In an effort to include dad in the celebration of new life and cooing over cute booties and onesies, it has become much more common to throw co-ed baby showers. But it seems that more and more dads feel the urge to celebrate on their own and have created the modern day bros-only baby shower.
Mashable reports that searches for the term “man showers” increased by 149% on Pinterest in 2015 and looking up “co-ed showers” is also on the rise by 255%. It seems all-male showers tend to stray from the norm, like instead of diaper cakes the host may provide a beer-cake. And they may serve more male-centric foods (excuse the stereotype) like chicken wings, barbeque and peanuts. You are probably more likely to saddle up behind a poker table than play your typical baby shower game at a dad shower as well.
In fact, the dad showers have even been called “dad-chelor” parties - sort of like a last hurrah for dad and his buddies before baby arrives and makes bro-dates at your local pub an impossibility. Mashable spoke with a dad named Jon who recently threw himself a “dad-chelor” party. Jon explains, “It was a good excuse to get all of my friends together before my 'availability' becomes a little more limited.” For his party Jon rented out a restaurant and spent the night getting dad-advice (in lieu of gifts) from his guy friends. He adds, “There's a lot of 'American' tradition around bridal showers and baby showers for women, so it was nice to put something on the calendar for my friends. I'm sure a lot of other men would enjoy the same. Some of my guy friends who are now parents had planned something similar (like a gathering or a weekend trip with their friends).”
What do you think of the new dad shower trend?
Has your partner ever thrown or attended a dad shower?