I need any ideas that anyone has about throwing a baby shower, anything you can think of. I've never given one. Much help is needed, but I'd really like to do it.
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Some fun baby shower games that we played at my own shower and my sister's baby shower were:
-- Guess the girth - whoever comes closest to guessing how big around the mother-to-be's belly is, wins.
-- Baby food tasting contest - this one is especially fun for the men, if you're having a co-ed shower. Get a selection of baby foods, cover up the labels, and do a blind tasting. Whoever guesses the most kinds, wins.
-- Mystery words - this is a great ice breaker if most of the guests don't know each other. Write baby-related words on name-tag labels, and as each guest comes in, put one on each person's back. Then that person needs to figure out what word is on his/her back, by asking yes-or-no questions of the other guests about the word. The key is that you can only ask any one person a maximum of three questions. This makes sure that guests have to circulate and ask questions of multiple people.
There are lots of other ideas for baby shower games. There are even books on the subject, but ideas can also be found just by surfing the web (try a Google search on baby shower games).
Oh, and the prizes for the games don't have to be anything huge. We bought some cheap, small baby bottles and filled them with Jelly Bellys, M&Ms, or mini candy bars. Gussy them up with some curly ribbon in the appropriate colors and away you go!
Good luck and have fun!
I've also played the baby food game, with a different twist. Buy as many different kinds of babyfood as you can. Number the lids of the jars with a sharpie and then record the flavors. Take the labels off and have guests guess the flavors without tasting at all - just from looking at (and shaking) the jars. Everyone writes down their guesses. Then you can give the jars to the mother-to-be afterwards (with the key to which is which!)
I like this game because the "older ladies" always win it because they've had more experience. :) If your guests are inexperienced, you might want to give them the list of possible flavors, but it's more fun to make them figure it out themselves.
Guess the Girth--
It is fun to measure the tummy size with squares of toilet paper. Guests are not allowed to do anything more than look at mom-to-be, when getting length of TP. When everyone has their length of TP, each guest gets to go up to mom-to-be and measure with their length of TP. Is very surprising and fun.
I always shop at the dollar store for prizes for the games. Prizes can be things like a fancy candle, a picture frame, a coffee mug, a set of kitchen towels. We always play a word scramble game with baby item words (pacifier, bottle, high chair, etc) scrambled up; another word scramble with words associated with pregnancy (stretch marks, sonogram, maternity clothes, etc). Set a timer and whoever unscrambles the most in the allotted time -- or whoever gets them all first -- wins. We also play a "memory" game. Get a bunch of small baby items (again, at the dollar store)-- brush & comb, tiny nail clippers, pacifier, rattle, jar of food, baby bottle nipples, sample sizes of wipes, baby lotion, etc. Have at least a dozen items -- 20 is even better. Set them up on a tray, or arrange them in a shallow basket or box. Cover them up with a receiving blanket or cloth diaper. Have this all set up and covered before the guests arrive. Everyone gathers around and you remove the cover, and they all stare at it for exactly 30 seconds. Then you cover it back up and everybody tries to list everything that was on the tray. Whoever remembers the most is the winner. Then the guest of honor gets to keep all the stuff on the tray, plus the blanket, as part of your gift to her. Be ready with a tiebreaker question (like what FLAVOR) was the baby food?) or be sure to have extra prizes on hand in case of a tie. I always pass out magazines for people to hold the paper on, and pencils or pens, as the guests arrive.
We've played several different games that were fun. We took a roll of toilet tissue and each person pulled on a length that they thought would fit around mom's pregnant midsection. Some people have no sense of judgement! During the other we tore the tables off 8 -10 flavors of baby food and taped a number to each. We provided each person a small plastic spoon and a numbered peice of paper. They had to taste and guess the flavor of each corresponding jar of food. In another, each person had to place a peice of paper on their own head and use a pencil to draw a baby. The new mom gets to decide which baby is cutest and the drawer wins the prize. In another game, we blind folded each person and they had a given number of second to diaper a doll with a cloth diaper and diaper pins. We bought a small peice of cloth from the local fabric store to use as the diaper.
I have given 3 baby showers and some of the games that got the most laughs were....
I took a tray & gathered about 15 or 20 assorted items from around my house...they can be anything as long as they are small. I passed them around the party and showed them to all the guest telling it was part of the memory game....then I left the room (act like you have to get something or go to the restroom) and have someone who is in on the game tell everyone they have to write down as many things they can remember about me....clothes, hair, jewelry, makeup...whatever. The guest will groan & grumble and laugh that it's not fair but it's quite funny to see how unobservent many of them are.
Another great game is get a pack of newborn diapers & take out 10 (you can give the rest to the mom to be) number them with a marker 1-10. Then you put stuff inside them...some ideas are mashed up green beans, mashed snickers bars, peanut butter, baby powder, lemon juice, vicks vapor rub, cinnamon, beer, nacho cheese, guacamole, juicy fruit gum (I cut a little slit in the diaper & put it in the liner so they can't see it) and so on...you can use just about anything. Then pass them around & the guest have to try & guess what they are by smell...it's so funny!!!! I got lots of great pictures of guest with their nose in the diapers....great for the photo album or blackmail.....Good luck & have fun!
This was a game I made up for my friend's shower and now everyone around here is doing it! It's called "The craziest name". Get together before hand with the Mommy to be and find out what the craziest name was that they ever considered naming the baby. Even for a microsecond. Set up A posterboard with hangman style spaces and draw a crib on the side to fill in with the baby rather than a gallows. The pregnant girl should feel free to openly taunt and heckle the guests and act as Vanna by showing where the letter goes. The purpose of course to guess the name before you draw the baby. Cheat and continue by drawing clothes, booties, a mobile, whatever it takes - people will not stop playing until they have guessed it. The winner of course gets a prize. The prize for this game was the game Taboo. But it can be whatever you want it to be.
TAKE SMALL PLASTIC "BABIES" FIND THEM AT A PARTY STORE, AND FREEZE THEM IN ICE CUBE TRAYS.
USE THESE IN THEIR DRINKS, WHOEVER HAS THE FIRST BABY "BORN" OR ESSENTIALY RELEASED FROM THE ICE CUBE WINS A PRIZE.
Another game that is alot of fun and harder to do than we think is the( Pin in the rice ) You get a big bowl and pour a large bag of regular cheap rice in it, Then buy 1 to 2 packages of small saftey pins and pour them into the bowl of rice, Mix it up really good. Blindfold the person then direct their hand to the bowl, Give them 1 or 2 minutes ( I used a timer ) they have to grab a pin, The person who grabs the most pins in that time period wins a prize.
That game was a big hit. Good luck and enjoy yourself : )
how would you word it about the wishing well on the invite? i want to have it for my sister her shower will be in about 1 1/2 months we didnt do the invites yet. but i dont know how to word it. can any one help me. i will prob forget about this site or lose the url. so if you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me any ideas about it that would be great. but i get a lot of junk mail so please in the subject put 'wishing well' and ill know its not junk mail. id appriciate all the help i can get. i never done a shower before. and i want it to be a great one for her. shes my only sister.
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