A Time Capsule Baby Shower Party

A time capsule will serve as a historical marker of baby's birth!

The Theme

This idea is fun for the guests, and the expectant mom will come away with a thoughtful gift for the future.

    • On the invitation, ask guests to bring one small item for the time capsule.
    • Prepare a large box to serve as the capsule. It can be an ordinary box, decorated with current newspaper headlines. Or you can choose a prepared gift box. You might also want to consider a container that's made of a sturdy and waterproof material.
    • Decorate the room with memory-themed artwork, such as newspaper pages from key years, or movie posters that recall an era.
    • Serve foods, such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or summer lemonade, that will inspire guests to remember important events from their pasts.
    • Have guests come in costume -- let them choose their favorite eras.
    • Fire up the video camera to capture the event on film.

    Game: How Old Were You Then?

    Preparation time: 30 minutes

    Playing time: 20-30 minutes

    Players: All present

      What you'll need

      • dates of major historical events such as an earthquake, a major movie star's wedding date, a political upheaval
      • paper and pencils for all

        Before the party

        • Research historical events. If possible, photocopy the headlines with the date blocked out. Have at least 25 different headlines from different eras.

          At the party

          • Distribute paper and pencils.
          • Hold up each headline for all to see. Have players write down in what year the event took place and how old they were at the time.
          • Player with the most correct dates wins.

          Game: Date That Toy

          Preparation time: 20 minutes

          Playing time: 15 minutes

          Players: All present

            What you'll need

            • paper and pencil for all players
            • a list of toys and the year they were introduced
            • a timer

              Before the party

              • Research famous toys and their debut dates.
              • Make a list with two columns. In column A, list the toys. In column B, list the dates.
              • Make enough copies for all players

                At the party

                • Distribute pencils.
                • Set timer for two minutes.
                • Hand out toy list.
                • Have guests try to match the toys to their debut date. The player with the most correct matches wins.

                Game: Mothers of History

                Preparation time: 10 minutes

                Playing time: 15 minutes

                Players: All present

                  What you'll need

                  • Hello, my name is... name tag stickers

                    Before the party

                    • Research and come up with a list of famous mothers through history.
                    • Put one name on each name tag.

                      At the party

                      • Apply a name tag to the back of each guest.
                      • Have the guests mingle. They may ask each other questions to try and guess the name of their mother. Only yes or no answers area allowed.
                      • The player to guess correctly first wins.

                        Gifts for Guests

                        Suggested prizes

                        • kitchen timer
                        • world almanac

                          Party favor idea

                          • calendars

                            Gifts for the guest of honor

                            • keepsake boxes or books
                            • photo album

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