In decades past, wedding showers and baby showers were typically parties designed only for women. However, times have changed and more and more people are hosting co-ed showers as a way to include grooms-to-be and dads-to-be in the planning process. While many things about a co-ed shower will be similar to any other, it can help to go into planning for such a party with a few ideas to make the event enjoyable for everyone. We’ve gathered a few tips that can help you with this task.
- Make the Invitations Clear – Many people will not assume an event is co-ed even if you have both a man and woman’s name on the invitation. Mention “co-ed” so everyone knows they are invited!
- Consider a Theme – Choosing a theme can make planning much easier and will keep things from being too “genetically feminine.”
- Keep it Casual – Because you’ll likely have more attendees, consider keeping it casual. For instance, choosing buffet foods or appetizers rather than a sit-down meal.
- Provide an Alternative to Gift Opening – As a general rule, men may not be quite as interested in the gift opening. Plus, some women may not either. Consider setting up a table for cards or a video in another room to keep everyone occupied.
At the end of the day, make sure the couple that is to be married or the parents-to-be are comfortable with the plans and you make the day all about them. If you do that, you’re sure to see success.