Host A Coed Parenthood Baby Shower
Baby showers don’t have to be “ladies only”! Spouses, partners and male friends also enjoy celebrating the arrival of the mommy-to-be’s baby, so why not invite them? Husbands might complain about missing a football game or two, but that’s what TiVo is for!
Throwing a baby shower that includes men isn’t a lot different from ladies-only showers. Make the event fun for everyone, boys included, by skipping the games and focusing on conversation and good food. Keep the television turned off by playing music that a wide variety or people will like, such as country, jazz or rock, depending on your taste. Choose a theme for your baby shower supplies that will appeal to both sexes, like a Parenthood baby shower theme.
Party Pail’s Parenthood baby shower decorations are cute without being cutesy, which is appropriate for a party women and men attend. The baby shower invitations, available in printer paper and card stock, are fairly unisex, which will let your male invitees know that the shower won’t be a “girly” event. Choose from several elegant party favors that your guests can actually use, like boxed candles, tea infusers and metal bookmarks. You might even purchase a few Parenthood baby shower advice books, in which guests can write down the tips they’ve learned with their own children. Encourage partners and spouses to write their advice on adjoining pages, so that the guest of honor can compare advice.
Buffet is the way to go at a coed party. Stick to sandwiches, potato salad, green salad, a vegetable-and-dip platter, fruit, cheese, chips and dip. You can even have a potluck! Ask each guest what they’d like to bring something to complement your sandwiches, perhaps drinks, snacks, appetizers or side dishes. For dessert, serve cake, cookies and brownies. Provide water and themed and solid-color baby shower plates, napkins and tableware, as well as a centerpiece and other décor. You can even integrate “manly” solid-color plates, decorating supplies, and tableware, available in green and brown.
One of the main things men tend to complain about with respect to baby showers is how long they take, so keep the party fairly short, only two hours long, two-and-a-half at most. Consider skipping opening presents at the party, which can take a very long time. Some etiquette books even say it’s bad form to open gifts at baby showers! Part of the fun of baby showers is watching the mommy-to-be ooh and ah over each tiny baby outfit, but there’s no reason she can’t do it a few days after the event. Since most of the guests have experience in “Parenthood”, they may need to scoot back home to take care of their own brood. If you do open the gifts later, be sure to send out thank you notes, specifying the gift each guest gave you.