Shandi’s Co-ed Baby Shower BBQ

I love this baby shower barbecue! This mama, Shandi, put a ton of effort into the planning — and you can tell! I loved the colors and I loved that everyone was having a great time (even the boys). My favorite elements are these AWESOME diaper cakes.

What inspired the theme of your baby shower?

We didn’t have a “theme” per-se… more of a color scheme with a design. We went with pinks, black, white, plaid, argyle and a girly skull and crossbone design that my brother made. We wanted something that symbolized “us.”

How far along were you? Did you know the gender? Did that make a difference in the theme?

I was eight months along. We knew we were having a girl. I am a planner and wanted to be prepared for our little one’s arrival. Plus, I HATE surprises, so we HAD to find out!

Was the shower co-ed or ladies only? Why did you decide to go that way?

It was co-ed because we were thanking all of our friends and family.

Tell me about the details… did you have favors? What kind of food did you serve?

I made the favors, which were skull and crossbone sugar cookies decorated to match the girly skull and crossbone design my brother made.

We had appetizers of cowboy caviar, chips and salsa, sweet and sour meatballs and jalapeno poppers. For dinner we served smoked ribs, BBQ tri-tip, BBQ flank steak, potato salad, coleslaw and fruit salad. Dessert was banana caramel cream cupcakes, strawberry and cream cupcakes and coconut macadamia nut cookies. All of the food/dessert was prepared by me, my husband and my mama.

What was one element of the party that you are particularly proud of?

The whole party was a DIY — the décor, the food… we made everything ourselves.

Did you work with any vendors (photographer, cake maker, location etc)? If so, who? And what did you like about them?

We were our own vendors, aside from the party rental place that provided the chairs and tables.

What was your favorite moment/part of the party?

The whole party was a blast. It felt like a laid back BBQ/get-together with good friends and family, which is exactly what we wanted. We planned our own shower as a “thank you” to our friends and family that not only graciously gave us clothes and items for the baby, but helped us through the long nine months of pregnancy that left me sick the whole time and on bed rest for months.

What was your husband’s favorite part of the party?

While the women “oohhed” and “ahhhed” over the tiny baby clothes and chatted, the men were inside enjoying themselves playing pool and shuffle board.

What was your favorite game that you had at the shower?

We opted not to have games. My husband was insistent that we not make anyone participate in any “silly diaper games.”

Can you give any advice to someone planning a baby shower?

My biggest piece of advice is to plan a laid back get-together rather than a big party. The last thing a pregnant lady needs is the stress of a big party. After all, this is a celebration of something you helped create, make it be just that!

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