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An Around the Clock Baby Shower Party

Here are tips and ideas that play upon the theme of "time."

  • When you send out the invitations, be sure to assign each guest an hour of the day or night (such as 9 p.m. or 1 p.m.). Ask guests to bring a gift that applies to their assigned time.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and offer gift-buying advice when guests call to RSVP. First-time attendees of this type of party may need some additional support.
  • Decorate on party day with time themes, such as watch- and clock-face paper goods, and sun, moon, and stars wall hangings.
  • Present foods with a time theme, such as Midnight Snacks, Breakfast Bars, and Teatime Sandwiches.
  • Start a pool to predict the baby's time of birth.
  • Set up several alarm clocks at the party scene. When one rings, award a small prize to the guest seated closest to the mom-to-be.
  • Organize a time-based mixer. Have guests remove their wristwatches and place them in a bowl. Then each guest picks out an unfamiliar watch and seeks out the owner.

 

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.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Play time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • paper and pencils for all players
  • a timer

Before the party

  • Set up timer.
  • Collect writing materials.

At the party

  • Set the timer for three minutes.
  • Ask guests (individually or in teams) to write down as many song titles with the word "baby" or "child" in them as they can.
  • The player with the most songs wins.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • 10 to 15 pairs of baby socks (solids and patterns in a variety of sizes)
  • a basket
  • a timer

Before the party

  • Secure your sock collection. Separate the pairs and toss them in a mixed pile in the basket.

At the party

  • Each guest gets 10 seconds on the timer. The goal: Match as many pairs of socks as possible in the time allotted. The player with the most properly matched sock pairs wins.

Game prize

  • an inexpensive fashion watch

Party favor ideas

  • mini alarm clocks
  • sundials

Gift ideas for the guest of honor

  • bibs and feeding sets
  • stroller toys
  • lullaby tapes or CDs

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.