Baby shower games: either they are incredibly fun memory making shenanigans or awkward stretches of time resulting in downward fixed gazes. How do you pick the right games so that you don’t end up counting tiles? There are a few easy steps to make sure you don’t walk the line between fun and awkward.
1. Simplicity. The coolest game in the world may be too complicated to play at a party. Always hunt for games that are easy to pick up, and fun to do. This means: Basic instructions, Simple and Clear Rules, and a Low-Level of Difficulty. Simplicity allows everybody a chance to play without and cuts down on the people who stand in the back saying “No thanks it’s too hard for me.” That brings us to our next point: Physicality.
2. Physicality. If you want the mother-to-be to join, you will need to take the physical into concern. Is this going to be the kind of shower that involves that adorable little cocktail dress? If it is than a game of “Rover Red Rover” is probably not the best idea. Not to mention that “Rover Red Rover” needs a lot of physical space. Both the physical needs (action and space wise) should be small if you want everybody to be able to participate. Think of fun word games, or focus games, that are also simple enough to be picked up easily.
3. Objective. Your baby shower is not the Olympics, but you should give mind to the prize of your games. Is it just to be a fun ice breaker? Live it up with hilarious games! To make memories? Try a craft game like creating a baby doll to see who can make the prettiest “baby”. Keepsakes are great memory keepers. You can even add a little edge of competition with a small prize for the person who guesses the number of safety pins (color themed of course) in a jar, or a speed game can make an unforgettable race.
Knowing the steps is a great way to evaluate a game for your baby shower. Remember, almost any game, with the obvious exceptions (like “Rover Red Rover”), can be adapted for your shower. Games you used to place like “Mother May I?” explains itself, “Red Light, Green Light” is a tongue-in-cheek reference for the ride to the hospital, and the list goes on. By simply adding baby themes to well-known games, you not only increase the chances of your guests already knowing how to play, but you successfully tie in the overall baby shower theme.
If you are still struggling, consider trying a game from the suggestions below.
Baby’s Telephone Pictionary: This game is a hilarious mix of “Telephone” and “Pictionary.” To play, get a separate pile of sticky notes (or index cards) for each player. If there are 10 players, give each player 10 cards. They start by writing down a baby phrase like “Another Bun in the Oven” or “Hey Look a Stork!” on the first card. Then everybody passes that card to the person to the left. That person must read the line, slip that card to the bottom on the pile they are holding, and draw a picture of the phrase. When everyone is ready, the step is repeated only this time people write down what they think the pictures mean. This goes on until everyone gets their phrase back. The stories and tangents theses sayings go on will have you rolling on the floor.
Needs: Index Cards/Pens
Pin the Pin On The Mommy : Give each woman a necklace of baby safety pins (the oversized kind). Each the time she says “baby” she loses a safety pin. At the end of the shower, the woman with the most pins wins a small gift. The games will lead to the most ridiculous baby synonyms you’ve ever heard.
Needs: Yarn (for necklaces)/Safety Pins
Prizes: Something small
Baby Shower Lotto: Have the calendar of the month that the mother-to-be’s baby is due at the front door for guests when they arrive. Each day is divided into two parts: am and pm for the guests to choose from in picking the date and general time the baby will be born. Make sure to have the due date highlighted. Guests can "buy in" to a lotto ticket for a certain day (am or pm) that they think the baby will be born. The guest who guesses closest wins a baby shower gift, of course given after the baby is born. The fun part of the game is that the lotto tickets can be purchased by using something other than money that is useful to the parents. Instruct guests beforehand that a lotto tickets may be purchased with a diaper pack, baby bottles or baby wipes, etc.
Needs: Calendar with large calendar month dates/ Highlighter pen/ Normal pen Prizes: Something small
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