Whenever the urge to host a large party strikes me, I try to squash it like the most dangerous and disgusting bug. I love my friends and filling my home with them, but I hate the stress leading up to the event, the business of the event, and the clean up afterwards. But when my bestest best bestie in the whole world got pregnant, I called dibs on throwing her a shower without thinking.
My intentions were good, but when I started trying to actually plan it, things got a little hairy. Food, guest list, and invitations were a breeze. It was the activity planning that was getting me. The guest list was made of her closest friends and her mother-more than casual acquaintances. How would I come up with a shower activity that would convey our deep bonds with her? I wanted something more than just silly games, cake, and gifts. I wanted something that would be deeper, that would welcome her to motherhood and let her know how much we supported her. Something that conveyed how thrilled we were for her.
Was I putting a lot of pressure on myself? Yes. But sometimes the mainstream, traditional party doesn’t quite do it. It turns out someone else had this idea long before I did and created something called a “blessing way.” To describe this event simply, it's a party where the focus is on creating support for the mother as opposed to buying lots of stuff. It was exactly what I needed…but I found out about it too late.
I ended up having each guest decorate a page for a photo album. It was fun and created something she will probably not have time to create for herself. But I’ll save the blessing way in case she has another baby. (Fingers crossed!)
What have been some of your favorite baby shower activities?
Have you ever been to a blessing way?