Nontraditional Baby Shower Ideas

by Melissa Morang
Change the dynamics of a traditional shower and invite men.

Change the dynamics of a traditional shower and invite men.

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Baby showers are a wonderful way to celebrate the new addition to someone's family. Take advantage of your role as the party planner and put a twist on the traditional shower if the guest of honor is up for it. There are many options you can choose from when throwing a baby shower, so think outside the box and make it a day that will go down in history for the mom-to-be.

Co-ed Shower

Don't keep men away from the shower. The father-to-be deserves some recognition. Invite friends of the father-to-be. Play party games that both men and women can enjoy, such as finding out who can drink a baby bottle the fastest. Fill bottles with any drink. Give each person a bottle to chug. The person who empties the bottle first, wins. You can also play charades or even card games, such as poker. Serve food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, sandwiches and pizza. Provide both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Don't forget party favors that may appeal to men, such as T-shirts, candy bars and gift certificates for movie rentals.

Baby Shower with Kids

You don't have to leave the kids out of a baby shower. Make the party a family day and have the party in your backyard. Get a small outdoor pool or a Slip 'N Slide so that the kids can entertain themselves. Serve plenty of food, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches. Play shower games that everyone can join, such as a bowling game. Use 10 baby bottles as bowling pins. Use a tennis ball to knock the pins down. Give prizes to the winners in each age group. You can also play horseshoes or ball games.

Pool Party Shower

Have a pool party baby shower if you have access to a pool. Make sure the mom-to-be is comfortable with this kind of party. This can be a co-ed party or not, depending on the guest of honor's comfort level. She does not have to wear a bathing suit, but she may enjoy the pool and the outdoor entertainment. Have plenty of snacks and soft drinks, such as chips, dips and vegetable trays. Don't forget sandwiches and hamburgers. The guests can play games in the pool or play balloon games. Fill balloons with water and break up into groups of two. Give each group five balloons. Each group must toss the balloons back and forth until they break. The winning group is the last group with an unbroken balloon. Don't forget to give prizes.

Group Outing

Go somewhere as a group. For instance, you can go to a local beach or park. Play games such as ball games or Frisbee, and don't forget to give prizes. Beaches and parks usually have pavilions, but check this out before you go, and call your local park to see if you need to reserve the space. Find out if you can bring alcohol as well. Set up in a pavilion and serve simple party foods such as hamburgers and hot dogs. Give party favors such as beach pails, Frisbees, towels or T-shirts.

About the Author

Melissa Morang began writing professionally in 2002. She has created sales scripts for telemarketing companies and contributes to online publications. Morang has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota.

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