Who doesn’t love a baby shower? These celebrations to welcome a new arrival are time-honored traditions that bring friends and family (and moms-to-be) together for an afternoon of fun that is filled with food, laughter, and games that everyone enjoys. Planning a baby shower for an expecting friend or family member is so exciting. However, it can be quite a process to plan all the logistics for a shower!
A baby shower needs to be easily executed as well as loved by the mom-to-be. Many elements must come together to create the perfect event, including selecting a venue, scheduling a date and time, creating a guest list, inviting guests, choosing a theme, planning the menu, and creating the décor.
The first step is to get organized! Here is a checklist you can refer to while planning the baby shower:
Baby Shower Checklist:
2 Months Before
- Set-up a meeting time to make plans with the mom-to-be. Ask her to throw out a few themed ideas and to share her likes and dislikes.
- Set a date.
- Decide on a venue. You don’t want too many people stuffed into a venue, so be sure to pick a venue that is the right size for the number of people the mom-to-be desires.
- Create a guest list. Have a number planned to fit in the selected venue and then contact mom-to-be about names to fit that capped number.
- Get baby registry information.
- Decide on a budget.
- Create a Pinterest board or some kind of vision board that you can share with the mom-to-be to be sure you are on the same page.
- Gather a small team of friends and family to help with the shower and delegate tasks.
1 Month Before
- Get all the addresses for guests.
- Finalize a theme.
- Create and send out invitations to all the guests.
- Plan the menu of the food you want to serve.
- Contact the baker for the cake. Be sure to bring along or send along pictures for inspiration so you can get the right look and make sure the baker is the right fit!
3 Weeks Before
- Order decorations according to the theme you chose.
- Finalize the menu. Order food from caterer if it’s a larger shower and you don’t plan to cook.
- Choose baby shower party favors.
- Plan baby shower games and activities — find printables if necessary.
- If needed, order chairs, tables, etc.
2 Weeks Before
- Finalize the guest list from RSVP’s. Make calls to those who haven’t responded to check-in and get a final answer.
- Order remaining decor and party supplies needed.
- Start buying food supplies if cooking instead of ordering the food.
1 Week Before
- Purchase gift for mom-to-be.
- If hosting in a home, start cleaning the area and getting things cleared up for the setup.
- Confirm with the bakers and caterers for the following week.
1 Day Before
- Purchase remainder of the food/beverages needed.
- Begin decorating the venue.
- Set-up tables and chairs.
- Pick-up the cake.
- Double-check to see if you have all the games and activity supplies that you need.
- Set-out the street signs to direct guests.
Day of Event
- Set-out centerpieces onto tables.
- Put finishing touches on decor.
- Set-up food table.
- Buy ice
- Set-out cold foods right before guests arrive.
- Prepare an area for gifts.
- Designate someone for taking pictures of the event.
- Designate someone to write down gifts and who they were from.
- Stick to a predetermined timeline to keep the party moving.
- Make sure everyone gets a party favor.
Here is a detailed post we have called A Checklist For How To Plan A Baby Shower. Check it out for more organizational details! Now that you have a checklist to refer to, it’s time to get planning! Below is a compilation of many different baby shower ideas to inspire you!
It all starts with scribbling down a few baby shower ideas and eliminating the options down to one that works for everyone. Celebrating the mom-to-be and the baby’s upcoming arrival can be different depending on if you are looking for ideas for a boy’s or girl’s baby shower.
In some instances, you may not know the gender while coming up with the theme and décor. Perhaps the first step to pulling off a successful event is choosing a theme. Here are some ideas:
Baby Shower Ideas for Boys
Celebrating a bouncing baby boy with friends and relatives is such a fun occasion and a memorable experience for all. Blue is the typical color for a baby boy shower, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box and embrace new ideas and more non-traditional colors.
Here are a few ideas to get you started with your boy’s baby shower:
Airplane Baby Boy Shower
Make little airplanes out of clothespins, paint them with the shower colors, then use them to hang onesies around the room. Blue and brown are a nice combination for the little aviator’s shower, but baby blues and reds make a flying first class color scheme too. Use a toy airplane to top off the diaper cake. Create “boarding passes” for the invites to explain the special delivery is on its way. Clouds can be made from cotton balls and a black line down the middle of a white tablecloth soon becomes a runway.
- Airplane Party Napkins: Give your party wings when you add these Airplane Party Lunch Napkins to your supplies! These sturdy 2-ply napkins measure about 6″ x 6″ and are a great completion to your party table.
- Airplane Party Balloons: Get ready for a fun time at your party knowing that these Airplane Party Balloons will go along great with your airplane theme! When inflated, they measure 18″. Keep in mind that these balloons require helium to inflate them.
- Airplane Party Honeycomb Centerpieces: Complete the look of your party with a honeycomb centerpiece that is not only easy to assemble but makes a fabulous decoration. This centerpiece comes with a blue base covered in carefully scalloped white paper to look like clouds and an airplane-themed topper that coordinates with the rest of the party line.
- Airplane Party Table Covers: These cool plastic table covers feature a fun airplane design all over the surface of the cover. Perfect for inside or outside use, you can decorate your party tables quickly and easily with the help of our fun party table covers. Each cover measures 54″ x 102,” the perfect size for your square party tables.
- Airplane Photo Props Set: When it comes to making memories with your fellow airplane fanatics, you will want to take lots of pictures to remember your celebration! We have everything you need to capture those memories, so let us help with our Airplane Photo Props! These sets include everything you need to take a silly and creative photoshoot with your party guests! You’ll receive 32 props to make each picture unique and fun! Some of the signs say phrases like: “Ready for take-off!” “Fly with me!” and “Cool your jets.”
- Airplane Party 9oz Cups: Share a drink with your favorite pilot-in-training with these Airplane Party Cups! These sturdy paper cups hold up to 9 ounces of hot and cold beverages.
- Airplane Deluxe Party Packs: Decorate your little one’s birthday with adventure with one of these Airplane Party Deluxe Party Packs! Each fun pack contains tableware to serve up to 16 party guests. Pack comes with 2 Airplane Party Dinner Plate packs, 2 Airplane Party Dessert Plate packs, 16 pack of Airplane Party Lunch Napkins, 8 pack of Airplane Party 9oz Cups, and 2 Airplane Party Table Covers.
Ships Ahoy! Themes:
Ahoy! A nautical theme is great for a boy baby shower. Red, white and blue can be combined for this nautical setting with anchors and boats to welcome the little man. Use small ropes for napkin rings and for ties to create accents throughout the room. Seashells can fill tiny buckets or glass vases with candles. Enjoy the fun décor by using anchors, seashells, lobsters and ships galore. Fill tins with lifesavers for party favors or let guests write messages to mom and drop them into a large glass jar bearing a sign which reads “Message in a bottle.”
- Ahoy Baby Dinner Plates: All aboard! It’s chow-down time with these Ahoy Baby Dinner Plates! These adorable 9″ plates are strong and durable and will be the center of attention at your nautical baby shower.
- Ahoy Baby Dessert Plates: You’ll have a whale of a time when you add these Ahoy Baby Dessert Plates to your baby shower supplies! These durable 7″ plates are perfect for holding your sweetest confections.
- Nautical Paper Lanterns: Accent your baby shower or birthday event with these adorable Nautical Paper Lanterns! These too-cute decorations come in sets of 3. Simple assembly required. Each package includes an 8″, 10″ and 12″ lantern.
- FishNet Decorations: Catch a sweet decoration at your party with these Fish Net Decorations! This cool accessory measures 4ft x 14ft outstretched and is made of a soft cotton. Perfect for accenting walls or tables at the party.
- Ahoy Baby 9oz Cups: Do a crabwalk and add these Ahoy Baby Party Cups to your baby shower supplies! Featuring a cool chevron background and an adorable crab, these cups can hold 9 ounces of hot and cold beverages.
- Ahoy Baby Lunch Napkins: Batten down the hatches with these Ahoy Baby Lunch Napkins! These durable paper napkins feature a vivid blue chevron theme and a large red anchor, and are a great addition to your baby shower table setting.
- Ahoy Baby Tablecovers: Set sail on the party boat when you add this Ahoy Baby Tablecover to your shower supplies! Featuring a vivid blue chevron background and an assortment of boats and sea life, these plastic tablecovers measure 54″ x 102″ and are a great accessory to the party. Intended for use with square party tables.
Little Cowboy Theme:
There’s no better way to celebrate a little buckaroo than with a cowboy theme. Everything is cute with this décor from cowboy hats and boots to ropes, rocking horses, horseshoes, and sheriff badges. Baby blues and brown make a great color combination for this theme. You can also consider red paisley and bandanas.
Bear Party Theme:
Little bears are a popular boy theme. We can bearly wait to tell you some ideas for this baby shower theme! Use bear pawprints as a part of the decor. Also, collect lots of teddy bears to set around the venue! To go along with our themed partyware, use a blue color scheme to go along with it — balloons, hanging decorative fans, honeycomb decorations, and bear party hanging swirls.
Baby Shower Ideas for Girls
There’s nothing as sweet as a baby shower built for a little girl. After all, remember they are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Choosing a party theme to create a memorable experience for the mom-to-be can be almost as fun as the celebration itself. Let the occasion be the best excuse to design the cutest party you’ve ever thrown.
Gather all the sweetness you can muster and use one of these baby shower ideas for girls:
Little Princess Theme:
Read this blog post: Host The Perfect Party For Your Princess for everything you need to plan a princess party.
You can take princess-themed baby shower ideas any number of directions. Plan a royal princess shower. Use a little princess theme or choose a specific Disney princess like Cinderella, Belle, Ariel or Aurora to build the central theme around. Crystals, flowers, and tiaras make fun decorations, but don’t stop there! Bring the room to life with wands, candles, balloons, carriages or other cute princess items.
Pink Elephant Themes:
Gray and pink combined can make the cutest baby shower decorations for a little girl’s baby shower. Fill the space with festive pink and gray decorations, confetti and fun shaped cutouts. Polka-dot details can accent the elephant-themed shower nicely, and you can use either a mama and baby elephant design or just the cute little baby elephant as the primary décor.
Floral Baby Shower Ideas:
A floral theme can provide a wide variety of baby shower ideas for girls. Stay pink and use soft roses for the theme. Or opt out of traditional pink and use a soft yellow and white daisy theme. For a bold, fun party, choose bright yellow sunflowers to build the décor for the celebration of a new life. You can never go wrong with a floral theme for a little baby girl.
Pink Carousel Baby Shower Ideas:
A carousel can provide the setting for a festive celebration. Pink carousels with magical horses can set the stage for a fun baby shower filled with joy and whimsical fun. Pink and gold pair well with a pink carousel theme. Mix it up with pastels or rainbow colors to make an even more stunning event to welcome the little bundle of joy. The idea is to combine soft and simple with a magical glamour.
Bee Party Supplies
Baby Shower Ideas When the Gender Hasn’t Been Revealed
Even though the expecting mother doesn’t let you in on the gender of the baby, it doesn’t mean you can’t throw a rockin’ shower. Even though you’ll be steering clear of gender-specific themes, there are many baby shower ideas that are colorful and playful or neutral and black and white.
Some gender-neutral themes include:
Rubber Ducky Theme:
Rubber duckies can make the cutest decorations including having duck toys floating in a baby bathtub, toy rubber ducks on top of the cake, or create a striking and easy centerpiece with a rubber duck sitting in a vase filled with water. Yellow and white are good baby-neutral colors that make decorating a cinch. Use daisies or white and yellow balloons to complement the theme.
- Bubble Bath Honeycomb Centerpieces: This centerpiece comes with a teal base and a rubber ducky-themed topper, complete with honeycomb wings that coordinate with the rest of the Rubber Ducky party line.
- Bubble Bath Hanging Cutouts: Add some bubbly fun to your shower when you hang these Bubble Bath Hanging Cutouts! These adorable decorations measure 36″ long and feature an assortment of duckies and bubbles. They’ll look great hanging from doorways, porches and above party tables.
- Bubble Bath Banners: Each sturdy banner measures 6.5 feet long and can be hung outdoor or indoor with tacks or tape (not included). The sign reads “Baby Shower” with rubber duckies at the end and the middle. It’s perfect for reuse–when the party’s over, simply wrap up and store in a dry place for next time!
- Bubble Bath Foil Balloons: Complete your baby shower decorations with these Bubble Bath Foil Balloons featuring an adorable yellow duck and the words “Welcome Baby!” Each balloon measure 18″ inflated. Balloons ship uninflated and are self-sealing upon inflation.
- Bubble Bath Lunch Napkins: These cute Bubble Bath Lunch Napkins are perfect for accessorizing the table setting of any ducky baby shower! They go great with blue-and-yellow-themed tables and the rest of our Bubble Bath tableware.
- Bubble Bath 9oz Cups: An adorable rubber ducky floats in the bath on these Bubble Bath Party Cups! These sturdy paper cups are an excellent addition to any baby shower event and can hold 9 ounces of hot and cold beverages.
- Bubble Bath Dessert Plates: Our plates are designed at 350 grams per square meter. They’re stronger and sturdier than other party brands. Use these plates to hold everyone’s favorite snacks, appetizers, or even a light meal.
- Bubble Bath Dinner Plates: The adorable ducky on these Bubble Bath Dinner Plates has come to join your party! These sturdy paper plates measure 9″ across and are a must-have for every ducky shower or event.
You Are My Sunshine Theme:
Babies are a source of joy, so a “You are my sunshine” theme communicates that happy thought perfectly. Use a bright, sunny, yellow decor for everything from balloons to streamers to table runners. Add natural colors with lemons, daisies, and an assortment of cheeses. Couple the yellows with gray and white neutrals to make the yellow pop even more!
Black and White Theme:
Black and white can create a chic non-gender specific shower. You can go with a bows vs. bow tie theme so that both genders are included. This would also make a cute gender reveal party. Here are some black and white party supplies to use at this themed-party.
Check out Bloomdesignsonline.com for inspiration for this kind of party!
Children’s Book Themed Shower:
Choose a favorite childhood book to build a theme for a baby shower when the gender is a secret. Dr. Seuss is a book theme, using his best-known books for decorations. Focus on one such as The Cat in the Hat to guide your decorating efforts or use the bold colors as the theme. Think back to your childhood memories involving books to choose a theme such as The Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear Brown Bear, or If you Give a Mouse a Cookie. Encourage guests to bring books rather than cards.
Below is the perfect resource for planning a book-themed baby shower. The graphic is from hwtm.com. You can see a breakdown of their suggestions here.
Unique Baby Shower Ideas That A Dad Will Love
Times have changed, and dads are often more involved in baby showers. Here are a few engaging and fun baby shower ideas for guys to keep them involved in the process.
- Daddy Diaper Shower: A unique idea for the guys is to have a daddy diaper party. Guys don’t always enjoy purchasing frilly outfits, bottles, or fancy diaper bags. They often become anxious just at the thought of trying to choose a gift to take to a baby shower. Make it easy for the dad-to-be who wants to participate but may find traditional parties a bit uncomfortable. A daddy diaper party makes gift-bringing easy as everyone brings packages of diapers of any size as a gift.
- Games for the dad-to-be: Let guys be guys while celebrating their impending fatherhood. They may prefer to bring gifts and hang out cooking burgers in the backyard as opposed to an indoor party. Games can be adapted to their liking and might include things like baby diaper basketball where they toss diapers into a trash can from different distances. You can roll and tape a couple of diapers together to create a bowling ball and empty, plastic baby bottles as pins for a bowling game designed for the sports enthusiast.
Take any one of these themed baby girl or baby boy shower ideas and create a wonderful atmosphere for the parents-to-be. A baby shower is something a mom will remember for the rest of their lives. Most of all, have fun with it as you choose color schemes and coordinate food, décor, games, and party favors to create the perfect celebration of a new life.
Woodland Baby Shower Supplies (also available in pink)
Baby Shower Foods
The options for foods to serve at a baby shower can be overwhelming. But we want to give you some recipe options as well as tips for this part of the planning. Here are some baby shower secret tips based on suggestions from tulamama.com:
- Guests at your baby shower may have dietary restrictions, so be sure that the assortment of foods you serve will be accommodating to their dietary needs. For example, some may not eat meat or others could have a gluten allergy. In this case, have plenty of fruits and vegetable options!
- There are several things that pregnant women do not eat. Here are a few listed to keep in mind: sushi, unpasteurized cheeses, deep-sea fish high in mercury, soft cheeses, unpasteurized milk, pate, caffeine, smoked seafood, fish exposed to industrial pollutants, raw shellfish, raw eggs, unwashed fruits and vegetables, undercooked meats, and of course – alcohol. Though those listed are for all pregnant women, there are also sometimes dietary restrictions that show up in a pregnancy that are outside of that list. Ask the mom-to-be about her dietary needs, and accommodate her accordingly.
- A baby shower is not the time to try a new recipe for the first time. You may have the best of intentions, but there’s always a chance it won’t turn out the way you planned.
- Buffet tables are great at baby showers. However, the tables that only allow one line can cause a “traffic jam” pretty quickly. If possible, set up the buffet table to allow a line on both sides for an easier flow.
- If you have a small table for food, try to get your hands on a table that is at least 5-6 feet long. You will need enough room for the plates, napkins, utensils and food. If you don’t have an additional table, you also may need room for drinks, so be sure it’s a long enough table for what you plan to serve! You never want to plan a delicious presentation that doesn’t fit on the table!
- When considering where to place your food and gift tables (or tables for people to sit at if it’s a larger shower), don’t forget to consider where you will be placing your tables, and keep them away from doorways and hallways. Be aware of the traffic flow in the room and plan around that. Also, move chairs away from the buffet table so those sitting there are not bothered by the ongoing movement of people.
- To show people where to start at the buffet (because sometimes it can be confusing which end to begin at), place the plates, utensils, and napkins where you want people to start.
- Do not overpack your table with food and supplies. There are sometimes moments when guests need to sit their plates down for a moment, and there should be room to do so. If needed, have someone keep an eye out on the table and refill food and supplies as needed instead of cramming everything into the small space at once.
- If there are more than 20 guests planned, prepare two sets of everything, then place them on either side of the table. If there are 50 or more guests planned, consider a few food stations around the room.
- Though people now provide several snacks and sometimes full meals at baby showers, don’t forget the baby shower punch and refreshments. Traditional people may expect the punch!
- Set up drinks at a different station/ table if possible.
- Consider what you are serving and make sure you have the right supplies. For example, if you are serving soup but only have plates, that isn’t going to work well.
- Sometimes at smaller baby showers there are not tables for guests to sit at, only chairs. In this case, be careful what you serve guests to eat. Don’t make it be foods that need cut or might be crumbly or drippy. Serve foods that are easy to eat for guests.
We have a great post full of awesome food suggestions for parties that you can find here. But foods specific for a baby shower can be found below:
“Let’s taco bout a baby” taco bar: Set up a taco bar with all the toppings and then put a sign that says “Taco Bout A Baby” to make it “baby-related.” Taco bars are great because almost everyone loves them and they feed a lot of people!
“Ready to pop” popcorn bar: If your party isn’t going to serve a full meal, a popcorn bar is great for an afternoon shower where guests just want something snack on. Be sure and include a sign somewhere that reads: “About to pop!”
Photo from: diys.com
Here are some recipes that will go along with any themes!
Recipes from mommymusings.com
- 1 lb macaroni
- 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese block or 16oz shredded
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups seasoned bread crumbs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Vegetable oil for frying
Boil macaroni until tender and then drain. Shred cheese and set both the macaroni and shredded cheese aside.
Melt butter over medium heat in a large pan. Then add flour and mix until it reaches a light brown color.
Whisk in 1 cup of milk until thick.
Add cheese only one handful at a time. As you add, mix until cheese is melted.
Once the cheese and milk combination is smooth, add cooked macaroni.
Coat the macaroni with the mix.
Add salt and pepper.
Transfer to a container and refrigerate until cold or for at least one hour.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
Form cold macaroni and cheese into 1″ balls and place on the baking sheet. Put in the freezer overnight or for at least one hour.
When you are ready to fry, beat eggs and add 1/4 cup milk in a bowl to make an egg wash.
Dip balls into egg wash and then roll them into bread crumbs — coating completely.
Heat oil in deep fryer to 320 degrees, or fill skillet 1/2-3/4″ deep and heat over medium-high to 320 degrees.
Fry the macaroni balls for 3-4 minutes until they are golden and then drain.
Hogs In A Blanket
Recipe from: thecookierookie.com
- 8 ounces Crescent Dough Sheet
- 12 ounces sausage links
- ¼ cup hot pepper jelly
- 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Spray a 24 mini-muffin tin with cooking spray before you begin. Depending on how many you plan to make, you might need to use 2 muffin tins or more.
Lay the Crescent Dough Sheet flat then cut it in half lengthwise. Cut each half into ¾” strips.
Cut the sausage links into 1” pieces.
Roll each sausage piece with one strip of dough along the edge. As you roll the sausage, stretch the dough gently.
Place one rolled sausage in each muffin cup with the sausage side up.
On the top of each sausage roll, place a small dollop of hot pepper jelly and a small dollop of mustard.
Bake in at 375°F, 12-15 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
Transfer to a cooling rack 5 minutes, then place on a serving tray.
Baby Shower Games & Activities
There are baby showers, and then there are baby showers to remember. If you want to ensure that your celebration isn’t boring and stodgy, you’ll need to know a bit more about modern baby shower games.
Why should you think about modern baby shower games and avoid the old, boring ones?
There are plenty of reasons. One is that tastes have changed. While baby-related word scrambles, pin-up style baby games and the like might have been fine decades ago, today’s moms have different tastes and expectations. And, they really want to avoid those cringe-worthy games of yesteryear.
Even the dynamic with baby showers have changed, with couples and even single men now being invited, and you can bet that the guys will have very different ideas about what makes a fun baby shower game. Another reason to break out of the mold is just to make sure that your guests actually have fun, and you have a shower that will be remembered (for the right reasons).
Ultimately, it’s about creating a memorable experience that is fun for everyone involved and reflects the new life you’re welcoming into the world. The parents are about to embark on a new adventure, so they might as well enjoy an adventurous baby shower to begin! We’ve compiled a list of the best baby shower games to help you have fun and ensure that everyone in attendance remembers the event for years to come.
Before we get to the actual list of games, we need to say a word or two about how things are organized to make reading easier. We’ve sorted these baby shower games by name, followed by a quick overview of any materials you might need to play them, and then a description of how the play should go. Ready? Let’s get to it.
1. Name the Product
- A blindfold
- A random assortment of baby products
How To Play:
The players will take turns wearing the blindfold. One person will be responsible for opening a baby product and letting the blindfolded person smell it. Based on the smell, the player must guess what the product is.
This game actually has a lot of possible variations:
- You could blindfold several players at the same time, and the item must be passed down, with each player guessing in turn. A correct guess that player is out of the running. An incorrect guess means the product goes to the next player, who gets to guess.
- You could play a version where the players have to guess the product by feel, rather than by smell, which could get interesting with things like diaper cream or baby shampoo (make sure to have paper towels or wet wipes handy!).
- Nix the products entirely – give all the players a pen and a piece of paper and have them list all the baby products they can think of in 60 seconds.
2. Tinkle in the Pot
- Mason jars
- Ping-pong balls
How To Play:
Pregnancy is synonymous with repeated trips to the bathroom. After all, you’ve got a growing kid dancing on your bladder. This game lets others share the pain of the mom-to-be. It works pretty simply, and can be played by both men and women. In fact, going co-ed might be a great way to make this one of the most memorable baby shower games.
Start off by splitting your guests into two teams. Each person will be given an inflated balloon and a ping-pong ball. The balloon must go under their shirt, over their stomach. The ping-pong ball gets held between their legs. One person from each group will race from the starting point to their respective mason jar, squat, drop the ping-pong ball into the jar from between their legs, and then race back to their side, all while keeping the balloon under their shirt. The team with the most ping-pong balls in their jar at the end wins.
3. Blind Man’s Diaper Change
- Two blindfolds
- Two pre-diapered baby dolls
- A supply of fresh diapers
How To Play:
Changing a diaper on a squirming baby is hard enough when you can see the flailing limbs. Imagine trying to do that blind! This game puts that fun squarely in the hands of your party guests, with the challenge of doing it blindfolded.
Here’s how it works:
Split your guests into two teams. Give one player from each team the blindfold, and stand them in front of the baby doll that needs to be changed. Each player takes turns changing the doll’s diaper while wearing the blindfold, and the team that finishes first wins.
4. The Price Is Right Baby Shower Game
- 10 to 12 baby items needed by new parents
- Blank note cards
How To Play:
NOTE: This game is best set up by someone other than the mom-to-be.
Who doesn’t love The Price Is Right? This popular baby shower game brings all the fun of Bob Barker’s trademark game show to your living room. You’ll need to do a few things first, though. On the note cards, write the name of each baby item. On the back side, write the actual price paid for the item.
Play the game just like the one on TV. Show the players the item on the card, and have them guess how much it cost. The person with the highest total dollar amount at the end of the game, without exceeding the actual purchase price, is the winner. However, all the baby products go to the new parents. You can add a bit more fun by choosing a prize to give to the winner.
5. Baby Food Sampler
- 10 to 12 jars of baby food (with some creative options!)
- Sample spoons
- Answer sheet/key
- Pieces of paper
How To Play:
Ah, baby food. It’s so nutritious, but not necessarily delicious. This is one of the few baby shower games that lets your guests experience the joy that your newborn will have in a few months’ time. To play, you’ll need to do a few things.
Before the shower, write a number on each lid and then record the number and what type of food it correlates with. Then, peel off the label. Set all the jars on a table, and let your party guests come up in turns to sample them. Once they’ve sampled, they can guess what the food is – make sure you’ve included some obvious options, but also some that might be surprising to your guests. The person who guesses the most flavors correctly wins the game.
6. Pregnant Twister
- The Twister game
- Small weights (wrist weights work well)
- Fanny packs
How To Play:
This is another of those fun baby shower games that is great for co-ed parties, so bring the guys! To play, mom-to-be will sit out and judge the contestants. Everyone else must gear up. The pillows go under shirts, and the fanny packs go around the waist to help hold the pillows in place, and the weights go inside them. Once everyone is geared up, the game can commence – play Twister as normal, but with some added difficulty.
7. Don’t Say the B-Word!
- A token for each guest (this can be a clothespin, a safety pin, or anything else you want)
How To Play:
When your guests arrive, hand them their token and explain the rules, which are very simple. Guests cannot say the word “baby” for the duration of the shower. They can, however, attempt to trick, cajole and beguile someone else into saying it. Anyone who says the B-word must hand their token to the one who tricked them into saying it. The one with the most tokens at the end of the shower is the winner.
8. Name That Kid!
- Pictures of famous people as babies – the Internet and a printer will be all you’ll need here.
- Popsicle sticks
How To Play:
Another option for those looking for baby shower games that work well in traditional or co-ed environments, this guessing game combines fandom and pop culture with baby-themed fun. Choose your celebrities based on your guests – do you have comic fans in attendance? Perhaps you’ve got some sci-fi fans coming, or maybe sports fans.
Find baby pictures of well-known celebrities and then print them out. Trim them down and glue them to a Popsicle stick. Everyone can take turns trying to guess who the celebrity baby is – the one with the most correct guesses at the end of the game wins. You can add some variety to this in a number of ways. Go with a pop culture theme, or go with music performers or singers instead!
9. Advice for Mom Cards
Offer cards to guests to leave advice for the mom-to-be. Encourage positive advice and not making the mom feel as if the guest’s way of parenting is the “right way.” Keep it positive and supportive!
10. Onesie Making Station
Provide long or short sleeved plain white onesies. If you have vinyl iron-ons, go with that option. Check out seevanessacraft.com for the step-by-step tutorial below along with awesome pictures for inspiration!
Step 1: You can keep onesies white or use fabric dye to hand dye your onesies and wash in baby friendly detergent, so they are ready for wear. Pick up dye colors that match the theme of your party. Fold onesies and place them on a tiered tray for easy access on the decorating table.
Step 2: Purchase iron on vinyl. Use a vinyl cutter, like a Cricut, to cut out the iron on images (do this beforehand). You’ll want to make sure to reverse the image before you cut. Peel away the excess vinyl on all of the iron ons before the party, but you can also have your guests do it if you prefer to not do that extra step. If guests aren’t familiar with working with vinyl, you might have to assist them. Lay iron ons out on a 4 ft table, near the onesies, for guests to choose from.
Step 3: Have the instructions out for the guests to read and follow along.
- Grab a onesie and pick a vinyl iron on.
- Position vinyl onto onesie with the plastic side up.
- Place a piece of white fabric over the vinyl.
- Press firmly, while constantly moving the iron over the cloth for 10-15 seconds.
- Remove cloth and plastic backing.
Step 4: Have a helper, who is familiar with iron on vinyl available to help at the iron on station. There are quite a few steps, which might be confusing for those who have never worked with these materials, so it might be helpful to have someone stationed by the onesie table to assist when needed. It’s just a good idea to have someone watching so that they aren’t ruined.
Step 5: Have a separate table available for ironing. An ironing board isn’t firm enough to get a good press, so have a different way to do this planned. Use a new iron or an iron dedicated to crafting, that doesn’t have water inside. Add a basket to the ironing table for guests to place their completed onesies in.
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