Baby Shower Alternatives

A "Sprinkle" of Baby Shower Trends

Picture a baby shower. It's likely you envision games, food, gifts and a group of female friends and family. Although these types of showers are traditonal favorites, some hostesses are putting a spin on baby showers to appeal to a coed guest list, celebrate the dad to be, or welcome another baby. Here are a few of these variances on the traditional baby shower.

The Man Shower

To make a man shower all you need is beer, poker, grilling and… diapers. Expecting dads invite friends over for this “dad-chelor party” to enjoy tasty beverages and a manly grilled menu in exchange for diapers. There is no guessing in this gift idea, which makes it easier for the guests. Since there is no time taken to open each gift and play games, the men can quickly work on male bonding. This growing trend is increasingly popular since moms-to-be won't deny a little guy time for their dads-to-be, especially when it helps stock up on essentials for their expected new additions.

Bring-A-Book Baby Shower

The idea behind the “Bring a Book” baby shower is that every guest will bring her favorite children’s book as a gift for the mother-to-be. Having each guest sign the inside cover will make the book extra special for mom and the new baby. This is a great way to increase the baby’s library with a variety of books that add a personal touch to reading. Since books are usually brought instead of items like diapers and clothes, this may be a shower idea to consider for a mother that already has a lot of the baby supplies she needs from others showers or older children. 

Gender Reveal

Women are finding it more exciting to find out the sex of their baby with friends and family, as opposed to finding out from the technician during an ultra-sound at the doctor’s office. Often co-ed showers are held where the big gender reveal can be had in a creative way. Expecting moms can choose to have their doctor to write the sex of the baby on a piece of paper to be sealed in an envelope to pass onto the shower’s hostess. Although the reveal can be done in a variety of ways, one of the popular trends is to serve cupcakes with tinted blue or pink icing on the inside. When guests take a bite, the gender is finally revealed.

Baby Shower Brunch

Hosting a baby shower during brunch is a fun way to celebrate that many guests will enjoy. Dainty decorations, sweet breakfast treats and coffee & tea are perfect elements to get everyone excited for the mom-to-be. You can host a cereal or oatmeal bar, add a gourmet coffee bar, or serve a more traditional mix of savory breakfast dishes and fruits. You can find several brunch baby shower recipe ideas at

Sip and See & Baby Sprinkle

With as much attention as is given the expectant mom and first born, it's too quiet when it comes to subsequent siblings. Perhaps that is why sip and sees, and baby sprinkles are gaining popularity. These celebrations are scaled back, but still celebrate mom and baby. With the baby sprinkle, instead of "showering" mom with gifts of all types, guests instead are encouraged to bring a "sprinkle" of new-mom and new-baby necessities like diapers, small toys, pacifiers, clothes and formula, the items most needed to get ready for a second baby. A sip and see happens after mom and baby come home, and is an open house style event to give family and friends a chance to see how mom is doing, and to meet — or "see" — the new bundle of joy. Usually, a few drinks are on hand — hence, the "sip", possibly staged with a small treat like a cookie platter, or a small take-home candy buffet for the visitors to enjoy. 

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