Paying for a baby shower. Your views


We recently discussed the new idea that seems to be trending to do with paying towards attending a baby shower. 

Read more: Should you pay to attend a baby shower?

In response to this our reader's opinions varied however it seems that the majority of them felt that it should be up to the host and the mom-to-be's family to assist financially. 

Here are some more comments by our Facebook readers: 

"How hard can it be for the host to supply a piece of cake and a cup of tea for gift-bringing friends??? Everything is so overboard these days and all about who can out do the last baby shower. People gorge themselves on all the food that isn't necessary!! Simplicity is key." -Kerry Antonic Marcus 

"These stupid rules and regulations are making me hate baby showers and birthday parties. who came up with them anyway" -Azola Belewa

"No, it's tacky and cheap! If you can't afford to throw a party, then don't bother!" -Yolika Muscat 

"I decided 2 stop attending altogether after experiencing a period of receiving 2 invites every month. Some for people who are not even first time moms. I just buy a gift and deliver it after the shower." -Keneiloe Khoabane 

"This doesn't only go for baby showers. Kitchen teas/bachelorette parties in restaurants with entertainment, food, drinks, kitchen tea gift, plus a pamper gift for the bachelorette all add up - to huge amounts." -Judy van Niekerk

"No. A close relative had her babyshower at a restaurant. And not a cheap one. Everone had to pay for their own food and bring a gift. Seems to be a status thing nowadays." -Marina Jacobs Roets

"I wouldn't mind to contribute a reasonable amount towards the food, décor etc. I'd want it to be a special and memorable event for the mom-to-be and hosting can become really expensive, especially if she has a wide social circle." -Yolande de Klerk

"I have to pay R150 for a kitchen tea! (Never mind the pressie- woollies voucher!!) AND the batchelorette is another R150 which is the same evening at a club AND it's a destination wedding!!! Ridiculous!!!" -Tracy Hoyer

What are your feelings when it comes to being asked to pay to attend a baby shower? Send us your comments to

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