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    I am planning a co-ed shower in December for new parents-to-be having twins! I need help planning the shower!!

    Do you have any advice/ recommendations on fun baby activities, simple games(we probably won't do games, but I'm curious to hear of games in case I change my mind), cute decorations, favor ideas, food, etc... for a co-ed shower?

    We might do a Safari/ Wild Animal theme since that will be the nursery (and it is gender neutral). Other than that, I'm just now starting to plan & thought I'd get input from you ladies since you are all so creative. TIA!
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    I like the safari theme...and then she can use some of the decorations if she wants in the nursery!
    As for games, I've done lots of word puzzles, identify the chocolate bar melted into the diaper, Kim's game, songs with baby in the title, complete the nursery rhyme...one I think might be fun for your theme was to name the baby form of all these animals...some were really hard, like eels.

    I think Ashely would be your best bet for decoration ideas!

    I made super cute monkey cupcakes for DJ's first birthday. They were fun!

    Just one caution, mention that she doesn't want tons of stuffed animals. Everyone will finds a cute animal stuffie and goodness knows, they breed at my house

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommyvolc View Post
    Just one caution, mention that she doesn't want tons of stuffed animals. Everyone will finds a cute animal stuffie and goodness knows, they breed at my house

    Nicole
    Ditto! My aunt, bless her, decided to decorate every table at my DS's shower with a stuffed animal. Not smalls either, nope! They were the extra large versions of gorillas, hippos, giraffes, etc. Those things plague our house. DS carries them around, the girls latch onto them, and there is no good way to store them.


    As for shower ideas, I stink at that stuff. Everything sounds good so far though.
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    I went to a baby shower yesterday that was really cute. For favors the hostess had set up a table with candy and empty bags. People ate the candy during the party and took home bags of candy. There were a couple of guys there that thought it was the greatest part of the shower! On that table she had rolled up baby wash cloths in a circle and covered with saran wrap with ribbon, like this:

    Most of us didn't even notice that it was washcloths for awhile because it looked so good!
    Instead of cake she did cake pops. She did raspberry jam instead of icing to bind the cake crumbs together and it was wonderful.
    She had bought the curtains the mom-to-be had registered for and put them on a cut hula hoop from the dollar store to frame the gift table. Kinda like this idea:


    Ummm....I've seen a lot of versions of the watermelon cut out into shapes. My parents did this carriage one for my shower. I've seen sharks, baskets, and more so maybe you could do something similar for the theme?


    I really don't like the typical shower games, especially for co-ed events. So I'm sure most people would love what I think is dumb. I like to eat, chat, and play with gifts at a party. I have to say that my favorite baby showers are the ones where the mom passes around the gifts as she opens them because then I get to play with the stuff and check it out too! And it helps keep conversation going.

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    Great ideas! Thanks!

    Jackie, love the washcloth idea! So cute!

    Thanks for the tips on stuffed animals. She's already received 2 HUGE bears as gifts just for announcing her pregnancy. I can imagine she will be getting more...
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    One game we played at a recent coed shower was about the mom and dad to be. Like "where did dad g to high school?" "what color are mom's shoes?" (mom and dad are out of the room for this part) and then stuff like where they met, when the real due date is, what the babies names are, etc. The person that gets the most correct wins. The guys like it because they want to say they know the couple better than anyone else.

    Also, decorating onesies is really big at showers right now. Its not your typical game but it is an activity that can be set off to the side. If someone is feeling particularly awkward walking around not talking to anyone they can mosey over to the onesie table and decorate. You can size them up by season, month (for monthly pics) etc. Then the mom gets to have all these handmade outfits for her LOs for pictures.
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    Jackie, that washcloth idea is so cute!! I like the candy theme.

    One game that comes to my mind since it's a coed shower is to have the wives feed their dh's baby food. Whoever finishes the fastest would win. The men would wear bibs (the parents to be can then add those bibs to their bib stash). I would also make sure it's a vegetable, and not a yummy fruit! I think that would be hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenn0113 View Post

    Also, decorating onesies is really big at showers right now. Its not your typical game but it is an activity that can be set off to the side. If someone is feeling particularly awkward walking around not talking to anyone they can mosey over to the onesie table and decorate. You can size them up by season, month (for monthly pics) etc. Then the mom gets to have all these handmade outfits for her LOs for pictures.
    We did this at my shower and I loved it. I even tried to get a picture of Jordan in each outfit and send it to the person who made it. Onesies are a staple in an infant's wardrobe but having them decorated by friends and family made them a lot of fun.

    The woman who hosted my shower put some African Violets in pots that matched our nursery colors. She used them to decorate the table with and then sent them home with me. I am happy to say that they are still alive a year and a half later!

    Don't feel too pressured to have a theme. I loved my shower and there was not particular theme. The food was displayed beautifully and I still think about how wonderful it all looked. And tasted.

    There are some great ideas here. I've only hosted one shower so I'm no expert on this sort of thing.
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    Great ideas here already! I'll add to this later when I come up with something new.

    Cali - are you the only one hosting this shower?
    Julie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Readyforbaby1 View Post
    Great ideas here already! I'll add to this later when I come up with something new.

    Cali - are you the only one hosting this shower?
    Pretty much... I will have some help if I need it, but due to certain circumstances, I'm the only one hosting...

    Thanks for the ideas!!!!
    Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!

    Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07


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