While baby showers are generally considered women-only events, new data from Pinterest finds that men have never been more interested in throwing a party of their own. According to the image sharing site, pins for â€śman showersâ€ť rose by 149 per cent in 2015, and pins for coed parties increased by 255 per cent.
A quick search on Pinterest pulls up a multitude of ideas for dadchelor parties, which can have a number of themes including â€śHuggies and Chuggies,â€ť â€śBeer and Diapersâ€ť and â€śPoker and Pampers.â€ť
Not only that, but the ideas on Pinterest cover everything from invitations to food to games. Just take a look below.
To back up the Pinterest data, Crystal Adair-Benning, owner of Toronto wedding and event planning company Distinct Occasions, told the Toronto Star that a quarter of her baby business is now coed showers, when just two years ago it was women-only.
â€śWhy shouldnâ€™t a dad be able to celebrate?â€ť Adair-Benning said. â€śHaving a baby is a big deal for dads and I think as a society we donâ€™t talk about it as much.â€ť
Scott Steinberg, author of the best-selling series â€śModern Parentâ€™s Guide,â€ť agrees and believes these types of showers have a number of benefits.
â€śWhatâ€™s cool about dadchelor parties is that men are embracing the concept of fatherhood a lot more actively these days,â€ť he told Buzzfeed. â€śWe give prospective moms the opportunity to connect, have fun and celebrate the joy of being an impending parent. Thereâ€™s no reason dads shouldnâ€™t have the same opportunity.â€ť
Although dadchelor parties are now trending, they arenâ€™t a new phenomenon. Today.com first reported the rise in popularity of man showers back in 2014. At that time, Pinterest began to notice â€śman showersâ€ť gaining traction on their site.
Additionally, Wisconsin graphic designer Maureen Anders said she noticed a definite increase in requests for custom, man-shower party invites at her company Anders Ruff. Naturally, â€śbarbecue, babies and beerâ€ť was the most popular theme.
So why are dadchelor parties suddenly boosting in popularity? According to Simon Isaacs, co-founder of parenting site Fatherly, men are â€śgetting more and more involved with their wivesâ€™ pregnanciesâ€ť than ever before.
â€śNinety percent of men are participating in picking out registries,â€ť he said, â€śweâ€™re encouraging them to take more paternity leave. I think having something that allows a guy to transition from dude to dad is an important element in getting him prepared [for fatherhood].â€ť
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