Not Ya Mama’s Baby Shower: A modern girls guide to choosing fun baby shower games.

Ok, we have all been to more baby showers than we probably care to think about. The common theme to most of the ones I have been to is that they are all pretty boring and I can’t wait to exit. Now, I have used my powers of perusing hours and tons of websites devoted to choosing fun games to enhance your a-maz-ing baby shower. Every friend is unique, and when throwing a party to celebrate their happy moments you want it to be memorable (in a good way) and fun for guests, plus you want to show your bff how special she is to you.

My least favorite baby shower game I ever EVER ever played included someone handing around diapers with baby food smeared inside to look like poop, and we were supposed to use a spoon to scoop a small bite out and eat it. Yes. Gross. Not only did I not want to play, I can be a bit germ-a-phobic about sharing food with 25 other strangers all dipping their spoons in too. So-lets find some games that can not make your guests feel queasy 🙂

1. How Many Baby Items Can You Name: (Materials- pad of paper and pen for each woman). Have each woman write down as many baby products as they can name (bottle, blanket, pacifier, etc) within 3 minutes. Sure it is easy at the beginning, but towards the last few minutes, the women will start racking their brains for more 🙂 Give a prize to the woman who gets the most baby products named!

2. Who Can Make The Mother-To-Be’s Baby: (Materials – Baby magazines, Scissors, Glue, Paper). Have the women group up into teams of 3 and give each 3 baby magazines. Have them cut out pieces of different baby qualities and put together a picture of what they think the Mother-To-Be’s baby will look like. Have the Mother-To-Be pick which baby would possibly look like hers the best! Give prizes to the winning team! A quick tip to be frugal is to purchase the magazines at a thrift shop. Typically they sell the magazines for under a quarter each!

3.Baby Bingo: (Materials- Pens, Pre-Printed Bingo cards that use the numbers of how many people attend the baby shower) Prior to opening the baby shower gifts, number each gift on the box starting with one. If you know that 15 people will be attending your shower, pre-print bingo cards with numbers 1 through 15 and randomly place them on 15 cards. When the mommy-to-be’s decides to open the presents, she grabs the present she wants to open and reads the number out loud. As soon as someone receives bingo, they win the baby shower game and the baby shower prize.

4.Baby Shower Lotto (Materials- Calendar with large calendar month dates, highlighter pen, and normal pen). Have the calendar of the month that the mother-to-be’s baby is due at the front door for guests when they arrive. Each day is divided into two parts: am and pm for the guests to choose from in picking the date and general time the baby will be born. Make sure to have the due date highlighted. Guests can “buy in” to a lotto ticket for a certain day (am or pm) that they think the baby will be born. The guest who guesses closest wins a baby shower gift, of course given after the baby is born. The fun part of the game is that the lotto tickets can be purchased by using something other than money that is useful to the parents. Instruct guests beforehand that a lotto tickets may be purchased with a diaper pack, baby bottles or baby wipes, etc. (Thank you to our visitors who gave us this great baby shower game!)

5. Fingertip Feel: (Materials: rice, a bowl, small baby pins) Fill a small bowl with uncooked rice and mix 20 small closed diaper pins in. Then the guest is blindfolded and has 1 minute to pull as many of the diaper pins out (without the rice) as possible. It sounds easy, but without being able to see it is very difficult to feel the difference between the pins and the rice!

6.Baby Shower Thank You Card Draw – (Materials: Thank you cards and envelopes, pens, bag) – . Once the baby shower attendees arrive, give them each an envelope (that goes with the baby shower thank you cards you purchased) and have them write their name and address on it. Put them is whatever you would like and draw an envelope for a baby shower prize. Now momma to be has all the name and addresses and can send out Thank you cards more easily!

7. Baby Shower “Guess What’s In The Bag” Game (Materials: Paper Bags of different sizes to fit different size items, items listed below, pen) –

You will need 10 paper bags. For fun, use colored ones. On the front of the first bag put a letter “B”, the second “A”, third “B”, fourth “Y”, and so on spelling out “B A B Y S H O W E R”. Inside each bag is an item for the baby beginning with the letter on the outside of the bag. Guests cannot pick up the bags. Display them on a table so they can see how big the bags are. Whoever guesses the most correctly wins. Here is an example of what you might put in the bags:

B – Bottle, brush, booties, burp cloth

A – Aspirator, apple sauce

B – Bib

Y – Yellow Rubber Ducky (you may have to give a clue for this one)

S – Spoon, soap, shampoo

H – Hat, hanger (baby size), headband

O – Onesie, oil, Ora-gel

W – Wipes, wash cloth

E – Ear syringe, ear ache medicine

R – Rattle, receiving blanket, rash medicine

8.Baby Shower Memory Game (Materials: Poster Board, paper, candy bars, pen, tape) – Take a large piece of poster board with 20 small (3×5) pieces of paper lined up in number order (1, 2, 3…) with five across and four down. Under each paper was a word has a match under another paper. Example: 1 was “Baby Girl” and 20 was “Baby Girl”. The players choose two numbers, trying to match the words. Each match was given a prize. “Baby Girl” received a Baby Ruth candy bar. “Laundry” received a Mounds candy bar, “Daddy” received Sugar Daddy candy, “Breastfeeding” received Milky Way, “Contractions” received Good and Plenty, “Epidural” received Lifesavers, “Bottle” received Baby Bottle Pop candy, “Crying Baby” received Screaming Sours candy, “10 pound baby” received Whoppers. (Find candy at the candy store, and make up your own words!) Everyone loved this game! We didn’t know what candy was going to be given out, so it was fun to guess while people were playing the game.

9.Baby Scrapbook (Materials: Scrap book, ribbons, stickers, colorful pens etc) – A real neat baby shower activity is to make a baby scrapbook for the parent’s to be. Give everyone a page to create borders, pictures, and little sayings so you can place them all in the book for the mother to be to use when taking pictures of the birth and on. It is a great way to have everyone participate in the memories. It is even fun to take a picture at the party of every baby shower participant and place it on the back of the page so you know who did the page for you and who attended the baby shower. Plus we all know how hard it is to make time to put together an album after the baby is born! This gives the parents-to-be a place to put photo’s without any work at all:)

A separate idea that can be a fun reminder of your event is to use twitter. You could even give a prize to the person who tweets the most updates during the party.  If you and the friends attending the party like to use twitter, then you could ask each of them to post updates about funny comments, pics, or nice thoughts as the party ensues. Now, Melissa Miller posted stats on Twitter users across the country and she found that the top three states to twitter (per capita) are: Massachusetts, Washington, and Oregon. So, if you live in these three states-tweet about the party you are at! It will be fun for the hostess and the baby-momma to read all her friends nice comments and funny stories after the event is over.

I hope you have enjoyed some of the ideas listed above and I hope that your next baby shower is filled with fun!

As always I welcome your comments, ideas, or suggestions. Thanks!

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