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The Best Coed Baby Shower

Updated on August 25, 2008

The sound of the words "baby shower" evokes images of cucumber sandwiches and women sipping tea while discussing diaper technique, sending chills down most men's spines. But now, baby showers have gotten hipper and don't have to follow all the traditional rules. I recently hosted a baby shower along with my friends Aubrae and Amy, and I do believe a good time was had by all, even the men.

Food and alcohol

When we were dating, my witty husband informed me his three favorite things in life are beer, steak, and sex. We decided to pass on the stripper idea, but lots of finger food and champagne go a long way towards keeping men content. I made a chocolate cake, Aubrae bought a cake, and Amy supplied the European cheese and crackers from Costco.

The party began at 1:00 on a Sunday afternoon and ended at 4:00. The group of 20 went through ten bottles of Proseco and a half case of microbrew.

Okay, I'll admit, the lemon bars Amy made went faster
Okay, I'll admit, the lemon bars Amy made went faster

Games don't have to be painful

As guests arrived we collected the baby pictures everyone brought of themselves and issued one teething ring to each person, explaining they could not say the word "baby" or they would lose their ring to whoever caught the infraction first. The men got very competitive with this game and creative at their attempts to evoke the "forbidden" word.

Aubrae arranged the baby pictures on a cork board with assigned numbers. I had preprinted answer sheets where each guest wrote down their guesses on which picture belonged to which person. We all learned something new about our friends during this game, such as, "You have a sister?"

Our third game was a memory game. A tray containing 16 baby items was placed in the living room for guests to study while we were eating and socializing. After we had sat down to start games, the tray was taken away, and everyone got a piece of paper for writing down all the items they could remember.

Around 2:30, we announced the winners and handed out silly prizes, such as water pistols and smurfs, to the game winners. We were ready to watch the expectant couple open presents, and drink more champagne.

Hmmm...who has a twin?
Hmmm...who has a twin?

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