Yea, I know this post about my Tailgate Baby Shower is kind of super late but I am sure you will love it anyway!
I never got around to sharing with you guys stories, pictures, and memories about my baby shower that we had in September! Yea I know the baby is here now and those are the pictures you really want to see (which are coming) but I can’t share those pictures without sharing the details about my Tailgate Baby Shower.
First, let me say my husband and I came to a conclusion pretty quickly about the kind of baby shower we wanted before we knew the sex of the baby. We knew we wanted a co-ed baby shower, something fun and something that would change the game of how baby showers are and should be done. I didn’t want anything too girly with all the frills and paper streamers that we often see. I wanted something that my husband could be apart of and enjoy as well. I feel that society has created this barrier that disallows dads to become dads from the very beginning. For instance, have you noticed that even after a baby is born hospitals and doctors always ask what the mother wants in most cases? Even when signing paperwork, the main signature comes from the birthing parent, AKA the mom? But before that, we have baby showers that are suppose to be a time of celebration for both parents and single out the fathers from the very beginning. Another injustice against men. Hell, I wonder whose idea or what the fight was like to have fathers in the birthing rooms with women? I wanted my husband front and center with everything when it came to this kid. He picked out the nursery theme, the crib, and even his birthday! I knew what it meant for him to have a son and any decision that I didn’t care to make, I allowed him to make it so he could feel apart of the process. Anyway, back to the Tailgate Baby Shower.
We are a HUGE football family. I mean football an alive season for our household and my immediate family. So it was like no contest, we were going to have a tailgate baby shower! We wanted the baby shower to not feel like a baby shower at all in fact. We wanted to have loud music, beer, good food, pool, and cornhole for people to enjoy. The ladies who did the games also wore referee shirts to go along with the whole theme! I am happy to say the mission was accomplished! There were so many dips, chicken wings, hot dogs, and other small finger foods that you would feel that you were at a serious tailgate party. We even had all of the attendees wear the jersey of their favorite football team to make it even more fun and competitive! I mean seriously, if you were not at our Tailgate Baby Shower, you were no where because it was the place to be. We had so many people tell us (maybe everyone) that our baby shower was the best baby shower ever. We threw away the playbook on traditional baby showers and focused on having one big party. Here is a breakdown of what we did:
Daddy & Mommy Trivia: We both were given the same questions to answer and the other parent had to guess what our answers were (kind of like the newlywed game). The participants who received the most answers received a prize.
Dress My Baby: I bought oversized baby bibs and bonnets for the game participants to wear. Using cheap toilet tissue paper, their partner had to create and decorate a onesie within a certain amount of time. My husband and I decided the winner.
Drop That Baby: The men had to put a balloon under their shirts and using their bodies only had to dance their balloon out of their shirts. The first one who does this wins but the game continues until the last “baby” drops.
Baby Taboo: If you ever played the game “Taboo” this is the same game but only using baby words and phrases. The members of each team had to guess the given word without the actor using or suggesting to a related list of words given on the card.
Instead of buying random gifts that no one uses, I made fake Super Bowl trophies. I went to the Dollar Store and bought square vases and foam footballs. I super glued the footballs on top of the opening of the vase and spray painted the trophies metallic gold and gold glitter spray. These went over very well.
We bought our decorations from three different vendors. I list them below.
Oriental Trading Company-->http://www.orientaltrading.com/
Overall, we had an amazing baby shower and was very blessed with the gifts that people blessed us with. It truly did seem like a party and not a baby shower.
Thank you for blessing me with a happy and healthy pregnancy. Thank you for blessing me with a wonderful man to be my life partner and father of my child. I could not have ask for a better man. Thank you for the smile and the cute face you have blessed our baby with that bring us both joy. Thank you for our community of friends and family that have blessed us with used clothes and baby info that we has helped us immensely and provided a great financial relief to us in many ways.
Thank you for your unconditional love and grace that you have given me over the years and thank you for hearing my voice in my fears and worries. Thank you for this blog community and the ability to still be able to do something that I love that I will share with my son down the road. And thank you for equipping my body to do what it needed to do to deliver our son safe and sound. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.