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About Tracy Kunzler

Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other. As a young woman, she studied relaxation at Radford University in Virginia and then devoted herself to a career in relaxation, earning her LCT (License To Chill) status early on. Consequently, she has developed a high level of relaxation skills few can match. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil, their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie.

Poolside Baby Shower – Invites and Set Up

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Details are everything when it comes to putting on the perfect baby shower party. Check out these tips from Tracy Kunzler so you can prepare for this beautiful get together celebrating new life.

Invites and Set Up

Start off by making up cute BaByQ invitations noting date, time, address, the fun menu, and where the couple is registered for gifts. Let guests know to bring their swimsuits. If you don’t want to make up your own invitations, one option is to go to and type “BabyQue” or “BabyQ” in the search bar.

Babyque Shower Invitation with Matching Decorative Sign - Printable & Personalized

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Set the scene

Float a couple of rubber duckies and round white balloon “bath bubbles” in the pool. Oriental Trading has a large, 11” x 14” rubber duckie. You could even ask each guest or couple to bring a bath or pool toy as a gift for baby to add to the pool decor. (Be sure to mention it in the invitation.) Let the rubber duckie bath and pool theme lead your color scheme and use bright yellow and blue balloons, streamers and paper products throughout the party area. Make a CD of songs with the word baby in them to play during the party. You can download songs from iTunes. Here are some titles to get you started:

  • Baby Baby – Amy Grant
  • Ooh Baby, Baby – The Miracles or Linda Ronstadt
  • Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel
  • Baby, It’s You – JoJo
  • Baby Love – Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • Baby Come Back – Player
  • Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Four Tops
  • Give It To Me Baby – Rick James
  • Baby Hold On – Eddie Money
  • Don’t Worry Baby – Beach Boys

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Poolside Baby Shower Menu

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Thinking of hosting an outdoor barbecue for an upcoming baby shower? Check out this silly baby themed menu sure to create lots of smiles and laughter.

Your guests will delight in this baby shower menu that’s delicious and extra-easy!


Beer and wine

Swaddled Baby Hot Dogs (pigs-in-a-blanket)
Baby Carrots and Dip
Baby Swiss Cheese and Crackers

Main Course:
Baby Spinach OR “Bib” Lettuce Salad
Barbecued Baby Back Ribs
Knocked-Up Wurst
Roasted Baby Potatoes
Buns in the Oven

Rubber Duckie Cake


Make up a batch of a special punch or signature cocktail and call it “formula.” Provide a couple varieties of “pop” (if you can find “Dad’s Root Beer,” so much the better) and a selection of wine and beer. Set up a self-serve drink table with baby bottles (sans nipples) with straws in them as drink ware. The bottles can be later washed and given as a gift to the expectant parents.


You can find frozen pigs-in-a-blanket appetizers in many grocery stores. Just heat per package directions and serve with a variety of mustard like jalapeno and honey mustard. Make up a platter of baby carrots served with your favorite ranch dip or hummus. Serve a block of baby Swiss cheese with a variety of crackers. Add a bunch of grapes for color.

Baby Spinach OR “Bib” Lettuce Salad – You may already have a favorite spinach or Bibb lettuce salad recipe. If not, this one is always a hit for me. I eyeball all the ingredients and toss with the dressing just before serving.

  • Baby spinach leaves (I buy pre-washed in the bag. One 7 oz bag is good for about four servings)
  • Slivered red onion
  • Dried cranberries
  • Crumbled Gorgonzola or goat cheese
  • Chopped walnuts, pecans or candied pecans
  • Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

Baby Back Ribs -Use your favorite recipe for baby back ribs or follow mine. Mine is to find the precooked variety in the supermarket, remove and hide the packaging in the trash, cut the ribs into serving portions of three-four ribs, place them in a large casserole dish and heat per package directions just before time to serve. This “recipe” has never failed me. Plan on at least four baby back ribs per guest.

Knocked-Up Wurst -Simply cook knockwurst on your grill. Get a man to take over this task. Whether it’s true or not, each and every man seems to believe that when it comes to operating a grill, he is to cooking what Mozart is to music. Let him have at it. It’s one less thing you’ll have to do! Plan on at least one knockwurst per guest.

Baby Roasted Potatoes – If you don’t already have a favorite recipe for roasted potatoes, you can find lots online or follow my recipe: Buy a bunch of baby potatoes (most grocery stores carry them these days – you can get yellow, red or a mix of yellow, red and blue) making sure you have a good handful (5-6 mini potatoes) per number of servings you need. After washing and drying them, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If your potatoes vary greatly in size, cut the larger ones in half so they’re a uniform size. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with extra virgin olive oil, freshly-ground sea salt and pepper, minced garlic and chopped fresh rosemary until they are well coated. Then, spread them in single layers on lightly oiled cookie sheets and roast for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Check the potatoes frequently after about 20 minutes. Place in a serving bowl or platter and serve immediately. Check out this recipe from Savory Sweet Life.


Buns in the Oven – Simply serve your favorite buns for Knocked-Up Wurst or dinner rolls warm from the oven!

Rubber Duckie Cake – Your guests will love this adorable cake! Simply bake the mom-to-be’s favorite cake flavor as your choice of a sheet or round layer cake. Frost with white icing tinted blue. (Wilton food dye sold in craft stores provides really vibrant color, but the blue food dye sold in the baking aisle of the supermarket works well, too.) Leave some of the icing white to pipe on “bubbles” or you can cut both large and small marshmallows to use as bubbles. Just use small dabs of white icing as “bubble glue.” I think it would be especially cute to top it with two “adult” duckies and one baby duckie. You can find rubber duckies of all types and sizes at online stores like or Oriental Trading. Stores like Party City carry them as well, including really tiny ones to use throughout your decor.


Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on throwing a poolside baby shower!


Poolside Baby Shower Games

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Every baby shower needs some entertainment! Check out these fun baby shower games suggested by relaxation expert and party planner extraordinaire, Tracy Kunzler.

Poolside Baby Shower Fun and Games

Yeah, I know. A lot of shower games are, well, lame. However, many of your guests will be expecting and looking forward to them. The following games are likely to change the minds of shower game naysayers and are sure to make for a memorable event! Be sure to organize some prizes for the winners!

Drain the Baby Bottle

Have the men at the party see how challenging it is for baby to finish a bottle. Give each man a baby bottle with juice in it (make sure all the bottles have the same amount of juice in them) and have a race to see which man can finish his bottle first without using his hands! The person who drains his bottle first is the winner. Hilarious fun. Award a prize such as an “adult bottle” of wine. You could even present it with a baby bottle nipple on top! Below is a YouTube video of men playing this game.

“My Water Broke!”

This is a great game to play in the pool on a hot day. You’ll want to have a bucket filled with water balloons made up beforehand. The best way to play is with a volleyball net strung across the pool.

2-in-1 Game

Have guests break up into teams of two (couples is easy) with members of each team facing each other on opposite sides of the volleyball net. Give a member of each team on one side of the net a water balloon. When you yell, “Switch,” the couples must carefully exchange their water balloon over the top of the volleyball net with out “breaking their water.” Once a couple’s balloon bursts, they’re out of the game. Continue until one couple remains. If you don’t have a volleyball net, you can have couples toss the water balloons back and forth in the pool or on land to see which couple makes the most tosses before their “water breaks.” You could also use the water balloons in a relay. Have guests hold a water balloon between their legs and walk from one point to the other without “breaking their water.”

“Pregnant Twister”

This is another way to get men in on the “fun” of pregnancy. Have guests (those not pregnant) wear a pillow or air-filled balloon taped or tied to their fronts and a fanny pack weighted with a couple cans of soup or vegetables from the pantry on their fannies as they play twister! You may have to play a couple of rounds to get all guests involved. Have the winner of each round play in a final round to determine the overall “pregnant twister” winner.

“The Baby is Craving…”

For this game, you’ll need two boxes or bins: one marked “dads,” the other “moms,” and a list of odds and ends you have placed and semi-hidden throughout the party area (garden gnome, doughnut, plastic dinosaur – anything you can think of you already have around the house or yard). Divide the guests into two teams of “moms” (women) and “dads” (men). Have the expectant mom sit in a chair with the marked boxes on either side of her. One by one, she should read off an item from the list preceded by, “The baby is craving a __________” and then wait while party guests go on a little scavenger hunt around the pool and yard to find the requested item and place it in their team’s box. Whichever team has the most items in the box at the end wins the honor of being served the craveable dessert first!

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Poolside Baby Shower Gifts

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Every water loving parent to be will really appreciate water themed baby shower gifts that allows for valuable bonding time with their child such as flotation devices or bubbles for bath time fun. And don’t forget your water-full guests! 

Perfect Pool Party Baby Shower Gifts

Stay with the bath and pool theme with these greatly-appreciated gifts for baby:

Baby Pool Float

A great way to introduce baby to the water while keeping him shaded and entertained! The Baby Spring Float Activity Center is suitable for ages 9-24 months, parents will enjoy getting a couple years of use out of it and children will love the interactive play!

Baby Spring Float Activty Center

Swim Diaper

The parents-to-be will appreciate receiving the all-important swim diaper! (Or two!) Use a swim diaper alone or over a regular diaper for reassuring protection against leaks. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes.

Baby Swim Diaper

Bath Time Essentials for Baby

Check the parents’ baby registry for requested bath items. If a baby bath tub is there, give it filled with baby towels and washcloths and baby wash, shampoo, powder and lotion, and a baby brush and comb set.

Party Favors

End this fun shower on a sweet note by giving each guest a small bag of miniature Baby Ruth candy bars, Sugar Daddy pops, and packs of Sugar Babies candy. Or, you could give out bottles of your favorite barbecue sauce with a custom label you print out and glue on that reads “Thanks for coming to Tyler & Jessica’s BaByQ,” for example.

Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on throwing a poolside baby shower!