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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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Kristie S. SAYS:

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

Reply February 27, 2007 at 1:40 pm

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.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Brooke SAYS:

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

Reply February 27, 2007 at 2:20 pm

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?!

Reply February 27, 2007 at 2:28 pm

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!

Reply February 27, 2007 at 2:29 pm

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

Reply February 27, 2007 at 2:29 pm

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.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 3:13 pm

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.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 4:06 pm

lharwin SAYS:

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

Reply February 27, 2007 at 4:44 pm

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.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 4:45 pm

Lizzy SAYS:

Definitely “E.” I always get wrapped up in the planning stages so that when the day comes, I just want it to be over so I can move on to another project.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 5:02 pm

Meena SAYS:

Mine would most definitely hae to be G – which is exactly why I’m so eargerly waiting for your site launch! :)


Reply February 27, 2007 at 5:42 pm

KellyS SAYS:

Actually, most of the choices ring true with me. But if I had to pick one, I guess it’d have to be “B.” It always seems to happen that I get a great, semi-unique idea for a party and then go crazy trying to find party ware and other items to fit my scheme.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Vanessa SAYS:

It’s definitely B, but the sub- problem to that is finding things that I can afford! So many things for baby and bridal showers, in particular, are incredibly cheesy and the classier things tend to be extremely pricey. I wish there were more affordable and chic options out there.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 6:06 pm

hiphostess SAYS:

Thanks for all the great comments, everyone!! A lot of them are cracking me up :) It’s so fun to get your input – and I can definitely empathize all the frustrations!! The Disney & Precious Moments search results bombardment…toilet paper brides…candy bar poop diapers…wanting to throw the printer across the room because it keeps eating my imprintable invites…wiped-out bank account…absent rsvp’s… YEP…definitely been there!!!

Reply February 27, 2007 at 7:53 pm

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