For her first baby, my best friend Nicki requested a co-ed baby shower to include her and her husband's friends and family. To keep costs low, my co-host and I planned a backyard, potluck book themed baby shower.
DIY cardstock invitations set the baby shower book theme with a simple request that guests sign a favorite book instead of a card.
Guests pitched in with potluck dishes of all kinds. We coordinated the food when guests R.S.V.P.ed.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar fed a group hungry for sweets. The cake was a great focal point, and simple to create: 23 frosted cupcakes for the body and and one round cake for the head. With black licorice, the caterpillar sprouted legs and antenna.
A sheet cake decorated as the title page from "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" provided extra servings and really added to the baby shower book theme.
|If you look closely, you can see the White Rabbit from "Alice in Wonderland" chilling on the far right.|
- Favorite kid's lit characters -- in stuffed animal form -- joined the guests. (Winnie the Pooh, Corduroy the bear and Curious George, to name a few.)
- Hardcover children's books sat on each seat. These books gave guests something to look through as everyone arrived; they also served as writing surfaces for the pen-and-paper games.
- Onesies (picked up for free on Craigslist) hung on twine made a banner above the guests of honor.
- A little crate paper, balloons and plastic table cloths tied the baby's room colors into the party. White string lights added sparkle.
|Baby's uncles battle it out.|
- Fill-in-the-blank trivia on classic children's books kept the baby shower book theme going.
The other activities were more for laughs:
- A contest to see who could cloth diaper baby the fastest. (Make sure to pit mom against dad at a co-ed party.)
- Taste and guess baby food flavors. (Probably the least popular activity for our mixed crowd. It wasn't a game Grandpa was going to participate in.)
- Guess mom's belly size by sheets of toilet paper. (Never not funny.)
- Present Bingo: To keep guests from boredom during the present parade, they fill out a Bingo card with predictions of what the parents will receive. The first guest to get five in a row (or blackout the playing card) gets a prize and bragging rights.
- Decorate onesies with fabric paint. This was the costlier part of the shower, but totally worth it. The results were hilarious.
|Produce box covered in wrapping paper, adorned with a bow.|
Guests took home goodie bags with baby-themed candies: Baby Ruth, Sugar Daddies, Sugar Babies, etc.
Classic rock with some alternative and a sprinkle of local favorites sounded in the background. Baby, boys and love were subjects.