Have you even heard of a diaper party? Who knew that was even a "thing?"
Well, it's very real, and it's a great party to have if you're expecting a baby. If you think about how many diapers babies go through in a day, a diaper party sounds like just the boost expectant parents need as they prepare for Baby.
Why a Diaper Party?
According to newkidscenter.com;
"Parents often change at least 10 soiled or wet diapers daily during the first month."
That's a lot of diapers! You're going to need all the help you can get in that department.
Throwing a diaper party can be fun, but it's also a relief for expecting parents. No matter how ready you are to have a baby, diapers can be a real strain on your bank account. Here is everything you need to know about diaper parties and why you should have one.
What is a Diaper Party?
A diaper party is a no nonsense, all diapers baby shower for guys. It's so straightforward and uncomplicated. Already sounds perfect, right?
There are some pretty big differences between a baby shower and a diaper party. Here's what you need for your diaper party.
Diaper Party vs. Baby Shower
- Diaper parties often have beer, but they don't have the baby shower games.
- Diaper parties often have beer, but they don't have the baby shower games.
- Diaper parties are often BBQ's, and they skip the cute finger foods.Guests bring diapers. Just diapers. No clothes. No toys. Just diapers.Pretty simple, right?
A common theme is a “beer and diaper party.” And if you really want to get wild you could have a diaper keg party. Think of it as a Superbowl party but with gifts of diapers, and maybe even baby wipes.
The father- and mom-to-be will thank you for a surplus of both. And if there happens to be a game on that day, turn on the TV for those who don't want to miss it.
Tip for those who are attending a diaper party:
Don't go straight to the newborn diapers. Believe it or not, some babies are born a little chubby and won't fit into them. If you're planning on bringing a pack of newborn diapers, throw in a size 1 or 2 as well.
Who Should Host a Diaper Party?
It's typical for the father-to-be's family or friends plan his diaper party. Often times a diaper party will be held on the same day as the baby shower. Sometimes couples combine the two.
Like a baby shower, it's standard etiquette not to plan your own party. To some, it's considered tacky to throw your own diaper party or baby shower. But if we're being realistic, you could throw your own party and make gifts optional.
After all, it's a celebration of the baby and the new parents. Gifts or no gifts, everybody likes to have fun and who doesn't get excited about the arrival of a new baby?
And considering how expensive diapers are, everyone has the right to ask for a little help. You're not asking anyone to raise your baby for you. You're just asking them to get you the gift of just one pack of diapers you don't have to buy yourself. Because believe me, those gift diapers are going to disappear fast.
What to Bring to a Diaper Party
Other than diapers? Well, guests can bring wipes, too. But diapers are essential. Guests can even bring their own beer if they have a particular preference. But it's all about the diapers. Diapers, diapers, and more diapers.
Even though everyone is super excited about the baby, it's easy to forget about the parents. They will need diapers more than anything, but it helps to remind them that they're still people. Their lives are going to revolve around diapering and caring for a baby soon.
So it's also a sweet idea to get the father to be a little gift just for him. Consider what his interests are and get him a gift. The same goes for baby shower gifts. Bring something off the registry but don't forget to remind mom that she matters too.
Diaper Party Invitations
Baby shower invitations are always fun to design yourself. You can choose a theme that suits the dad-to-be and his guests. There are so many ideas to inspire you on Pinterest. It's the ultimate platform for D.I.Y. projects.
A common theme with diaper party invitations is beer or sports. This is, of course, because of a lot of men like beer and sports. But not all men have an interest in the same things.
If the dad is a gamer, you can come up with some easy ideas revolving around his favorite game. If he’s a science fiction fan, there are plenty of options that work with that. Or you can order invitations that are already made online.
Diaper Party Decorations
For a diaper party that's going to have all men in attendance, decorations may not be a top priority. But some men are creative and may want to do something special. And we all know there are plenty of ideas to inspire you on Pinterest. If you're not the creative type, ask the mom-to-be or someone else with a designer eye to help.
If you have a diaper party that's going to be all male, there may be no cause for concern there. It's not a fact, but it's a definite theme that most men don't have strong feelings about decorations. It's likely that the men attending your diaper party will be more concerned with the beer and the food. So don't stress too much about the decorations.
Diaper Party Favors
There's no doubt that men like simplicity. A diaper shower is all about the uncomplicated, straightforward details.
Party favors may not be a big deal to a father-to-be at his diaper party. That doesn't mean you can't fit them in there. A lot of men like beer and whiskey and others called "manly" drinks.
A cool idea would be to send the guys home with an exclusive 6 pack or a few sample bottles of some good whiskey. Think of something that interests you and the men attending your party and gets creative.
If you want to make things interesting, get creative. Combine some things you have in common with your buddies. Make something awesome for them to take home after the party.
It can be something practical, or it can be a little memento. Something that'll help them remember that last epic party you all had together.
Diaper Party Cake
There are two different cakes you can have at a diaper party. Like at a baby shower, you can have a diaper cake, made of diapers, of course. Or you can have an actual cake with a theme. You can even have both at the same time.
There are some cool ideas on Pinterest and other sites. You could make a traditional diaper cake but replace some of the diapers with beer cans. There's also a popular idea of having a real cake with an image of the dad's favorite beer with a diaper on it. As long as each cake puts emphasis on the baby and the dad, you can't go wrong.
Diaper Party Games
The possibilities for games at your diaper party are endless. Many men like to have a low-key party where the guys all get-together and play poker. Each guy buys in with two packs of diapers for 200 chips, and each extra pack buys them 100 more chips.
Another fun idea is a baby bottle beer chugging contest. This is where you line up all the guys in participation to see who can chug beer out of a baby bottle the fastest. You could even have a diapering contest to see who can diaper a doll the fastest.
And you can't go wrong with a drinking game. You can come up with a "buzz" word so that every time a guy says the word he has to drink. This may be the last time you'll be able to go crazy like this with your buddies, so make it count.
Diaper Party Gift Ideas
A diaper party is pretty much all about the diapers. The only gift you actually need to bring is some diapers. But if you want to get the dad-to-be a special gift for him, you can find some great gifts on Amazon.
There are a lot of gag gifts you can get for dad. If you look on Amazon for these gifts, you'll see a lot of diaper duty tool belts. A place for the dad-to-be to keep all his diapering stuff handy.
There are also aprons with enough pockets to keep those diaper tools within reach at all times. And you can come up with your own creative diaper gift ideas or find some on Pinterest. But don't forget, it’s all about the diapers.
So now you're ready to plan an awesome diaper party for the dad-to-be. All you need to know is the key ingredients to the perfect party: diapers, beers, guys, and fun. Don't forget to keep the dad-to-be's interests in mind when planning. And make sure everybody brings diapers.
Of course, there's no harm in the guys bringing their own beer either. Beer is about as expensive as diapers if you think about it. Keep it simple, straightforward and fun, and you'll have an awesome diaper party.