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Gay and Lesbian Baby Showers

The make-up of American families today is very diverse compared to fifty years ago. More and more gay male and lesbian couples are either adopting children or using the latest technology to give birth to a child of their own. The essentials of a gay or lesbian baby shower are basically the same as described previously in this guide – themes, silly games, food and gifts. One difference is that both gay or lesbian parents-to-be are usually the guests of honor at a baby shower, while for straight couples, it is commonly just the expecting mother. Accordingly, the invitation list will frequently be larger for gay couples, as the number of friends, family members or colleagues wanting to celebrate this joyous occasion will grow with two guests of honor. Baby Bunch community members Laura and Belinda, from New Jersey, share the story of their recent baby shower:

This is the first grandchild for our parents so this child was definitely cause for celebration. Both of our mothers hosted the shower, but since we had wanted it to be a surprise for Belinda, I was involved with the planning. She had no idea and thought that I was being surprised as well. The shower was held at a local Knights of Columbus hall. Belinda thought we were going to someone's engagement party. She had no idea when we arrived that it was for her until we walked in the door and everyone yelled surprise.

As far as our invitation list, it was HUGE. I couldn't believe how many people were invited, and I couldn't believe how many people attended. We had somewhere in the range of 90 expected, I think in actuality it ended up being somewhere around 60-70 that showed up. We wanted men to attend as well, since we have some very close male friends and didn't want to exclude them, so we invited couples and gave the men the choice to stay upstairs with us for the shower or hang out downstairs at the bar with the guys. To our pleasant surprise, many of the men stayed upstairs and celebrated with us, so that was nice. Men of all generations and backgrounds were represented upstairs, which we appreciated.

It was amazing to have so many caring people there. Belinda asked not to do too much in terms of games because she usually gets annoyed by them when we attend other baby showers, plus she didn't want the men to want to run out of the door screaming! We had a giant wall of gifts - it was unbelievable. We felt like we unwrapped gifts FOREVER. Everyone was very supportive & very excited for us and we couldn't ask for anything more!

Gay and Lesbian Baby Showers

Shower essentials basically the same

Both partners invited

Invitation list sometimes grows because two guests of honor!

 

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