You are hosting a baby shower and the mom-to-be says no baby shower games. But you know that spending a couple of hours with nothing but small baby talk can become quite, well…boring for the guests. So what do you do? Do you listen to her request and omit all games? Or do you squeeze in a few, hoping she doesn’t get too mad?You do neither. You don’t have to have the traditional baby shower games (you know the ones – the game where you measure mom’s belly, the one where you guess what made the poopy diaper, etc.)
While she may have a strict rule about no games, she may be open to having a few activities at the baby shower. They can be set up around the party room so that they don’t interfere with socializing. Set up 3 or 4 tables around the outside of the social gathering prime location. Turn each table into an activity station. This way, the guests can mingle and check out each activity at their leisure, and the mom-to-be doesn’t have to be the center of attention when it comes to those silly baby shower games she clearly despises.
Approved Activities for the “No Baby Shower Game” Rule
Guessing games are always a great little addition to any celebration. Fill a baby bottle with candy and set the bottle on the table. Have pre-cut paper on the table next to the bottle. Have each guest take a guess at how many candies are in the bottle. They can put their name and guess on the paper and leave it in the jar that you placed right next to the bottle (by the way, you’ll need a jar or something for the guests to put their guesses in!)
The winner is the person who guessed either the correct or closest to the correct number of candy. You can announce them at the end of the shower, so as not to create the “game” effect. It’s simple, and doesn’t require anyone to participate should they choose not too.
Another great activity is to ask all the guests to bring a baby photo of themselves. I’m sure you have heard about the regular way to play this game, but I’m putting a spin on this one. Instead of having an organized guessing game, just have the guests hang their picture up in the specified spot (either around the room, or if you want all the baby pictures hung in one particular place). The guests can walk around looking at the pictures (again, at their leisure, and no “game” is being played). For the guests who don’t know each other, this is a great ice breaker. As they meander throughout the baby photos, conversations and laughter is sure to come.
Raffle tickets is a great way to entertain your guests, but also (as the theme we’re sticking to) they don’t require much attention or time. Hand out raffle tickets to the guests as they arrive, and do a couple of drawings. The prizes can really be anything. It’s always nice to win something. You can even make your own raffle tickets if you want to go with a baby theme.
There are just a few ideas you could use if your mom-to-be says no games. I will add and update this page with more ideas in the near future, when my creative juices start flowing.
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