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There is an ever growing trend to have co-ed baby showers. Many of you have written in and asked for ideas on what to do when having the father-to-be and his friends present. Here are a few of our ideas to make both genders feel comfortable in having a great and memorable time:

1) Not Too Frilly: Make sure the décor of the party incorporates both male and female tastes. You can still make it "cute" with pinks and baby blues as well as with cute baby shower decorations, but let the daddy-to-be or another male help in choosing the décor of the party.

2) Food for a King: Finger sandwiches that are customary at baby showers thrown by the girls may not provide enough grub for the guys. Make sure to incorporate Hors d'oeuvres like little pizzas, pigs in a blanket, chicken wings, etc. You may even go for a larger meal if you think that would be better.

3) Games for All: Games are great to play even in a mixed group of men and women. Check out our baby shower games section and choose games best suited for both genders. Baby shower games like timed changing diaper relays, baby madlibs, and other games are fun for both men and women. A great baby shower game to play with couples is the famous mothers and fathers game here (right click to download).

4) The Perfect Venues: If you are having a baby shower other than a home party, make sure the place is suited for both men and women! A tea party atmosphere would bore the men as a restaurant/bar would work well. If it is a male only baby shower, a day of golf, a concert or bar may be an alternative and fun venue.

5) Gift Opening vs. Scratching a Chalkboard: Many women love watching the baby shower presents being opened at the end of a baby shower. However, this tradition bores men to tears as they would rather be watching sports or a good movie to recite lines to. A great idea is to have the event somewhere where the men can get a drink and watch some tv while eating the party mix on tables while the women enjoy the age old tradition of opening cute gifts.

6) Separation of the Sexes: It is natural for men to gravitate to their friends and split off from the females. This should be seen as an appropriate behavior and should cause no stress. Use some baby shower games to bring the couples and genders back together for at least a little bit.

7) Baby Shower Gifts: If gifts are going to be given out to planners or for winning baby shower games, make sure to choose some masculine gifts as well as the gifts for the girls. Candles, frames and Victoria Secret gift certificates will not work for the men but flasks, wine and gift certificates to a book store or for the movies may.

8) Conversation Change: There will be a different dynamic at the baby shower with a co-ed group. Accept that it will not only be talk about the baby but also may lead to more roastings, practical jokes, politics, and sports. The women will be more focused on baby names, clothing, cute stories and celebrity gossip (yes this is a generalization).

9) Incorporate the Anima and Animus: Make sure to include a male and female planner for the baby shower so you have the best of both worlds. This will make for a much more successful baby shower as both sexes have a say in what goes into the party.

10) Pictures, Pictures, and More Pictures: It is great to make sure to get a lot of pictures at the baby shower of the mommy and daddy to be as well as their friends/couples. These will be great memories to look back on when the little one grows up and wants to see who was present at his/her baby shower.

11) Have the guys do the cookin: (BBQ - make a salad or whatever, be sure to have a list and keep it simple) While the women go off and do a belly casting on the soon-to-be-mom and tell their own birthing stories. Then when mom is done being casted (about ˝ hour) dinner will be ready and served by the men. The guys will have had a chance to be guys w/o the girls and the same for the girls, with everyone eating dinner together and opening baby shower gifts at the end of the shower.

12 Baby Shower Bottle Game - Have the guys be given an 8 oz baby bottle with milk. See which guy can win by drinking the milk the quickest out of the baby bottle. A fun game to watch. Thanks to Kate N. on this wonderful baby shower game idea!

Please let us know if you have any additional Co-Ed baby shower ideas and we may add them to this page. You can reach us at mommy@babyshower101.com

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