Hey Dude! A Baby Shower, Just for You!

Man Showers and Dad Showers are widely popular, ever growing and a natural extension of modern parenting and equality. Less about gifts, and more about the male bonding experience, these unique baby showers bring men into the folds of anticipated fatherhood through innovative baby celebrations and special events!

So, what makes a baby shower the kind that men desire to attend?

Delight in these unique Dad Shower event experiences, custom designed by The Huestudio + Company! Curated just for that special man in your life, we proudly feature custom, hand-painted watercolor event stationery from EIGHT21 Studios + stunning photography by PhotoGabi, two of our favorite preferred partners!

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Over the Moon! For a first time father-to-be who may be a bit more casual, relaxed and cost conscious, a display shower might be a perfect option! Trends are changing to reduce, reuse and recycle so forego elaborate paper and ribbons and request unwrapped gifts that can be artfully displayed for all to see.

Invite guests to BYOB [Bring Your Own Bottles] which may include craft beers and boxed wines, along with new baby bottles! With an “Over the Moon” dad shower theme, create a starlit evening competition of cornhole/baggo games, complete with Blue Moon beers and diaper-wrapped bean bags tossed into custom ‘babies in the buff’ whimsical platforms! Go ahead. Shoot the Moon!

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Donuts + Dads! To recognize and honor the busy and hardworking father-to-be, plan an early morning office celebration or low key weekend affair at home. Cater office celebrations with a “Donut Drive By” utilizing local food trucks offering handmade gourmet donuts. For an engaging Dad Shower experience, partner with a local bakery/caterer to make hot and fresh mini-donuts on-site, allowing guests to select flavors and choose fun toppings. #DudeItWasSweet 

Design and craft your own “Sweet Munchkin” donut wall allowing guests to handpick uniquely innovative doughnuts from local artisans, while offering coffees, specialty teas and festive libations. Vanilla Bean Glazed + Red Velvet doughnuts from Glazed and Infused are local Chicago favorites! Don’t be crazed…be amused! 

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Fore! Bogey’s, Birdies, Bib and Babies. For active men and golf lovers alike, a local country club golf experience or destination adventure to a luxury golf resort might be ‘taylor made’ for a spirited and competitive dad shower. A clever “Pro Shop” can be shared and included on guest invitations for baby gift and apparel registries. Custom, personalized keepsake golf towels may complete this unique dad shower.

Upon arrival at the golf event, guests generously gift the father-to-be with golf balls, tees and baby bibs for the new family addition, plus ‘buy-in’ with $10-$25 to demonstrate expert putting skills in a competition putting contest, prior to teeing off. Dollar amounts may be pre-selected for bogey’s [1-over par] and birdies [1-under par], and following play, scores are tabulated with all funds gifted to the new father-to-be during post-event, “19th Hole” clubhouse celebrations! #AboveParMan

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* The Huestudio + Company was recently honored to be one of ten event designers for Operation Shower and the “Little Works of Art” baby shower, sponsored by The Barclay’s and Birdies for the Brave held in August 2016 at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York. Operation Shower is a Preferred Charitable Partner of The Huestudio + Company.

** Read our latest guest blog posts for Rosie Pope where we share our favorite baby shower favors!

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Beer. BBQ. Diapers. This dad shower has all the right fixin’s for a fun and lively event for all, especially dudes! To celebrate ‘six-pack abs’ + an upcoming new baby, bring a 6-pack [or more!] of your favorite beers, turn up the heat and smoke on desired BBQ offerings, and gift the new father-to-be with new diaper packs. Further enhance dad shower celebrations by engaging a favorite local band to provide live music, and for added flavor, partner with innovative local beer companies to offer craft beers in food trucks. Tap + Trucks + Tiny Toes = A New Baby is Brewing!

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Plan accordingly. At a minimum, have your Dad Shower at least six to eight weeks, prior to the due date. Invite and include any/all male friends and family members. Dude, it’s your choice to keep guest lists reserved to just the guys, but don’t forget to consult with the mother-to-be…she just might have other thoughts and ideas!

With more stay-at-home dads and more involvement + an increased interest in parenting overall, celebrating fatherhood and Dad Showers is oh so, cool! Visit Oh Baby! in Celebrations at The Huestudio + Company for more! 

Go for it gentlemen, and enjoy!

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Jeff Huges Portrait Photoshoot

Jeff Hughes is the Chief Experience Officer for The Huestudio + Company.

As artisans of exquisitely-curated event experiences™, The Huestudio + Company exclusively partners with the finest purveyors and talent to design and create magical special events and memorable celebrations. We are honored to support local small businesses with offerings and products 100% Made in the USA! #supportlocalartisans

Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi, exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2016.

Giving Thanks!

We give thanks and celebrate Operation Shower, a preferred charitable partner.

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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With a special mission to ease the stress of military deployment by hosting joyful baby showers for military families across the country, Operation Shower baby events provide expectant military families with high quality products for their babies while recognizing all that they do for our country. View more about Operation Shower in this special video.  

Two (2) ways you can give thanks?

  1. Honor a loved one by donating to Operation Shower’s Annual Giving Society! An initial goal of $10,000 by December 31, 2016 has been set to generate much needed financial support for the yearly operation of programs. Donate today! Celebrate that your contribution will help make life a little easier for an expectant military family. Join us. Give generously.
  2. Create a Picaboo Holiday Card to benefit Operation Shower! It’s easy + 50% of your purchase goes directly to Operation Shower. Visit https://www.picaboo.com/non-profit-holiday-cards/, select the card that benefits Operation Shower + add your own pictures. Use promo code NPOCARDS to get 50% off. Design and send holiday cards while helping to spread the word about Operation Shower.

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Operation Shower baby events are delightful, colorful, joyous and are extraordinary opportunities to come together and celebrate.

The Huestudio + Company was honored to support the August 2016 “Little Works of Art” baby shower event as one of ten event designers. Read more of our experiences on our blog + see more amazing photographs from Images by Berit, a preferred partner and frequent Operation Shower photographer.

Thank you. Your support provides a special platform to serve and honor military families throughout the country. Thank you! 

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“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

Photo Credits: Operation Shower | © Images by Berit, 2016; Colorful Baby Pacifier | © The Huestudio + Company, 2016

Little Works of Art

The creative team of The Huestudio + Company was honored to be one of ten event designers for a recent baby shower honoring military families at Bethpage State Park Black Course in Farmingdale, New York.event_pacifierSupported by a cadre of select preferred partners with exclusive, custom offerings for deserving military moms, “Little Works of Art” served as the colorful theme for Operation Shower’s festive baby shower, sponsored generously by The Barclays.

DSC_8052To spotlight our preferred partners, a custom paint palette was created by EIGHT21 Studios for each guest place setting and was complemented by a custom, white chocolate pretzel ‘paint brush’, crafted by Anna Shea Chocolates.

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Circa Ceramics hand-crafted nine (9) exclusive lidded bowls for each place setting. Each was signed and numbered and featured custom baby graphics, much to the delight and surprise of military moms and guests.

Carol Massa Woldhuis of EIGHT21 Studios hand-painted boxes in various shades of pastel watercolors which contained a suite of custom note cards from Bonito Design & Events + EIGHT21 Studios. Each were accessorized with colorful tags and leaves in seeded papers.

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Our newest preferred partner – Kleynimals – offers safe, non-toxic, eco friendly toys for babies that make unique baby gifts. Proudly Made in the USA, their stainless steel metal toy keys served as unique napkin rings and baby cutlery accessorized colorful tablescapes.

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Lucky Invitations custom printed Adventure Awaits organic cotton Made in the USA onesies, complemented by an adorable hashtag of #aftermynap. These were tied to the back of silver Chiavari chairs on custom hangars created by EIGHT21 Studios.

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Each military mom received a custom set of letterpress baby announcements, handprinted exclusively in lavender ink, expressly for this unique baby shower and theme.

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Colorful Watch Love Grow growth charts and custom Love Is In The Air keepsake birdhouse boxes were hand-crafted by Judy Lynn of mirabelle studio. Each item was unique in design to reflect the special and uniqueness of each individual.

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Over The Top provided all event linens for each event designer, including elegant speciality linens for registration, product and buffet tables. Using original artwork by EIGHT21 Studios, custom pillows were created to accessorize our tablescape design, while providing comfort to attending pregnant military moms.

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Stay tuned for more event photographs, taken onsite in Bethpage by the talented Images by Berit.

A very special thanks to one of our favorite photographers and friends – Gabi Bucataru of PhotoGabi – for your always amazing photographs!

Learn more about Operation Shower + contact our team today to sponsor a baby shower in 2017!

Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi, exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2016.

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Start Spreading the News!

We were overjoyed to be a small part of Operation Shower, our newest preferred charitable partner, and their extraordinary April 22, 2016 baby shower for eighty (80) honorees!

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Hosted in The Morgan Ballroom at the New York Marriott East Side in New York City, and sponsored by Babies “R” Us, Operation Shower is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring military families by providing joyful baby showers to ease the stress of deployment.

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These creative showers not only provide amazing ‘must-haves’ for moms and their babies, but also give these women and their families the opportunity to come together and celebrate. *View additional event photographs in our gallery, gorgeously captured by Images By Berit, a woman-owned and woman-run boutique wedding photography studio.

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Over The Top Rental Linens, a preferred partner, assisted in providing exquisite linens and coverings. With a New York City, “Big Apple”-news theme, crisp white + black and white wide stripe linens along with bright yellow and red napkins complemented joyful and whimsical tablescape designs.

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Fun to Eat Fruit™, a delightful preferred partner, rushed over 100 edible monogrammed red apples [simply perfect for New York and ‘The Big Apple’] which delighted each honoree’s place setting with a custom brand of “Start Spreading The News Baby!”. Offering unique, edible messaging technology, Fun to Eat Fruit™ continues to support our many creative ideas for corporate, not-for-profit and wedding events with healthy guest favors that won’t be left behind!

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View the short Operation Shower video to see happy moms + learn more about this amazing organization.

Photo Credits: Start Spreading The News | © Images by Berit, exclusively for Operation Shower, 2016.

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