While I was over at my mom's house recently, she told me I should throw my brother a diaper party.
"A what now?" I replied.
A diaper party, apparently, is sort of like the opposite of a baby shower, meaning it's for the father to be. (Thank you, Google.)
So, instead of whatever happens at a baby shower, men come with diapers in hand.
That's not so hard, right?
I tell my brother's friends I'm throwing him a diaper party, they drop them off, I say, "Thanks, dudes," and everyone goes about their business.
But of course, it's not that simple. The guests will expect to be entertained.
Will they want to guess the baby's height and weight, or do their best imitation of what happens at a baby shower? Definitely not.
Our friends will need a different kind of entertainment to keep them happy. I'm thinking if I supply food and drinks, a couple of lawn games, and a deck of cards we'll be just fine. It doesn't take all that much to keep a group of our friends happy.
When I was the best man in my brother's wedding last summer, I had to plan his bachelor party. I hated planning it, but I enjoyed the party itself. It was a great opportunity to spend time with a lot of old friends, many of whom we don't get to see very often.
I thought my party-planning days were over, but it seems we live in a new era - one where parties are thrown for men who are about to become fathers.
Diapers, I understand, aren't cheap, so I think my brother and sister-in-law will be happy to not have to worry about those for quite a while.
It's also my hope that after this party I won't have to think about diapers for a long, long time.