Post # 1
My Future Mother-In-Law and I are throwing a baby shower for my Future Sister-In-Law. I normally like to consider myself somewhat of an aficionado when it comes to hosting events but baby showers are sooo not my forte so I could really use some help. My FSIL’s sister is throwing her a shower in her home state a few weeks before ours and I imagine she will incorporate all of the normal baby shower elements into it. Because of this, I would like to take more of a unique approach when it comes to ours.
Basically I’m looking for a handful of games to play, creative favor ideas and some decoration inspiration. My Future Mother-In-Law wants everyone to bring a book to start the baby’s library so we’ll be doing that and apparently she’s planning on doing some clothes line thing as well. The shower will be jungle themed. Everything also needs to be gender neutral since they’re not finding out the sex of the baby.
Post # 3
@UpstateCait: There is a game that I loved. You take name tags and write baby items on each one instead of names (i.e. burp cloth, crib, bottle, etc, etc) Instruct everyone to bring a baggie full of loose silver change, nickels, dimes, quarters…Also, buy a very cute piggy bank for the baby.
Then give everyone a name tag and no one is allowed to call a person by their actual first name. Only what is on the tag.If they do mess up and say another person’s real name, they put some cha-ching in the bank.
Post # 4
I’ve seem some AMAZING parties on this blog with Jungle and Monkey stuff… much of it was birthdays but you could certainly adapt it to a shower. http://www.hostessblog.com/ Search the blog and the themed sections.
Games I’m no help with because they annoy me at showers 🙂
Post # 5
Also I did this really cute punch (it was easy too) called lucky duck punch. The recipe used blue kool-aid, so that was gender specific, but I’m sure you could use green or some other neutral…
Here’s a pic…
Post # 6
My favorite game ever is the diaper raffle. Everybody brings diapers and you get raffle tickets in exchange for the diapers. That way the mom ends up with TONS of diapers. Although you have to make sure she’s not going with a certain brand or cloth.
I also think the onesie decorating is cute and fun to do.
As for favors, I think edible is always the best way to go.
Post # 7
My hostess did the “Never Have I Ever” game. Usually it’s a drinking game. But since we had an assortment of women who’d never met it was pretty fun.
She had each person say something they hadn’t done and then every person who had done that dropped a coin in a piggy bank we passed around. It took a while but it was a lot of fun – and it was a nice way to get everyone talking.
Post # 8
The last Baby Shower I hosted we played 3 games
1. “Baby Pictionary” and it was GREAT! especially when they had to draw “breastfeeding” absolutely HILARIOUS! Of course noone WANTED to play but after the first few terrible drawings everyone loved it!
I got a small white board, marker, and made 20 cards with different baby related items ie. crying, diaper change, binki, etc
2. We also played a really simple game where I printed off sheets that had 10 movie quotes with the word “baby” in them… they had 5 minutes to see if they could get them all =)
All you gotta do is find 10 quotes and print off enough for each guest… & get enough pens for everyone =)
3. And then the “on going” game was a “guess the number of buttons in the jar” real simple and I just had them write their guess as they came it.
An extra thing I did for my friend was make a little “advice book” All I used were index cards. On the blank side I printed “Words of Advice” and set them in a basket by the guest book. I made sure that each guest got a card, wrote their piece of advice, and they returned it to a basket next to the cards… afterward I punched a hole in the top and put a ring through them…. I’m sure you could make something WAY nicer but it was a last minute thing I decided to do. She loved it!
Post # 9
Different games I have read about or played at numerous showers:
baby bingo: guests receive a blank bingo card, and fill in the squares with baby items they think mom will receive. they cross off as gifts are opened and those who get bingo receive small door prizes. I have also played one game where everyone listed as many baby items as they could think of within a set amount of time, and biggest list won.
name that baby food: pretty much what it sounds like. take a few random jars of baby food, remove the labels and pass them around. everyone gets a tiny taste and has to write down what they think each type is.
dirty diaper game (weirdest imo, and kind of gross): different small candy bars are melted down and each put into a diaper. guests have to look and write down what they think each type of candy bar is.
I am co-hosting a baby shower this weekend, and when I was looking for games I read about this one that I thought was cute (although poorly explained, which is why I didn’t choose it). You purchase 15-20 pairs of little baby socks, open and separate them all and mix in a big pile. Then the guests try to match up all the pairs within a few minutes. I just couldn’t determine how everyone was supposed to match them up. I suppose if you put them all in one big pile and let everyone try to match up as many pairs on their own all at once, whoever gets the most pairs would win. Obviously mom gets to keep all the socks.
We will also be playing a silly game of pass the baby bottle between the knees around the room.
I did just re-read your post and saw the less traditional thing… I don’t really have much to offer there. All the games I found overall were silly and baby centered, obviously; nothing was really unique or original. Ours is cinco de mayo themed, lots of bright colors and it was really easy to be non-traditional with decor, favors etc. going that route. Maybe for favors you could do a variety of animal shaped/iced cookies?
Post # 10
@runsyellowlites: You posted while I was writing my reply but baby pictionary sounds SO FUN! I’m actually kind of excited and hoping to steal it now for our shower this weekend, since I already have the supplies, lol.
Post # 11
This would be CRAZY but I plan on seriously trying to talk my sister into letting the winner of one game pick the middle name of the baby. I doubt she’ll go for it but it would be crazy!
The one game that I really like is trying to guess how long the string or toilet paper would be when wrapped around the mommy’s belly. Then of course you actually measure and the closest wins.
Another one (depending on the group) would be who can drink the water the fastest out of the bottles. I would recommend using a smaller bottle though or cutting the nipple bigger though.
Post # 12
At the shower I threw a few years ago, we had everyone send us a picture of themselves as a baby. Then the parents had to guess who matched which picture. That one was quite popular.
Post # 13
And I just made this diaper trike for my coworker. I think it would be a cute centerpiece.
Post # 15
@Talishazwi: Now THAT is cute! Do you have a link to instructions?
Post # 16
I went to a baby shower where all the guests tie-dyed onesies. It was kind of fun, the hostess purchased a few packages of white onesies in all different sizes and let us go at them. The mom had tie dyed onesies for at least the first year or so, and it was something fun to do. Just provide gloves!