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!
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!
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!
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
* 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!
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!
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!
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.