We served the traditional clam bake meal - a dozen clams, chicken, fresh corn on the cob, and sweet potatoes. There was also salad and cornbread muffins with honey butter.
The appetizers were plentiful, clam chowder was served early, and the dessert table was massive. I had requested a german chocolate cake, which was ordered from an ethnic bakery and was to die for. It was still moist and delicious the next day and may have been all I ate for that entire weekend.
My sister had made a diaper cake and as an optional game, we had people guess the number of diapers used to create the cake. It was entertaining to see how both the males and females got so into guessing and trying to analyze the cake.
So many of our family and friends brought us such wonderful gifts. It was overwhelming to see the large pile. When it came time to open up the gifts, we reassured everyone that it was completely optional and then the party pretty quickly separated into the women following us inside for the gift-opening and the men staying outside with the booze and appetizers. I heard afterwards that they had their own share of fun while we were engaged inside.
To break up the gift-opening, we played a game in which we divided the room into two teams (pink and yellow). In between every 1-2 gifts, my sister would read a little story about either C or I as babies or toddlers and the teams would take turns trying to guess who the story about was about. It was actually really funny to hear them discussing their reasoning and everyone seemed very entertained by our stories (turns out, C was quite the trouble-maker as a child and I got into my fair share of mischief as well...).
Overall, the day was very long but very much a success. Many people stayed well into the evening and it seemed like everyone had a good time. I was happy that it seemed like just the right amount of baby shower, but definitely tended more towards Clam Bake and Party. Plus, now that it is over, we are much farther along in being prepared for our little to arrive.