Baby Showers: It’s All About the Games…
A New Year means it’s time to welcome a new crop of babies into this big, beautiful world. Even though it may not look like it in Billings for at least another solid five months, spring in all her glory is just around the corner. And you know what that means. After a long, cold winter stuck indoors, it’s high time we shower those new mamas-to-be with presents, pampering, and some darned delicious cake.
And because we know that most of you will be charged with the task of throwing at least one of these extravagant shenanigans at some point in your adult, woman lifetime, we thought we might put together a list of some of our favorite tried and true shower games and activities. Because seriously, what’s better than a rousing game of “Pin the Sperm on the Egg?” I mean, am I right or am I right?
Baby Shower Games 101
Guess the Size of the Baby Belly
This game is a classic, and is super easy to pull off. Have each party guest choose what she believes is enough ribbon to wrap around the mama-to-be’s baby bump; the guest who guesses the closest wins.
Race to Water Break
All you need is an ice cube tray, and these adorably-creepy, miniature sized, plastic babies. Everyone places a baby cube in their drink at the start of the shower. Whoever’s baby melts first, wins.
Blindfolded Diaper Changing
Just what it sounds like – you’ll need some babies (we recommend using dolls), some diapers (clean, unused ones are best), and something to use as a blindfold. This can either be a group game, or an individually timed game. This game is especially hilarious when played in mixed company.
Build a Baby
Moms of toddlers are probably going to be really good at this game. Have each guest craft a baby out of play dough. You can give prizes for the best babies if you want, but that just seems mean.
Diaper Messages and Onesie Decorating
This activity is always a crowd pleaser, particularly when you’ve got a creative bunch of party goers on your hands. Set up a onesie decorating station complete with all the necessities like ribbons, lace, paint, hot glue, and iron-on decals. Have each guest design a onesie, and then scrawl a secret message to mom (or dad) on the back of a diaper to be read at a later date. These messages can be sweet and encouraging, or downright funny—especially when combined with the next activity on our list.
Baby Bottle Chugging
Want to throw the coolest Baby Shower of the year? Don’t forget to include a Baby Bottle Chugging game. Pick your poison (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Your guests will love you for it. Don’t forget to have some "mocktails" on hand so the guest of honor doesn’t feel excluded!
Create an Alphabet Book for Baby
Have each guest color and/or decorate a page (a letter) for baby’s alphabet book. They can even write a message to baby if they would like. After the shower, the hostess has the pages either laminated or bound into a book for mama and her little bundle of joy. This makes a wonderful keepsake! You can find free alphabet printables (in both English and Spanish) here.
Name that Poo
You didn’t think we would leave this classic game off our list, did you? Melt different kinds of candy bars inside diapers (think nuts, caramel, etc.) and have your guests guess which diaper is which. Or you could have them race to see who can devour their diaper first. The possibilities are endless (and not to mention delicious).
But maybe games aren’t really your thing? Or perhaps your guest of honor has made you swear up and down there won’t be anything of the sort at her shower. That’s okay, too. There’s no universal rule that says you have to have games in order to host a successful baby shower. After all, all you really need are some good eats and some good conversation. As long as you have those, your party is sure to be a smash! Oh, and some really good presents. New moms always love those.
Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Jessica currently lives in Billings, Montana with her husband Tyler, her two year old daughter Savannah, and their newest addition Emma Kate (eleven months). Jessica graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. A blogger, writer, and photographer, Jessica works as a licensed realtor for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Floberg Real Estate.