapping paper and trimmings, and the guests brought all their unwrapped gifts.

A fun example of a gift wrapping station by Not Just a Mommy (Christmas Gift Wrapping Party)
Instead of "ooohing" and "aaaahing" as gifts are opened, we "oooohed" and "aaahed" as everyone showed what they purchased and we wrapped everything right there.

Create a fake cake using wrapping paper from the party to add a festive touch.  (Image from  The Sweetest Occasion)
As the host, my MIL also shipped a large box to the mom-to-be with all the wrapped gifts inside and notes from all the attendees.

Include a pretty note, and even continue the party games with the guest-of-honor by having her guess who wrapped each gift! (via Apres Fete)
This type of shower is often more casual than a typical shower because the guest-of-honor is not really present.  But I found it to be quite a bit of fun, and very relaxed.  More recent parties may have the mom-to-be attend via webchat or with a video from the guests.  In any case, it's definitely an unusual idea worth trying someday!