Baby showers can be really wholesome. You might get a cute themed cake and invite your best pals to come and celebrate you and your little one.
But one expectant mother began treating her baby shower like a ticketed event and her family and friends were not impressed.
The mum-to-be was charging £25 per person for her guests to be able to attend – and she still expected a gift.
Her distant cousin took to Reddit to share how bizarre she felt her behaviour was.
She wrote: My distant cousin (who I’m not close with) is having a unisex baby shower at my aunt’s house where she is charging $30 (£25) a person to attend.
‘She’s choosing to have it catered. I do not want to pay $60 (£50) to attend a baby shower I’m also expected to bring a gift to.’
It would cost her double because her girlfriend was also attending with her.
The cousin went on to say she had hosted multiple parties and never charged anyone for the food or drinks she’d chosen to serve.
When talking about the £50 charge, she added: ‘Not only is it a stipulation, they are hounding people for it. Am I the a**hole for thinking this is odd, or not wanting to pay?’
The mum-to-be had also attended the poster’s baby shower recently and didn’t bring a gift, handing her a $50 bill (£40) before leaving.
The cousin said: ‘I appreciate it but it feels like an afterthought.
‘We’re not close at all and didn’t grow up around each other. We have nothing in common but we always try to support each other’s events but it’s sometimes awkward.
‘So I feel bad not attending but also, it just rubs me wrong to be charged to attend a baby shower.
‘I RSVP’d before realising the fee and now they’re sending out mass invoices not to forget the $30.’
It’s safe to say the internet was not happy with the mum-to-be charging an attendance fee.
One commenter said: ‘I would just decline. It’s ridiculous to expect people to pay (beyond the expected gift). If they can’t afford to have it catered, they could have just asked everyone to bring an item to contribute to a potluck.’
Another said: ‘Is it not the point of hosting to provide the venue and food? That is the ‘throwing a shower’ bit? Otherwise you’re just an events coordinator.’
Others branded the mum-to-be ‘entitled’ and ‘greedy’ and one person even said the cousin had been invited likely just for the gift and fee.
Some accused the mum of living beyond her means, saying: ‘Have. The. Party. You. Can. Afford. Do not put it on your guests to pay for the party where they have zero say over over food, entertainment, location, time/day, and guest list.’
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