start with this one! As your guests walk in the door, pass out a
puzzle based on the mother-to-be, your party theme, or the guests. They
will have a fun puzzle to solve that gets them into the spirit of your
party, and they will be entertained while you wait for everyone to arrive!
a puzzle now! It's free!
Pins in Rice
tiny brass safety pins in a bowl of rice. Take turns blind folding people
and see how many pins they can pull out in a minute. It's harder than
it looks! Works best for smaller parties.
around a roll of toilet paper. Let everyone tear off enough to go around
the mother-to-be's tummy. Whoever is the closest wins!
baby related items (such as a diaper, pacifier, bottle brush, etc.)
in brown paper bags. Staple shut and write a number on the outside.
is given a piece of paper and a pen, and the sacks are passed around
the room. Everyone must guess what they think is inside and write down
what their guess is. At the end, the sacks are opened and whoever gets
the most right wins. The mother-to-be is given the baby items.
The Baby Game
of our favorite baby shower games. Male and female couples are paired
together to "diaper" a baby doll. Sounds easy enough, but there's a
catch. The the couple must wrap the diaper to the baby using only one
hand each. The other hand is not allowed to touch the diaper. This is
a lesson in teamwork! The team who diapers the doll the fastest wins
The Present Game
hostess starts with a gift which was wrapped numerous times with many
layers of different colored paper. This game is played like musical
chairs. When the music starts, the hostess passes the gift around the
room. Every time the music stops, whoever has the gift removes a layer
of wrapping paper. When the music restarts, the present gets passed
around again. This continues until the last layer is removed, and the
person holding the present gets to keep it.
& Handprint Advice
copies of baby feet and hand prints and cut them out. At the shower
ask each guest to write advice on one and a helpful hint on the other.
Then put them in a scrap book for the mom-to-be to refer back to as
Envelope Door Prize Game
guests arrive they are handed an envelope and asked to write their address
on it, then it's put in a basket. One envelope is drawn, and the winning
guest receives a prize. Then the envelopes (already addressed) along
with the thank you cards were given to the mother, making it very easy
out note cards and pencils to each attendee. Each person writes a common
baby question such as "What do you do when a baby cries?" or "How do
you get a baby to sleep through the night?" Then collect the cards and
redistribute them face down (so you cannot see the question) and have
each attendee write the answer to their initial question on the blank
side. Then read the cards and get ready to laugh! For example, you could
have a card with a question "How do you know you have folded a cloth
diaper correctly?" on one side and the answer "Where you get your first
smile" on the other.
Poem with Advice
you already have a name picked out, have the attendees make a poem with
the letters of the name. For example if the first letter is N, the tip
could be "Never pull on daddy's mustache." The next letter could be
E and the tip could be "Eat all your veggies!"
a sheet of four to six baby pictures (from magazines, mother-to-be photo
album, family albums, etc.). Make photocopies of the sheet to each guest.
The guests try to create funny captions of what they think the baby
is trying to say!
the attendees draw a picture of a baby. But instead of holding the paper
on their laps, they have to put the paper on their heads! Use a paper
plate or magazine under the paper to ease the drawing. The guest of
honor picks the one she likes best or most resembles a baby. Funny!
Two people hold a clothesline, while each attendee takes a turn hanging
up baby clothes. The trick is that they have to hang the clothes while
holding the baby and talking on a cordless phone! The one who can hang
the most clothes in one minute wins.
the Number of Jelly Beans in the Baby Bottle Game
a baby bottle with little jelly beans (or other small candy, you can
even get baby themed candy at some candy stores). Show the attendees
the baby bottle and have them guess how many beans or candy are in the
baby bottle. How about picking the mom's favorite small candy to use
as they did at my baby shower? Or you can use baby pins instead of candy
in the guessing game for your party. This is a low calorie version!
a list of about 20 questions about the mom-to-be to ask the attendees
to see who knows her the most. The attendee with the most correct answers
questions include the following: What names does she have for picked
for the baby?, Does she hope for boy, girl or either?, What are the
color of her eyes?, What are the colors she has picked for the nursery?,
What is she wearing today?, What is her favorite children's character
(Pooh, Bart Simpson, etc.)?, Has she had any crazy food cravings and
if so, what was it?
you are having the shower after the baby is born, change the questions
to Labor Trivia. Ask questions such as exact birth weight, time of birth,
time arrived at the hospital, etc.