Guys and Dolls Shower

Duration: any

Age: parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Making memories, Parties and Celebrations

summary:

Co-ed showers are becoming more popular because many men are actively involved in their partner’s pregnancy. Including a father-to-be in the activities is the modern approach to parenting. Dads enjoy opening gifts for the new baby just as much as mums do!

Mixed showers are becoming more popular because many men are actively involved in their partner’s pregnancy. Including a father-to-be in the activities is the modern approach to parenting. Dads enjoy opening gifts for the new baby just as much as mums do! Here are some great activities to try:

Baby Calendar

Draw a large calendar onto a piece of poster board. The calendar should have four weeks: three weeks before the due date and one week after. Be sure to circle the due date on the calendar. Divide each square (each day) into four sections. The top two squares of each day represent the a.m., the bottom two represent the p.m. The left side of each day represents a girl, the right side, a boy. The guests then guess the day they think Baby will be born, the time of day and the gender (if not already known) by placing their name in the appropriate area. After the baby is born, you could mail a gift certificate or lotto ticket to the person who came closest.

Your Mum and Dad

This activity is similar to a wedding video but is intended for the baby. You can choose to make this a surprise for the parents or let them know it is happening but that they should watch it later. Using a video camera, have each guest (or those who wish to participate) go to a different (quieter!) room to record a story or explain their favorite personality trait about the new mum or dad. Guests could also make predictions of how the parents will react during different challenges they will face throughout the child’s life. Be sure this activity remains “G” rated so the baby can watch it as he grows.

Baby Pictionary

Before the shower, place words relating to baby activities and items on index cards. At the shower, get teams together and give each team a pad of paper and pencil. Let one member of the team see a card, then tell them to draw that word or phrase for their partner to guess. Use a timer or just play until someone guesses. This is similar to the “All Play” option of the game Pictionary.

Although most gifts will be something for the new baby, some guests may want to give gifts that are for the parents. Consider giving hand-made gift certificates for a free night of baby-sitting or some classical or yoga music the whole family can enjoy on relaxing evenings. Film and photo albums are also great gifts both parents can appreciate.