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To take alcohol to a baby shower

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Picturesofmatchstickmen Mon 04-Apr-16 19:02:19

Never been to one before so don't know if it's the done thing! It's around the corner so I'm walking - I thought I'd take some chilled prosecco for everyone but just mentioned it to my friend and she looked at me all disapproving and said you do know it's a baby shower? I don't see the problem, it's not like the baby will get pissed from my breath ffs. It's also on a Saturday evening!

Also, does anyone know is it presents for the baby, or presents for the mum? Or both?

TooOldForGlitter Mon 04-Apr-16 19:03:53

I've never been to one but if I ever did I know I'd be happy with some prosecco. It's not as though the baby's drinking it is it confused

operaha Mon 04-Apr-16 19:03:57

We all did at my mates shower, she expected nothing less!

Peyia Mon 04-Apr-16 19:07:05

I never liked the idea of a baby shower but my friends threw one and it was in the spirit of a party/celebration so bubbles were flowing.

I've hosted for a friend in return and asked guests to bring a bottle. Let's face it, they'll be cheesy/boring otherwise. There was non-alcoholic stuff of course.

As for gifts, something small for baby, practical stuff such as nappies/toiletries. It's lovely to get something to mum but then it all gets a bit exspensive.

Vintage45 Mon 04-Apr-16 19:07:09

My niece was thrown one recently by a friend and yes plenty of booze plus a gift for the baby. I think you can do either or/both on the gift front though. Check with the host.

crumblybiscuits Mon 04-Apr-16 19:10:02

I would never take booze to a baby shower but have only ever thrown one as more of a Sunday afternoon tea party style thing. Presents for baby but presents for mum always appreciated.

SpringerS Mon 04-Apr-16 19:12:03

I wouldn't. I've been to a few as I've an American friend who throws one whenever a friend of our is expecting and tea, coffee, juice or soft drinks is what we drink. I'd feel like a bit of a wa**er bringing or drinking alcohol at a party to celebrate someone who can't drink. It seems super thoughtless. Like bringing my own bar of chocolate to eat at a party to celebrate someone with diabetes.

Peyia Mon 04-Apr-16 19:12:45

This is when I realise it's in bad taste and in reality me and my friends are piss artists!!! To be fair I don't drink whilst pregnant but have pop in a flute grin

MrsSparkles Mon 04-Apr-16 19:13:29

I had mine at the pub....

Most of my gifts were for the baby, but I did have a few for me.

Picturesofmatchstickmen Mon 04-Apr-16 19:18:14

Hmm mixed opinions, don't know what to do now! Don't want to be insensitive obviously - have to say I never minded people having a few drinks when I was pregnant.

huskylover Mon 04-Apr-16 19:30:24

Of course you should take the prosecco. It's an evening "do" and on a Saturday as well. Your friend sounds stuck up!

LeaLeander Mon 04-Apr-16 19:32:11

I'm in the US and have never attended a baby shower that did NOT have multiple forms of alcohol. It's one of the few things that make them palatable.

Champagne/sparkling wine, mimosas, wine, beer, cocktails - anything goes here.

SpringerS Mon 04-Apr-16 19:33:12

Just to add, our have always been Sunday lunch time affairs, so maybe that's different.

LeaLeander Mon 04-Apr-16 19:33:53

And the host should be supplying the booze, not the guests, but if there is any question you are free to take your own.

I always give children's books as gifts. Never too soon to start the reading habit.

Alconleigh Mon 04-Apr-16 19:39:15

Only way to get through it, I'd have thought.

Picturesofmatchstickmen Mon 04-Apr-16 19:42:18

Just checked the invite, starts at 4.30pm, so practically evening, a couple of months ago it would have been dark at that time.

Strokethefurrywall Mon 04-Apr-16 19:43:22

I've never been to a shower that didn't include alcohol.
In fact the first one I ever threw for my lovely mate (I was also 22 weeks pregnant) involved a multitude of drinking games and everyone being absolutely twatted.
She wanted a shower that felt more like a bachelorette and that's what we delivered. Happy memories!

curren Mon 04-Apr-16 19:46:23

Can't you just check with the woman who's shower it is or the organiser?

I would check only because I can imagine the aibu 'I had a baby shower today and my friends all started drinking. I felt so left out and pissed off'

I have known one to have drink. But most to be alcohol free. It's not hard to double check though.

PPie10 Mon 04-Apr-16 19:48:02

You need to check with the organizer if it's ok. It's not a hen do or that type of get together. And the mom to be might feel a bit left out you don't know. Anyway I wouldn't bring alcohol.

fruitpastille Mon 04-Apr-16 19:48:33

I think Prosecco is nice and celebratory for that sort of occasion. I would have half a glass myself if I was the mum to be!

gamerchick Mon 04-Apr-16 19:49:04

I'd need alcohol to sit through a baby shower.

Picturesofmatchstickmen Mon 04-Apr-16 19:54:01

I can't check with the mum to be, I gather it's a surprise, I have been given the invite by my cousin, I think its being organised by the sil of the mum to be. I do actually know her, we are friends but not close, but I don't know the girl organising it. There was a mobile number to RSVP but texting or ringing asking about bringing booze makes it seem more of a thing somehow, I was just going to breeze in with it.

Trills Mon 04-Apr-16 20:08:54

I would. And have.

All the baby showers I've been to have had optional booze.

Plateofcrumbs Mon 04-Apr-16 20:16:13

I'd say everyone having a glass or two of fizz, fine (pregnant friend might partake of a glass too, nothing I hated more when pregnant than other people telling me I couldn't have a drink - I could make up my own mind thanks!). Getting drunk, probably not fine.

Thisismyfirsttime Mon 04-Apr-16 20:18:13

Bring the prosecco in a separate bag. If no-one else brings any or if it's not offered keep it in the bag and quiet about it, if it's offered/ mentioned breezily whip it out, 'of course, I nearly forgot about this!' I wouldn't be bothered if all my friends were going, but if I didn't really know them I wouldn't want to look like a raving alcoholic if they would all consider it odd!

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