Posted on March 13, 2020

Jack & Jill Baby Showers: A How-To Guide

When we think of a baby shower, many consider it a ladies’ afternoon, showering the mommy-to-be with love and supplies for her bundle of joy’s arrival. But it’s 2022 and the fellas in our lives also want to celebrate the baby too! Enter the Jack and Jill baby shower. But what exactly is a Jack and Jill shower and how can you host one for your pregnant bestie or plan your own? We’ve got the guide you need!

What Is a Jack and Jill Baby Shower?

A Jack & Jill shower is more or less a co-ed baby shower where not only can the mother-to-be, her gal pals, and family celebrate but the father-to-be and his male friends and family can also join in. Often, these Jack & Jill showers are a little less cutesy than a traditional baby shower and focus more on special elements and family fun before the baby’s arrival.

This makes a Jack and Jill baby shower a great way to get the father-to-be and the other male members of the family involved in celebrating the baby. To host a successful co-ed baby shower, try keeping the following in mind. 

  • Think carefully about the theme you want to have for this special event. Go for unique baby shower themes that allow you to get away from the typical pink and blue decorations. Picking a theme also lets the would-be mom and dad show their personalities. The best part is that the theme can be tailored to suit the soon-to-be parents’ interests and/or the hobbies they hope to share with their new bundle of joy.
  • Next, you’ll need to send out invites to spread the word about the Jack and Jill baby shower. Invitations for this kind of event are important because the baby shower will include the father and male family members and friends too, potentially twice as many people as usual. If there’s something in particular that you want to convey about the gathering, you should include it in the invitation.
  • You’ll also need to work out some fun Jack and Jill party ideas and games for everyone. Remember, the guys will be participating in the baby shower games too. You have to agree that there’s something charming about watching grown men partaking in baby-related games. So, do make the most of it. 
  • Don’t forget about party favors – they’re a great way to thank your guests for joining in the celebration. It’s a good idea to base the favors on the baby shower theme. Alternatively, you can choose something exclusive that conveys a sweet sentiment to all those in attendance. 

The ultimate purpose of a co-ed baby shower is to help the soon-to-be parents prepare for the arrival of their new baby. For many would-be parents, this is the time when the reality of having a baby actually sinks in. The unique baby shower themes and the various outdoor baby shower ideas provide a wonderful means for family and friends to come together, bond, and exchange some great advice with the new parents. 

Now that you know what a Jack and Jill baby shower is, it’s time to think about how you can host or have the ultimate baby shower. Read on!

Jack and Jill Party Ideas and Baby Shower Tips

How can you have a great shower to celebrate the baby while also giving your guests an awesome time? Check out our baby shower tips.

Theme

When selecting a baby shower theme, take a break from the traditional and spice it up! Some Pinterest-worthy themes include sports, safari, woodland creatures, and nautical. But for a really unique baby shower, we suggest taking it to the next level with some interesting themes.

  • Baby-Q: Baby-Q, BBQ… get it? We love a good pun and this shower theme is no exception! To make your Baby-Q shower special, go the extra mile with small details like chalkboard food labels, red gingham tablecloths, and a spread of classic BBQ foods. As long as the momma-to-be’s cravings are down with that, go for it!
  • Bun in the Oven: Another fun play on words, this Bun in the Oven theme is a great way to get people involved in the baby shower by asking guests to fill out recipe cards for the new parents on quick dinners. You can go all out with a retro kitchen theme and even make fun mini ovens with baby-themed cupcakes.
  • What Will It Bee?: If you and your partner are not finding out the baby’s gender, this “What Will It Bee?” shower is a fun spin on a shower theme. Decorate the venue with yellow flowers, bee-themed decor, and maybe include honey-infused foods. Speaking of food…

Food

We’ve all been to those baby showers where the only food options are delicate little sandwiches and cakes. When you’ve got a Jack & Jill shower to cater for, you need to remember that some of your guests may leave a little hungry if you’re only serving cucumber sandwiches. Consider having a buffet dining option and a fun dessert table so your guest can dine and snack as the baby shower continues.

Games, Prizes & Favors

Baby shower games and favors are just one part of a shower that many guests expecting a traditional event will still hope to see. While the frozen plastic baby in an ice cube game is a fun co-ed game, consider other options like guessing the baby food where guests will assemble teams and guess the flavor of certain baby foods.

With these games, you’ll also need prizes. Hand soap and towels are fine, but you can also shake things up with lottery tickets, mini bottles of alcohol, or even coffee gift cards.

Finally, as a thank you to your guests for showering your bundle of joy, you’ll want to give your friends and family a small favor. Since both men and women will be in attendance, consider some unique options like:

  • Customized drink koozies with a phrase like “Huggies and Chuggies
  • Specialty Popcorn
  • Fancy tea

Planning a baby shower is very exciting, especially when all of your family and friends get to shower you in love. By following some of our advice, your shower is sure to be poppin’.

Looking for the Perfect Co-ed Baby Shower Venue?

On the hunt for the perfect venue for your event? The Beaumont Inn can handle events large and small, for every occasion. Want to check out the Inn before you book? Our events calendar will keep you up-to-date on happenings so you can make a night out of venue research.

Reserve your table for a romantic dinner to get familiar with all of our dining options (and to celebrate before the baby’s arrival!)

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