How to Throw a Relaxed, Co-Ed Baby-Q

The weather is warming up and barbecue season is here. Summer is the perfect time for entertaining outdoors, so gather your gingham decor and throw a co-ed baby shower that will satisfy both the guys and the gals! A Baby-Q is an adorable gender-neutral baby shower […]


The weather is warming up and barbecue season is here. Summer is the perfect time for entertaining outdoors, so gather your gingham decor and throw a co-ed baby shower that will satisfy both the guys and the gals! A Baby-Q is an adorable gender-neutral baby shower theme, and it’s family friendly, too. From the location to the menu, here’s everything you need to throw a relaxed barbecue-themed baby shower honoring the mommy and daddy-to-be:

An outdoor Baby-Q from Kate Aspen

1. Choose a Perfect Picnic Spot

Whether you plan to party at home or at a local park, this theme is perfect for an outdoor baby shower! Lay out picnic blankets and a few folding chairs and you’re all set for laid-back outdoor entertaining. Add some festive flair with a red gingham tablecloth and a personalized table runner for a nice touch!

Personalized Baby-Q Table runner from Kate Aspen

2. Plan A Delicious Summer Menu

Prep a Baby-Q themed menu that will satisfy the whole gang! Serve fresh lemonade in personalized mason jar mugs with straws adorned with festive straw flags, and beer (or root beer) in bottles wrapped with custom labels!

Personalized Baby-Q Mason Jar Mugs from Kate Aspen

You can tie a bottle opener that serves as a baby shower favor right onto the bottle!

Personalized Baby-Q Bottle openers and bottle labels from Kate Aspen

For a summertime soirée, you’ll want to have plenty of water on hand. Personalize these bottles with precious piglet water bottle labels that matches the theme!

Personalized Baby-Q water bottle labels from Kate Aspen

Serve kid-friendly snacks, like popcorn, in grab-and-go feed sacks. These adorable burlap bags are perfect for little hands.

Baby-Q burlap favor bags from Kate Aspen

Make mini versions of cook-out favorites, like sliders, pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad cups, and fresh fruit.

Hostess Tip: Dress-up simple disposable flatware with personalized party flags!

Personalized Party Flags for a Baby-Q  from Kate Aspen

3. Decorate with Adorable Baby-Q Details

Red gingham and burlap accents with pops of bright yellow sunflowers are a cute and casual color scheme for this summer baby shower theme.

Baby-Q Baby Shower Inspiration from Kate Aspen

The friendly farm animal adds country charm and makes a great memento for the mommy and daddy-to-be.

Chalkboard Pig Baby Shower Sign

To continue the pig motif for a Baby-Q, pop these mini piggy banks out of their packages. Kids will love this precious detail!

Party Tip: Set a piggy bank aside and start a “diaper fund” or “college fund” for the baby on the way!

Baby-Q piggy bank favors from Kate Aspen

For a finishing touch, incorporate some gifts for baby into the decor. This “Chicken Legs” plush chicken from Baby Aspen is a unique gift that’s fitting for this theme. This fluffy chicken friend comes with legwarmers for baby.

DIY Baby-Q Ideas from Kate Aspen

4. Display Themed Baby-Q Favors

These gingham favor boxes fit right in with the decor! Fill them with something sweet, like striped mints, or something savory, like a homemade BBQ rub. Set out a gingham frame with a sign inviting guests to take one home.

Gingham Baby-Q favor boxes from Kate Aspen

5. Play a Co-Ed Baby Shower Game

Skip the awkward baby shower games and just have fun in the sun! Corn hole is fun outdoor game that everyone can play. You can enjoy a casual game of bean bag toss or organize a full tournament for guests to partake in.

For something more baby-related, try “The Newly-Parents Game!” This version of “The Newlywed Game” tests the expecting couple’s knowledge of each other, their parenting ideas, and thoughts about their baby’s future. For example, ask questions like, “What food has the mommy-to-be been craving most?” and “What will the baby’s first word be?”

Shop the Baby-Q Collection | Pin Baby-Q Inspiration


Shop Sweet Lulu: Wooden Sporks, Kraft Ripple Bowls | World Market: Pig Chalkboard | Party City: Disposable Gingham Table Cover | Baby Aspen: Chicken Legs Plush Chicken

Kate Aspen Products Used

Personalized Table Runner | Personalized Mason Jar Mugs | Paper Party Straws | Custom Straw Flags | Personalized Bottle Labels | Epoxy Bottle Openers | Burlap Feed Sack Favor Bags | Mini Piggy Banks | Red Gingham Favor Boxes | Red Gingham Fabric Photo Frame

Happy Planning!