Post # 1
A little background…I’m throwing a party for a close relative who just had a baby. She did NOT get to have a shower, and wished instead for a party after the baby was born (she has family across the country and the later date allowed them to be here).
The general idea is “baby shower” except she is having it later, so the baby will be present. I am calling it a “Meet the Baby Party”. She wished to include spouses/kids – I am teaming up with her stepmom, who has offered to pay for the food, and I offered to do some favors, decorations, invitations, and the cake/cupcakes (I decorate cakes on the side, so this only made sense!).
I need advice in the following areas:
-The new mommy gave me an invite list which included people from many different states (I’m sure they cannot come, but maybe she’s been invited to their parties and wanted to send them an invite, which is fine!). The total number of invites has reached around 50-60. Would it be acceptable to use postcards for the invitations to save money? I have experience with a great editing program, and access to a high quality printer. I had intended to make the invitations using my cricut and such, but I think 50-60 is too many to hand make. (And they usually end up in the trash after).
-Since men & kids will be there, should I still plan to follow the traditional “shower” format of everyone arriving, eating, mommy & daddy opening gifts, etc? If no, what should I do different to keep people entertained and keep the party flowing?
-Should I have any games? I was thinking of putting a sticker or something on the bottom of a plate (or some other “random drawing” idea) and having one larger door prize to give out. I was thinking of making up a gift basket of foods that are made in our state. Like local foods all fancied up in a gift basket. Should I have games and other prizes on top of this?
If anyone has been involved in such a party before, and can tell me what went over well (or maybe not so well!) I would sure appreciate it!
Post # 3
@MrsD41503: That sounds like fun!
I think it’s definitely fine to do a postcard invite. An invite is an invite!
You could definitely do a few games… I really like baby present bingo! So the guests have something to enjoy while Mom and Dad open gifts. And you could do the sticker instant win at the end!
Post # 4
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@MrsD41503: I am a big fan of the Baby-Que barbeque party for co-ed showers and it sounds like it would work great in this situation. Throw it like you would a normal BBQ (postcard invites from Vistaprint are fine and usually cheap; check for a Groupon). Set up the food and drinks then have the present opening at a set time. I like the sticker on the plate and door prizes way more than traditional baby shower games.
Don’t be surprised if the men could care less about the baby shower aspects so maybe pick a day when basketball or baseball is on so they have something to do? You could also put out lawn games like corn hole and horse shoes if you have the space.
Also, remember that the baby is going to be there so some time will be taken up with guests cooing at the baby and taking pictures.
Post # 5
I went to a co-ed meet the baby-baby shower this past fall that had about 50-60 ppl at it and it was the same as any other baby shower except it had men.
They did a couple games one was a door prize sort of game where there was a soother under one of the chairs and whoever was sitting on the chair got the prize (soap from bath and body works) my SO was on the chair so I got the prize so it worked out well for me! The other game was a game where you couldn’t say no and everytime someone said no you got their nametage, whoever had the most at the end won. My SO’s friend won this (also male) and the prize was a set of Betty boop glasses. I am letting you know what they won because both gifts were kinda girly and it was men who won boh of them so that would be the only thing I would have changed.
Post # 6
Postcards sound lovely and I’m sure the cake will be, too.
I would skip the traditional shower format and not play the usual games or open gifts in front of everybody. Quiet music, mimosas/beer/alchol, and substantial food (not just cupcakes and crudites) will make a fun party. People don’t need constant entertainment, they can just talk. It’s cliched, but if you want the men involved, I would do competition style games (like fastest team to change a baby doll’s diaper). I would have a movie quietly running or a few toys to keep the kids occupied.
Post # 7
@MrsD41503: I really like that idea rather than a baby shower actually. Goodness the Bee sure does mess with my life plans LOL
Post # 8
Thank you guys for the ideas! I think it’ll be perfect because we are a pretty laid back group, but I still just want it to be really NICE and well organized so people don’t get there and think “now what” – if that makes sense. Thank you for the prize ideas, too, those were great!
Post # 9
My post cards are all designed (not printed, I will wait until a little closer to the date I need to mail them. They turned out pretty darn cute, if I don’t say so myself!
I was thinking of doing little favor bags with chocolate covered pretzels as the take-away favor for everyone. What do you guys think? Everyone like a treat, an edible seems to make sense.
Post # 10
I think the best approach to these kinds of parties is just that. Treat them like a party. Where you just so happen to open presents for 10 minutes in the middle. You could do a BBQ or a game night or just a cocktail party.
Post # 11
@JenGirl: Great idea, also! Thank you for the input. I think the people bringing gifts will like seeing them open, but I guess that’s just because I know the “crew” that I’ll be hosting 🙂