So I came up with two ideas:
Opening gifts as the people walk in
Opening gifts table by table...
What do you think? Did you open presents?
by tpickleApril 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM
I was at a shower yesterday, and it was boring to watch the mom and dad to be, open the gifts, but everyone wants to see their own gift received and appreciated don't they? I like the idea of baby gift bingo during the present opening, pre-opening gifts, and having a cute young child to help. Anything to make the process more entertaining and festive. If the person opening the gifts has a great personality and can really project excitement and appreciation that really helps too. Certianly, if you don't open the gifts, don't expect these people to want to come to your next baby shower and buy you another great gift, even if you send them a nice thank you note.
April 9, 2013 at 9:28 AMThis and you could also break it up throughout the shower instead of doing it all at once.
I opened gifts...we just had everyone sit and watch. We usually did it kind of around dessert time, so people could eat versus feeling like they had to watch. kwim?
by Aortiz22April 9, 2013 at 12:19 PM
I have a huge guest list as well so Im not opening presents.
April 9, 2013 at 12:21 PMThen why invite so many people...
I've never been to a shower, and I'm not going to have one myself. You can suggest that the guests bring a book for the baby instead of a gift, you can request no gifts, or you can request that they don't wrap them...but since you're having that many people you should expect to take a long time to open them.