As fathers become more and more involved in the day-to-day details of their partner's pregnancies and their children's lives, co-ed baby showers are increasing in popularity. Next time you are planning a shower for an expectant friend, invite the guys to join too. With these 5 tips, you can create a co-ed celebration that everyone will enjoy.

1. Skip the cutesy touches.

Invitations laced with frilly pink bows aren't likely to entice men to attend. And guys probably don't want to "ooh" and "ah" over every tiny outfit the parents-to-be receive. For a co-ed shower, play down the feminine touches that are so common at traditional baby showers.

2. Choose a gender-neutral theme.

Skip the fairy tale and storybook themes for this party. A backyard "baby-que," which allows you to serve BBQ and beer, is a popular theme for a co-ed shower. An outdoor tropical theme, complete with reggae music and tiki torches, is also fun. Or skip the theme entirely and make it a casual get-together with close friends and family.

3. Encourage gifts for the dad-to-be.

Shower gifts often include typical baby gear like bibs and bouncy seats. Instead of (or in addition to) these gifts, encourage guests to bring a humorous or silly gift for the dad-to-be. Think a giant bag of coffee for all those sleepless nights, or a mini jersey in honor of his favorite sports team.

4. Play games guys will enjoy.

Traditional baby shower games probably won't work for this party. You might skip the games entirely, or if you're feeling brave, try one of these 7 Ideas for Co-ed Baby Shower Games.

5. Focus on the food.

Tea sandwiches and dainty finger foods won't cut it this time. Opt for more filling foods, like burgers and wings or a Mexican taco bar with all the toppings. And even though expectant mothers can't drink alcohol, other guests will appreciate the option. Chill some beer and a few bottles of wine, and then kick back and relax in honor of both the parents-to-be.

Have you thrown a co-ed baby shower? Or do you prefer to only invite women?