Can we talk about baby showers for a sec? Because most of them are traditional, conservative and reserved. If this is your style, then cool! Not hating at all! But if you’re anything like me, you’re a sucker for pushing the envelope and breaking away from monotony. What if I told you that a baby shower can be more like a day-party with the right elements? If you’re still reading, you probably like to switch things up too! Are you interested in throwing a non-boring, co-ed baby shower extravaganza? Do you want a shower that stands out? I’ve got you covered!
Elements for a non-boring and co-ed baby shower
1. Open.That. Bar!
Let’s start with the best! Yasssss! Throw in a little “liquua,” especially if you want the fellas to enjoy themselves. You can even hire a bartender to mix made-to-order cocktails and/or have pre-made signature “adult beverages.” Just make sure to label them so they are only consumed responsibly by adults. And not to be outdone, remember to prepare a special “mommy mocktail” for the mother-to-be!
2. Get enough space to mingle.
So now that everyone has their adult beverages in-hand, nope, don’t sit down! You want people to walk around and mingle. You don’t want everyone glued to their chair, only chatting with the person across from them and/or staring down at their phone and scrolling through IG. Let’s spruce this party up!
3. Make photo booth selfies.
Make it fun! This gets people up and gives them something fun to do. You can even pre-order a custom-made Instagram frame with the hashtags for your event. These make for great photos and encourage people to share your event on IG, FB and Twitter. The hashtags will group your guests’ pics together and make the event easier to follow on social media. Add a prop table with signs, selfie sticks, and other fun items to make cool and memorable photos!
4. Hire a DJ.
Because music is everything! Give the DJ a play-list or an idea of what type of music you want to set the vibe. A good DJ will also get people moving around and engage the crowd. Depending on how much space you have you can even create a dance floor. If you invite a lot of guys to a shower, you don’t want them sitting around staring at teddy bear balloons and rainbow confetti. Make it a party with some dope sounds so everyone can bob their heads.
5. Make a custom Cigar Bar.
Want a great way to congratulate the dad on the new edition? Add some cigars to the mix (and maybe a brown cocktail as well). This one is traditionally for the fellas, although we welcome all ladies that want to partake too! Tip: make sure you have an outdoor patio or closed-off section so that the smoke won’t bother the other party goers or get in a lady’s new hair-do. Ruin a fresh blow-out and you’re lookin at 99 problems…but I digress.
6. Have delicious food!
Now this should be a no-brainer, but you gotta have great food! Don’t skimp on the premium dishes, your guests will thank you. And make the food festive and suited for a party. Handhelds, skewers, and small plates are ideal. You want your guests to be full and satisfied, but not so stuffed that they are slumped over their chairs ready to nap. Setting the food up in different stations around the venue will also get people moving around to engage with each other, and prevent one corner of your venue from getting backed up with hungry guests waiting impatiently in line. And if you plan on having a co-ed shower, make sure you have plenty of meat on the menu for those hungry fellas!
7. Don’t forget the snacks.
What says a party like snacks in every corner? Your guests will appreciate the snacks placed around the venue so they can move around, mingle, and explore. Include some fun local favorites that everyone will love.
And last, but certainly not least….
8. Ditch the games, PLEASE and THANK YOU!
Shhhh. So I’ll let you in on a secret. PEOPLE DON’T LIKE PLAYING BABY SHOWER GAMES! Just kidding. But seriously, why not 86 the games and dance instead? Or mingle. Or toast. Anything besides games! If you plan on having a co-ed shower, I’m sure the fellas will appreciate any of the above substitutions. After all, I have yet to see a guy squeal in delight over “guess how many jelly beans are in the baby bottle” game.
Add some spice and happy shower planning!