Etiquette says mums-to-be should never plan their own baby shower and it should be a friend or family member instead. If you've been given this special task, you're probably finding that planning the perfect baby shower can be a little daunting, right?
Fun games that everyone will want to play, the perfect gift, decorations that don't cost the earth, an impressive cake plus the right food options for meat-eaters, vegans and flexitarians - the list can seem endless. Don't forget to make the expecting mother write a gift wishlist to ensure she doesn't get 12 packs of muslin cloths - even if she does end up going through them at lightspeed once the baby is born.
But that's where we come in. As baby showers become more and more popular, we’ve handpicked some of our favourite baby shower games that are the perfect way to break the ice. We've even come up with a few essential ideas for planning the special day. Thank us later!
The best baby shower games to play:
This game is all about the mum-to-be! As baby showers tend to focus around on the little one, it’s nice to turn the attention to mum for a while. If you’re planning the shower for a friend, find out all you can about her in a series of questions – you can be as outlandish as you like. Then play the game to see who knows her best? Everyone will have a pen and paper (or you can do it in several teams) and writes down what they think the answers are to each question. Whoever gets the most correct, wins!
1. Who knows Mummy best?
Buy or make a pack of baby prediction cards and guess what you think the baby’s name, date of birth, time of birth, hair colour, eye colour and weight will be. You definitely won’t know who the winner is on the day, but it will be a cute keepsake to look back on when your baby arrives.
2. The baby predictions
For this game, you will need a baby photo of all your guests! Pin all the photos up on a board and you all have to guess whose little face is who. Everyone writes down who they think everyone is and then you all have a great laugh when you see the results! Whoever gets the most correct wins. A great fun game for any baby shower.
3. Are you that baby?
This game involves some prep before the shower, but trust us, it’s worth it. You’ll need to buy some mini plastic baby dolls (one for each guest) and make sure you have an ice tray on hand too. Put one baby into each ice cube slot, then fill with water and freeze. When guests arrive, give everyone a frozen block of ice with the baby inside. Guests have to try to melt the ice in order to get their plastic baby out and – break their water! They can do this in any way they can think of, from chiselling to melting! Whoever gets their baby out first is the winner.
4. My water broke!
This is a very simple game on the surface, but harder than you’d think! Each guest must write down as many songs they can think of with the word “baby” in the title. Give the guests a time limit—five minutes max—and whoever has the most (real!) songs written down is the winner!
5. Oh Baby, it’s a playlist!
For this you will need unlabelled jars, baby food and a paper and pen for each guest. Fill each of your jars with a different kind of baby food (make sure to keep track!) and place them all on the table. Distribute paper and pens to guests, then ask them to smell each bottle and jot down what they think is inside - if you want to make it especially tricky, have them do this blind-folded.
6. Guess the baby food
All you will need is some string for this classic baby shower game! With every invitation, include a small ball of string and a little slip of paper explaining the game—which is to cut the string to the length they think would perfectly fit around mum-to-be’s baby bump. Then asks guests to wrap the string around the slip of paper along with their name written on it. Remind everyone to bring it to the party, then, once everyone arrives, you try out all the lengths around her tummy, and whoever was closest to her bump size wins!
7. How big is baby?
Stock up on balloons and pins for this game. Separate guests into teams of four or five and give a person a balloon. When the host says “go!” the first person from each team must blow up their balloon and put it under their top. Once the first person has done this, the second person on each team does the same, then the third, and so on. Once all team members have balloons under their shirts, the first person must pop their balloon, then the second, and third, etc. The team who blows up and pops their balloons the fastest wins! A good game, but not recommended if you have any tots attending your shower.
8. We’re having a baby
How good is your knowledge of famous faces? Put it to the test in this game by printing pictures of celebrity children without their famous parents and have guests guess the baby. If you're slightly more tech-friendly, create a slideshow of pictures on a computer and save the paper.
9. Guess the celebrity baby
The mums of the group should have a slight advantage on this one, but it's still anyone's game. Blindfold all the guests and have them stand in a line with a doll in front of each of them. The task is to take the doll's nappy off, replace with a new nappy and pull on a babygro - all with no sight!
10. Hello dolly
Split guests into teams of two, have them cover their clothes with an apron or bin bag and give them blindfolds to wear. One member of the pair then should feed a pot of baby food or applesauce to their partner. The first pair to successfully empty the pot (into their mouth, not just down their front!) wins.
11. Everyone hates a feeder
Tips on planning a baby shower:
- Pick someone you trust - Etiquette says the mum-to-be shouldn't plan her own shower, so choose a friend or family member you trust to do things your way, and accept you won't have too much input!
- Choose the right time - Most women have their baby showers at around 36 weeks, as by then you have normally finished work, and the arrival of your baby seems imminent! Around two hours is usually a good amount of time.
- Check the guestlist - It's ok to keep things small and intimate, but make sure you check the guest list with the mum-to-be first to ensure you've not missed someone important!
- Choose a theme - Think afternoon tea, with some thank-you cupcakes for guests to leave with. If you know the sex of the baby, you can have fun with pink or blue, if not, opt for golds and neutral colours.
- Start a baby shower wishlist - Of course, there are some baby essentials that make great baby shower presents, but to avoid everyone turning up with Sophie the Giraffe or Ewan the Sheep, why not ask the mum-to-be to make a baby shower wish list.
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