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post #46 of 74
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One hundred guests?

 

That's not a baby shower, that's a gift grab.

And the ones I can't stand are those that also require you to pay for your food. So not only are guests expected to "shower" you with a gift, but you don't have the courtesy to serve your guests light refreshment but expect them to pay for that too? SMH.

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And the ones I can't stand are those that also require you to pay for your food. So not only are guests expected to "shower" you with a gift, but you don't have the courtesy to serve your guests light refreshment but expect them to pay for that too? SMH.

 

wow. Really?  I wouldn't even accept an invitation to a shower like that. it's just gross/tacky!

post #48 of 74
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wow. Really?  I wouldn't even accept an invitation to a shower like that. it's just gross/tacky!

No kidding.  Who hosts such showers.  If I were having a baby and the hostess were charging my guests, I'd say don't do it.

post #49 of 74

Godot is correct gift grab is more like it, and James said, It's not a shower, it is a typhoon! YEP! 

 

Sheesh! I didn't have a shower for my twins, or my last child, just the middle one, my daughter. I think there were 30 people and it was a mad house! 

 

I would probably have done it anyway, and resented it the whole time and been cold toward the wife for all the rest of my days, but I think the suggestions were great! "WOW! 100, huh? ...I wasn't planning on that much, I would be happy to donate the top two tiers! That is about 36 servings...." or something.

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post #50 of 74

I've been to one baby shower where there was at least 100 people.  What a MAD house.  It was outside with tents, tables and tons of food.  It was more like wedding reception where you had to sit through all the presents.  At least it was too big for baby shower games (which drive me batty).  A couple of days later when some of at work were talking about the sea of people and food,  No one remembered a cake.  I noticed cupcakes but don't think I had one.  The point to this little story is,IMO , go for the cupcakes -  It will be a mad house. :)

 

I've also been to a baby shower with assigned seating - UGH!

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post #51 of 74

it's kind of like the old fashioned barn raising where the whole area comes together

 

only in the mega shower you bring enough tangible gifts to cover through high school then everyone pledges to make payments on college tuition  icon_lol.gif

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post #52 of 74
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Originally Posted by j92383 View Post

I personally don't agree that  you have to make a  cake to feed 100 people. I would call her and tell her that I can only provide a cake to feed 50 or whatever you're comfortable with. This is your gift for  the baby shower everyone else gets to decide how much they want to spend and so should you.

i agree too.

ive had too many people do this with me...i have offered to make cakes for them for a small party and they end up wanting cupcakes to go with it so that they can hand them out to the kids when theyre leaving...i guess ive learnt (kind of) by telling them i cant make too many as i have a cake order...usually i dont have orders but i have spent too much money dishing out free cakes!

post #53 of 74

I feel for you, in my experience the nicer you are to people the more they take advantage. I recently offered to make a birthday cake as a gift for a friends daughter who told me she'd think about it. She then called me and said that she needs 2 cakes, one for the class party and one for the family party & then proceeded to tell me exactly how she wanted the cake to look. I was very uncomfortable but with urging from my husband, daughter and mother I called my friend and told her I was sorry but was only able to make one. She was a bit snitty with me, especially as I didn't take her idea bc it was a really stupid one and I had a design in mind that I wanted to try out and as this was a gift I figured I should make what I want. 

Her daughter was thrilled, but this was a lesson for me. Don't offer free cakes or get new friendsicon_cool.gif

post #54 of 74

I'm from the UK where we don't have baby showers, people buy their own baby crap! Luckily I've only had to deal with work showers since living here, which were much more civilized. I don't know how people have the gall to invite over 100 guests and then expect them to feed themselves too.

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post #55 of 74
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Originally Posted by Claire138 View Post

I feel for you, in my experience the nicer you are to people the more they take advantage. I recently offered to make a birthday cake as a gift for a friends daughter who told me she'd think about it. She then called me and said that she needs 2 cakes, one for the class party and one for the family party & then proceeded to tell me exactly how she wanted the cake to look. I was very uncomfortable but with urging from my husband, daughter and mother I called my friend and told her I was sorry but was only able to make one. She was a bit snitty with me, especially as I didn't take her idea bc it was a really stupid one and I had a design in mind that I wanted to try out and as this was a gift I figured I should make what I want. 
Her daughter was thrilled, but this was a lesson for me. Don't offer free cakes or get new friends8)

Good for u. A gift is a gift. ..some people!!!
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Hi everyone,

 

I just delivered the cake.  I think that the energy you have about you when you are preparing a cake affects the finished product.  I resented the circumstances of this cake and I think the universe sent my bad energy back to me and then some! 

 

My SMBC turned out VERY weird last night.  It was separating and I'm not sure what the problem was - it may be that my new Kitchenaid 7 QT mixer didn't mix it well - it took forever to come together (a full 40 mins) and then I *thought* it was ok but noticed that it was really soft ( the other variable is that I used Cocoa Barry chocolate that I've never used before) .  Then, after I finished icing the bottom tier, I noticed that the icing that was left in the mixing bowl was separating.  I re-whipped it, it seemed okay so I used it to ice the top tier.  Thank goodness i filled the cakes with ganache so at least it's not all SMBC.  I didn't have time to whip up another batch after all the time it took to do the first one. I doweled it more than it needed just in case.  It was fine in the fridge, it just seems that if the icing is touched at all before it comes to room temp, it gets weird and runny. I told them not to serve it for at least an hour so it could really come to room temp.

 

I am proud of the way it looks (pic attached below - there is a gumpaste turtle on the side of the cake that you can't see very well), but I was totally stressed out about the buttercream.  DH urged me to use what I had and not to stay up all night to redo the cake, and I listened.  I couldn't give any more energy to this cake.  I have 20 people coming to my house on Tuesday and I have to start preparing for that.

 

I know that my chocolate cake recipe is amazing, and my ganache is perfection, and I just hope that the buttercream is alright.  

 

Cake stress sucks.  :(

 

 

 

 

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post #57 of 74
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Hi everyone,

 

I just delivered the cake.  I think that the energy you have about you when you are preparing a cake affects the finished product.  I resented the circumstances of this cake and I think the universe sent my bad energy back to me and then some! 

...I know that my chocolate cake recipe is amazing, and my ganache is perfection, and I just hope that the buttercream is alright.  

 

Cake stress sucks.  :(

 

 

 

 

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while i do identify with the positive/negative energy affecting the finished product principle

 

~~ if your cake was effected by that energy i cannot possibly imagine how it could look any better/cuter/sweeter/neater/happier

 

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<generous caker of the month award smilie face>

 

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brava!!!

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post #58 of 74
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Thanks, K8!  You made me smile on a day that has been tough!

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post #59 of 74

Your cake is perfect!  Nice work.  Sorry you got stressed out, but your should be very proud of your cake.

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post #60 of 74
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Thanks, Bakingangel!  I'll post back when I hear from them.

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