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These are diaper pins to wear at a baby shower. Every guest gets one. One diaper has a sticker inside labeled "dirty". I put a larger pin on that one so I know it gets handed out. Whoever gets that diaper (everyone opens theirs up to check for the sticker) gets the door prize. Or you can use them as a game. Whenever someone crosses their legs or says a prearranged name (such as the guest of honors name), the person who catches them gets their pin. At the end, whoever has the most pins wins a prize. You could also attach them to a stick-on label and use as name tags for each guest.
Approximate Time: 2 hours to make 40 pins.
By Little Suzy from Millbury, OH
Give each person an index card and a pencil. Everyone is asked to write down one common baby question, such as "What do you do when a baby cries?" or "How do you get a baby to sleep through the night?"...
Bake a heart shaped silver locket inside a cake. Whichever guest receives the piece of cake with the locket inside it gets to keep it.
In this game guest must answer True or False questions about the mom-to-be correctly. If they answer incorrectly they must pick an absurd task to do from a diaper pail. These tasks could be things like singing a song, reciting a nursery rhyme or rubbing their belly and patting the top of their head.
Any kind of shower can be a diaper party, but the basic idea is to encourage each guest to bring a package of disposable diapers to the party as a gift. That way mom is well stocked for a long time in the future.
Ask each guest to bring an outfit for dressing up a baby doll. Each guess in turn dresses the doll. Whoever's outfit the mom to be likes best wins a prize!
This game is good if the mother already knows the name of the baby. Fill a bag with a full set of scrabble tiles (or tiles from two games if you have a lot of guests.) Pass the bag around and have each guest withdraw one tile.
Sometimes, the mother may decide that she wants to choose her baby's name at the shower. Guests come up with as many names as they can. The host will create a gift basket that is raffled off to the person who submits the winning name.
This is another very old game that is a bit strange but is certain to test your guest's dexterity. Bury ten tiny safety pins in a bowl filled with rice. Make sure the safety pins are closed!
Ask each guest to bring a photograph of herself as a baby. Number these photos and pin them on a bulletin board. The first guest to correctly name which baby picture belongs to which adult wins a baby shower prize.
Give your guests a piece of paper and a pencil. Ask them to come up with ten songs that have the word "Baby" in them. The guest that comes up with ten songs first wins a prize.
This gives your guests a chance to show off their mothering skills. All you need is a doll roughly the size of a real baby, a diaper, safety pins and a stopwatch. Time each guest on how long it takes him or her to diaper the baby. Whoever diapers the fastest wins.
Make up a CD with songs with where the singer sings a phrase with the word Baby such as "Baby Come Back!" or "Hit Me One More Time." Try to choose songs where the lyrics aren't a dead give away for the title. Have the guests guess what the title of each song is in turn...
Give each guest a lump of playdough. Ask them each to make a little baby. The baby that the mom-to-be thinks is the cutest wins a prize.
Get a life sized baby doll - a floppy one is best and a car seat. Blindfold each guest and ask her to lock up the doll safely in the car seat with all straps done up properly. The guest that does this the fastest without missing a strap or a loop wins.
This game is exactly what it sounds like. Line up 10 pins (plastic baby bottles) at the end of a long hallway and give your guests a tennis ball. The ladies who knock down all ten pins win a prize.
This simple game challenges your guest's photographic memories. Arrange 20 baby items on a platter or tray and cover it with a cloth. Pass the tray around to each guest and have her examine the contents of the tray for thirty seconds.
Here is an idea for a fun baby shower game. Take 10 plain white lunch bags and put a decorative "B" on one "A" on another "B" on another until you spell out "baby shower".
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Any ideas for Scrabble themed baby shower games? The new mom to be is an avid Scrabble fan.
Some ideas to consider:
Cover tables with white paper on which you have drawn a scrabble board of blank squares. Provide guests with a list of baby related words, and have tables compete to see who can fit all the words into the squares first. Have small prizes for the wiinning table.
If you can get enough Scrabble games, use them as centerpieces for tables, scattering tiles over the board with a vase of flowers on it. Instead of clothespins or safety pins, give each guest 5 Scrabble tiles in a baggie to be used in the cross your ankles/knees game, with the winner being the one with the most tiles.
Have a sheet cake with the parents' names and congratulations on it Scrabble board style.
If sending paper invitations, use blank cards and create a Scrabble style invite.
There is a website called babbee.com with a lot of helpful information about giving baby showers. Hope this is helpful.
If you can get some extra Scrabble tiles (from old games or the manufacturer of the game), try creating a baby-themed Scrabble game.
Another alternative is to create a themed puzzle of your own. You can create a puzzle at Eclipse Crossword.
I need some ideas for games for a baby shower. Thanks in advance.
By Pam T
It's been 20+ years, but I still remember one game from a friend's baby shower: helpers pinned a variety of items to the expectant mother. (They used things like rattles, teething rings, cloth diapers, etc.) Then she walked out among the guests, "modeling" her array of items before leaving the room again. The guests were to remember and write down what she'd had pinned on. The one who remembered the most won a small prize.
A more recent baby shower I attended played "Baby Hill (the parents' last name) Bingo." The hostess made up simple bingo cards using the phrase "Baby Hill." The columns included simple drawings of baby-related items (again, rattles, teething rings, bottles, etc.) I think Cheerios were used to mark the squares as the caller spoke them. Again, the winner won a small prize.
Prizes can be anything bought at the dollar store: bath gloves or mitts, costume jewelry, lotions, etc. Hope this helps, and congrats to the parents and grandparents to be!
Another good game that plays throughout the shower, give everyone a clothespin or a baby pin. The guests are told that they are not allowed to say the word "baby", if they do, the person that catches them gets their pin/necklace, whatever you use. The one with the most pins near the end of the shower gets a prize.
Thanks gals! I appreciate the ideas!
Does anyone have any ideas for games and themes for a Co-Ed baby shower?
By Katie from IL
Tape the Name on the Belly Button (name on paper, tape on back, eyes covered, go for it!)
Guess the Waist Size (skein of yarn, cut length with scissors, hope it'll fit around mommy's waist without overlapping!)
Don't Say the Name (everyone gets a pin--safety, or such--whenever someone says the mommy or daddy-to-be's name, or the word "baby", whoever hears it first gets the name-sayer's pin)
Baby Name Game (using all the letters of the mom's and dad's names, list as many baby names as you can...be the fastest)
Thank you, Megan, for your ideas!
We also did the 'don't say the name' game, but made little necklaces out of ribbon, and put plastic baby items, like pacifiers, bottles, etc on them. You can get some different baby foods and have people guess which they are by either just looking at them, or tasting them!
Put pieces of different candy bars in a diaper, squish it a little, and have people try to figure out which candy bar it is. Really looks like poop, too, for that fun added element! :)
Put items in paper lunch bags, tape them closed, and have everyone try to guess what it is by just feeling it. Of course, you would want all the items to be baby related in some way; bottle brush, pacifier, thermometer, nail clippers, nose squeezie thingy (!?), etc.
Have everyone try to come up with words having to do with babies, using all the letters of the alphabet. It's harder than it sounds! Have a time limit. Have fun!
The guys could have a diapering race, using dolls and paper diapers.
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I need ideas for baby shower games and party favors.
Beverly from Parkersburg, WV
Do a search on ThriftyFun for ideas. They will have lots. My favorite visit a thrift store for clothes pins, and good baby clothes, blankets etc. Pin them to a clothes line to mimic streamers. Baby Diaper Cake is on here too. (03/17/2009)
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I had never seen this done at a baby shower before so I did one for my daughter. Everyone loved it and I have seen friends do it since.
My daughter and I took baby items that we had bought already for the baby such as a binkie, diaper, bottle, booties etc and hid them around the area where we were having the baby shower. We made a list of things we hide and put the list in the game booklet that we printed out and put together. Our time limit to hunt was 10 minutes.
In the instructions part, this is what we had The items listed below is what you will be looking for. They are to be found but not taken by you. Beside each item write where you found it. The one who finds the most in the time allowed will receive a prize. Hope you have fun at the shower.
At my great niece's shower we made birthday cards from construction paper and stickers and put words of wisdom or verses in them and dated them for the day of her shower and signed our names to the card from her first birthday to her 18th and then they are put into a box given to the mom (we drew numbers from 1 - 18) if more 18 guests have extra set of number from 1-18 happy showering. (03/19/2009)
Make stiff paper triangle, form into a diaper and pin with a small safety pin. Add jellybeans or other small candies tied in the circles made for weddings inside and use as place settings or small prizes. A nice hard back notebook could be passed around and each guest would write in a piece of advice, a wish for the baby and her parents and sign it. A lovely keepsake. (03/19/2009)
One thing that is always fun is to make a bunch of necklaces with those tiny plastic pacifiers, baby bottles, or something like that. You can just use ribbon to put it on. Give everyone one to put on when they arrive. Whenever someone says "baby", they lose their necklace to the person that catches them. At the end of the party, the person with the most necklaces wins a prize. It's pretty funny to see everyone trying not to say baby at a baby shower!
You can have several jars of baby food and have everyone try to guess what it is, either by just looking at it, or having to taste it!
Pass around a roll of toilet paper and have everyone tear off what they think will equal the width around mom's belly.
Put a bunch of different baby items - bottle brush, nose squeezy thing, pacy, etc,...into paper lunch bags, and have everyone feel them and guess what's in there.
Put pieces of different candy bars into a disposable diaper, and everyone has to guess which candy bar it is! :) Of course, it also looks like a poopy diaper!
The last baby shower I attended, the hostess created a "baby bingo" game. We played several rounds, and each winner received a small, dollar-store item.
Another game we played was to create new words from a significant phrase connected with the baby.
A baby shower I attended many years ago, we played a memory game. The mom-to-be walked among us with small items afety-pinned all over (rattle, binky, etc.) After she walked out, we had to remember as many of those items as we could. The one who remembered the most, won. (03/19/2009)
Years ago we did this one. Put all kinds of house things,in a container. Pass it around 1 time, and have them list what was in it. The winner gets to pick a wrapped prize. (03/19/2009)