A baby shower has always decidedly been marked female territory that the men have never quite ventured into. Times, however, are changing. The arrival of the baby is also a major life event for the father, and excluding him from the celebrations seems a little bit unfair. Of course, he wouldn’t want to celebrate the day without sharing it with his friends either. This however, does throw most of your girly baby shower plans out the window.
Coed baby showers are typically more laid back than traditional ones. There is no longer any stress on games, and it tends to be more like a family party with most of the emphasis on food and socializing. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to let go of all tradition and games. These 5 tips will hopefully save you some heartache and headache down the road if you’re thinking about having a co-ed shower.
Sending Out Invites For a Co-Ed Baby Shower
This is a fairly simple part of the baby shower in which you set a date and invite friends and family to share in the joyous occasion. When sending out the invites however, make sure to mention within the card that the shower will be a co-ed one. While most invites are based around the theme of the baby shower, it’ll be best to tone down on the blues and pinks and opt for more gender neutral designs that will appeal to all your guests.
Baby Shower Games for Co-Ed Showers
There are a lot of games that you can add to your party when the men are there too. If you’re inviting couples to the shower, you can always quiz them on how well they know each other, or plan couple activities. You can also challenge them on their baby changing skills with a toy baby. If you’re inviting couples that already have children, ask them for advice or to share stories about their experience.
Strength in Numbers
The baby shower has always been for women, and men may not feel entirely welcome even if they have been invited. Try to make sure that they don’t feel out of place. Another thing to pay attention to is that the women don’t completely outnumber the men. Try to invite as many males as possible, so the dad-to-be doesn’t get overwhelmed.
Giving Gifts At a Co-Ed Shower
Gifts have also been baby- and mommy-centric, up until now. Now that you’ve invited the dad, give gifts which will work for both of them. The dad to be is also going through a life change and will appreciate the gesture.
Are Alcoholic Beverages Okay for a Co-Ed Baby Shower?
While the mommy to be can’t have any beers, that doesn’t mean that you have to throw a completely dry party. Have some beers on hand for the dad and his friends and some for the ladies too. Make sure to clear the situation up with the mother to be before hand and ask if she’s okay with the decision.
A coed baby shower can actually end up being much more fun than the traditional one, since it allows everyone to really come together to celebrate the arrival of the baby. It also adds a unique touch to the shower resulting in more interesting activities and games.
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