In addition to setting up the mother-to-be in your life with plenty of presents, hosting a baby shower is a great way to bring her family and friends together for some quality time before baby’s arrival. After you’ve sent out your baby shower invitations, scored some darling decorations and planned your party menu, all that’s left to do is figure out how to keep your guests entertained. From classic to contemporary, the best baby shower games are the ones that effectively break the ice and get everyone laughing and having fun together. This list of the 10 best baby shower games is sure to inspire you to host a fun-filled party.
10. Baby Sketch Artist.
Pass out sturdy paper plates and markers to all of your guests. Let them know they’ll be drawing a picture of the baby, and the best sketch will win. The catch is that everyone has to draw with the paper plate on her head! It’s a hilarious sight, guaranteed to get some giggles.
9. Drink up, Baby!
This game puts a family-friendly twist on all those college drinking games. Fill enough bottles with apple juice so that each guest gets one. If you’re hosting a couples’ shower, you can fill bottles with beer if you’d like to make it a little more interesting. Give everyone a bottle and on the count of three they must suck the bottles dry as quickly as possible. The first person to down the contents of his or her bottle wins. The sight of grown men and women chugging their drinks out of baby bottles is sure to be entertaining to the mom-to-be.
Bake a batch of cupcakes before the shower, dropping one tiny plastic baby into one of the unbaked cupcakes. Bring the cupcakes out at the shower and have your guests decorate them with frosting, sprinkles and whatever else you have on hand. After everyone has decorated their own unique cupcake, the mom-to-be chooses her favorite and the winner gets a prize. Then, just as guests are about to devour their creations, let everyone know that whoever finds the baby is next in line to have one. The suspense will be intense! You can even find cupcake-themed, custom baby shower invitations to coordinate the whole theme!
7. The Price is Right, Baby
Buy 12 baby-related items you know the soon-to-be parents will need. Use blank note cards to write the price of each item on one side, and the item itself on the other. Gather guests together and play it just like the The Price is Right: each guest must guess the price of the items on the cards, and the person with the highest total-without going over-wins. Best of all, the parents-to-be get to keep the handy baby items used for the game.
6. Baby Mad Libs
This classic kids’ game gets even more fun with baby-related words. You can either create your own scenario or use an affordable pre-made game. This game can be played in teams, with the best and most hilarious filled-out card winning, or you can play it as a big group with people shouting out words together with the “prize” being your finished masterpiece.
5. Don’t say “Baby”
This classic activity is one of the best baby shower games because it makes an ideal ice breaker. As you greet each guest, give each a diaper pin to wear on his or her shirt. Once all of your guests have arrived, tell everyone that they can’t say ‘baby’ for the duration of the shower (or until it’s time to open presents). If anyone hears someone else saying the forbidden word, he or she earns the right to steal the offender’s pin. At the end of the game, the person with the most pins wins the prize.
4. Name That Tune, Baby!
Before the shower, go through your music collection and find songs that have “Baby” in the title (Diana Ross, Britney Spears and of course, Justin Bieber). Pick 15 songs and burn them onto a CD or create an online playlist. At the party, give each guest a piece of paper with numbers 1-15 listed on it and a pen. Play the first 5-8 seconds of each song and have everyone guess the name. Whoever gets the most correct answers is the winner!
3. Who’s That Baby?
When sending out your baby shower invitations, ask each guest to bring a baby photo of themselves so you can play one of the best baby shower games, “Who’s that baby?” Collect the baby photos and hang them on a wall (or pin them to some wire), assigning each one a number. Distribute pens and paper to the guests and have them try to figure out who is who. Whoever gets the most baby photos correct wins.
2. Celebrity Babies
This game will be a fast favorite for any guest who is a fan of pop culture. Compose a list of celebrity parents and their children (Katie Holmes and Siri, for example). Put the celebrity parents in one column and the children in another column, in no particular order. Give a copy of the list to each guest and have everyone match the celebrity baby to his or her parents. Whoever gets the most matches right is the winner. A basket full of tabloids and US Weekly magazines would be a very appropriate prize for this game!
1. Just ask Mama!
This game is guaranteed to get some laughs! Have your guests sit in a circle and hand each one a blank notecard and a pen. Tell each guest to write down a question a new mama would have, such as “How often will my baby want to eat?” or “How do I take my baby’s temperature?” Then, have everyone turn the card over and pass it to the guest on her left. Without looking, the guest then has to write the answer to HER question on the back of the card, not the answer to the question she just received.
Take turns reading the question-and-answer combos out loud. They will be mismatched (“How do I put the baby into his car seat?” “Insert the thermometer about an inch into baby’s bottom”). The guest whose Q&A combination results in the most laughter from the crowd wins.
Fun, creative and always entertaining, these to 10 best baby shower games are sure to please the party-goers and the guest of honor alike. For more game ideas, take a look at this Unique Baby Shower Ideas post.