Co-Ed Baby Shower: Backyard Baby-Q Bash

The concept of throwing a party to celebrate an upcoming birth has been around for years. We all know what a traditional baby shower consists of: silly games, cute cupcakes, and the mommy-to-be being showered with gifts. In most cases, baby showers honor and focus on the mother, while the dad-to-be skips out and lets the girls have their fun.

But do you ever wonder if dad feels left out during this celebration?

This week, I stumbled upon a new trend in the world of baby showers that celebrates both mom and dad... A CO-ED SHOWER! One of my favorite themes I came across for co-ed baby showers is a Backyard Baby-Q Bash. Adorable, right? I thought so, too.

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The host of the shower should make sure to invite all of the mommy's closest girlfriends and women in her family, along with their husbands. Don't forget to invite dad's pals too! While the men grill out and toss corn hole, the ladies can enjoy the yummy appetizers and visit with each other. The menu can include your typical barbecue foods: burgers, hotdogs, mac-n-cheese, baked beans, and potato salad. To make things fun, also provide "baby" foods such as stuffed baby peppers, baby pigs in a blanket, cole slaw with baby carrots, or baby back ribs!

Decorate the shower like any other barbecue: red-checkered table cloths, mason jars, and daisy flower pieces. If you're feeling crafty, make a burlap banner to be hung by the food, OR hang a clothes line and put baby clothes on it that match your party's colors.

You can't throw a baby shower without games! An easy way to include the guys is to have corn hole tournament. Another idea is to print out baby pictures of celebrities (and include a few of the expecting parents) and see who can correctly guess the most.

As far as party favors go, send guests home with drink koozies or bottles of BBQ sauce that display the name and date of the event. This way, friends and family will have something to keep as a reminder of a great celebration.

CELEBRATING LIFE, BABIES, AND BARBECUES, ANNA!