Coed baby showers

Coed baby showers

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When you're hosting a baby shower for men and women, it's likely to be a different sort of celebration than a traditional ladies-only event. As with any party, keep your guests in mind as you choose everything from invitations to food and activities.

These simple guidelines can help you plan a successful coed baby shower:

  • Invite other men in addition to the expectant father – ask him for a list of the people he'd like to have there.
  • Choose gender neutral invitations. (Be sure to ask the couple where they plan to register for baby gifts and include that information.)
  • If you plan to hand out party favors, consider that most men probably don't find jellybeans in a baby bottle all that adorable.
  • Games? Choose ones that the dad-to-be and his friends will also enjoy. (See our readers' ideas below for inspiration.)
  • When it's time to open gifts, have the couple open them together or take turns.
  • Forgo the crustless cucumber sandwiches, and bring on heartier food!

Ideas for a great coed shower

Here are some great ideas for coed showers from our site readers who have hosted one – or had one thrown for them:

Be creative

"I'm an unconventional kind of girl, so we had an unconventional party! For games, we had each person write down one naughty thing they did growing up as a child. When it was time to open presents, I had to read one and guess whose story it was. Since we didn't know if we were having a boy or girl, it was fun to see these stories and think of all the craziness my child could get into growing up!"

"I helped host a coed shower with a tropical theme. We had it outdoors, complete with punch, tropical invitations, and reggae/Jimmy Buffett music. People mingled and had an opportunity to talk to the guest of honor."

"A friend of mine hosted a barbecue baby shower at her home and invited a bunch of our friends and their significant others. We caught up on old times and listened to advice and stories from our friends, most of whom already had babies. Unlike a traditional 'girls-only' event, it was more like a fun, casual get-together with our close friends. We have many male friends who wanted to wish us well and would have been excluded from a traditional shower."

"My partner's friends threw us a shower, but it was more of a brunch party for both the girls and the guys. We even had a couple of kids along, including a pair of 6-month-old twins. They were a hit! I think having the kids around, especially the babies, just made it that much more about children, which was great.'

Let the guys have fun

"It's amazing how much fun the men bring to this type of event. At our shower, when a gift such as a toy was opened, the men would make some hysterical comments, and then play with it until the next interesting item was opened."

"My boyfriend and I are expecting our first in May. He is very involved and interested in all things about the baby. Attending a coed shower or party is a fun and social way to get new dads comfortable with all things baby. It also gives 'rookie' dads a chance to mingle and connect with 'veteran' dads. Your baby's father might long for some support in his new role, and I think having them be a part of this festivity is a healthy introduction!"

"Having a coed shower allowed my husband to be a part of every aspect of our pregnancy. Mind you, he is the meat-eating, football-watching, big type of guy, but his heart melted just as quickly as mine did when we opened those tiny clothes and other gifts. We didn't play any silly games, but we did all enjoy each other's company, exchange pregnancy stories (men as well as women), eat lunch and cake, and share in the joy that only the coming of a baby can bring."

"We asked everybody to bring in a baby picture of themselves on the day of the lunch. I arranged the photos on cardboard, brought them to the lunch, had everyone guess which picture belonged to which person, and gave a prize to the winner. I made corsages out of baby socks and silk flowers for the dads. I purposely made them very big and silly-looking, and we all enjoyed teasing the dads and making them wear the corsages! Everybody had a great time, and I think some of the guys were surprised at how much fun they had. The trick for us was to keep it simple and silly."

Shower at the office

"I was as surprised as anything when I walked into a conference room at work and there was my wife, 7 months pregnant, clapping and shouting congratulations. A few close friends at work decided to give me, a guy, a surprise baby shower. They contacted my wife by email and phone to plan it. They did a wonderful job – I had no suspicions whatsoever! I didn't realize how much these people thought of me. I now cherish their friendship more than ever. This one act has brought me closer to these friends than anything else in the world could have."

"The shower I planned wasn't 'his and hers,' it was just 'his.' Two guys at my office were going to become first-time fathers at around the same time. We decided to have a shower for the dads-to-be with a book and music theme. Everyone gave them children's books and CDs to start off the babies' libraries."

Get gifts for the dad-to-be

"On the shower invitations, we gave people the option of bringing a gag gift for the dad. They were so creative! We had a diaper-changing kit (which included a clothespin for his nose, rubber gloves, and goggles), World's Best Dad mugs, and 5 pounds of coffee to keep him awake and alert at 3 a.m."

Embrace the nontraditional

"We had a 'his and hers' baby shower. It was already nontraditional because our son Paxton was almost 3 months old. He was [premature and had to spend some time in] the neonatal intensive care unit, so we held off on the shower until we knew when he was coming home."
Brenda and Luke

"Our situation is a little different because my partner and I are lesbians expecting our first baby. We had a shower for all our friends and our two families. My work threw us a shower, and Liza's work also threw her one! It was very exciting that her work recognized her as an equal parent. So often husbands and nontraditional partners get left out of the process. It's important to remember that even though they're not pregnant, they're still parents."

Let the guys in on the games

"One of the cutest games I ever played at a couples shower was 'Make a Baby.' We each got small pieces of two different colors of modeling clay and had to make a baby. When the time was up, we all had to put our babies on a platter, and the expecting couple came back in the room to pick their favorite one. Some of the babies looked pretty hilarious."

"As an icebreaker, we played a game where everyone had a sign pinned to their back with a name of a children's nursery rhyme character. Each person had to go around and ask for clues about who they were, so it really got people talking."

"The game the guys loved best was the Diaper Olympics. I had two infant-size dolls that needed a pretend diaper change. We divided the group in half and did a relay race. You had to take the baby, rush to the table, pull the diaper off, use a wipe, powder, and diaper again, and then take it to the next person in line."

"Each guest wrote down a funny story about their childhood without signing it, and my husband and I had to guess who wrote each story. Another game was the diapering game, where each couple was given a cloth diaper, two diaper pins, and a naked baby doll – and had to diaper the doll while holding hands. It really proved that parents have to work together to get some jobs done."

"The real hit of our party was the room that we'd set up for painting. We had a card table supplied with bodysuits, booties, hats, T-shirts, cardboard, stencils, sponges, and paint. You wouldn't believe the creativity that was let loose. The men had as much fun with this as the women!"
Kim and Mark

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