(Closed) Baby Shower WHAAAT?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6114 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I like the raffle idea. Very cute. However, I wouldn’t make it a priority to bring a box. I would tell them to simply bring diapers. That could mean a pack, a box, or a crate. Totally up to the person.

I love pizza so I think that’s a great idea. Maybe have just a few finger foods like veggies and dip and cheese cubes so people can snack in case the pizza isn’t there yet or if they just want a “light” lunch lol. Mimosas and beer are great but make sure to have some water or something for people who don’t want to drink.

I don’t think games are neccessary but the clothes pin game is easy and always a crowd pleaser. You know, everyone gets a clothes pin when they arrive and pin it to their shirt. If they say baby, someone gets to take it from them. Whoever has the most pins by the end, gets a prize.

I like the purse hook and gift card favor. I’d kill for a favor like that!

The guest list should come from your SIL. Typically, close family and friends. But that should totally come from her, not you.

Post # 4
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Nona99:  You can skip the games if you want. They’re totally lame and your SIL will probably prefer to mingle and eat anyway. 

Pizza and salad plus beer sound awesome. A lot of people do non-alcoholic baby showers since the mother to be can’t drink but thats dumb. There was alcohol at my baby shower and it made the guests more fun. 🙂

If you don’t feel like doing favors, skip them. Most people forget to take them, throw them away etc. Or give out candy. You can’t go wrong with candy.

The shower can be big or small as long as people who love the mother to be are there to support. Usually sprinkles are smaller than showers so you’re good with a small group.

Good luck, it sounds great!

Post # 5
9550 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t have much advice except to say that games are not a must! I absolutely adore board games and card games and things like that. But I pretty much detest games played at showers. Especially if it’s an everybody sit around and watch somebody try to do something type of game. If people aren’t into a game they will just be awkward if they feel compelled to play.

So if I were going to do a game, I’d do one based off of a real game. Like pictionary but all the words are baby/parenting related. Same with Charades or Password or Apples to Apples or any variety of trivia games (Fact or Crap is my favorite and you could make new cards with baby/parenting trivia). Or do games where baby words count double (Boggle, Scrabble). 

Or just don’t do any games. Totally fine. Honestly, if you give me good food and drink and people that I know to hang out with, I’ll be happy.

And keep the present opening moving so it gets done quickly. My husband and I traded back and forth opening presents at our wedding showers and that totally helped move things along! Present Bingo is actually one shower game I do like. 

Post # 7
1018 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I like your ideas, i think they’re great and totally cater to your SIL and her likes!

a simple lady-friendly favor can be a simple jar candle. I got one at a cousin’s wedding shower and everyone loved them, plus then its not baby or wedding-specific.

a get together in the tens or teens would be perfectly acceptable, I think your SIL will have a great time just being able to soclialize with everyone and celebrate her new baby boy

Post # 8
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You can skip games and favors, I think. Nobody likes those anyways! Although if you have a couple of corny games, it is kind of fun.

I really like the raffel idea! Thats great.

For games: BINGO, maybe? You give all the guests a bingo sheet and fill the boxes in with baby items (diapers, wipes, swaddlers, etc). As the MTB opens each gift, you cross off the items on your board.

Post # 9
9569 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You don’t necessarily need games, I would ask her what she wants.  There are probably some non-girly games you could find. 

Favors can be anything, the last one I went to had OPI nail polish favors in a variety of shades (of blue) and I thought that was GREAT!!  I picked up a nice dark teal one.  Otherwise you can’t go wrong with candy or other edibles.

Who to invite is easy…ask her for a list!

The food sounds great to me.

Post # 10
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’d do one ticket per diaper for the raffle.

Food sounds fine.

Games, no, you don’t have to do them, but if you want to do a few, you can stick to more enjoyable games like giving the baby equivilent for animal names (duck = duckling) or melting candy in diapers and having people guess the candy. Pregnancy trivia is fun too (what body part are babies born without? = knee caps and belly buttons)

Skip the favors. You have the raffle basket. You can give something like $5 GCs for game winners if you have games.

A guest can make the diaper cake. You are doing enough by hosting. You should ask the mother (and maybe her mother and MIL) for a list of people she would like invited and then you choose from there.


Post # 11
6114 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Nona99:  oh! I didn’t know it was going to be co-ed. That makes a difference. I’d say nix the game(s) then or make them more “party”-like. My friends did this a couple times…they had beer chugging contests where the men had to chug beer out of a baby bottle after the girls had to put an adult diaper on them. It was hilarious. Everyone essentially brings diapers to be entered into the raffle and just has a great time with friends while celebrating the new addition to their family.

Post # 12
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Games are not necessary but some are fun.  The one that people have liked the most when I’ve done it is “The Price is Right.”  I usually go on a theme to buy baby stuff (like – bath time with shampoo, wash cloths, towel, rubber ducky, etc), which doubles as a gift for the mommy.  Then everyone gets a sheet to fill out what they think each item costs.  You can be cheezy and demo them, or just set them out and let people look.  Then go through and tell people what they cost, closest to the total without going over wins.  If it’s co-ed, just grab a few giftcards as prizes and let them pick – Starbucks, BWW, whatever.

Beer chugging from bottle is hilarious, but bottles are expensive. 

Guessing how big Mommy is is always a good time, but make sure she’s on board with that.  Everyone cuts a length of ribbon that they think is how big she is around, then she measures and cuts one and the closests wins.  My SIL at 8mo was not quite as big around as my husband, we all overestimated. 


Post # 13
1558 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Nona99:  is Beau Jo’s that awesome mountain pizza place near Denver? I have had that once and still dream about it.

Post # 15
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We just had a coed baby shower at work and we did crafts instead of games.  It was fun.  Since the due date is Valentine’s day, we made V-day cards for the baby and one of my coworkers made cookies in lots of animal shapes that we all decroated.  It was a good time.

Post # 16
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

One of the best parts of my baby shower was the “guest book.”  People all wrote down (on these pretty 4×6 cards) their best baby/new mommy advice.  Some were serious, most were funny.  I have them all in a photo album.  Where she has a son already, you may want to make it something about best advice for a mom with 2+ kids.

Everyone I know HATES the clothespin game.  Seriously.  Don’t do it.

I make diaper cakes!  Sadly I can’t ship them, so unless we happen to be neighbors…

I would also do chocolate favors. Something people (old people) would think is cute…like chocolate baby strollers.  Haha

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