It’s time to start organising a baby shower for your bestie but she tells you NO games. I get it. In fact, that was me – the non-believer. However I have since come around and now realise it’s so lovely to have some special moments to make the celebration super memorable. Here are a few ideas for unique, subtle, “non-cheesey” baby shower games that will be sure to make your bestie smile.
We’ve all been there. Stuck in a room with a group of “clucky” women forced to play some unbearable games. Nursery rhyme trivia, nappy changing competitions, guess the baby food, the price is right, who’s baby photo is it – to name a few. When all we really want to do is enjoy some adult company, eat something sweet and celebrate the mumma-to-be – probably with a glass of bubbles. Baby shower games – you’re skeptical I know.
But on the other hand, it is nice to have something planned to break the ice with different social circles and make the occasion memorable for all. Baby shower games do not need to be an awkward chore for your guests. In fact, let’s call them activities not games 😉 There are some beautiful activities that can create a lovely ambiance at a shower without having guests sniffing nappies and wrapping string around a pregnant woman’s belly.
DIY Baby Blocks
The great thing about baby shower “activities” is that they generally leave the mumma-to-be with either some memorabilia from the celebration, or something she could actually use when bub comes along.
Purchase some blank baby blocks here from Etsy. Then be creative – sharpies, puff paints, stickers. Whatever you choose, check the packaging and ensure they are marked as “non-toxic”. Have each guest design their own block. You could set a theme, give everyone one or two letters of the alphabet or just let them design whatever their heart desires.
Message on a Nappy
There is one thing that’s certain, there will be plenty of nappies to change in those first few years of parenthood. This is a cute way to give mum (or dad) a giggle in the middle of the night in those first few weeks when sleep deprivation is at its most glorious. Using a marker, write cute, funny, rude, silly message on the nappies.
My Water Broke
Pretty simple and sweet. Purchase your little plastic babies here and freeze them in ice cubes prior to the day. Guests add an ice-cube to their drink and the first to have their’s melt shouts “my waters broke” to claim the prize. Bigger sized ice cubes are better to enjoy the game for longer.
A modern-day guest book in a way, a wish jar is a lovely way to collect messages for the little one that can be kept and looked back on as bub grows up. Put a “time capsule” spin on this activity and ask guests to make a prediction for bub’s life at a certain age. For example, what will bub’s first school report say? Or what will bub’s first job be? You can make your own jar and use little pieces of paper for the notes or purchase a ready-made wish jar here.
Mind the Baby
You could use a range of things for this activity but I’ve personally used gingerbread. You need to bake some little gingerbread people before the baby shower. When guests arrive, give them their very own gingerbread baby to look after. They need to look after the gingerbread baby with great care. They can’t leave it unattended, they can’t hold it carelessly, they can’t swear in front of it. If anyone spots someone not taking good care of their baby, they can swoop in and save the day, taking the baby away from the naughty parent. Any form of neglect is fair game. And at the end of the day, the person with the most gingerbread babies is hailed the Super Mum and wins a prize. Here’s an easy gingerbread recipe to get you started.
Baby’s First Book
Bring to life the creative flair of guests and have them write a story for the mumma-to-be to read to baby when he or she arrives. Write the first paragraph and then have guests write one paragraph each following. They can also illustrate their story. Writer’s block? Make it a recipe book instead. Ask guests to add their favourite childhood recipe to the book. You might need to let them know before the shower to bring it along with them on the day. I found these cute personalised book covers here.
Photobooths are just a lot of fun at any event. And this way, the guest of honour can snap lots of pics of herself pregnant! There are of course many companies you could hire a photobooth through or check out this post on how to DIY your own.
Handmade with Love
Make something cute for the baby to wear. If you know it’s a girl, this “make your own headband” station would be perfect. If it’s a boy, perhaps a singlet or bandana bib. If gender is unknown, decorating onesies is a popular idea and super practical for mum.
Bake a cake in pink or blue and reveal the gender when the happy couple cut into it. Or include guests in the magic by handing everyone a gender specific confetti pop – 1, 2, 3 and pop all together to reveal the sex. Or fill some black helium balloons with pink of blue confetti for a similar effect when popped! An exciting way to share some beautiful news with your nearest and dearest.
Labor or Porn
I really thought I should just leave the visuals to the imagination here so have inserted a pic of a cute baby for attention. This idea is sure to get some giggles (although may not be for everyone). Find 10-15 close-up photos of women’s faces from either porn or labor situations. Funnily enough, the facial expressions are often similar. Have guests guess “labor or porn” and the most correct guesses wins the prize.