Baby showers aren’t just for mommies anymore! Having a baby is just as meaningful for dads. Why not let them join in the fun?
A co-ed baby shower is a wonderful way for the couple to celebrate the arrival of their new bundle of joy together.
Before any party takes place, we need to do that all-important planning. Brainstorming a bunch of ideas is the best place to start. Items to think about include:
- Theme and location
- Decorations and colors scheme
- Baby shower gift ideas
- Food and Beverage
- Party Favors
Now that your mind is overflowing with ideas lets start to break it down.
Planning a Co-ed Baby Shower
The first thing to sort out when organizing a baby shower is the theme. Since this is a co-ed baby shower, think about things the couple can enjoy together. A neutral color theme would be perfect whether the couple is having a boy or girl. Think beige, eggshell, white, cream, or lavender. These simple colors can set a beautiful scene for a party.
If you want to have a specific theme, here are few suggestions:
- Beach or sailing
- Backyard BBQ, especially in summer
- Tea party
- Country style backyard blitz
- Beer and wine theme (sparkling juice for the mom to be)
- Storybook theme
- Movie theme
Whatever theme you decide on, make sure it fits with the personality of both Mom- and Dad-to-be!
Once you have picked your theme, it’s now time to come up with a guest list. Making sure you invite people who are important to both parents to-be. Run your list past the couple so no one is left out.
Sticking with your theme colors, feel free to get creative with the invitations. You can either purchase .
The wording of your invitation could include:
“A bun is in the oven. Burgers’ on the grill. Come help celebrate this exciting, upcoming thrill.”
“‘The couples name’ invite you to a Backyard Baby-Q Bash.”
“Please join us for a Co-ed Baby Shower, Honoring ‘Couples name’ on ‘date.'”
Make sure you always include the relevant information: date, time, place, and RSVP.
You can go all out with decorations or keep things simple. Keeping with your theme’s color scheme, here are a few ideas:
- Mom-to-be tag (for expecting mom to wear during the baby shower).
- Dad-to-be tag (for dad to wear during the baby shower).
- Neutral decorations -balloons, streamers, tablecloths.
- If it’s summertime and you are having an outside party put up fairy lights or lanterns.
- Set up a table with a bar so guests can help themselves to drinks.
- Arrange a buffet table.
- You could purchase shirts like these for the couple to wear on the day.
As with all baby showers, make sure the couple sets up a gift registry or Amazon Wish List. This way they can get items that they need, and it is so much easier for the guests to know what the couple would like. Be sure to pop this information onto the invitations.
Another very good idea is to have an additional card with the invitation that explains there is a special shelf in the baby’s room that the couple would like to fill with books. Ask your guests to bring a book to the baby shower with a special message on the cover. You could also add a note such as “the book will be cherished if its well-loved or brand new, and each time they read the book they will be reminded of you.”
Baby shower games can be a good way to “break the ice” and get everyone in a great celebration mood. Some partner-style game ideas we have for you are:
- Baby food tasting. Have puree food in clear jars and get everyone to taste it and write down what they think it is. The guest with the most correct answers wins.
- Counting M&Ms. Fill a baby bottle with M&Ms and have each guest take a guess on how many are in the bottle. Whoever gets the closest is the winner.
- Baby food. Ask your guests to bring baby photos of themselves. Attach these to a wall and get everyone to take a guess as to who is who.
- Chocolate diapers. Melt different flavors of chocolate into several diapers and ask the guests to guess what’s in the diapers.
If you want to have prizes at the baby shower you could have:
- Keychain with an attached screwdriver or flashlight
- Gift cards
- Scented candles
- Bottle of beer or champagne
The type of baby shower you are having will determine what food you serve. If you are hosting a BBQ, have items like steak, sausages, and chicken. Have a few different salads available as well. Bread always goes great with BBQ food too!
Another option is to have finger food to make it easy for your guests to eat.
Finger food items include:
- Bruschetta with tomato, spinach, and feta drizzled with balsamic vinegar
- Mini sausage rolls
- Club sandwiches
- Fruit and vegetable skewers
- Cheese and cracker platter
- Spicy chicken wings
- Mini spinach quiche
Be sure to check out Pinterest for more inspiration.
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Don’t forget Beverages!
You can’t serve up a delicious spread of food without beverages to help wash them down. Setting up a bar for your guests is the way to go. Just be sure to have a range of drinks available, such as:
- Fruit juice
- Non-alcoholic punch. A mixture of ginger ale, orange juice, lemonade, and raspberry makes a delicious punch. Serve in a large bowl with ice and slices of fruit.
- Soft drinks
It is also a good idea to have a tea and coffee station available, too.
Having a cake-cutting ceremony can be a special way for the parents-to-be to celebrate the soon arrival of their baby. Think about what the couple’s favorite flavor is and incorporate this into their cake. If they both like different flavors, no worries – just arrange a two-tiered cake!
Alternatively, have one small cake with a range of different cupcake flavors surrounding it. Have the cake and cupcakes designed to match your theme.
If the couple is not into cakes, make or purchase a diaper cake.
When guests are ready to leave, send them on their way with a little party favor.
- One of the flavored cupcakes
- A printed glass
- Miniature liquor bottle
- Mixed his and hers body wash with a loofah and a card saying ‘Thank you, from our shower to yours.’
Co-Ed Baby Shower Etiquette
As this is a baby shower for both parents-to-be, it is important that the theme and decorations match both their preferences and tastes. What you are aiming for is a mutual party feeling rather than a traditional “pamper mom” baby shower. Ensure you keep in mind the couple’s personality, what they like, and what they want in a baby shower.
A co-ed baby shower is an extra special way to celebrate an extra special occasion!
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