GIVEAWAY: How to Throw a “Man Shower”

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charlesEvery guy we know has been to or has had a bachelor party, but no one has ever been invited to a guys-only baby shower. Let’s change that. Vegas, drinking, gambling and other activities that we don’t need to discuss here abound on that important night before a guy gets hitched. But what about before a guy becomes a father? Does he not deserve a night for his circle of friends to usher in the next important stage of his life? Sure, there are baby showers that are coed — we had two of them — but the mother-to-be still was the focus of both of them. And I definitely think that before our lives became all about the baby, my husband wouldn’t have minded having a party just for him. So I asked him, “If someone were to throw you a ‘Man Shower’ what would it be?” And here’s what we came up with: How to Throw a Man Shower 1) Don’t send out formal invites… How often does the man in your life actually open snail mail? Or send it? Our tip is just to send out a quick email or text with basic details: “Come to Wayne’s Saturday at 5 p.m.” 2) Choose a day or night there’s a fight or game on. My husband is totally patting himself on the back for this one. His suggestion is a PPV mixed martial-arts fight, but certainly any boxing match or major sports game will do. “Come to Wayne’s Saturday at 5 p.m. for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.” They will come. 3) Treat the food and drink spread like any other game day. Think pulled pork sliders (my husband’s suggestion), coleslaw, beer, brownies, dips and the like. No one’s going to bond over pretty macarons, at least not while watching the boxing match of the year. “Come to Wayne’s Saturday for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather at 5 p.m., bring some chips!” 4) Forgo the usual presents and offer “manpower.” You know what we needed help with in preparation for the baby? Someone to help us assemble furniture, paint a wall or install a shelf. Do it between commercials, at halftime, just don’t do it after you’ve all had too much to drink. Enough said. “Come to Wayne’s Saturday for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather at 5 p.m., bring some chips and your electric drill!” 5) Make the games interesting. (Translation: involve money.) While the typical baby shower games — with the exception of our “Name That Tune” baby shower game, of course! — aren’t going to interest a bunch of guys, a little gambling might. Our suggestions: “Guess the Sex” and “Guess the Belly Size” games. If you don’t know the sex of the baby, each guy bets what he thinks the sex of the baby will be and puts the money in a pot. When the baby is born the winners collect — and hopefully use it to buy the celebrant (or the baby) a cool gift. The same goes for guessing the belly circumference. When the expectant mom arrives toward the end of the party to say the soon-to-be-traditional-customary “hello,” each guy cuts the length of a string that he thinks measures the circumference of her belly. Whoever is closest to the actual measurement gets the money — and hopefully uses it to buy the mommy (or the baby) a cool gift. (We can’t completely forget who’s carrying the baby, right?) “Come to Wayne’s Saturday for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather at 5 p.m., bring some chips and your electric drill and cash! ” And speaking of cool gifts, we’ve got your Father Four Pack right here, the four-CD gift set that every member of the family will enjoy! It includes lullaby renditions of Led Zeppelin, Queen, Journey and AD/DC, plus, some Rockabye stickers and tattoos for your next Man Shower.

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