This is my first baby and although I have hosted several showers for friends, I am feeling like such a newbie! I would like to think that I am mindful of etiquette, but in this area I feel like there are so many things I don't know! So I am coming to you ladies for advice.
Because my baby is due right after the holidays, and my job has me booked through most of November, the friends and family that have asked to host my shower are planning it a little earlier than normal (around 28 weeks). The idea of a open house/drop in style shower has come up and I see lots of benefits. There is a relatively large guest list so people can come and go, no one has to sit for 2 hours, etc. The thought was that food would be set up throughout the time and there would be plenty of tables for people to stay and sit and chat if they wanted to, but the obligation wouldn't be there. It was also considered to still have a few things going on like decorating onesies or something that people could do if they wanted to.
However - I have never been to a shower like this and don't have any idea about the etiquette for it. What have been your experiences? What are the pros/cons? What should I be mindful of? I was trying to look up some things online and it discussed opening each gift while the person was there - is this normal or do you wait until after?
I am clearly clueless about this and could absolutely use some help. TIA ladies!