Showers, either baby or bridal. In the coming year, I've got 5 wedding showers and 2 baby showers to look forward to. Bring on the bachelorette party! I hate playing "Baby Bingo", "What Candy Bar is Melted in the Diaper", and "Make a Wedding Dress Out of Toilet Paper". I hate having to watch someone open 20 gifts and then pretend I'm excited about them when they are passed around the room. I hate the phrase, "Isn't that darling?!" and all the squealing when baby clothes/lingerie are opened. I hate that the entire event is scripted. I recently had my first baby, and while I was pregnant, one of my friends said, "Can't we just have a regular party and bring you presents?" So that's what we did and it was awesome. Guys were invited as well as gals, so my husband could be involved. We had a gift table, and I allowed who ever wanted to look at the stuff to go through it. No gift circle, and no games. We grilled out and played that beanbag toss game (called "cornhole" hear in Cincinnati...how weird is that?). People actually stuck around and spent some time with us instead of heading for the hills at the first opportunity. It was a great time, and I recommend it if you are sick of the shower circuit.