Tell me about your co-ed baby showers

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Just have a Baby-Que.  Make sure there is plenty of food and drinks (and beer for the men.)  Don’t force the men to be involved in any games or present opening, leave that to the ladies while the guys grill up the food or watch sports on TV.

I love the BBQ co-ed showers but I hate co-ed showers where the guys are involved in the lady discussions about pregnancy, and labor/delivery.  Guys just don’t want to hear any of that stuff.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We hosted a co-ed shower for friends and it was great.  There were probably about 25 people there (mostly couples), it was a BBQ / semi-potluck out in the backyard, and everyone had a blast.  We kept the baby games to a minimum and mostly just hung out and had fun.  The girls chatted and the guys grilled and played cornhole.  Fun all around.  I think my friend was 35 weeks along.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Mrs. Gremmlin:  sure. I think the dad was happy to be involved – it’s his kid too!  

And congrats! 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Mrs. Gremmlin:  Co-ed showers are the best. Some couples, like us, prefer to socialize together so this is the ideal scenario. I would skip any cheesy games – I don’t know any women who like those, let alone men. Just make it about socializing, good food, and celebrating the baby! I think everyone will appreciate a low key social gathering rather than doing stupid activities that no one likes anyway. It would be a fun way to spend an afternoon rather than something people have to dread 😛

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Mrs. Gremmlin:  He likes it because he doesn’t have to go and do the stupid activities 😛 Tell him he has to make clay babies, put diapers on dolls, and wear stupid hats. He will change his tune.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I helped throw a co-ed baby shower for my best friend. Honestly, I didn’t like it. All the guys were hanging outside and most of their girlfriends/wives were out there with them because it’s honestly more fun to hang out/chat/drink/etc rather than listen to a bunch of baby talk. The only people in the house chatting with the mom-to-be were her older relatives and her FI (the baby’s father). I felt so bad for her, it was like everyone used it as an excuse to eat free food and drink free beer and catch up with people. Barely anyone came in to watch her open presents or cut the cake, except (once again) the older crowd.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Mrs. Gremmlin:  That’s exactly what we did and it was awesome! Had it last weekend – I was 29 weeks – with our friends, co-ed plus kids, and it was just a casual backyard BBQ and pool day. I opened gifts with hubby but it wasn’t formal at all, we just sat on the deck while people lounged around or were swimming. Whoever wanted to hang around with us on the deck, did. Then we joined everyone in the pool and people just mingled.

I’m having the more typical women only shower in a few weeks so the casual one with just our friends was great! Didn’t need to be ‘on’. We played only a couple games that again were very casual, but you could really set up something fun if you wanted. Men chugging baby bottles or something.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I attended a co-ed shower last fall. The girls stayed inside and did the typical shower activities, while the guys retreated to the “man cave” to watch football and drink beer. It worked pretty well for everyone.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We are having a co-ed shower! I think they’re great! It’s not really much different from a house bbq or what not! the thing is, my FI was going to come regardless of if it was co-ed. he wants to open presents for OUR baby. lol he was very demanding about it all.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went to a co-ed baby shower and it was so much fun! Alcohol and food were provided and we did not play shower games. I don’t think the mother of the mom-to-be was very excited, but everyone else had a blast.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

A co-ed BBQ is what I want for mine.  I don’t really want to sit and open gifts in front of everyone and play stupid baby games.  I just want friends and family to have fun rather than feel obligated to be there.  For those who have been to or thrown one like this, what do you put on the invitation to let everyone know it’s not a typical shower?

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