Organising a baby shower for the mum-to-be? Avoid all those cringe-worthy baby shower games with our list of games that are actually fun! Trust us, nobody wants to play "guess what chocolate is melted in the nappy to look like poo". Ditto for tasting baby food and guessing the flavour.
To help, we’ve selected a few of our favourites games that will be fun and generate conversation... no nappies with melted chocolate in sight! Pop open the bubbly for your guests, and let the games begin.
1. “Can You Find the Guest?” Ice Breaker Game
Your baby shower probably includes guests who do not know each other well or may not have met before. Kick things off with an icebreaker game like this one to get everybody talking!
Before your party starts, create a list of fun or interesting facts for your guests to discover about each other.
The idea of the game is to find a guest to match with each fact. For example, the game asks the player to find someone who has a tattoo or has been married for more than 10 years. Once the player guesses who that person is, they write the name of the guest in the blank next to that question.
The person who writes down all the names first will be the winner (or at least whoever gets the most names by the end of the event)!
2. Don’t Say Baby
This game will challenge your guests not to say the word “baby” (or another word you choose) throughout the entire baby shower.
Give (or peg) 2 clothes pegs to each guest when they arrive. Instruct your guests to keep their ears open, and if they overhear another guest saying the word "baby", they can steal a peg from that guest and keep it. The guest who has the most pegs at the end of the baby shower wins.
3. Baby Bucket List
Give the mum-to-be lots of ideas on how to make her baby’s first year really special. Decorate a small bucket, and put a pile of note cards next to it. Ask guests to write down at least one thing the mum-to-be needs to do with baby in the first year.
The suggestions could include places to take baby, activities to do together, or anything that will create a lasting memory. Present the bucket of ideas to the mum-to-be by the end of the party.
4. Guess the Due Date
Download and print a pre-designed Baby Due Date Calendar (there are lots of cute designs on Etsy, or you can make your own). Place the calendar on a table or hang it on a wall, and ask guests to put their names on the date when they think the baby will be born. You can also have them guess the baby's weight, length, and sex (if it's a surprise). The winner will be the person who guesses closest to baby's actual birth date without going over.
5. Nappy Messages
Set up a table with newborn nappies and coloured Sharpie markers. Ask the guests to write messages of encouragement or funny quotes on the front of the nappies. At the end of the shower the mum-to-be will take all the nappies home. The humorous messages may help ease the new parents through those dreaded middle-of-the-night nappy changes!
Be creative and have fun with the sayings. Here are a few ideas:
Oops I did it again!
Cute and Stinky
What goes in must come out
This one's for Daddy
Open at your own risk!
This is how you clear a room
6. Advice Book
Everyone has words of advice for a new mum! Make a special book for shower guests to record their words of wisdom.
Put out a scrapbook or nice journal and a few coloured pens. Ask all guests to write a message of support or parenting advice for the mum-to-be. It can be an inspirational message, a piece of good advice, or a heartfelt or funny message with quotes. This will serve as a memento for the mum-to-be to look back on and maybe share with her child in the future. It is a helpful gift that mum-to-be will surely appreciate.
7. Guess the Baby Photo
Ask guests to bring along a baby photo of themselves (or they can email it through before the shower). Assign a number to each photo when guests arrive and display them on a board. Pass out lists of all the guests' names and ask everyone to match the names to the numbered baby faces. It's also a nice way to get to know everyone at the shower.
8. Let's Make a Baby
Give each guest a little container of Party Bag Play-Doh. While they are chatting over coffee and cake, ask them to craft "babies" out of Play-Doh.
Let the mum-to-be choose her favourite Play-Doh baby and that guest wins a prize. You can also have a prize for the "most original". This can produce some hilarious results!
9. Onesie Decorating Station
Let guests get crafty and design cute onesies for baby. Set up a table with some plain onesies and bibs, as well as non-toxic fabric markers, iron-on decals, stencils, mini sewing kits and scraps of material. Let your guests use their imagination to create some one-of-a-kind clothes for bub. It's a good idea to provide various sizes of clothing so the baby can grow into them. As an added bonus, you can arrange the finished onesies into a hanging garland for drying that doubles as cute decorations during the shower!
Baby Shower Prize Ideas
Baby Shower prizes don't need to be big. The prizes can all be different and you can let the winner choose. Here are some of our best ideas: