'One Born Every Minute'
Setting the scene:
Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, seems to be a magnet for couples who wish they could go back and redo that night nine months ago. And so we need to turn our living room into the delivery room waiting area, where friends and family will wait impatiently for the news of a bouncing baby or the premature passing of a new father. So fill the room with pink and blue balloons (seriously, we need a minimum of 100), stuffed teddy bears, oversized rattles and baby bottles, queen-sized pink or blue baby blankets, big cigars, huge pacifiers, blue and pink wristbands and a fake baby lying around (we especially like the Asian Multicultural Newborn Baby). Have a few people dressed as doctors wearing catcher's mitts and at least one person in a diaper with a rattle. Party favors can include DVDs of Knocked Up and Rosemary's Baby.
Everyone should be given hospital scrubs and cigars.
On the menu:
You'll want to call Beech-Nut Baby Food directly and see if you can order Stage 1 Tender Sweet Carrots, Chiquita Bananas, Beef & Beef Broth and Squash by the case. Also have baby bottles filled with milk (or White Russians - depending on the crowd).
On the hi-fi:
Push It by Salt-N-Pepa; She's Having My Baby by Paul Anka; Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash; Baby Love by The Supremes; Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder; One Boy, One Girl by Collin Raye; Who Needs Sleep? by Barenaked Ladies.
We debated everything from trips to water parks to having each guest carry around an 8-pound watermelon for the duration of the party. But we settled on renting a 15-foot inflatable baby from Creatable Inflatables in California. Inflate it inside, then try to push it through the front door.