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The Best Baby Shower Ever!

Updated on November 01, 2011

My youngest daughter, Melissa, is expecting her third child, and yesterday, her sisters and friends threw her a baby shower. I don’t know how it is in the rest of the U.S., but baby showers are usually only given for a first baby here in the Deep South. Exceptions are made when the second or third babies are of a different sex than the first, or when the children are far apart in years. Melissa was approved on both counts. She has two boys – one seven and the other almost four, and this little one is a girl.

The girls giving the shower argued for weeks about where to hold the shower. Finally, they came to me and asked if we could have it at the Elks Lodge. My husband and I are members, and we have a beautiful facility that has just been remodeled. It has a game room, a dining room, a ballroom, a huge swimming pool, an outdoor patio area, and of course, a bar. I phoned the manager, and she said we could have the party in the dining room for free. This was great, especially since the club is only a few blocks from my house.

My oldest daughter, Mandy, has a party supply store, so she did all the decorations, and they looked great. She included lots of baby shower balloons that floated over the tables. Several people brought food, and since the dining room was just outside the huge kitchen, we had a place to prep the hors d’oeuvres, and we were even allowed to use the club’s silver serving trays.

The shower was a big hit! We had more guests than we expected, and we had lots of yummy food: sausage balls, cheese balls, a chicken spread, deli ham and cheeses, crackers, cookies, fresh strawberries and fruit dip, chicken salad sandwiches, pineapple and cream cheese sandwiches, pretzels coated with pink icing, pink candies, punch, and a beautiful cake. Many of the foods were pink since the baby is a girl.

The facility’s bar was just a few steps away from the dining room. I noticed a couple of guests were missing, and I wondered where they had drifted off to. Soon they returned to the shower, with margaritas in hand! I called everyone’s attention to the two culprits and loudly announced, “You might be a redneck if…”

We all had a good laugh. No one cared a bit! In fact, after Melissa finished opening her mountain of gifts and the party began to wind down, we all began to make our way to the bar. When the shower was officially over, most of the guests went to the bar instead of going home, except for the guest of honor. She had to call her husband for help to load up all the gifts she received.

One of my best friends, Sandi, had come up from another town to attend the shower. Her husband, Robert, was at my house, watching some race with my husband. My oldest friend, Beth (fellow hubber), decided to stay, too. Her husband was attending an all-night function with some of his guy pals. Sandi, Beth, and I had a blast in the bar and in the dining room. I drifted back and forth between the two rooms. We had no reason to hurry home since our husbands were otherwise entertained, so we made a night of it. I ran into lots of old friends and made a couple of new ones. After several Long Island iced teas, Beth proclaimed, “Wow! This is the best baby shower I ever attended!”

When the girls were planning the shower, they asked me for ideas, and I had considered a tea party baby shower, but this wasn't exactly what I had in mind! This was a pretty unique baby shower, however!

I wholeheartedly concur with Beth's proclamation! It was the best baby shower ever!


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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Booze and baby showers seem to go together. My wife is involved with some planning right now for her shower so this was an enjoyable preparatory read Habee.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great, Ben! Thanks for visiting!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      So cool habee! I love a good baby shower, especially when there's a lot of good food. I'm glad you guys had a good time. This is definetly a time for celebration.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I agree, that sounds like the best baby shower there could be. I noticed you had pineapple and cream cheese sandwiches. I love them, but no one I know shares my taste. In answer to your question about the Amish dogs, they hunt in the woods for their food, is what I was told. (I don't know of any Amish who breed dogs, but as they view dogs differently than we do, I imagine they wouldn't fuss over them to any great extent. Still, it doesn't sound like something the people I know would do.)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Veronica, I'm so excited about getting another girl!!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Habee, So glad you all had a wonderful time! I am sure the food was tasty! What a good boost for Melissa! How special having a girl after the two boys! I am sure they are eager and of course you too! Again, Congratulations Love & Blessings!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That is such a lovely idea and thank you for writing this hub about it. Wishing Melissa all the best.

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      Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Best to Melissa and congrats to your family -- new members are a huge cause for a great celebration and sounds like y'all had a good one! Best, Sis

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Sheila. I'm sure the Amish are like any other group - they have good members and bad members.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Deb, thanks for the blessings and good wishes! Back at ya!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I'll give her the message, HH!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, Sis, we're all very excited!

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I really enjoyed this hub. I wish I were there. Sounds like lots of fun.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Sounds like a happy fun time.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      It was great, Granny! You would have loved it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, you shoulda been there! What was for breakfast this morning? I'll go check...

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      msannec 7 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      Sounds fabulous! I bet you all had so much fun. I hope Melissa and the baby are doing well; many blessings to your family!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for the warm wishes, Msannec!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Sounds like my kind of shower. Glad all is well with you and yours.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      That is a great shower story - and what the heck? I think every baby needs a shower - well not really but you know - the party! You are a lucky girlie being a grandmama - wonderful, wonderful! I imagine one of these years or decades one of our 3 will have a baby! Yikes - or maybe we'll just stick with pups!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      You shoulda been there, Tams!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, I have 3 grandpups, too, Audrey: a Great Dane named Kayla, a lab named Kiya, and an English bulldog named Dooly.

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      Congrats on your upcoming grand and another great Hub filled with wonderful ideas. You obviously have quite the creative flair. Have to say the food descriptions have made me SO hungry, now I want strawberries!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Idunn! Dang - now you have me wanting strawberries!

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      Hehe. I love most fruits and vegetables generally but I'm certainly not above chocolate either. Now chocolate covered strawberries... there's a thought. :D

      And a good afternoon to you~

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oooohhh, and fresh bing cherries covered in chocolate!! Yum!

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      I'm in *drool*

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Funny, Idunn! Pass me a Kleenex, will ya?

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      The Perfect Gift 7 years ago from www.theperfectgift.theaspenshops.com

      Love it! For great party favors check out: www.theperfectgift.theaspenshops.com

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading!

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      habee - I am writing a baby shower hub about diaper cakes and would love to add this hub as a link if that's okay! Baby showers should be fun!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Great, Dolores! I'll link your to mine, too!

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      Jairitoo 3 years ago

      judy cummings - Hi April I am just sneieg these photos of yours for the first time. Bill and I are spending 3 weeks in the sunny room on the top floor of Kristen and Giff's house. It is not quite so sunny now a days as it was when you were here not so long ago, but the room is toasty warm and very comfortable. We sort of feel as if we are in a tree house with all the windows whereby we can look out into the trees Most of the furniture in this room was ours, so we feel especially at home up in this treehouse .. Wish we could have come for the shower, but it was too close to our already planned trip to Mississippi. Happy New Year to you and Eric.

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      Marsel 3 years ago

      Well not tryin to be rude but if you lost touch,don't think you are invited to the shewor,and she is JUST NOW calling you about her having a baby and let you know when the shewor is it just seems to me like she is tryin to get a shewor gift outta you if you really want to get a gift them I would suggest going to the dollar store and getting maybe some baby wash and lotion and a card 3 bucks right there and two of the things she will need when baby gets here but if I were you I honestly would get anything,except maybe a card and even that is pushing it

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