What is a Floating Shower?

I was wanting to know if anyone can tell me about a baby shower that's called a floating shower. I don't know anything about it, hopefully some of you all do.


Teresa from Va.

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By cynthia (Guest Post)
July 25, 20050 found this helpful

you go from house to house...I do not know why you would do this, especially for a baby shower (why would a pregnant woman want to go from house to house?) but I imagine that's what it is. A floating dinner party is where you have the appetisers at one house, then everyone moves on to the next house for dinner and yet another for dessert. hope this helps.

August 3, 20220 found this helpful

This is called a progressive party where guests progress from one location to another for different courses or activities.

September 15, 20230 found this helpful

A floating shower is when guests come and go as convenient. There is no house to house.

By Barb (Guest Post)
July 26, 20052 found this helpful

Floating Showers are very popular in our area. A time is given, say 2:00 - 4:00pm and guests can come anytime during and stay just minutes or longer (float). Refreshments are available during the whole designated time. It eliminates the need of games or other intertainment.

By Karla (Guest Post)
July 8, 20070 found this helpful

Barb is right, a floating baby shower is when the time is "floating" for when you attend the shower. You can go anytime during the "2-4pm" and stay as long or as short of time as you like.

By ader (Guest Post)
February 27, 20080 found this helpful

It's a vulgar practice that amounts to an "invitation" to drop off a gift -- which the guest of honor may or may not bother to open in your presence -- but not to entertain you in any way. "Hosts" of these things tell themselves that they are actually doing the guests a favor by not making them sit through a party (not saving themselves money and work). Well, if you aren't fond enough of someone to want to spend two hours in his/her company, you probably aren't fond enough of someone to give him/her a gift. It is hosts' responsibility to provide a pleasant event, so if games are boring, skip them and simply open the gifts and have refreshments and conversation. I have heard an even worse reason for this idea: "We don't have room enough for all the people we want to invite." Heaven forbid you give up the idea of getting more loot in favor of only inviting as many people as you can host graciously.


As one poster above said, in some communities, this is going on. But before you decide "no one thinks anything is wrong with it," check out some of the other web sites about entertaining, etiquette, etc., and see the horrified response of many, many people. If I got an invitation like this, no matter how pretty it was, it would look to me like, "You are cordially invited to buy someone a present, drop it off, and beat it. No one wants to socialize with you, but you do owe some tribute, so cough it up."

September 21, 20161 found this helpful

I love "floating" or "drop-in" showers. No matter what you call them they are all just to get a gift. But with these you don't have to stay or you can - no big deal. Love It!! Just never heard it called a "floating" shower but I think that is a cute way of saying it!!


Most people just want to stop by to wish them well and grab a bite. I agree I hate having to play games and sit there the whole time. If they are close friends/family then you will stay longer and not matter what you can enjoy yourself.

September 6, 20191 found this helpful

That is just an opinion of which you are entitled. I and many of my friends have attended a good number of showers, baby showers and wedding showers. For those of us who own businesses and work full time with families, these showers are awesome! Float in and stay as long as you like. Join us at your convenience, enjoy the appetizers and a drink, mingle with the guest and see what's been given this far. We all would prefer attending floating showers. As busy as we all are, it's more convenient, especially when tastefully done.

By Nancy (Guest Post)
March 19, 20081 found this helpful

Floating showers are great for those of us who want to see the expectant mother, wish her all the best, but have little time on our days off. Rude? I think not. I think it is rude to ask grown women to play silly games. I love floating showers-baby or bridal.

By Morgan. (Guest Post)
May 28, 20081 found this helpful

I really disagree ader. I had a floating bridal shower and it was so nice, people came and wrote down a piece of advice on a note card my sister (the host) took a picture with me and each person alone and put it in a photo book. People stayed as long as they wanted. Visited, had snacks and left when they needed to and so many more people came then we expected. I still have my photo book and it is fun to look back on it now. I think they are great.

By Marie (Guest Post)
September 20, 20080 found this helpful

I just asked the question, I could know how to set one up for one of my co-workers. With what I read I think it is a nice thing to do since we all can not sit down with her at the same time.

By Deborah (Guest Post)
February 19, 20090 found this helpful

Floating Showers are awesome! They give the parents one-on-one time with each guest. We always have snacks and drinks and small homemade gifts to give out in appreciation of the visit.


No one is rushed off and it is a pleasant way to spend the day. It reminds me of the days when people actually had time to visit and catch up with each others lives.

May 30, 20101 found this helpful

Floating baby showers are great. It allows for one party if there are a lot of friends and family to invite. The guest can stay as long as they like or simply drop by to enjoy personal time with the expectant mother. There are no games however there is usually is a great variety of refreshments. With schedules today, a floating shower is a great alternative to the traditional shower. In the area I live, I've always known the floating shower to be given at one location.

September 23, 20111 found this helpful

I'm in the minority here, but I think floating showers are not a good idea. I was invited to a floating bridal shower for a girl I barely knew, and I surely wouldn't have known any of the other guests. It was an invitation to stop by anytime (I felt it was essentially an invitation to drop off my gift).


I would have gone to a traditional shower, even if I didn't know the bride very well, because there are typically icebreakers planned for guests who may not know each other. But what was I going to do, besides say hello to the bride and then scoot on out? It left a bad taste in my mouth, and I didn't go. And of course, I wasn't invited to the wedding either.

April 1, 20180 found this helpful

My feeling is that if someone is not going to be invited to the wedding, then they certainly should not be invited to a bridal shower.

July 16, 20200 found this helpful

It is absolutely taboo to invite someone to a bridal shower that is not invited to the wedding.

August 15, 20141 found this helpful

My first floating shower, I purchase a "Coach Diaper Bag"! I got a hug and a thank you for coming. It was not a party, a shower is suppose to be fun. I spent time from work and family and money on a nice gift to get a hug and punch.


Well I could have waited until the baby was born, saved me time and rush order fee and visit the hospital once the baby arrived.

March 17, 20150 found this helpful

"Floating" showers are popular in our area. It is not rude nor should it be taken as simply an invitation to drop off a gift and not stay. A shower is just that...a chance to "shower" the guest of honor with gifts for her wedding, baby, etc. If purchasing a gift for the guest of honor bothers you, you shouldn't attend anyway. Floating showers allow guests to come and stay as long as they may like without feeling pressured to attend for the duration or feel rude for showing up late or having to leave early.

For families with many weekend obligations of their own or for their children, this allows more people the opportunity to attend at their convenience without having to miss due to other commitments. I also enjoy games at showers, but not everyone does and it is more difficult to play games with large groups. I've attending floating showers for the duration and as a host of a few floating showers, I will say the expense is no less. Games are not where the expense is's with the food and decorations, cake and invitations.

A floating shower would not be given at a meal time when guests would need to eat together at the same time, but typically in the afternoon. No host or guest of honor would be "relieved" if everyone just popped in and dropped off a gift and left. I can say through a great deal of personal experience spending as much time with all the guests as possible is appreciated and welcomed. And a floating shower works well for a large group of people, esp. if the guest of honor has a large family and a large friend base.

In our rural area, we have large showers for family and friends as the guest of honor may have smaller showers given by coworkers, other families or "theme" parties for closer peers.


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