Our friends are having a baby so a bunch of us got together for a baby shower.
Baby showers in Europe are not like in the US in that, well, they don’t have them. People may send or give a gift after the baby is born, but don’t get together to celebrate of give presents before the baby. Since you can’t go to the stores here and purchase baby shower invitations, I made the invitations.
It was a couples shower so we focused less on games, decorations and incredible cuteness. Instead, we had food and drinks. I made and individually wrapped Rice Krispie Treats for favors. Some of our European guests had never tasted them before. We were proud to introduce them to a new guilty pleasure.
Since we are American and can only adapt so much, we had one anyway. In deference to the multicultural nature of this shower, we did not play any of the following games:
Guessing the circumference of the expectant mother’s tummy
Smearing melted candy bars in diapers and have people sniff to guess the brand
Switzerland is not exactly known for its warm, sunny weather. As a result, they celebrate the few minutes of summer they have with the Fete (Party) de Geneve. They have not one, not two, but three different evenings of fireworks over the lake. They have three different stages with live music and other free entertainment. They have lots of food vendors selling food from all over the world. Last, but not least, they have carnival rides (he says Europe has way classier carnies).
The last set of fireworks will take place tonight. It is supposed to be the best in Europe. It will be an hour long, take place over the lake and be coreographed to music. After the fireworks, on one of the stages will be, gasp, Johnny Hallyday. Some Americans may ask “who is Johnny Hallyday?” Not me. He is my host dad’s favorite singer so I have been a fan for almost 20 years. I can even sing some of his songs. Tonight, I am going to try to make him go with me to see Johny Hallyday.