For a group with a small amount of musical know-how, this party can be unique and entertaining for all.

By Ellen Neuborne

The Theme

Music can make a baby shower lively and fun.

  • Crank up the sound system and play a selection of tunes during the party -- everything from oldies to current bands.
  • Decorate with musical notes, sheet music posters, and other tune-related artwork.
  • Ask guests to bring their favorite CDs (kid or grown-up music).
  • Invite the neighbors. Music parties can be noisy.
  • Rent the video of a live concert of mom-to-be's favorite group or music style.
  • Make room in case guests want to dance.

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Game: Name That (Nursery) Tune

Preparation time: One day (to secure necessary items for game)

Playing time: 20 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • If you or someone in your group is musical, arrange access to a keyboard or even just a toy xylophone, and sheet music to a range of popular nursery tunes (available at your public library).
  • If no one in your circle has the musical know-how, don't fret. Most major toy stores sell inexpensive items that play nursery tunes. Be sure to buy one that plays music only -- no spoken words.

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Before the party

  • Arrange for the music.

At the party

  • Hand out paper and pencils to your guests.
  • Play each tune. Guests have 10 second to write down a name.
  • The player with the most correct answers wins.

Game: Baby Songs

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • paper and pencil, one set for each team
  • a timer

Before the party

  • Make sure paper and pencil are handy.

At the party

  • Divide the guests into two teams.
  • Set the timer for two minutes
  • Ask teams to come up with as many song titles as they can that contain the word "baby."
  • The team with the most titles wins.

Game: Musical Chairs

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • enough chairs for everyone at the party, minus one
  • a music source that can be turned on and off
  • space to play the game

Before the party

  • Set up your music.
  • Make room for the game.

At the party

  • Set up the chairs.
  • Start the music and have the guests circle while the music plays.
  • Stop the music and have guests scramble for chairs. The one left standing is out.
  • Remove one chair and continue game until all but one player is eliminated.

Gifts for Guests

Suggested prize

  • a popular CD

Party favor ideas

  • music boxes
  • small radios

Gifts for the guest of honor

  • lullaby toys
  • tapes or CDs
  • baby-friendly musical instruments
  • songbook

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Source: American Baby

Comments (1)

December 3, 2018
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