How to Throw a Co-Ed Wedding Shower

Why should the ladies have all the fun; why shouldn't the guys join in the celebration too? More and more people are deciding that a co-ed wedding shower is the way to go. If this is the type of shower that appeals to you and your group then you probably can use a few tips on how to do it right.

Who Hosts a Co-Ed Shower?

It is usually the mother of the bride and the bridal party that are hosts of a bridal shower. In the case of a co-ed shower, both sides of the family should get involved to cut costs as well as getting the boys in the wedding party to do their part, particularly the best man. Having a co-ed shower may even cut the costs of a traditional "girls only" shower because you can have simpler food and there are more people involved to absorb the costs of a co-ed wedding shower.

What to Serve at a Co-Ed Shower

For an easy party that will be fun for all, you can have a barbeque that will keep the men busy while the women concentrate on the presents. Men and women both like hamburgers, hot dogs, barbequed chicken, brisket, macaroni or potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans and fresh corn; simple yet traditional fare served at a barbeque.

You can make or buy a special dessert and for beverages, be sure to have lots of iced tea, lemonade, beer, wine or punch on hand for your guests. Having this type of party for the bride and groom can be large, and asking the guests for their food contributions is perfectly acceptable.

You Can Have a Theme

Having a co-ed shower that is themed is sure to produce gifts that even the men will enjoy seeing. You can think about having a honeymoon shower. If you know where the bride and groom intend to relax after the big event you can keep the destination in mind and use it for the theme of your co-ed shower. The guests will be expected to bring gifts that the couple will enjoy on their honeymoon such as cameras, excursion gift certificates, guidebooks, or even a video camera.

If you decide to host a shower around the theme of home entertaining, this will allow the guests to purchase gifts with that in mind. Some gift ideas might include a wine rack, decanter or glasses, barbeque tools, cake plates and special tableware.

Whatever theme you decide upon for your co-ed wedding shower, it is sure to be a hit with all the guests when you use some ingenuity and creativity to keep all the guests happy and satisfied.