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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.

Remember!
• 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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21
Emily Wignall SAYS:

Definitely F! Do you even have to have games?

Love the cups.

February 27, 2007 at 11:05 am

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lil71 SAYS:

Definately G. When I am hosting a party I’m always trying to look for fresh ideas and I end up surfing the net for hours which usually results in finding the same-old ideas.

February 27, 2007 at 11:17 am

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CM SAYS:

I definitely have a hard time with g-looking for ideas and not finding anything worthwhile.

February 27, 2007 at 11:19 am

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susie bauer SAYS:

from the list i would say F….but for me the hardest part is that baby showers are usually “co-hosted” by several people. It is very difficlut to try to plan shop, prep, etc for a party with so many people involved.

February 27, 2007 at 11:23 am

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Emily SAYS:

Several things:
1 – trying to get people to RSVP
2 – Getting people to help me prepare for the party (especially as I live with roommates, who seem to think it’s my job to clean the day of in addition to preparing all the food & drinks etc)
3 – BUDGET
4 – a little of G – trying to find the perfect combination of things. But i haven’t done a wedding or baby shower so this is based on other parties.

i love those cups!

February 27, 2007 at 11:26 am

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Jessica SAYS:

Mine would be a little bit of everything, with the RSVP problem thrown in. I love planning parties, but it can be difficult to pull off a creatively themed party without going overboard, or spending a fortune. That’s why this blog rocks! Great ideas at my fingertips.

February 27, 2007 at 11:44 am

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Miss Beaux SAYS:

D, definitely.

February 27, 2007 at 12:41 pm

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Aimee A SAYS:

My biggest problem is E, with G running a close second.

I am already(in February!) starting to scour the internet for some very specific items that I want for my Christmas/Holiday party & gifts. See, exactly. 11 months early. I just can’t help it though, I love LOVE LOVE planning parties!

And I am SO glad I found your blog; it definitely has saved me some time and hassle. :)

February 27, 2007 at 1:12 pm

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Laura SAYS:

F and G.

What a gorgeous set!

February 27, 2007 at 1:27 pm

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Kristie S. SAYS:

F: All the games are so over done and cheezy!

February 27, 2007 at 1:40 pm

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mama k SAYS:

I get frustrated with:
1. RSVPs! I’m beginning to think etiquette is dead.
2. Dealing with catty mom’s, mom-in-laws, bridesmaids, etc. Why, oh why do woment get so crazy when it comes to showers?
3. Fighting with my @#$%! printer to make my own invitations.
4.Finding a location to accomdiate a large number of guests that won’t break the bank. The last shower I threw there were over 100 guests on the list! Thankfully only about 50 acutally came.

and I’ll agree with your
F. Figuring out what to do for games or activities
They are usually way tacky (like guess the melted candy bar in the diaper) or no one participates (like baby picture match up)

All that being said, I actually love to plan showers. Picking themes and favors are my favorite part.

February 27, 2007 at 2:01 pm

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Brooke SAYS:

Both A & G. I get stuck right at the beginning stages of planning.

February 27, 2007 at 2:20 pm

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Kristen SAYS:

Definitely E. I spend so much time planning!! I think for my sister’s bridal shower I spent the whole time she was engaged planning the shower, hahaha. Can we say OCD?!

February 27, 2007 at 2:28 pm

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Kristin L. SAYS:

I would have to say that D and G are my biggest frustrations. Why am I bombarded with classic pooh, disney and precious moments EVERY TIME I look for something for a baby shower?!? Blah!

February 27, 2007 at 2:29 pm

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Eliza SAYS:

for me it’s E and G.
i’d say F b/c shower games are all generally atrocious but i’m of the opinion that if you hate shower games you just shouldn’t have them.
why make yourself and all your guests miserable?
and i’d add:
*keeping from breaking the bank
*coming up with good locations – i live in nyc – most people’s apts are just too damn small for parties

February 27, 2007 at 2:29 pm

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miss j SAYS:

both ‘a’ and ‘c’. i’m tired of candy buffets and every other thing you see on the knot. also party favors stump me…you never know what someone will use or throw away.

February 27, 2007 at 3:13 pm

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Elise SAYS:

A, F, and G plus the lack of people RSVP-ing (is that a word?).

I always want to be original but it is so hard to find something that everyone will love and enjoy.

February 27, 2007 at 4:06 pm

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lharwin SAYS:

Finding party favors, decorations, etc. that are both cute AND budget-friendly!

February 27, 2007 at 4:44 pm

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mperez SAYS:

i would have to say A. Would love to find some cool, modern new themes… I have to plan my sister’s baby shower in June.

February 27, 2007 at 4:45 pm
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