When it comes to baby showers, some people love them, some hate them. Others are spending more time thinking how small a gift can pass as polite.
For GroupTogether co-founders Ali Linz and Julie Tylman, baby shower etiquette is something they know Aussie mums grapple with all too often.
Can I have a drink if the mum-to-be doesn’t?
Do I really need to take part in games when most of them are lame?
And so, with the help of other Australian mums, the organisational experts and mums to seven kids between them have delved into baby shower etiquette.
This is what they had to say:
Can I have a drink?
The consensus is yes, it’s totally okay to have a drink even though the mum-to-be won’t be drinking. The women consulted by experts said often a glass of champagne can make the baby shower “bearable”, while a few more suggested having a delicious non-alcoholic option for the mum-to-be.
An alternative is a high tea with coffee, tea and delicious cakes.
Do we have to play games?
Many baby showers include games that make many of the people invited cringe. So are they really necessary? According to Linz and Tylman, they’re not necessary at all, and they make a lot of women cringe.