Now that Christmas is over, I need to get off my ass and finish preparations for pregnant best friend's baby shower. This event is planned for January 16th, a few days after my laparoscopy. Good times! But I need some help in order to make it the best baby shower evah. And I figured: Who better to ask than a group of people for whom baby showers are incredibly fraught and painful?
I'm having trouble with my planning in part because we are not baby shower people. In fact, we've been calling it the Celebratory Pre-Birth Event because the label baby shower conjures up such disturbing images of humiliating games and mountains of fussy gifts. I've never been to an actual baby shower, so maybe the classic version is way cooler than it appears, but in any case, it's not what PBF wants. The second reason I'm having trouble is the obvious one: my mind becomes curiously fuzzy when I think about anything having to do with her baby. And when I try to imagine what I'd want in her place, I have to crawl into a hole and feel sad.
Here's as far as I've gotten. Decor: since she's having a girl, the style will be ironically exaggerated girliness. Flowers, pink ribbons--I'm gonna make it real purty. Menu: cupcakes, deviled eggs, and cucumber sandwiches. Tea. A discrete flask of vodka for me. Gifts: I've gotten a few adorable items from my favorite weird Japanese shop. But the only thing I'm sure of so far is that I'd want lovingly hand-made items at my own event. Somehow that seems most important to me: the idea of people toiling over things for my child seems so right--like a series of protective charms for a dangerous world. Luckily all my friends are capable of making cool stuff. For PBF, I've been working on a quilt featuring woodland animals. It's looking pretty damn awesome so far, if I do say so myself. Activities: since this group of people's primary form of entertainment is drinkin' and since drinkin' is out (except for me, discretely), I thought perhaps we'd make a mobile.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something important though, due to my fuzzy head and lack of experience. SO, I'd like to ask anyone who feels like engaging in this tortuous exercise to respond to the following: operating under the assumption that you will someday have an upcoming baby to celebrate, how do you want it done? What's important to you?