DIY Co-ed Baby Shower Ideas

Hosting a baby shower for a crowd? Check out these stress-free entertaining tips, menu ideas and baby shower games.
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Photo by: Rennai Hoefer

Rennai Hoefer

Traditional baby showers have never really been my thing. Don’t get me wrong, I know we are all thrilled when someone we love will soon bring a new life into the world, but being forced to sniff or taste melted chocolate from a baby diaper or to watch mom-to-be open a hundred onesies isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time (mom-to-be included).

When I offered to host a baby shower for my sister’s first pregnancy, we knew we wanted to do something different. What followed was a successful and fun shower for the parents-to-be and the guests. Consider these tips when planning your next baby shower.

1. Keep It Casual

There is no reason that throwing a baby shower should be a headache. Keep the day easy by hosting a simple backyard barbeque. Allow guests to pop in whenever it fits their schedule and stay only as long as they like. Burgers and dogs on the grill are easy to prepare and gluten-free or vegan options are available.

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Choose sides that can be made beforehand to limit the amount of preparation the day of the shower. We stuck with fresh vegetables, hummus, salsas and salads that were easy to whip up and satisfied all dietary needs. They also fared well sitting out for the length of the party. 

2. Make It Co-ed

It took two people to produce a pregnancy, so shouldn’t both parties be invited to celebrate it? Include the dudes and you’ll have extra sets of hands to setup and cleanup. It is also a great excuse to see all of your friends in the same place at the same time.

There are many co-ed baby shower invitations available. We settled on these great “BabyQ” shower invites by ElleOL Designs in pink, blue, or gender-neutral yellow, but you can even print your own invitations from home.

Free Baby Shower Invites

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Check out our free, customizable invites.  Just download, add the details, then print. Couldn't be easier!

On Trend

Make party planning a whole lot easier with our printable invites. Just download your favorite invitation, fill in the name of the mommy to be, add the date and place of the shower, then print and send. Download our feathers and arrows invite.

Book Worm

Stock-the-library showers are a great way for first-time, or second-time moms to add classic favorites to their baby's new collection. Download our literary invite.

Multiples

Having twins? Triplets? You can't go wrong with one of these poker-inspired shower invitations.

Gender Reveal

The only thing more fun than finding out your baby's gender is finding out while surrounded by your closest friends and family. Invite them to the big reveal with this sweet invite.

Steampunk

Add a little steampunk flair to your baby shower with these cool industrial-style invites. Go mechanical-chic.

French Brunch

If elegant Parisian is the mom-to-be's style, download this chic invitation.

Collegiate

Rally your friends and family for a collegiate-style baby shower, full of pep. Try this preppy invite.

3. Bust Out the Booze

For those who like to kick back with a cold one on the weekend, a baby shower is no exception. In addition to having an assortment of beer outside by the barbeque, we set up a gorgeous indoor mimosa bar for guests to pick and choose their poison. Champagne along with orange, cranberry, and pineapple juices with fresh-cut fruit were provided for mixing. We even threw in a sangria option (thanks Bobby Flay!) for those that don’t dig champagne. The mimosa bar was so pretty that we hardly needed extra decorations for the shower, and mom-to-be could drink OJ without feeling left out. 

Mimosa and Sangaria Bar

Mimosa and Sangaria Bar

4. Embrace Minimal Decorations

Tons of time and energy could be spent crafting pink fluffy or soft blue baby shower decorations only to have them thrown away after the party ends. Why not keep décor stress-free by using functional items or things that can be reused after the shower as decoration? With our mimosa bar and menu bringing in tons of color already, we decided to pick up just a few items to spruce up the already beautiful Los Angeles home where the shower was hosted. We chose to bring in fresh spring flowers, balloons in a pale pink palette, and inexpensive tissue paper pompoms that hung like chandeliers from the arched entryways around the house. 

All baby shower gifts were laid out neatly unwrapped for guests to peruse. Everyone loves to look at cute, tiny baby gifts, but we eliminated the monotonous gift opening tradition while still allowing guests to find and chat about what they had given the expectant couple.

5. Make Games Opt-In Only

Nothing is worse than being forced to participate in a baby shower game that you aren’t interested in or just plain grosses you out (reference melted chocolate diaper game above). We chose only two opt-in games that didn’t take a lot of work and appealed to all members of the shower.

Baby Bottle Beer Chug

Baby Bottle Beer Chug

Our first game was the baby bottle beer chug. Bottles were filled a quarter of the way up and handed out to participants of the game. On “Go,” every last drop was sucked back until the first male and female finishers were awarded prizes. The baby shower prizes distributed were gift cards to popular eateries and coffee joints. Of course, the mom-to-be can’t participate, but ours enjoyed being the judge and handing out prizes. 

Baby Face Mash-Up

Baby Face Mash-Up

The second baby shower game was created over at makemebabies.com using photos of the couple and their celebrity crushes. On the site, mom and dad-to-be’s facial features are extracted from their photos to make a baby face mash-up. The process is repeated with celebrity photos and the baby faces are lined up side-by-side. Participants must guess which face belongs to the future parents-to-be’s baby. 

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Fun + Free Activities

Games are a great way to get all of the guests involved and talking at a baby shower. But you don't have to spend a fortune on activities! Instead, get the party started with our free printable templates. Download the game instruction cards seen here (and many more in the next slides) to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2014

Don't Say Baby

Everyone loves this game! As guests arrive, have them clip one clothespin somewhere on their clothing. The goal of the game is not to say the word "baby." If someone says "baby," another guest can take her clip. The guest with the most clips at the end of the shower wins. For added pizzazz, dress up plain clips with glitter and ribbon. Download the instruction card.

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Books for Baby

What better way to sprinkle a new mommy than to fill her new baby’s library with great books? On the invitation include a note for each guest to bring her favorite children’s book for the baby’s library. Purchase a plain crate from your local craft store, paint and personalize it with the baby’s name and have guests drop their books inside for mom or dad to take home. Get the step-by-step instructions.

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Baby Dictionary

Use our printable game sheet to test the guests' knowledge. Have everyone start at the same time and give them one minute to come up with as many baby-related words as possible, one per alphabet letter. The guest with the most words at the end of the minute wins. Download the game sheets.

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Go Boho

Create a make-your-own flower crown station for guests, complete with all the supplies they'll need to craft boho-chic floral headpieces.

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Guess Baby's Birthday

On a printed calendar, have each guest write down the date and time they think the baby will arrive, then jot down their name next to the prediction. After the birth, the guest who had the closest guess will win a prize. Download a free guess-the-birthdate calendar to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2014

Pampered Momma

Sit back and relax. A spa-themed shower is a perfect way to pamper and prepare a new mom before baby arrives. Set up a relaxing facial station where each guest can enjoy an invigorating sugar scrub and soothing honey mask. Get more ideas for a spa-themed shower below.

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Baby Blanket Bingo

This is a fresh take on a classic game that everyone loves. At the beginning of the shower, hand out a blank bingo card to each guest. Have them write in each space an item that they think the mom-to-be might receive. As the guest of honor opens her gifts, players mark off items on their card. The first guest to get five in a row wins. Download free bingo cards to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK.

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How Big is Her Belly?

All you need for this game is a roll of ribbon or string, scissors and the mom-to-be. Have each guest cut a piece of ribbon the length they think will wrap around her belly perfectly. Take turns measuring around her belly and the person with the closest length wins. Download the free game instruction cards to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK.

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Baby Animal Game

This printable guessing game is a fun way to get your guests talking. They'll simply need to guess which baby animal belongs with which parent. Download the printable game and hand each guest a game card when they arrive. Throughout the party, have them match up the baby animal with the parent animal. While you are opening gifts, go over the answers aloud. Whoever has the most correct matches wins a prize! Download the game sheets.

Who's That Baby?

Have each guest bring a baby photo of themselves, then post the photos on a board along with a printed number. Throughout the shower, guests can study the board and take a guess at who is in each photo. The guest with the most correct guesses wins. Download the numbers to tag each photo, the game sheets and the game instruction card.

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Memory Game

Let's see which guest has the best memory. Fill a tray with small gifts for the new baby, then give each player a pen and piece of paper. Walk around with the tray, showing each guest what it is filled with. Once each guest has had the opportunity to study the tray, have everyone flip their paper over and write down as many items as they can remember. The guest with the most items wins.

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Advice for Parents-to-Be

Let guests help with the party decor by stringing up colorful cards with advice and well wishes for the mommy to be. Cut out colorful shapes of your choice — we love these sweet animal shapes! — and let guests choose which card they want. By the end of the party, you'll have an entire wall of thoughtful advice.

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Name That Movie Quote

Simply print a game sheet for each baby shower guest and hand out one to each, along with a pen. Have them keep the sheet upside down until you say "go"! Give them five minutes to figure out as many baby movie quotes as they can. The guest with the most correct guesses wins a prize. Download the quote cards to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK.

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Word Challenge

Print a banner that spells out the baby's name, congratulations or other sentiment and hang it up where seated guests can see it. Give each guest a piece of paper and pen to write down as many words as they can using only the letters used for the banner. Give them two minutes to make their list. The guest with the most words wins. Download our free alphabet pennants to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK, then download the instruction card following the links in the first slide of this gallery.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2014

DIY Onesie Station

Keep guests busy and treat Mom to a set of adorable, handmade baby clothes by setting up a onesie decorating station. Snag the instructions and downloadable patterns here.

Guess How Many Gumballs

Not only does this game add an element of fun to the baby shower, but it also creates a pretty display. Fill a glass jar with gumballs and have the guests guess how many are in the jar. Download the game instruction card, then download the guess slips.

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Draw Straws

Add a twist to the classic game of drawing straws. Using cute paper straws that match the shower colors, cut them into varying lengths, making sure one is shorter than all the rest. Have each guest draw a straw and the person with the shortest wins a prize.

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Sprinkled With Love

This simple game challenges the guests to come up with as many words as they can using the letters in the words “Sprinkled with Love." The longer the word, the better. Think quickly and write as many words down as possible before the timer runs out. Download the game sheets.

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Words of Wisdom

Throwing a travel-themed shower? Have guests give the parents-to-be their best “travel” tips for their new life with baby by filling out these printable cards. Go one step further by displaying them in a cute, vintage suitcase. Download the advice cards.

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Hole In One

Lawn games were made for informal gatherings like this Baby-Q. Jazz up the usual beanbags with pink and blue fabric for the event, turning a standard game of cornhole into a baby-gender guessing game.

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Thanks in Advance

If you want to make the guest of honor’s life easier, make sure to use this tip! The last things you want to do when you are about to have a baby (or even worse, if you just had a baby) are track down everyone’s addresses, buy thank you cards, or go anywhere near a post office. Setting up a thank you card area will save her hours.

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6.  Don’t Forget the Guest’s Family

Allow guests to bring their entire families to the baby shower, including those with fur. This makes it easy for people to attend as they won’t have to find child or pet care. You’ll also have tons of fun playing with the little ones (just make sure to walk your pets beforehand and clean up after them at the shower).

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