Think that baby showers are just for women? Think again! But where did this tradition come from, how much do they cost and what are they for?
Like the traditional women’s baby shower, the term ‘dadchelor party’ originated in the US around 10 years ago. It combines the concepts of a bachelor party and impending fatherhood, serving as a unique celebration of the imminent arrival of a man’s child. These gatherings are essentially a final pre-baby hurrah, akin to a baby shower but tailored for men.
Yes, and their popularity is continuously on the rise. Events company Fizzbox has witnessed a staggering 542% surge in enquiries for dad-centric baby shower activities between 2018 and 2023. Furthermore, Pinterest searches related to “man showers” have experienced a remarkable 149% uptick since 2015. It’s time to dispel any preconceived notions about baby showers exclusively for women because baby showers tailored for men are currently all the rage!
A Jack and Jill baby shower is a baby shower where both the mum and dad-to-be attend and are celebrated. It doesn’t have the same ‘no men’ rule that a lot of baby showers have or the ‘no women’ rule that dadchelor parties have so everyone’s included from friends to male and female relatives.
It’s really important that you don’t throw the dad shower too close to your partner’s due date. The last thing you want is a drunk dad-to-be getting a phone call to say she’s in labour! Hold the dadchelor party a couple of weeks or more before their baby’s due date for safe measure.
Male baby showers usually keep the guest list to just the guys. It’s up to the dad-to-be who to invite. If you’re throwing the man shower as a surprise, consult with his partner to see who he’d like to be invited.
95% of dadchelor parties take place in the UK. Liverpool and Newcastle are the most popular destinations to visit but it all depends on your preference. A few questions to consider: How are people going to get to your dadchelor party? How much will public transport or taxis cost? Is there a specific activity you want to do in a specific place? What’s your budget?
You’ll be happy to hear that a baby stag do costs quite a lot less than a traditional stag do. You’ll have a new baby to pay for soon after all! A baby stag do tends to cost around £95 per person on average versus £380 per person on average for a pre-wedding stag do.