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A 'sprinkle party'? Really? Draw the line America, for the love of God.

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TiffinayAchingsFeegle Thu 26-Nov-15 19:11:36

So not only do we have baby showers but now America are doing sprinkle showers.

A mini baby shower for your second, third etc etc etc baby.

But just a 'sprinkle' the essentials apparently.

And you know a friend of a friend in the UK will think it's a good idea and then their friend will pay back the favour and before we know it, we're as bad as America.

<flails dramatically>

TiffinayAchingsFeegle Thu 26-Nov-15 19:12:47

Sprinkle party not shower for fucksake.

Oh no, that'll be their next idea.

A 'sprinkle shower' if your expecting twins.

Alchemist Thu 26-Nov-15 19:12:55

YANBU. Sprinkle party? Stuff and nonsense.

Alchemist Thu 26-Nov-15 19:14:08

Oh, that's knocked me sick, that has.

TwoTwoOneBravo Thu 26-Nov-15 19:14:24

Was definitely a 'thing' when I lived in the US ten years ago. Not come over here yet!

LineyReborn Thu 26-Nov-15 19:14:49

I thought it was going to be for when you pissed on the stick.

Leeds2 Thu 26-Nov-15 19:14:51

Funnily enough, I have never been invited to a baby shower. And I certainly didn't have one!

annandale Thu 26-Nov-15 19:15:15

I thought that must be a party for potty training...

mummymeister Thu 26-Nov-15 19:17:56

I thought it was something to do with wife swopping and some unmentionable sex acts. blimey I am clutching these pearls tightly to my throat this evening.

BertieBotts Thu 26-Nov-15 19:24:59

This makes me laugh

And yet, two years later... grin

But nah, it's just a different culture. It won't properly catch on here. It might be replicated but you won't ever get the same thing as a US baby shower, which I've come to appreciate since I've been in Germany amongst all of the Americans. It's really just an excuse to get together and eat potato salad and drink wine (except the pregnant lady, of course) and yes some people give presents at the shower, but IME of being here, most of the Brits hold back and give a present after the baby is born. People do one or the other, not both.

Maryz Thu 26-Nov-15 19:32:33

I'm relieved. I thought it might be for sprinkling baby dust when a couple announced they were going to start ttc'ing shock

BertrandRussell Thu 26-Nov-15 19:35:15

"I thought it was something to do with wife swopping and some unmentionable sex acts. blimey I am clutching these pearls tightly to my throat this evening"

Are you absolutely sure you want to touch those pearls......?? grin

Crazybaglady Thu 26-Nov-15 19:37:29

I find it bizarre, a girl i know had one for her second... Who was born just short of 12 months after her first!

MrsCrimshaw Thu 26-Nov-15 19:38:14

Showers, smashed cake thingies, sprinkles, naming ceremonies - the whole lot make me shudder.

We'll be holding thanksgiving next and celebrating 4th of July - independence from ourselves!

CalpolOnToast Thu 26-Nov-15 19:41:33

I thought it was going to be a party to pee on a stick with celebrations or commiserations to follow!

expatinscotland Thu 26-Nov-15 19:41:34

FFS, can people just not provide for their own kids rather than rinse their friends for gifts or money at every turn?

At any rate, they take the tradition and fuck it up here. People throwing their own shower, having them at spas, inviting couples, having them at night, having showers for subsequent children, etc etc.

LumelaMme Thu 26-Nov-15 19:41:53

When we lived in the US we used to get asked how we celebrated Thanksgiving in the UK. I kid you not... That one has NOT crossed the Atlantic.

Sprinkle party?
<shudder>

Aliceinwonderlust Thu 26-Nov-15 19:42:39

Ha ha. Why not just have a shower for each baby?

SenecaFalls Thu 26-Nov-15 19:43:53

We'll be holding thanksgiving next and celebrating 4th of July - independence from ourselves!

Well, you could celebrate getting rid of us. smile

ArcheryAnnie Thu 26-Nov-15 19:44:22

mummymeister you aren't the only one who thought that. My mind went straight to watersports.

There's a lot of room for misunderstandings if these do catch on - half the guests will arrive with those cakes made out of nappies, and half will arrive bearing rubber sheets and a hopeful smile.

(I've never understood the appeal of watersports.)

MrsCrimshaw Thu 26-Nov-15 19:44:58

Haha lumelaMme it does not surprise me! I did see quite an alarming amount of American-themed stuff around last 4th of July though... particularly on FB and in supermarkets. People need to do their history!

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Thu 26-Nov-15 19:47:09

Baby sprinkle just sounds like pee to me.

Is it all your friends lifting their skirts and pissing all over you to, I don't know, mark their territory because you obviously have a fertile male in your midst?

Italiangreyhound Thu 26-Nov-15 19:49:39

I love it! All apart from the name! Why not call it a baby shower like for the first.

I am not sure what's not to like, food, presents, lovely.

FruVikingessOla Thu 26-Nov-15 19:49:39

I'm with those of the more salacious minds.

Sprinkle party = golden showers

grin

Spellcaster Thu 26-Nov-15 19:52:03

To be fair, the baby shower as a way for a community to support a new family is very practical. By which I mean the mum to be or dad to be sending round a list of what they will need and a group of friends and relatives each bringing an item or two of essentials. Attended one recently and it was lovely, some people brought nappies and cotton buds, others clothes and toys, food etc. Some treats for mum too e.g. bubble bath and choccies. Mum and Dad were chuffed and relieved. It's quite a regular thing amongst people I know tbh, it would be more weird not to have one. I think a baby shower for a second or third etc. is also a good idea if the family are financially in a tight spot. I think the real issue is when people get competitive with gift giving or people ask for gifts that are unreasonable!

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