Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 17:47:03 PM. Baby Shower. By alek.
Couples Baby Shower - A Quick Planning Guide Believe it or not, but many husbands would really enjoy going to a Couples Baby Shower with their wife. A baby shower is a fun get-together with friends and family to celebrate a new little baby. Often, the father-to-be would love to be part of that celebration. It helps him get excited about his new son or daughter. And whether he admits it or not, his heart will melt when he opens up a baby shower gift and sees a little pink dress or a little pair of denim overalls. How to Know if You Should Invite the Guys Simply ask the mom-to-be if she wants her husband and his friends to be at the shower. She needs to enjoy the shower first and foremost. So if she doesnt want the men there, then thats the answer. After all, the baby shower is primarily for her. However, if she likes the idea of a coed baby shower, then ask her husband if he would like to go, just to make sure its OK with him. Some guys might feel uncomfortable, which is understandable. But he might be honored by the invite and excited to participate. You never know until you ask! How to Plan a Couples Baby Shower 1. Make up the guest list with both parents. Have them list both her friends and his friends. Hell feel a lot more comfortable with some of his friends there. 2. Decide on a theme that both parents-to-be would enjoy. A general baby theme is always a great choice, or a sports theme, or other hobby of the husbands (cars, cowboy, outdoors, John Deere, etc.) are some fun themes that the dad-to-be might really get into. 3. Make and send out the Couples baby shower invitations. Have the invites match the theme you chose. You could make the invitations in the colors of the dads favorite sports team, or buy some outdoors or cowboy / western paper, or whatever the theme may be. This lets the guys know right from the start that the theme will be something they enjoy. Also, having more than one guy there might make the dad-to-be more comfortable & more enjoyable. Its the whole "strength in numbers" thing. Be sure to mention in the invitations that it is a Couples Baby Shower. 4. Plan the food. This is one of the most (if not the most important) aspects of a Couples baby shower that you can plan. After all, the way to a mans heart (and hence how much he enjoys the baby shower) is through his stomach. Meat is usually a good choice for your coed baby shower food. Definitely have something more hearty than salad and bundt cake. BBQ, casserole, or enchiladas are some good choices. 5. Should you have games at a Couples baby shower? You could do it either way. This is a great question to ask the expectant mom and dad. Often, at a coed baby shower, games are not played. Instead, everyone talks, tells stories and shares parenting advice which makes for a fun, intimate party with friends and family. However, almost always, when the guys actually play the baby shower games, they really get into them. They love competition! So, games or no games, everyone will have a great time. 6. What kind of baby shower favors & prizes are good for a Couples baby shower? Anything Edible! Guys are very predictable, which makes your job as hostess easier! Candy bars, rice krispy treats, beef jerky, cinnamon rolls, etc., inexpensive t-shirts that relate to the theme (sports teams, automobiles, Carhartt, etc.) are fun favors & prizes. Other ideas include: packages of football, baseball, or basketball cards, movie rental gift certificates, pocket-sized outdoor equipment like little flashlights or pocketknives, etc. 7. What kind of gifts are good Couples baby shower gifts? The gifts at a coed baby shower shouldnt be much different than gifts given at a traditional girls baby shower. If this is the only baby shower a mom-to-be will have, then traditional baby shower gifts are a must, because she will still need all the diapers, clothes & burp cloths that she can get. But one or two of the gifts intended for the dad-to-be is a great way to honor and congratulate him. Be sure to have the mom and dad-to-be sit together and take turns opening the baby shower gifts. This really helps him get into the baby excitement. Some other fun ideas for a Couples baby shower: o Have a surprise baby shower for the dad-to-be at his office/work. Call one or two of his coworkers to plan it. He is sure to have friends at work that would love to celebrate & congratulate him on his upcoming son or daughter. o If he is into sports, have the party during a game where everyone can eat & chat during the game and open the gifts afterwards. o Have a cookout BBQ - Any get-together that involves an open flame is definitely a masculine party! It is becoming more and more common to invite the men to baby showers. And, although a coed baby shower is still not quite the "norm" for traditional baby showers, most people find that Couples baby showers are usually among the most fun and memorable types of baby showers.
Choosing The Baby Shower Themes The first step towards baby shower planning is the choice of baby shower themes based on which the entire proceedings will be organized. The baby shower is not only about preparing the parents-to-be for the arrival of their progeny but it is also a celebration of the pregnancy where all the guests take part in the atmosphere of enjoyment and merriment and share the happiness of the expectant mother. The selection of a proper baby shower theme will go a long way in ensuring the success of the baby shower event. Some Suggestions Regarding Choosing Baby Shower Themes Keep Mother-To-Be In View While looking out for suitable baby shower themes you should not forget that the shower party is being organized in honor of the mother-to-be and that her happiness should be the prime criterion. As such, the baby shower theme should be something that is close to the heart of the expectant mother rather than any other aspect. How To Go About Looking For The Best Theme Before you start on your journey to choose the best baby shower themes, you should do a little research work. First, you should try to analyze the nature and characteristics of the mother-to-be. You need to gather information regarding her likes and dislikes and her other traits of personality. It is only by analyzing her nature like whether she is shy, business like, friendly or formal that you can get a proper idea regarding her personality. This analysis will help you in zeroing in on the perfect baby shower theme. Moreover, the sex of the baby is also an important criterion that must be taken into consideration before choosing baby shower themes. If the mother-to-be is expecting a male child, your choice of the theme would be different to what it would be, if she is expecting a female child. On the other hand, if the expectant mother is expecting twins, you would have to think differently about your choice. The other parameters that should be considered are the number of guests that she would like to have at the baby shower party and whether she expectant mother would prefer to have a party exclusively for women or she would like to invite both men and women. Keep Discussing With Your Co-host If there is a co-host for the baby shower event and he is helping you, it would be extremely helpful if you get his views at all stages of the selection of the baby shower themes. Each person has his own ideas and when two people discuss a problem, a solution is bound to crop up from somewhere. You will definitely be able to choose the most appropriate baby shower theme that will make the event a grand success. A good theme will be the stepping-stone for the proper planning of the baby shower event and it will also inspire you to choose the best location and time for the baby shower. You will find that the correct theme will make the planning process a very simple affair. Although finding the best theme will depend more on your creative skills, it is also true that you will get plenty of ideas for baby shower themes from the answers of the mom-to-be in reply to your various questions.
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