Pulling off a “display shower”…DONE!

Recently I helped organize a baby shower for my sister-in-law to help her and my brother prepare for the birth of my niece. She of course knew there would be a shower and only had one request, that we ask everyone to bring the gifts unwrapped. No problem! I found a cute poem that was inserted in the envelope with the invitation. There were a few raised eyebrows at first, but in the end the guests obliged. It was fantastic!

Now, I have helped throw my fair share of showers, both bridal and baby. Each one had a few special touches, but all of them had one thing in common. Sitting there for what seemed like hours watching the Guest of Honor unwrap gift after gift resulting in lots of big bags filled with wrapping paper and bows. If you’re honest with yourself, you know there comes a point when you just stop paying attention. You don’t realize how much time the unwrapping takes away! Time that the Guest of Honor could be mingling with the guests or just relaxing for the few extra seconds that they are not the center of attention. We of course still went through the gifts. The only difference was the unwrapping…or lack thereof. As the gift assistant, I didn’t mind that. ;)

I can tell you that everyone had a very nice time, especially my sister-in-law, which let’s face it; her opinion is really the one that mattered the most.


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About Melissa

Melissa is a born & bred Jersey Girl, having lived in Middlesex County (Edison & East Brunswick) until age 11 when her family moved to Ocean County (Toms River) where she has been ever since. She married her husband/best friend, George in 2003 and in 2006 they finally welcomed their beautiful daughter, Alison. Melissa is now a chauffeur, short order cook, hairstylist, secretary and housekeeper, otherwise known as stay-at-home-mom and wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s nothing she loves more than curling up on the couch with Alison watching one of many Disney movies. Writing has always been a passion and somewhat of a therapy for Melissa. She was an active member of her high school newspaper during Junior & Senior years, and has also had school related articles published in the Ocean County Observer. Her most recent publication was the Fall 2009 issue of MS Connection; the quarterly magazine put out by the NJ Metro Chapter of the National MS Society. The article was about her and her every day battle with MS since August 2007. She credits her “easy” battle to the amazing support system she has in her very close-knit family and also to her own will to stay strong for them. Along with staying busy with her daughter, Melissa also loves scrapbooking, reading a good book, helping plan the next Disney vacation, or watching movies, reality TV or anything on the Food Network. Melissa is very excited to be part of Jersey Moms Blog and hope you’ll enjoy her thoughts as much as she loves giving them to you. You can also find Melissa on her personal blog Melissa’s Madness or on Twitter @melissa0208.


  1. Beth Keklak Beth says:

    Your sister-in-law is a genius and I think this should be a mandatory part of every shower from now on.

  2. Cathy says:

    I always enjoy the unwrapping gifts part of the shower. Although more and more I realize I am in the minority. To each his own though and getting together with friends and family to celebrate weddings and brides is fun no matter how it is done!

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