Baby showers are a great way to celebrate the upcoming new life with friends and family. They are a traditional celebration, and they serve as a way to help the new parents prepare for the new arrival.
Unfortunately for most of us (and I guiltily admit it and say it with a heavy heart), baby showers are a “have to do”…it’s one of those things that nobody really likes going to, but we know it’s something we have to attend. If you are hosting a shower, you should consider having games to play. They help to spruce up the event, and provide your guests and mommy-to-be with fun memories. Playing games at a shower really helps to keep the interest alive and helps to move the shower along.
Below are some quick ideas of 3 games you could play that will have your guests rolling with fun and laughter. (For the full instructions on how to play each game, scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll find the links there.)
The Dirty Diaper Game – Ewwwww…..What IS that??
Yep. The dirty diaper game is number one on our list of games to play at a baby shower. It’s so much fun, and easy to prepare for. The theory behind it is you make a “mess” in a diaper by using either melted candy bars or baby food. The guests then take turns in guessing what’s in the diaper. The one who gets it right is the winner and gets a prize!
There are a few different ways this game can be played. You can lay out several different diapers with different “messes” in them and have the guests take a guess at each diaper. Or, you can give each guest their own messy diaper to guess…
The Rice Game – This is IMPOSSIBLE!
The Rice Game is another “looks easy but tricky as heck” game. Fill a bowl with uncooked rice and buy a pack of small safety pins. Mix the safety pins in with the rice. Have each guest take a turn (blindfolded) and time them – 30 seconds to 1 minute is good – and see how many safety pins they can dig out of the bowl. The winner is the person who found the most safety pins.
The String Game – Wow, She’s Really THAT Big??
The String Game for baby showers is a great game to play too because it seems easy, but it’s really quit the challenge. You need a roll of string and some scissors to play. Have each guest size the mommy-to-be up, and they have to cut a piece of string the size they think the pregnant mom is. The person with the closest match is the winner.
Other Baby Shower Tips and Ideas
Some other things to consider if you’re hosting a baby shower are things like food, cake, favors, invitations, and venue. Below are some tips to help you plan for the upcoming event.
Having food for your guests to eat is a must. However, it doesn’t have to be a full menu. Finger foods or light snack foods are perfect.
A baby shower cake is also a must, but this can be modified to fit the shower. Instead of cake, you could do cupcakes. It’s part of the tradition.
Baby shower favors really add that special “thank you for coming” touch. Again, these don’t have to be too fancy, but a little trinket for the guests to come away with is recommended. Think personalized bags of candy, or something similar.
Baby shower invitations are extremely important…for obvious reasons. They must be sent out with plenty of time for the guests to plan on attending, but not too far in advance that they forget about it. 2 weeks before the baby shower is a good time frame.
The venue is important. Depending on the size of the guest list will depend on where you should choose to have the baby shower. A home is usually perfectly acceptable. If you have a larger guest list, sometimes renting out a space is a better option.
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Happy Baby Showering!
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