Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 01:41:03 AM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
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.
Surprise Baby Shower - A Pleasant Surprise For The Expectant Mom Time has brought about changes in the way of throwing baby showers and a surprise baby shower is an offshoot of this process of alteration. Though not traditional, the idea of having surprise baby shower for the expectant mother is fast gaining popularity. As the name implies, this kind of shower is planned without disclosing it to the mommy-to-be. She is made to visit the venue of baby shower on one pretext or the other, where she discovers it because of the typical decorations and presence of guests. Pleasant surprises are always welcome, but if not planned with due consideration surprise baby shower may not prove to be so agreeable to the expectant mother. Or the mom-to-be may figure it out beforehand. Therefore, you need to keep in mind propriety of time and other aspects, and to plan it in an immaculate manner. Here are a few clues to holding a successful surprise baby shower. When To Have It? Most of the women are too nervous and apprehensive during their first pregnancy to appreciate any kind of surprises. Therefore, it is prudent not to have surprise baby shower when a woman is having her first baby. It is better to postpone it or think of holding a surprise shower during second or third pregnancies. For having already been through the process of childbirth, the expectant mothers are much more experienced and much less mired in anxiety. Further, you have to take extra care to ensure that time you choose for the party does not clash with any other commitment of the lady, her husband, and close family members. You may need to take someone very close to her in confidence for this purpose. Be Careful With The Invitation Cards: The invites you send to the guests for surprise baby shower must mention it categorically that its a surprise party. For the mom-to-be may happen to visit some guests house and come across the invite accidentally. Or some of the guests may happen to meet the mom and inadvertently divulge it to her. It is best to keep as little time between sending the invites and the date of surprise shower as possible. Decorations And The Gifts: Decorations for the surprise baby shower do not have to be any different from those for normal baby showers. Its just that you can be a little more experimental and do not need to stick to the conventional baby shower decorations. The same thing goes for gifts for surprise showers. You do not need to restrict the gifts to baby items. You may opt to gift other useful items if you feel like. Baby shower favors are a nice way of expressing gratitude to the guests and appreciating their participation. It must be kept in mind that any kind of shower is aimed at cheering up the mom-to-be and relaxing her mind. You must make all efforts to ensure that the event does not prove to be tiresome for the expectant mother. Especially if its a surprise baby shower remember to ensure that the mommy-to-be is comfortable.
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