This year THREE of my besties announced they were expecting. Each of these ladies have their own style and personality that I know their daughters (yep, all girls!) will love as much as I do. This also meant that all three showers would be drastically different. I loved the challenge and that it meant each one could be filled with fun, unique and personalized ideas for expecting moms and dads.Below are my favorite finds while planning this year!
My favorite location was defiantly the local brewery- a perfect spot for co-ed showers. First, you’ll never run out of beer, and second, it put our guy guests at ease. With banners like “Baby’s Brewing” all across Etsy, it’s clear this wasn’t a “novel” concept, but it was definitely new to our group offering a laid-back vibe for friends and family.
First, make sure to run the theme you have in mind by the mom-to-be. The biggest perk to picking a theme is giving yourself parameters to work within so you’re not overwhelmed with all the adorable options. One of the showers was ” Aloha Baby,” a luau themed party. Complete with leis, grass skirts, tiki lanterns and, of course, pineapples. Another fun (and tasty) one was a “Baby-Q” with baby-sized burgers and cone pretzel holders for guests to hold while they mingled.
DIY décor can make a beautiful and colorful backdrop. I used these pinwheel fans for all three showers, picking different patterns for each.
The biggest thing here is to know your audience. Although it’s not for everyone, we had a young co-ed crowd at two of the showers—all who are fans of the tongue-in-cheek game, Cards Against Humanity. So, naturally, when we realized there’s actually a “cards against maternity” version, we had to play! It delivered the same amount of twisted laughs and cringes as the original, and was a huge hit at both showers.
All three shows also included what’s becoming a signature game– “late night” diapers. Although not really an interactive game, it provided guests something to do as they arrived and moms will benefit from the set of diapers, plus a late night laugh or encouraging word.
My favorite favors had to be the succulents gifted to each guest as they left ( I was a guest at this one). The tag read that the succulent would “grow” with the baby, but needed a lot less attention. This works well for a shower of all women, but for Jack-and-Jill showers, “About to Pop” popcorn bags offer more of a gender-neutral take-home.
Additional details & Ideas
- Other ideas include an envelope stack for when guests arrive, with a sign prompting them to go ahead and fill out their name and address. This helps out the mom-to-be for when she goes to write “thank you” notes to all who attended.
- When the shower ends, remember to help your guests of honor pack up gifts and make sure to hand over the list of captured items.
- Set up a fun hashtag for the event for guests to load photos and video
- Add the requests for guests to bring a book in lieu of a card to start the baby’s bookshelf and allow him or her something personal from each person in their life before they were born.