Throwing a baby shower! Suggestions please!!

posted 2 years ago in Parties
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I just hosted a baby shower for my best friend. We both HATE stupid shower games so we stuck to gift bingo just as an excuse to give out some fancy prizes. As for entertainment, we set up a photobooth with all sorts of fun props (I hired a friend to man my dSLR on a tripod) & we had a onesie decorating station. I’ve done the onesie station at a few other showers that I’ve hosted and it always goes over really well (and mom gets a whole bunch of cute onesies for the babe). We also did a diaper raffle and had “wishes for baby” cards on the tables for guests to fill out. After the shower, I scanned the cards into iPhoto and made a nice photo book using the photobooth pictures for mom to be. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i think some games are fun. the ones i don’t like are the ones where you get a clothespin and if someone hears you use the word “baby” (or if you’re caught crossing your legs or whatever) they get to take it away and whoever has the most pins at the end wins. whenever that one is played at showers, i just hand my clothespin over to someone as soon as i get it, lol.

the left/right game is always fun, at least i think so.

i also like the game where you bury a bunch of safety pins in a bowl of rice, blindfold the guests and have them try to find as many pins as they can in one minute. the downside of this game is that it makes a bit of a mess.

during gifts, you can set a timer for a 5-10 minutes (or whatever) and when the timer goes off, the person whose gift is being opened gets a prize. we did this at my bridal shower because people have a tendency to get bored with gifts after a while, so it kept people interested.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

The last shower I went to there was BINGO and Guess the Cost- where you put a bunch of baby items on a tray and guests make guesses on how much the items cost. Whoever is closest to the actual cost, won a prize. There was also a word scramble which I liked. I didn’t mind the games. I really like the idea of the diaper raffle! Good luck putting it together!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

cls9q:  I saw a baby shower on HelloBee (I think it was there) that was making artwork for the baby’s room. They bought blank small (8X8, I think), paint and brushes. The guest painted pictures/designs and signed the under edge of the canvas.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

cls9q:  I second gift bingo! <br />We also played a game that named famous children in tv shows. It was really hard but fun!

Also I went to a shower that specifically asked that gifts were left un wrapped. At first I was like thats odd but It was really really nice not to have to sit there and watch the present opening

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I love the idea of the diaper raffle. I’ve been to a shower and thought it was a cool idea.

On pinterest I saw the idea of making an alphabet wall for the babies room. Each person gets a letter (or more depending on how many people you have) to decorate. The Mom to be gets to take it home and decorate babies wall 🙂

One game I played at a baby shower that I found hysterical (but feel like it could go both ways) is guess that baby food. We played by tasting a bit of the food. Set up different stations with little tasting spoons, and numbered baby food jars, provide guests with a key card and have them record their numbers. Another way I’ve seen this done is by putting a spot of the food into a baby diaper (this version is sort of ick to me though, lol) and guests pass the diapers and do a “sniff test” haha, then record their answers. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was at a shower where we tasted a bunch of baby foods and had to guess what it was… it was actually pretty fun! I don’t think games are lame usually as long as there are just a few, after a while they get kind of old if there are too many.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

For my sister’s shower, I bought a bunch of white onsies (different sizes), socks, bibs and fabric markers. I put them on clotheslines and people took them down, decorated and put them back up on the line.  Everyone had a blast decorating them and my sister was so touched to have such personal baby gear.  

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Another idea is to have the guests bring a book to start the baby’s library. This always goes over really well and almost all guests participate (who doesn’t want kids to read?). You can enclose a card with the invite requesting the book in place of a card to make it a bit easier on guests. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Just hosted a shower and got compliments on the games and several guests said they were going to “steal the ideas” for future showers they host, which I thought was awesome : ) 

we did onesie decorating (stencils, iron ons, fabric markers and fabric paint) which was a huge hit. There was one little girl at the shower and her onesie was adorable. She tried so hard!

As people arrived, I showed them the food area and explained that the games might be a little different than at showers they’d been to. I had an area set up with all the game supplies and explained that people could play any or all of the games if they wanted to (but didn’t have to!) and we’d declare the winners right before gift opening. This freed people up to eat, drink, chat and do the onesie decorating whenever they wanted to and it worked out really well. 

We did three games, and they all worked great.

1) how many babies in the bottle? filled a 99cENT baby bottle with sour patch kids. the momma to be got the bottle and candy at the end. 

2) guess the funny childrens book name. Silly descriptions of books like “trifecta of minute swine” here’s the link, theres a typo on there I didn’t catch before I used it. Oh well. http://www.amylovescrafts.com/2013/06/26/owl-themed-baby-shower-game-printable/

3) what’s in the bag? 10 numbered and sealed paper lunch sacks, each with a different baby item inside (pacifier, diaper cream, socks etc). Everyone writes down what’s in each bag. Harder than it sounds! 

Game prizes were bottles of wine or chipotle or ice cream gift cards (they got to pick) 

Post # 12
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Newbee

I went to a baby shower last year where we played a ‘drinking game’. Basically we all had to drink from baby bottles as fast as possible and the winner was the first to empty her bottle. At this shower you could choose to drink a bottle with milk or wine in it. I have no idea if that’s a pretty common game to play as this was the first baby shower i have ever been too but we found it lots of fun.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I always thought the see how big mama to be’s belly is game was cute. I guess a wee bit offensive for the mama to be maybe though? Haha. Everyone cuts a piece of ribbon to guess the circumference of her bump. Whoever is the closest wins a prize. Gift bingo is always fun at baby and bridal showers.

I feel like hosting a shower, the biggest hump is getting people involved in games, etc. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

jlc3:  I would be appalled if this was done at my hypothetical baby shower. Pregnant women typically aren’t thrilled with how large they’ve gotten. I can’t imagine any of my friends being on board with broadcasting the circumference of their stomach to their nearest and dearest. Just my opinion, though. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I generally hate shower games too.  The only reason I agreed to a bridal shower was that the organizers promised me that I would not have to play embarrassing games.

With that said, I think you can definitely have activities/games without it getting annoying.  I really liked ilovebacon and HeyJude72 ‘s suggestions.  I like the idea of having optional games, too.

I probably wouldn’t do anything that involves decorating the baby’s room (unless you really know the mom and her plans well).  I would feel obligated to use the stuff even if I didn’t really want to.  I love the onsie ideas though!  And please don’t do the measuring the belly game unless you are 100% positive that mom would have fun with it.  We were forced to play that at a shower I went to once (and yes, I do mean forced – a number of us tried to decline and were yelled at) and by the end of it mom looked like she was going to cry.  It was awful.

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