Post # 1
I’m in charge of decor for a coed baby shower this weekend.
The parents to be just want it to be a fun party for them getting to be parents to be…not even called a baby shower. They aren’t interested in games, gifts, cheesy decor or anything typically associated with baby showers.
So we’re having a barbecue…and the host put me in charge of decorations. Only I don’t see the point in them. What should I do?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t necessarily go pastel blue or pink, but I still think there are some options. I’d do balloons. They don’t have to be “baby” but they can add color and be fun, maybe get some in bright primary colors. I love some ideas on 2000 Dollar Wedding, especially the top two posts about banners and bunting. They are cute and can be customized to be very co-ed friendly and non-baby, but can still add a splash of celebration to the mix!
I’d look more for co-ed baby shower games; you might find one or two that are a little more run and don’t scream “baby shower!”. I don’t know any off hand, since I’ve yet to plan/have a baby shower yet.
The one thing that I learned in going through my bridal shower was that I made a big fuss about not wanting anything that was “bridal shower-ish” and in the end wish I had kept my mouth shut and gone along with everyone. While some things are cheesy, it’s one afternoon and adds a lot of fun and entertainment for the guests.
Post # 4
I think you could keep the decor simple with some nice flower arrangements for the tables and around the house. And depending on the group, maybe some candles?
Post # 5
I agree- I think candles, flowers, things like that would be good decorations. You can’t go wrong with balloons… even if they aren’t in the typical baby-shower-pastels.
Also, what about a baby gift that can be used as decoration? For example, you could get a bunch of onesies and hang them with closepins along a string that could hang out in the backyard? That way it’s not a typical shower decoration, but since it is a gift (you take it down and give them the onesies), it could be fun.
I think you are the only one that can judge if they are 100% vehemently against any shower decorations, or if they are just saying to keep it low key because they don’t want to make it to shower-like (since it is co-ed). If it’s the later, I’d throw in a few shower decorations, just to make it fun. Also, if people are bringing gifts, maybe have a big table to put them on. A gift-table always makes things feel very festive with the different wrapping paper, but that isn’t something you need to do ahead of time.
Post # 6
I actually went to a co-ed “Backyard BBQ Baby Shower” recently! haha! The couple was the same, nothing too “baby shower” related.
For decor, they just had balloons and a big cupcake tower as a “centerpeice” on the table. We didn’t play any games; but, you know what could be cute too, is have a makeshift photo booth, like at weddings, and make it really fun! Maybe with pillows so the guys can stick under their shirts and look preggo too, lol! My friends and I are a crazy bunch, so I know we would really get into something like this 🙂
Post # 7
What about having just general group games that people can have something to do? If its an BBQ, maybe have a set of horseshoes around for people to pick up and play? There are lots of fun yard games.
In general, I would decorate nicely like you would an open house or housewarming party. Candles, flowers, nice tabelclothes, etc.
Post # 8
I hosted my sister’s baby shower and it was co-ed. Actually it was just my brother-in-law and my Fiance, haha. But it wasn’t girly. Just lunch, then went back to the house that was decorated with balloons and streamers. Then we opened presents and had cake. That was pretty much it!
Pretty boring for my Fiance, but my sister was happy. 🙂