(Closed) Co-ed Baby Shower – Tell me your experience!!!

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you been to a co-ed baby shower?
Yes

Did you play any games?

No, thankfullyI hate games at these things. Unless its a passive game like like trivia that you can pass in and have it tallied.

What were the games?

N/A

Any ideas on incorporating the men in the shower?

The one I went to was more a BBQ with a short time for opening presents. the men werent “integrated” any more or less than any other party I have been to.  there was a lot of food, not just finger foods and wine and beer.

Anything else cool/memorable happen?

I thought it was a low key fun get together that happened to have presents at it and be decorated for a baby. It was less shower-like and more get together. Just the way I prefer to attend these things. Otherwise I am one of those girls that find showers with lots of games and girly stuff boring. (both bridal and baby)  I want to have time to talk to the people and relax.

I like your theme!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I’ve been toying with having one for my daughter this summer, but the male feedback has been less than enthusiatic. First they laughed (thinking I was kidding)and then they looked at me like I was crazy to think they’d be interested. The concensus so far is no men…

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have you been to a co-ed baby shower?

Yes, I cohosted one for my BFF. like a PP mentioned, It was like a cocktail/BBQ with baby themed decorations.

Did you play any games?

What were the games?

Were the games lame or fun?

I am not a fan of shower games in general (bridal or baby). The thought of smelling a diaper to guess the candy bar isn’t my idea of a good time 🙂

We hung out, chatted, I do think there were some card games like eucher and trivial pursuit played but nothing baby specific

Any ideas on incorporating the men in the shower?

Anything else cool/memorable happen?

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MLDoddie:  Bunco is a fun game.

It may be fun to have a couple games out at different tables so they can choose to play, but not to have an organized “Time to play games now”. that to reminds me of a childs party when you have to play a game at a designated time. 

You could do more passive games that people can do/fill out on their own time.

  • Guess the # of jelly beans and the winner takes home the jar. 
  • Take baby pics of the internet and post to a board. Have one sheet per person and they can guess the sex of the baby. The winner takes home a 6 pack of beer.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

  1. Have you been to a co-ed baby shower? Yes.
  2. Did you play any games? Yes.
  3. What were the games? Yes. The usual.
    – Everyone gets a baby clothespin and you can’t say a certain word.
    – Guess the number of something in a jar.
    – Not really a game but there was the usual diaper raffle.
    – Baby anagrams.
  4. Were the games lame or fun? Neither Darling Husband or I are into shower games, so generally speaking, we thought they were kind of lame. However, other people like it. I think usually the split is about 50-50 for pro/against games. If there’s a way for people who are not into games to not participate discreetly, that would be ideal. I like PP’s idea of having a separate game zone.
  5. Any ideas on incorporating the men in the shower? Have an even ratio of men-women so they don’t feel like the minority. Don’t make it too cutesy (e.g. not ruffles, baby bottles, etc. everywhere you look). Make it more of a fun party than a traditional “oooh, aaahhh, awwww” shower. The prizes for games should be unisex.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I went to coed baby shower with a contest where participants had to chug a baby bottle full of beer.  That was reasonably funny if you can tolerate drinking games.  (Personally, I dislike drinking games, but at least this one was amusing to watch.)  I generally dislike most shower games though.  Please don’t make anyone taste baby food.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

  1. Have you been to a co-ed baby shower? Yes
  2. Did you play any games? Yes
  3. What were the games? Actually some pretty typical baby shower games “Can’t say ‘baby’, what baby food flavor is this, what is the stuff in the diaper (grossest one!)”
  4. Were the games lame or fun? Mostly fun
  5. Any ideas on incorporating the men in the shower? One game was just for the boys, chug the apple juice from the baby bottle…it was hilarious and one of the popped the nipple & it spilled everywhere…he was disqualified haha
  6. Anything else cool/memorable happen? Most memerable was the bottle game the boys played

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I have attended one co-ed shower, there were no games, and the whole thing took on a middle school dance feel with the men gathered in one part of the house, congratulating the father to be on his functioning equipment, while the women were left to ooh and ah over the mommy and her gifts….it was pretty weak and I left pretty quickly.  

 I always thought it would have been funny to pair everyone up and have them draw what their hypothetical kid would look like….also mad libs birth announcement would be hysterical!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MLDoddie:  I think you’ll be fine. If you get enough men together, they will find a way to have fun. That’s why I said the ratio is important. When there are way more women, the men start feeling embarrassed like their SOs dragged them there. Even if it’s just standing around drinking beers (and making fun of the dad-to-be), they’ll find that entertaining.

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