Sometimes more is more

20 Mar

Chuck’s sister is getting married next week. The night before the wedding, one of his other sister’s is throwing a bridal shower. Well, it’s more of a lingerie party really. After the last time I attended one of these lingerie parties, I swore I would never do it again. Who knew what was going on in my sister-in-laws’ minds! I love them to death, but woah boy! I was more than a little uncomfortable. If you want more juicy details, you’ll have to e-mail me. I can’t bring myself to post them here. This is just not that kind of blog, regardless of what my wacky search term hits might suggest (the ones I don’t use for WSTW).

Anyway, the invitation for the lingerie party said this:

Bachelorette Party & Lingerie Shower

Favorites: red, blue, black & green
No pink, please
Sexy costumes! 🙂

I’m a little thrown by the “sexy costumes”.  What does that mean exactly?  My first thought was, “Do they sell underoos in adult sizes?”  But maybe I’m taking the costume bit a tad too literally.  I don’t really consider myself overly prudish, but I’m not super comfortable shopping for lingerie for myself (which I don’t really do), let alone someone else.  We were provided with sizes, but I’m not totally confident that I will pick out something that would fit or be flattering.  And also, I really don’t like the idea of someone thinking of me while they’re doing whatnot in the item that I purchased for them.  Not that I think they’ll be thinking of me exactly.  I’m just imagining a scenario like:

“Nice nighty, shmoopie.  Where’d you get it?”

“Thanks, sugar toes.  Bythelbs gave it to me.”

I just don’t want my name or any kind of Bythelbs-related thought to enter into that particular situation, if you know what I mean.

So I’ve been struggling with this for a couple of weeks now until last night I had a revelation.  Cue heavenly rays and angelic chorus.  I know exactly what I’m getting for her.



Doesn’t she look alluring?  It’s a one size fits all kind of thing, so I don’t have to worry about that.  It comes in red, blue and green, so there are plenty of options there.  And isn’t less skin supposed to be more sexy?  So I’m thinking coverage-wise, sometimes more is more, right?  It’s perfect.  I’m going to go pick one up at Target today.  I think maybe I’ll wrap it up with a card that says, “Snuggilicious!”


20 Responses to “Sometimes more is more”

  1. cheryl March 20, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    You are a pure genius!
    Not only can you alleviate any bythelbs-related-lingerie-experiences, people will laugh their heads off. Because you’re so quirky and funny. And obviously witty.

    Awesome, awesome. And I’m betting the bride will love it, too –maybe you should get two! Matching Snuggies for the new couple!

  2. Julie March 20, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    Oh, I was squirming in my drawers the entire time I read this post. I can think of NOTHING more uncomfortable than a lingerie party for a soon to be married sister-in-law. Oh, shudder, shudder, shudder.

    You are taking the PERFECT gift. It will be exactly what is needed to lighten up that unbelievably weird situation.

    Where have the days of Pampered Chef wedding showers gone?

  3. cheryl March 20, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    P.S. And personally, I’m not against getting lingerie at bridal showers. There is nothing bad with a few pieces to help the marriage fires keep a burnin’. However –the idea of an ENTIRE shower being devoted to lingerie? Everything? Egads, man! A woman needs stuff like spatulas! Pillows! Blenders! Toilet paper! One cannot live on lingerie alone… (so with that, I’m with Julie).

  4. bythelbs March 20, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    Actually, she has already had the traditional spatula, pillow, blender bridal shower. This is just a little extra service the sisters like to provide, apparently. You would not even believe what kind of gifts showed up at the last one, let alone the party favors! SHUDDER!

    I’m thinking if that whole notion of less skin is more sexy is true, then this is about as sexy as it gets.

  5. Janelle March 20, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    What other services do your SIL’s provide? What does your husband think? Is he ticked his family raised a bunch of hormones and he married a prude? No need to answer – just being funny. For all I know you have a stripper pole in your basement.

    Honestly I think bachelor and bachelorette parties need to be flip flopped. Why not have the guy get all the lingerie and the woman go out with the girls one last time for an all night party.

    I think your gift will be well received.

  6. tawnya March 20, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    Shouldn’t that be more of a friend shower? I’m not uncomfortable shopping for lingerie, but yeah…the thought of an entire ‘extra’ shower for it seems like a fun girls night out with friends kind of thing.

    And that was the BEST possible ending for this post!

  7. Kamilli Vanilli March 20, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    You should order one from….only 14.99 for TWO snuggies…plus TWO reading lights thrown in for good luck. I saw it on their website as I was perusing…(not for a snuggie). A snuggie for you…a Snuggie for her…it’s wonderful. Win-Win.

    And the lady in the photo is alluring. She is beckoning with those bedroom eyes.

  8. madhousewife March 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    L. To the O. To the L.

    I’ve never had to attend a lingerie party. Or been invited to attend. Either one. I think in the event that I did get invited to one, I would not be able to resist the impulse to buy something totally slutty. I wouldn’t mind if they thought of me during lingerie-related activities. It’s me having to think of them during such a time that I wouldn’t dig.

  9. Susan M March 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Are these ladies LDS? You have my imagination running wild. Maybe you better email me details!

    The snuggie is awesome. I wish I had one.

  10. Mother of the Wild Boys March 20, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    Oh, bythelbs. How I love your sweet innocence. But as I said in Vegas, “A little role playing never hurt anyone.” Of course, I do agree that this kind of party should not include relatives such as yourself…that’s just….weird.

  11. Janelle March 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Ok now I want lbs and MowB to expound. Emails are appreciated.

  12. boquinha March 20, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    I want to hear more about the pole in the basement!! And the music. And the lights. And the oils. And the . . . what? We’re not playing telephone? My bad.

  13. bythelbs March 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Janelle—I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know (about those other possible services). And I’m totally with you on the flip flopping of the parties. Good thinking!

    Tawnya—Yeah, it’s the family factor that adds that extra half o’ creepy point for me. I have bought lingerie for friends before, but it’s just a little different for me in the family setting.

    Mad—Maybe you’re right, Mad. I’m probably totally missing out on a real opportunity to go all out slut here. Hmmm…

    Susan—They are LDS, but the two ring-leaders are no longer active. And proud of it. We love them. I can e-mail you some details. When my kids heard I was going to buy a Snuggie, they started begging for me to buy some for them. They even offered to use their own money. I told them we could just get one because all four of them could fit in the same Snuggie.

    Mother—The “costumes” did make me think about your role playing. Well, not your role playing specifically, but well, never mind.

    Janelle—I’m not sure that this is information you want to have. Are you sure? Mother, if you e-mail Janelle, I want you to cc me!

    Boquinha—If only I had a basement! There were plenty of oils at the last family lingerie party I attended. Using “family lingerie party” all together in the same sentence just seems so wrong.

  14. bythelbs March 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

    Kamilli—I’m afraid I’ve waited too long to order one online. We leave for UT next Thursday. But that is a good deal. Especially with those reading lights. A little mood lighting perhaps?

  15. tawnya March 20, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    Oooooh. Utah. Where will you be?

  16. Alison Wonderland March 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    We’ve talked about this before but I agree with some others, a lingere party is fine for friends but not so much with family involved.

  17. Evitafjord March 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    My sister-in-law told me that she was sitting next to her mother-in-law at the last lingerie party she went AND she ordered a not lingerie something. I keep threatening hub to tell him what his sister ordered. It creeps him right out that she even went to one.

    BTW, the only lingerie party I’ve ever been to, way before I even met my hub (so I didn’t buy anything in other words), my BFF won the door prize – a male g-string that looked like a giraffe.

  18. amanda d March 21, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Oh, heavens. Hilarious! All the way to the end of the comments. Thanks. 🙂

  19. Patience March 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    LOL! The snuggie will probably be the hit of the party. I would feel weird at a lingerie party for one of my sisters-in-law too.

  20. sonia December 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Ok now I want lbs and MowB to expound. Great blog! Thank you for such beautiful inspiration!

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