Host a Fun Baby Shower for a Classmate

Baby ShowerWhen a friend or classmate becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she needs all the love and support she can get. Show that you are there for her by throwing a baby shower with all of her friends. She will probably need a lot of things to prepare for the baby, and you can help her get excited for the birth of her child.

A baby shower doesn’t have to be traditional to be fun. Invite the girls and the guys over for a casual baby shower that will show your friend how much you all love and support her and her new baby.

Keeping with Tradition

Adding guys to the list doesn’t really change that much. Items such as the date (6-8 weeks before the due date), location (your apartment or the dorm of the mom-to-be, for example) and food will remain the same. You can also still plan to host 2-3 games during the party. Although the games themselves may be a bit different, you can still expect to spend a good portion of the event ooh-ing and ahh-ing over tiny baby socks and oh-so-soft stuffed animals.

Selecting a Neutral Theme

Forgo the over-the-top baby themes and replace them with something a bit more modern. One theme that can play to both guys and girls is the ever popular “Ready to Pop” which allows for some clever food selections (think popcorn, bubble gum, cake pops and apple cider). Or opt for a casual back yard barbecue — if your inner party planner must match it with a theme, try “A Bun in the Oven and Burgers On the Grill.” Whether you need supplies for a boy baby shower or girl baby shower, focus on items that will appeal to everyone, such as bubble gum cigars and custom soda bottle labels.

Baby Shower OutdoorsInvitations

Resist the urge to cover your invite with pink and lace (especially if the baby is a boy!). Etsy offers some great gender-neutral invitation options, but pick your wording carefully as this sets the tone for the event. Instead of “We are hosting a Jack and Jill Party,” try “Join us for Root Beer and Baby Talk.” Remember to pick a date or time that doesn’t compete with finals or a college championship game!

Game Time

Don’t even think about whipping out the “poopy” candy diaper game or guess how big mommy is. Instead, kick up their competitive nature with a bottle “chugging” contest with juice or soda and diaper changing races. If your party includes guests from various circles, start with this ice breaker: Have guests write down a childhood memory without signing their name. Then, give the memories to the mom-to-be, and have her guess which memory belongs to which guest.

The girls and guys are sure to have a good time regardless! So keep the focus on the mom-to-be, and you are sure to hear nothing but praises from your guests.

For more tips on how to host a successful baby shower, check out our online guide here.

 

This post was written by Lauren Rose. Lauren Rose is a Content Advocate. She is very passionate about promoting pregnancy resources across communities and college campuses. In college, she experienced first-hand her best friend getting pregnant. Because of that experience, she is committed to helping girls who get pregnant at a young age.

Make Your Campus Family Friendly

Pregnant and parenting resources are important to prospective and current students.  Without resources and support, pregnant and parenting students may be forced into a life path with little or no college education, reduced employment prospects, and possibly poverty. By challenging your school to improve resources and support for your pregnant and parenting community, you will be impacting not only your peers but also their families.These resources will also play an important role in the work experience of your school’s faculty and staff.

As the pro-life student group on your campus, you need to ensure that your peers are receiving comprehensive information about available resources (on campus and in the community) so that they can make informed decisions about their health and about their educational advancement. Moreover, your group needs to be pushing projects that will transform your campus into a “family friendly” community! Your efforts to increase awareness and resources on campus will encourage more students to recognize the support available for pregnant and parenting students.

First, you will want to do a simple brainstorming session with your group. Ask your group these general questions and begin to assess your school’s current state:

  • When future students or employees visit our campus, what is their experience?
  • What resources would they easily notice on campus (when visiting or while attending)?
  • What resources do students learn about during orientation?
  • How do current students perceive our campus’ resources for pregnant and parenting individuals?

Next, take our SFLA/FFL Survey (here). Some questions that you will review include:

  • What are our school policies concerning pregnant and parenting students? Do these policies serve to assist and support our students? Or do they exclude them from our school community and/or deny them privileges offered to other students?
  • What current accommodations are available to these students on campus- such as larger desks for pregnant students, diaper decks, and lactation rooms?
  • Are childcare services available for faculty, staff, and students?
  • Do we have housing available on campus for pregnant and parenting students?
  • Does our school offer scholarships or financial aid to single parents?
  • What accommodations is our school required (by state law) to provide, and has our school met these requirements?

Third, set goals, and take action! Your group should now answer these questions:

  • What will our pro-life group do to improve and expand our school’s resources?
  • What are some practical short-term and long-term goals for our group?

Is your pro-life group ready to commit to the Pregnant on Campus Initiative? Take the leap! Contact your SFLA Regional Coordinator for assistance in starting this program on your campus.

Want to learn more about pregnant and parenting students’ rights? Click the links below to learn more about Title IX and how your school can better assist your pregnant and parenting students:

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Questions? Comments? Email Beth O’Malley at bomalley@studentsforlife.org.