Baby Shower Fun – a Jack and Jill Affair

Posted on: September 15th, 2015

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Today, we continue with Part 2 of the “Baby Shower Fun” series. If you missed Part 1 where I gave a brief history of baby showers, read it here. Now let’s fast-forward to today. The latest trend is to have a “Jack and Jill” baby shower that includes the father-to-be and his friends. Have you attended a “Jack and Jill” shower or perhaps one was thrown in your honor? How many times have you heard “Are you sure this is for guys”? Although there is still some reluctance from some men to attend, a great time is usually had by all.

In order to get “Jack” to attend,  it is important to keep him in mind during the planning stages. Three ways to include him is to offer an enticing theme, cool games and great food. Read on for a breakdown of each.

Three cool themes that will appeal to Jack.

1. Sundress and bow-tie: a semi-formal shower where the women wear sundresses (hat optional) and the men wear bow-ties with a jacket. If the theme includes a bow-tie, men will know for sure they are invited and it isn’t a “girls only” affair.

2. Outdoor barbecue: a very casual shower held in the backyard with traditional “barbecue” food such as grilled chicken and burgers. You can even put one of the father-to-be’s friends in charge of the grill?

3. Nautical or sports theme: is dad a fan of sports or loves to go boating? If so, these are great themes especially if mom and dad are expecting a boy.

Three games Jack may want to try.

Games are always fun for the women. At times, it is hard to get men involved in this aspect of the shower. However, if you have enticing prizes, they may want to participate. Note: the games below are not necessarily related to the above themes.

1. Drink from the bottle game – The men will drink juice from a baby bottle. The guy who finishes first wins a pair of tickets to a local sporting event. I bet that will be an incentive to play!

2. Blindfold Diaper Game – Teams are paired up by couples and each team member is blindfolded. Jill puts the diaper on a doll. Afterwards she passes the doll to Jack. He must remove the diaper and re-diaper the doll. The team who finishes first wins the game. Don’t forget these tasks are completed while blindfolded. A dinner for two at a hot restaurant just might increase the competitive play amongst the teams.

3. The traditional bingo game is always fun. Instead of the winner shouting Bingo, the word “stork” or “baby” can be the magic word.  Baby pins, crayons or some cute baby related item are great ways to mark the spot on the board. As a prize for winning the game, offer a free hair cut at a local salon.

As a freebie download, I have included a bingo game card. I encourage you to re-arrange the words and think of other baby related words to add to different cards. Note: The card can be reproduced and altered but not sold.




An abundance of food for Jack

With a “Jack and Jill” baby shower, it is very important to have alot of food and a variety is always a plus. This is not a great time to serve only crudités or dainty tea sandwiches. Perhaps, if there are any men who may still feel uncomfortable with the activities of the shower, he is sure to participate when the food is served.

I believe, extending the invitation to Jack is a trend that will be here to stay so I hope this gives you some insight into planning a baby shower that includes him.

Please share with me in the comments, what are some ideas you have to include men in a baby shower?


Hope you enjoy the free download. Remember, I plan and design milestone celebrations as well as weddings. If you or someone you know need extra planning help, feel free to contact me.


Photo: Unsplash - Olu Eletu

Baby Shower Fun – Diaper Cakes

Posted on: September 11th, 2015

Baby showers can be fun! In addition to planning weddings, I love planning milestone celebrations such as birthday parties, bridal showers, retirement receptions and, of course, baby showers. In this two-part series, I’m going to focus on baby shower planning and tell you ways to make it fun.

It is believed that our present day baby showers emerged in the middle and upper class American families in the early 1900s as a way to bestow gifts upon the mother-to-be and her unborn baby. Manners maven, Emily Post coined the term “stork shower” as a ritual to invite only girl and women friends over during the early afternoon to present gifts to the mother-to-be.* Boy, have times changed!

Food, games and color are very important aspects of a baby shower. In today’s society, people not only use the traditional colors of pink and blue but just about any color that can be brought into a theme.

A shower with a theme is a hot trend and often times dictate the color. With the rise of dessert tables, tulle and gender reveal parties, themed baby showers have evolved over the years. The traditional yellow duck and plain balloons have turned into themes such as animal safari, ballerina, mustache, honey bee and a tea party with sundresses and hats.

I recently had a couple of people ask me about diaper cakes. Diaper cakes are still great to use as décor or as a gift for the mother-to be. I had the opportunity to sit down for a “sip and chat’ with my friend Crystal of C. Marie’s Diaper Cakes to discuss her business. She has been designing diaper cakes since 2008.

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LHE: How did you get started designing diaper cakes?

CM: When friends and family had babies, I felt there was a need to give diapers as a gift but I didn’t want to put the them in just a bag or basket.  After attending craft shows where diaper cakes were being displayed. I always left intrigued. My interest in this particular creative craft continued to grow so I started researching “how-to” articles and found several You Tube videos. The videos were instrumental in helping me to learn the basics of the design. Afterwards, I started putting my own twist on the cakes.

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LHE: What do you use for inspiration?

CM: I find my inspiration from magazines, nature and certain display windows while shopping.

LHE: How would someone contact you if they are interested in purchasing a diaper cake?

CM: I can be contacted by email at cmariehill2001 {at} Hotmail {dot} com.

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Crystal, thank you for taking the time to chat with me about your business. You are very talented and your diaper cakes are amazing.

Friends, this is the first part in our baby shower series. Have you heard of a Jack and Jill baby shower? Curious as to what it entails and how to get Jack involved? Check back on Tuesday for all the details.


*Source – Huffington Post

Photo credit: C. Marie Hill

Sip and Chat: Tasteful Creations

Posted on: August 7th, 2015


Interview with Nashville Wedding and Event Planner LeeHenry Events

I’m excited to share my interview with Chef Kim Macon of Tasteful Creations by Kim, a Columbia, SC based mobile catering company specializing in southern cuisine. I first met Kim at a military reception that she catered for a friend. I was blown away by the presentation and taste of her food. Later, I hired her to cater my son’s graduation cook-out which was held outside. Although it seemed the tent was useless and the heat became unbearable, Kim and her assistant remained professional and poised throughout the entire cookout! As far as the food, my family was sneaking downstairs to the kitchen late at night to raid the refrigerator for leftovers.

LeeHenry Events interview with Tasteful Creations

Kim has been a professional chef for four years but starting her own catering company remained a deep passion and one of her goals. She was blessed to have an unexpected opportunity to showcase her talent which led to the birth of Tasteful Creations. She has been growing and enhancing her business since that day. Kim isn’t a stranger to the LeeHenry Events community as she gave us some great information in our Entertaining 101 series. I’m glad she could chat with us again to answer a few more questions.

LeeHenry Events interview with Tasteful Creations

What is your favorite dish to cook?

There are so many dishes that I love to cook but I think chicken and shrimp alfredo with bacon is my favorite.

Name one of your company’s core values.

Deliver superior customer service at ALL times.

What are your hobbies?

I love walking, spending quiet time and creating new dishes.

If you had to choose tea or coffee, which would you choose?


If someone wanted to get in touch with you, what is the best way to reach you?

A person should visit my website and click on the contact us  link. They can also reach me via my business phone at 843-882-5332.

LeeHenry Events interview with Tasteful Creations

Kim, it has been a pleasure! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with us for our new Sip and Chat section of our blog. Whew! I am now starving after looking at photos on your website gallery.

You are welcome. I appreciate the interview.



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