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Games for Baby Showers

In the planning stages of the shower, be sure to discuss possible game ideas with the mom-to-be. She may have some definite likes and dislikes when it comes to party games, and since it's her day, you want to be sure to plan something she'll enjoy. Also, keep in mind her physical status: this is no time for a game of Twister.

Often, the guest list will include a combination of friends and relatives of the mom-to-be, and they may not know one another. By scheduling a fun game, you can be sure to break the ice and encourage the guests to mix. Look for "mind" games and popular themes that will cross any generational boundaries and engage the entire group.

Consider these guidelines:

  • Plan the game for early in the party. It makes a great icebreaker, so try to schedule it for after the initial arrival phase, but before everyone gets distracted with the main food courses and gift opening.
  • Pick a game connected to your theme. Whatever your decorating and food plans, you can tie it all together with a well-chosen game in the same theme.
  • Prepare your props in advance. If your game requires writing, be sure you've gathered up enough pens and pencils beforehand. And the same thing goes for other objects: have it all ready to go so there's no waiting around.
  • Think cruise director. If you're enthusiastic about your game, your guests will catch your mood.
  • Choose creative but inexpensive prizes. The fun of the game should be in the playing, but it's nice to have a prize. If you've got a party and game theme, the prize may be obvious, such as a CD for a game that involves music or a tabletop item for a food-related game. Check out crafts fairs and other unusual spots for unique prize ideas.
  • Take pictures during the game. They make great additions to a mom's scrapbook.
  • Avoid games that are too complicated. Games should be easy to explain and a snap to play. Anything confusing or labor-intensive takes all the fun out of it.

 
Baby Shower Games: Baby Food Game
Baby Shower Games: Baby Food Game

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Playing time: 20-30 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • fifteen jars of baby food (no blends) with labels removed. (Write the content information on a piece of masking tape and place it on the bottom of each jar.)
  • plastic spoons
  • a blindfold

Before the party

  • Purchase baby food and prepare the jars. Try to pick a variety of baby food flavors, such as peaches, bananas, green beans, and squash. Stick with stage one or two foods.

At the party

  • Each player dons a blindfold and is fed teaspoons of the baby food. The player who guesses the most flavors correctly wins.

 

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Play time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • two dozen or so small objects, such as a thimble, a coin, a baby rattle, etc
  • a tray big enough to hold 10 of the objects
  • a box or towel that can completely cover the objects on the tray
  • a timer

Before the party

  • Gather your objects. Be sure they are interesting shapes, but recognizable household items.

At the party

  • Arrange a tray with 10 of the items. Have guests sit where all can see the tray.
  • Set the timer for two minutes. Guests have that time to look at and try to memorize the items. No talking or note-taking allowed!
  • Cover the items. Hand out paper and pencils.
  • Ask the guests to write down as many of the items as they can remember. The one who remembers the most items wins.
  • If you have time and your group is enthusiastic, play best of three rounds, mixing up the items on the tray.

Baby Shower Games: Baby Animals
Baby Shower Games: Baby Animals

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • a large piece of paper or poster board
  • a dark marker
  • paper and pencils for the guests
  • a timer

Before the party

  • Do a bit of research. You'll need a list of animals and the proper name for their offspring. Get creative. Sure, everyone knows dog/puppy and cow/calf. But will they get turkey/poult or raccoon/kit? Mix easy and difficult ones.
  • List on your poster board -- in clear letters -- the names of 20 adult animals.

At the party

  • Seat guests so they can easily see the poster board. Distribute paper and pencils.
  • Give guests five minutes to study the board and try to guess the names of as many baby animals as possible.
  • The guest with the most correct answers wins.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Playing time: 10 minutes

Players: All but the mom-to-be

What you'll need

  • paper and crayons for all players
  • a timer or stop watch

Before the party

  • Gather your materials.

At the party

  • Distribute paper and crayons to the guests.
  • Set timer for 10 seconds.
  • Have each guest place the paper on top of their heads and draw a picture of a baby.
  • Collect drawings and present to the mom-to-be, who will act as judge and declare a winner.

 

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • paper and pencils for all players
  • 10 baby objects that aren't easily identified, like a nasal aspirator, a breast pump, a teething ring.

Before the party

  • Arrange objects on a tray.

At the party

  • Distribute paper and pencils.
  • Ask guests to write down what each object is used for. Player with the most right answers is the winner.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • 10 small baby items and their store receipts
  • paper and pencils

Before the party

  • Arrange a tray with the baby items. Next to each item, write the price of the item on an index card and place it face down.

At the party

  • Distribute paper and pencils.
  • Point to each item, and have guests write down what they think is the correct price.
  • Then, go through each item and reveal its price. The player closest to the actual price without going over gets a point. Player with the most points wins.

 

For some baby showers, the traditional games just won't do -- for example, if your shower is coed or your mom-to-be just isn't into the baby-themed games. For this kind of party, feel free to pick more generic party games. Try Venus and Mars, and the ones that follow here, Family Night at the Movies and Who Am I?

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Playing time: 20-30 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • index cards
  • pens

At the party

  • Divide the players into two teams, men vs. women.
  • Send each team into a separate room or on opposite ends of a big space.
  • Give each team index cards and a pen and have them come up with gender-based questions designed to stump the other team. The women might ask: What's a bobbin? What is Martha Stewart's area of expertise? How much does a newborn weigh? The men might ask: What's the role of the carburetor? Who played in the first Super Bowl? What does RAM stand for?
  • After the cards are finished, place them in two piles in the center of the room. Each team member will stand and take a card from the opposite team's pile and try to answer the questions. Teams get one point for each correct answer. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you need

  • paper and pencils for players
  • a timer

Before the party

  • Collect writing materials.

At the party

  • Set timer for two minutes.
  • Have guests write down as many movie titles as they can think of that contain words like mother, father, baby, child or other family member. Examples: The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride, Sister Act. The player who comes up with the most titles in the allotted time wins.

 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you need

  • name tag stickers
  • a marker

Before the party

  • Write the names of famous people on the stickers.

At the party

  • Place a sticker on the back of each player.
  • Players mingle and ask each other questions to try and figure out the name on their own backs. Players may only answer yes or no to questions. First person to correctly guess the name on his or her own back wins.

 

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