(Closed) How to throw a co-ed baby shower?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

One option I’ve been seeing more often is just all going out for lunch and have a little showering of gifts for them there. Might make it more appealing for the guys especially.  There are games and such that you could still play sitting around a table, or in a party room, but I’m not helpful in that dept.

As far as gifts, I know a lot of second time moms have more of a diaper shower than traditional baby gear, so that might be helpful to them.  You could also come up with presents that might help the family communicate while dad is away?  Like a webcam, postage, recordable books, photo albums, etc.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Or make it like a house party. Casual evening of munchies and drinks….everyone can mingle and then you can also do some of the silly games, which men might think are funny too.  (Such as race to drink a bottle first out of a real baby bottle). Gift opening and such. 

I’ve been to a co-ed thingy and it was just like a party (backyard summer party, it was)

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We had a co-ed shower and was set up to feel more like a casual get together than a typical baby shower.  There was plenty of beer for the guys, punch for the girls and the snacks were bar food.  There were only a couple of games – one was guessing what how the mother and father would react in certain situations with a new baby, and I can’t remember the other one now. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I threw a coed baby shower this summer. The first of our group of friends recently had a little girl. To help ease the initial awkwardness for the guys, we definitely had plenty of alcohol. (Don’t worry, mom to be was totally cool w it). Activities included –

1. Have the guys chug beer out of baby bottles

2. Write messages to the parents on size 1 diapers (ranged from encouraging to quite inappropriate…”don’t ask mom about spring break” “valid for one bj.”  Anything to make them smile). 

3. Pictionary on a dry erase board with pregnancy/baby related terms. Girls vs boys. It was fun to see them draw placenta or labor etc. 

 The party was “she’s about to pop” themed. So all of the food somehow had “pop” in it – poprocks cupcakes, popcorn, chicken poppers etc.

 

Everyone said that they enjoyed it – even our single 26 yo guy friends. Hope this helps!

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@ETwedding that sound  cute! love the pop theme

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Could you talk to the mom and ask what she might need? She might be doing something differently this pregnancy (cloth diapering, not breastfeeding) so she might need new things.

If not, she will still need things like diapers. A friend of mine also wanted all new bibs and onesies for her second baby, as they were pretty stained from the first time around. So perhaps you could spread the word and focus on gifts like that? 

If it’s going to be co-ed, it might be fun to have a BBQ or just a casual get together, so the guys are all comfortable. Some games that are easy but fun are to have everyone guess the size of the mom’s belly using yarn or string. Each person cuts as much as they think would be needed to make it around the mom’s belly. Then, the mom cuts one last, measuring her belly exactly. The closest one wins. It’s fun, because it’s comical when people are very far off. 

You could also have a onesie decorating contest, with the mom judging the best one. But I’m not sure if your group of guy friends would get into this as much. 

Another fun thing to do is set up a betting poll where everyone puts in a certain amount of money ($5?) and bets the day the baby will be born and the weight. If anyone guesses it exactly, they get the money. If not, it goes to the “Baby college fund” or “Baby diaper fund” or something like that. You can raise the stakes, and have people bet more money, or have people bet $5 for the day and $5 for the weight, with a bonus prize if they get both right. And there are lots of variations, like the closest person to the date/weight wins, or the mom and the closest person split the money, etc etc. It’s not a big game, but it gets people talking, and you could have a huge poster board where everyone signs up. 

And as MerryC mentioned– a diaper shower would be great. Encourage different sizes, for sure!

Also, if you wanted to do a group gift (in addition to your regular gifts) each couple could sign up to bring the mom food for the days following her delivery. You could let her know at the shower that she will receive meals from everyone for “x” number of days. 

Good luck! It’s so sweet of you to be thinking about your friend!

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