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What are the biggest frustrations you’ve run into when planning a baby shower, bridal shower, or holiday party? Please pick one or more from below… You can simply answer “A, B, C,” etc – or feel free to write your own or elaborate if you’ve really got something to vent about!

I get frustrated with:
A. Finding/thinking of interesting themes. I’m tired of the typical wedding bells and pastel baby rattles, etc…
B. Finding cool themed partyware (i.e. paper plates, napkins, etc) that I really love
C. Figuring out what to do for the party favors
D. Trying to find party decorations that aren’t super cheezy
E. Spending WAY too much time planning & prepping for the party
F. Figuring out what to do for games or activities
G. Wasting time looking for ideas on the internet and not being able to find what I’m looking for.

• You have until Midnight (EST) Wednesday, February 28th to enter.
• Anonymous comments cannot be counted – please use either your blogger account login, website URL, or first name and last name initial with your comment so we can identify you if you win. Thanks!

P.S. Nicole Davis – where are you?! Please email me with your address by midnight tonight (tues, Feb 27th) so I don’t have to give your Darlybird giveaway winnings away to someone else!

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jilly SAYS:

I am going to go with D. but I am also going to add one of my own. Rude people who do not RSVP properly. If one takes the time to send out custom invitations to a soiree, shower or dinner party, then the guests should respond properly and in a time appropriate manner so that the hostess can plan properly!

February 27, 2007 at 7:13 am

Tracey SAYS:

Definitely E. I completely agree with Jilly, guest’s not RSVPing is frustrating & becoming way to common!

February 27, 2007 at 7:43 am

Michele SAYS:

Figuring out what to do for games or activities is ALWAYS a nightmare for me… I despise the typical games at every bridal shower, yet can not think of something creative/new/fun either! Argh!

February 27, 2007 at 8:06 am

Sean SAYS:

I’m going to have to agree that E is the hardest for me to deal with.

February 27, 2007 at 8:07 am

sarah cool SAYS:

I am choosing D.

I have a hard time finding affordable decorations that aren’t ugly! Many times I resort to making them myself and that takes a ton of time, and usually more money.

I LOVE the boutique-y style of invites and decorations, but a lot of it isn’t feasible for a 20-something’s budget.

February 27, 2007 at 8:08 am

Natalie SAYS:

F……and I love, love, love, those espresso cups!!

February 27, 2007 at 8:15 am

wen SAYS:

I think that F is my hardest partin plannig a baby shower especially.

February 27, 2007 at 8:16 am

Jenmomof4 SAYS:

I think it is always tricky trying to find the perfect party favor. I have 4 children and we have lots of parties to plan for during the year. I just posted about what I have done in the past for the party favors and such on my blog. I am always on the lookout for cute favors.

February 27, 2007 at 8:39 am

Erica SAYS:

F. Figuring out games and activities. I hate the cheesy ones that are often used. Plus, I try to only think of one or two; you want your guests to be able to chat and mingle and not have to play organized games the whole night.

February 27, 2007 at 8:46 am

Sarah SAYS:

I’m going with a… Big Fat F!

I absolutely loathe those typical party games, like wrapping the bride in toilet paper or playing the baby poop diaper game. But loads of people are so traditional, especially when it comes to grandmothers and other older folks. It’s difficult to find a balance of something more hip and something traditional, so you won’t lose your audience.

February 27, 2007 at 9:05 am

Rachel SAYS:

I have to say G. It is so hard to find exactly what I want online. I end up searching through tons of sites that have nothing I like and then having to piece everything (games, servingware, favors) from a billion different places.

And what do I google “hip baby shower”? “hipster wedding party” so I don’t get 89,000 Disney responses or or over the top cutesy fluff? What’s a stylish, modern girl to do?

February 27, 2007 at 9:07 am

Pure Joy SAYS:

Definitly E. When I’m excited about a party I tend to focus most of my attention on planning it!

February 27, 2007 at 9:32 am

liz SAYS:

I definitely pick C, spending all that time (and MONEY!!!) on favors that no one really wants to receive, but if we didn’t have them, people would totally complain!!!

February 27, 2007 at 9:46 am

Cathy S. SAYS:

I was going to say D, but of course there are those times when you want cheesy decorations. Otherwise it would be F, as so many party games are awful. I cringe sometimes. Then I guess they go with the cheesy decorations, though.

February 27, 2007 at 9:48 am

Katie SAYS:

H. Trying to maintain the ruse of secrecy. Does anyone EVER manage to pull off a real surprise?

February 27, 2007 at 9:49 am

patty opitz SAYS:

all of the above minus E— i dont think there is such as thing as over-preparing– the more the merrier the party!!

February 27, 2007 at 9:53 am

Jane SAYS:

I vote for R – as in in RSVP ! Or the lack thereof, like Jilly and Tracey alluded to earlier. Don’t people realize that head counts are important when you’re trying to order food, drinks, etc.? The other aspects of party planning can be fun and creative. Worrying about budgets is not :)

February 27, 2007 at 10:01 am

spyderette SAYS:

D and C and also finding affordable items for decorations and favors! it shouldn’t have to cost a fortune to throw a shower. and i have to admit the RSVP thing really gets to me…i’m trying to get a count so i can FEED you people! cooperate!

February 27, 2007 at 10:30 am


My Answer:
C, D and F.
Mostly F since I find most games and activities are very old fashioned and not that much fun for professionals. (the majority of my friends are professionals.)

February 27, 2007 at 10:38 am

Shelli Sommariva SAYS:

A and G, I have a difficult time finding unique themes, and spend too much time looking for items online.

February 27, 2007 at 11:04 am
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