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Another thought. . . . what if your friendship with these people sours? Do you want to think back to a wonderful memory of your wedding and have them be such a huge part of it? Not to be a Debbie Downer, but it could happen.
Mom can throw a party to throw party. You can attend as a guest. If her friends mention wanting to celebrate you, I would think it's perfectly ok for her to say "kevinandlaura-2 isn't having a shower, but she will be attending my party" I'm sure they'll ask you about wedding planning, and it's fine to answer their questions if you are comfortable doing so. If mom's friends really want to give you a gift they will, shower or not. DH's dad's girlfriend's daughter sent us a wedding gift simply because she was excited for us. . . she wasn't invited to anything. We sent her a heart felt thank you immediately, and that was that!
Meatloaf!! I'm just going to leave this here, you'll thank me later!
Thanks everyone, great ideas! I appreciate it.
Another coworker literally had a baby this morning. . . . when everyone started chatting about it in the main gathering room, I ran down to her office to chat, more to distract her from coming to the main room.