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Panic strikes!

I've been invited to a friend's baby shower. Of course I'm delighted, but I'm a bit lost...it's going to be a pudding party, so we bring our favourite dessert. I don't know whether we're supposed to cook it or not. If the answer's yes, I'm doomed!

To make matters worse, pud or no pud, a baby shower's where you bring gifts for Mum and Baby right? So what's good? The only baby shower present I can recall is the nappy cake from Sex and the City. Expected baby is a girl. Mama-to-be is sophisticated, bold, successful and strongly opinionated about what her daughter should wear, so I fear with many a mighty palpitation all that pink for girls, blue for boys horror. Won't go near it - which seems to limit me a lot. Anyone have good ideas/know great websites for this kind of thing?

Thanks for any help you can give!

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squeezypaws
Jul. 8th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
www.nordickids.co.uk are not cheap but have funky unisex or at least non pink and blue scandinavian clothing for babies - go for 3 months+ in case baby is a whopper. It comes in pretty tissue paper so nice for gifting if you do splash out on a tiny babygro or something.

I am not really familiar with this whole baby shower thing (missed a trick there - doh). Maybe the pudding was meant to be the present anyway?

I'd probably buy one but my track record where cakey things are concerned is less than glittering.
smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
Hello, thank you for the tip! Weirdly, I like the idea of baby showers, same as despite my utmost distrust and avoidance of marriage, I love weddings. Guess it's parties I love!

I don't know if the pudding is the present; Are there puds mums should avoid, like anything egg based or cheesey?

Feeding her chocolate's got to be the answer...
colonel_maxim
Jul. 8th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Make sure that you bake enough baby for everyone, it is terribly gauche to leave someone nibbling at a left-over foot.
smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
Got to find a whopper. Specialist butchers in Greenwich tells me if I avoid the Christmas rush and order right now, I should have a 'ripe plumpy'.
cyanidemigraine
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
buy it a noisy toy and her some ear plugs?
smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Ah hah hah hah! Fisher Price used to do a plastic sax which, when blown, would issue a)loud discordant notes and b) bubbles. I will seek out this torturous treasure for the child's first birthday.
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smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
Charming and funny, I want one! Thank you for this link!
sarahfeeney
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Hmm its hard to predict without knowing the target market so to speak. I didn't have a baby shower but lots of people bought us gifts. If you are buying clothes for for 9 months plus - so many people buy tiny little outfits or anything up to 6 months and then at 6 months plus you have comparatively little.

Some ideas for things that are not clothes could be some lovely organic baby bath products. e.g http://www.sayitbaby.co.uk/index1.html

this site has some lovely bits - I especially like this one : http://www.bundlesofjoy-shopping.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=kaloobright030&cat=59

I personally love this mobile from Ikea and things for baby to look and wonder at are nice for them. http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20132716

Perhaps another good gift idea is a posh/smart changing bag for mum to take out with her.

If you want to go practical and its her first get her a huge stack of muslin clothes - endlessly useful with a baby. As a mother you find yourself surprised at just how many uses they have.

If you feel totally creative then handmade gifts are extra brownie points. Especially little blankets or a collage to go on the wall.

Hope that helps with some ideas. If you want to take her a gift then maternity friendly bath products are nice and one lady gave me some arnica which is apparently ace for post childbirth. I don't know I did it the wrong way!
smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
Thank you this is incredibly helpful! OMG, nappy cakes really do exist! There are some brilliant ideas here, I'm really enjoying chasing these links. You are Jayyneeeus!
november_girl
Jul. 8th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I have no ideas, but would just like to assure you that I am not planning the same kind of thing.
smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
Shame! I like the idea. Of course, by the time you read this, you may have other things on your mind xxx
dreamfire
Jul. 8th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I do books. even inappropriately aged ones. (the first baby I ever gave a book to got an illustrated version of Death in a Nut since I happen to think it is an important story). nice illustrations and whimsical stories.
It is never too soon to start a library.
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smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Jfs, thank you I would very much like to know those details. As my nippergift obligations grow, so too does my resentment of that whole blue/pink rubbish thing.
smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
That is a true and lovely idea...my first book was a massive tome of nursery rhymes. Even now I recall Hickory Dickory Dock as my favourite. I just liked the way it sounds!
rebby
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
So much depends on the parents & their hobbies / sense of humour
Something that’s slightly bigger than newly born means even if the child is big they will fit & if the child is small they will grow in to it.

I’ve searched on line & found the monkey suite for Eden that I thought was perfect for Carrie & Jason.

Simplest pudding I know is lemon sorbet & green & blacks maya gold. Put sorbet in bowl, melt chocolate in microwave for one minute, stir & poor over the sorbet.
smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! Ooooh, that pudding sounds lovely. But hmm, things could go wrong anytime, so I guess I'll have to test it a couple of times to make sure I get it right;-)
load_of_flannel
Jul. 9th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
I tend to by a condolence card for the expecting couple. No gifts. A baby isnt a miracle or a massive acheivment.



(I am a meany though)

smokingboot
Jul. 10th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
I agree that having a baby isn't a miracle or massive achievement - I consider it a default. But it is a rite of passage, painful and dangerous, with hopefully a positive outcome, and Im all for more rituals to celebrate such moments.

Or maybe I'll just do anything for a party!
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