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Are you in charge of organising a baby shower? Wondering how you are going to keep the guests occupied? We have come up with 5 of the most tasteful baby shower games for you and your guests to play.
Baby showers are an important milestone for a mum to be, and you want her to have fun.
But as we know, sometimes baby shower games can be a little tacky, and kind of weird.
A baby shower is a traditional celebration held for expectant parents, typically during their last trimester of pregnancy, to mark the upcoming arrival of their baby. It’s a way for friends and family to show their support, love, and excitement for the parents and the baby.
The shower usually involves games, food, and gifts for the mum and baby. The parents-to-be are often the centre of attention, while guests typically bring presents for the baby, such as clothing, toys, or nappies.
Baby showers can be hosted by friends, family members, or coworkers, and can be held at a home, restaurant, or event space. It's traditionally an all-female event, but co-ed baby showers have become increasingly common in recent years.
A baby shower is a fun and joyful celebration that honours the expectant mother and her new bundle of joy.
This is a great game to play with guests of all ages and can be as quick or lengthy as wanted, simply add more photos to the mix to increase the playing time.
How to play:
This is an easy game that will inspire laughs for everyone!
How to play:
A downside to this game can be the long wait time to find out when the baby is born and who therefore won the prize. To combat this, save your best prize for this game.
You can make a wishing well by decorating a large container, such as a basket or a box, with ribbon, flowers, and other decorative elements. Label the container "Wishing Well" or "Words of Wisdom”. This is a great one for the parents who need some extra love, support and encouragement.
This is a great way for guests to all give their best wishes to the parents-to-be without all crowding them at once.
This game is pretty self-explanatory, and can be adjusted to suit every baby shower. Here’s how to get it set up.
This game usually takes 10 - 30 minutes depending on how many songs you play.
This game can be a hit for baby showers that include both adults and kids as guests, but don't be surprised when the winner is likely the most experienced mum who’s tried every flavour under the sun!
Optional: To make the game more challenging, you can also mix two different flavours of baby food together and have guests guess both flavours! This is best played as a bonus round once everyone has had a chance to get to know the flavours.
You can either have a table set up with the baby food and guess sheets on it for guests to complete in their own time, or allow time for a sit-down game.
Ensure that all allergies are taken into consideration when buying the baby food so no guests have to miss out.
Common baby items are listed and guests have to guess how much they would each cost. Whoever gets the most right wins. This game is easier with other mums and increases in difficulty if many guests don't have kids.
Guests put on a blindfold and see who can put a nappy on a doll the fastest without looking. This one is always a laugh when taking off the mask to see how everyone did.
A great game to play with other parents. Guests get a custom bingo card each and someone calls out common nappy bag items. If the guests have them in their bag with them they get to put a token onto their bingo card, and the first guest to complete their bingo card wins!
You might love these games, and that's ok! But just FYI, they might not be nan's cup of tea.
This game involves guests cutting a piece of string to what they believe to be the correct length, before wrapping it around mum's belly to see who measured the closest. This game can affect mum's self-esteem, particularly if she struggles with self-image.
This game involves guests smelling different types of melted chocolate or other strange textured foods to guess which type of baby nappy they resemble. It can unappetizing for many people.
While alcohol may be served at some baby showers, drinking games can be inappropriate or uncomfortable for some guests, particularly those who are pregnant or refraining from alcohol for other reasons.
While baby games are popular, they aren't the only activity you can enjoy at a shower, here are some great alternatives.
Set up a station with plain onesies or bibs, fabric markers, and other decorations, and have guests decorate them for the new baby
Provide a blank baby book or journal for guests to sign and write a message to the new baby
Set up a fun and festive backdrop with props and accessories for guests to take photos with the expectant mother and each other
Set up a station where guests can write encouraging messages on the front of clean nappies, whether that be funny messages or sweet encouraging ones. These are perfect for those overnight nappy changes and tough days, to help bring a smile to the new parents' faces.
Have guests put name suggestions in a box to help the new parents decide.
Planning the gifts can be difficult, so here is a list of some of the best shower game prizes.
- Candles, diffusers
- Snack baskets
- Succulent plants
- Bath and body products - eg. bath bombs, moisturiser
Plan ahead: Start planning the baby shower early and make a to-do list. Set a budget, choose a theme, and send out invitations with plenty of notice to optimise the chances of everyone being able to make it.
Coordinate with helpers: Assign tasks to friends or family members who have volunteered to help with the baby shower, such as decorating, setting up the food and drinks, and organising the games. That is if they aren't organising the entire shower of course.
Make sure there is enough food and drinks: Have a variety of food and drinks available for your guests, and consider any dietary restrictions or preferences they may have.
Plan activities: Ensure that all activities are accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
Relax and enjoy: Remember that the baby shower is a celebration of the new baby, so don't stress too much about the finer details. Relax and enjoy the time with your loved ones.
While they may be more extravagant in countries such as the US, Australian baby showers are quite common.
Similar to other countries, baby showers in Australia are held to celebrate the upcoming birth of a new baby, and to provide the parents to be with emotional and material support from friends and family.
Some cultural/religious groups in Australia may not celebrate baby showers, or may have different traditions around celebrating the arrival of a new baby.
However, baby showers are a popular and well-established part of Australian culture for many families.
Games are often played at baby showers to add a fun and interactive element to the celebration. They can be a great way to break the ice among guests who may not know each other well, and provide a way to engage everyone at the party.
Baby shower games can help the expecting parents and their guests prepare for the arrival of the baby as some games may include guessing the baby's due date, naming baby items, or creating a list of helpful tips for the new mother.
Games can also help provide practical gifts for the parent’s to be. For example, guests may bring a package of nappies or a baby item as their entry fee for a game. The expectant mother can then use these gifts to prepare for the arrival of the baby.
Absolutely! Men should not be excluded from the fun, playing games at a baby shower is a long-standing tradition, and with the involvement of men, it can be even more amusing.
It is, however, a personal decision.
If you or the expectant parents don’t feel comfortable playing traditional baby shower games with the invited men, that’s okay too.
Remember that a baby shower is meant to be the celebration of a new baby and a very exciting time! Don’t forget to have fun with every stage of the planning and hosting. There are many games to choose from and they can all be altered to suit any theme of the shower.
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