Cringe-free babyshower ideas for Dads
Who says a baby shower is only for the mum-to-be and her female friends? These days there are no hard-and-fast rules around who can or can’t be present at a baby shower, so why not throw a co-ed celebration where both Mum and Dad can attend. We’ll break down some ideas of how Dad can be included and both parents can celebrate their impending new arrival.
Ditch the pink
If the boys are invited then you might want to veer away from the traditional, more feminine baby shower themes. Stay clear of pastel colours and opt for neutral colours or bright tones instead. Something like a sports theme could work well if both parents are sports enthusiasts or support a particular team.
Make sure you specify on the invitation that you’re hosting a co-ed celebration and it’s for both parents to celebrate the impending new arrival.
Serve some guy-friendly grub
Focus on the food and ensure your menu includes some substantial food offerings. An afternoon barbecue would appeal to both males and females and is a great way to mingle in a relaxed, sociable setting. Just make sure the mum-to-be is catered for with pregnancy safe food to eat! Or you could have a Mexican-themed fiesta and set up a serving station of make-your-own nachos or tacos with salsa and guacamole. Let’s not forget those margaritas too – non-alcoholic ones of course.
Update the traditional games
Be a bit more selective with the games you play and choose games that both males and females can participate in and have some fun with. Outside games can be a great option – things like ‘break Mum’s water’, where you partner up and throw a water balloon between sides, increasing the distance after a set number of throws until the balloon breaks and you’re ‘out’. You could have a nappy-changing race, and even get the guys to "experience" what it's like to have a giant baby bump by putting balloons under their shirts – there's a perfect sneaky photo opp, right there!
Gifts for dad too
It’s probably fair to say that the Dad-to be isn’t going to be overly excited about the frilly baby outfits and other cute baby items that are usually gifted at a shower. An alternative could be asking the male attendees to honour the expectant father and bring him a small gift. You can guarantee that there will be some humorous and unique offerings and it’s also a great way for the Dad to feel included in the celebrations.
Although it’s a break in tradition, with a few simple shifts in décor, entertainment and catering you can easily turn a traditional shower into a joy-filled, co-ed celebration that allows both parents to celebrate the new arrival to the family. At the end of the day it’s a celebration of love, showing the parents to be that they are supported by family and friends. Let the fun begin!