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Baby Shower Games Can be Fun and Inexpensive
by Jennifer Barnett
Description: Easy, creative baby shower game ideas for any budget.
Are you planning a baby shower? Are you trying to figure out
what to do? If so, here are a few fun baby shower game ideas
The key to great baby shower games is to be short and fun. The
games will serve as ice breakers if the guests do not know each
other, and the themes should always be babies. For a typical
baby shower in which no full meals are served, expect to be
able to play two or three games.
These games will get your guests interacting.
Who Am I, the Baby Version - In this game, players are each
given a piece of paper with the name of a famous person on it.
They do not look at the name, but tape it to their forehead.
They then must figure out who they are by the reactions of the
other guests. In the baby version, consider using only famous
celebrity mothers, or perhaps cartoon characters. Be creative!
Who Is That Baby? - Before the party, have guests send you
photos of themselves as a baby. Have each guest try to match
the baby picture with the correct adult. The person with the
most matches wins.
Don't Say It - When guests arrive, give them each a pacifier on
a ribbon which they can wear over their neck. Instruct them that
they are not allowed to say "baby" during the party. If another
guest catches them at it, the can take their pacifier. At the
end of the party, the guest with the most pacifiers wins.
Baby Boggle - Come up with a fun sentence about the baby and
the mother-to-be. See how many baby related words guests can
make in three minutes from the letters. Everyone reads their
list, crossing off duplicates, and the person with the most
remaining wins. Use a phrase such as "So there's going to be a
new [parents' last name] in the world!"
Advice Poem - Have someone write down a short piece of advice
to the new mother. Then have the next person write down a line
to create a poem about advice they have for the new mom.
Continue with each guest adding a line, but each time, fold the
paper so that the only line visible is the last one that was
written. At the end, have someone read the finished poem. It is
sure to contain lots of good advice in quite a funny way. This
can also be done with guests writing a poem about the
mother-to-be. This is especially good at a "Pamper Mommy"
Time Capsule - Have each guest write a short note to the baby.
Seal the notes in a plastic bag and place them in a box for the
mother-to-be, telling her she can open them with her child on
his or her fifteenth birthday.
GAMES WITH GIFTS
Assuming everyone is bringing a gift, you can easily create a
game around them.
Baby Box - Ask every guest to bring a small item such as a
rattle or a pacifier. As they arrive, place the items in a box
which has a small hole cut in the side. After all the guests
have arrived, give each person 20 seconds to touch as many
items as they can (no peeking!), then have them write down what
they felt. The person with the most correct wins.
These games will get the guests up off the couch.
Diaper Tower - Have guests stack as many diapers as they can
without the tower falling over. Of course, the mother-to-be
gets to keep the diapers!
Tree Planting - Have guests help plant a tree in honor of the
baby. This is especially nice if the mother-to-be recently
moved into a new home. (Of course, get her input on the type of
tree she would like.)
Dirty Diapers - Buy ten different chocolate candy bars
(Snickers, Hershey's, etc.). Melt the bars and put each into a
separate diaper. Hang diapers along a clothesline before the
guest arrive. Give each guest a piece of paper and have them
smell all the diapers (take lots of pictures!). The winner is
the guest who correctly identifies each candy bar.
Are You Hungry? - Before dessert is served, bring in a tray of
various baby foods, with the labels removed. Number each bottle
and have the guests look at each (no tasting or smelling!) and
write down what they think it contains. The winner is the
person who identifies the most correct foods.
Pacifier Pass - Have everyone put a pen or pencil (or
chopstick) in their mouth. Place a pacifier on the end of one
of the pencils. Guests must pass the pacifier around the circle
without using their hands. If a guest drops the pacifier, they
are out. The winner is the last person still in the circle.
Bottle Race - Time guests drinking juice from a bottle - the
fastest time wins! This is best done as a race, with white
grape juice or something else that won't stain. And once again,
the mother-to-be keeps the bottles.
GIFTS FOR THE WINNERS
Gifts for the winners of the baby shower games can vary, but
something inexpensive like shower gel or coffee will do nicely.
Or guests can rack up points for each game they play (100 to the
winner, 90 to second place, etc.) and at the end of the night
the grand prize winner can take home something a little nicer,
such as a restaurant gift certificate or bottle of wine.
While you can buy baby shower games from most party stores, the
games that are the most fun are those you create with the
mother-to-be specifically in mind. A new mother will also
appreciate it if any of the games result in baby items she can
keep, and the guests will love a door prize. One way to get
something every mother needs: tell guests that there is going
to be a raffle, and the cost of entry is a pack of diapers.
They can enter as many times as they would like. Then either
buy or make a gift basket. For instance, the prize could be a
bottle of wine, pasta, sauce, parmesan cheese, and some yummy
cookies in a basket. It could also be a gift certificate to a
restaurant or spa. This will keep the new mother in diapers for
Jennifer Barnett is a successful party
planner providing valuable tips and advice on planning a baby
shower that is inexpensive, fun for the guests with baby shower
games, and choosing the perfect baby shower gift.
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