Fun Baby Shower Games


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This was a very original game my friend did at a baby shower.

She went through magazines and cut out pictures of babies. Then she went through more magazines and cut out JUST THE FACES (without hair or necks etc...just from above the eyebrows to below the mouth, cheek to cheek) of lots of different famous people. She used everyone from political figures to movie stars and models to historical figures who've long since passed away.

Then she took the famous faces and pasted them on top of the babies' faces (she had to match them up size-wise to accomplish this), and taped them up all around her house on the walls. It took her quite some time and preparation to do all this. To describe it more, the babies' facial features were replaced by the famous person's, but you still saw the babies' neck, ears, hair etc.

At the shower, guests were invited to walk around and write down the names of as many as they could identify. Whoever got the most right wins.

If you get a good variety of famous people's faces, it's surprisingly difficult to do. Since some guests will have interests in things like politics, and history, and others in the Hollywood scene, it's a good idea to draw from many different magazines for this game. ...and having them pasted on baby bodies makes it especially amusing. It was a real hit!

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Times up!

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Here is a game that was done at a bridal shower but work for a baby shower as well:

While the guest of honor was unwrapping her presents, a timer was set for every 10 minutes or so. When the timer went off, the person who had brought the gift (that was in the process of being unwrapped) was the winner.

The gifts being awarded were the centerpieces used during the shower. For this occasion, the hostess had put Hershey's kisses with Almonds in a glass bowl with a scalloped edge and had tied some good ribbon around the edge. Everyone at the shower thought it was a wonderful, new idea.

We've got your back.

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Before the guests arrive write the name of something to do with pregnancy, giving birth or babies on a piece of masking tape such as a rattle, stroller, diaper, cradle, bottle, rocking horse etc. As each guest arrives stick the piece of masking tape on their back, not letting them see the word before you do so. The object of the game is to find out what the word is taped your back by asking each guest only 3 questions. The guests may only give one word answers and give no hints! After asking 3 questions if they still don't know the word they must ask another person and so on until they guess the word. The first one to guess the word wins a prize. Continue the game until all the guests have guessed their word. This game works especially well if a lot of the guests don't know each other. It forces people to mingle and talk to people they may not have talked to otherwise.

Match the Baby Shower Cartoon

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Another ice breaker I saw once at a cocktail party was using single cartoons with captions (ie: the Farside cartoons). Photocopy enough cartoons (do not use the same cartoon twice) to cover half the amount of guests you expect. Cut the captions off the cartoons. Pin or tape a cartoon or caption to each arriving guest so that it is visible to everyone. Have the guests try to find the caption to match their cartoon or vice versa. You may use this premise in a variety of ways, not just with cartoons. Try Nursery Rhymes for example, using the title of the Nursery Rhyme and a sentence from the rhyme, etc. Be creative!

Baby Name Combo

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For my friend's shower, (she didn't know if it was a boy or girl), I wrote down her name, her husbands name, and their last name. Then instead of having them come up with words, we had them come up with names for the baby from a combination of there names. It was really funny to see the names that showed up. The one with the most won.

Baby Name Fun

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I think using the new baby's name to make words out of is a great game. you write the baby's name to be on a piece of paper and pass them out to guests. give the guests about 5 to 10 minutes to write down as many words as they can using the letters of the baby's name. The person with the most words wins a small prize.

The Price is Right

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Buy 10 to 12 baby Items. Get little envelopes and cards from florist dept. of grocery store. Write the price of item on the card and on envelope write item name then seal envelopes. Play it like the tv show - "the price is right." The one that collects the most price cards without going over the amount wins.

The following is a list of items I used.

  • Pampers package of 40 (Newborn size)
  • Fisher-Price Baby Bib
  • Q-tips Cotton Swabs 340 swabs / refillable pack
  • Huggies Baby Wipes 64 wipes pack
  • Pedialyte Freezer Pops Package of 16 pops
  • Winnie-the-Pooh Pacifiers 2 pack
  • Gerber baby food Apple Strawberry 4 oz jar
  • Duck bath toy
  • Johnson's Baby Powder 4 oz size
  • Bunny Rabbit Baby Rattle
  • Gerber's baby food Potatoes 2 & 1/2 oz jar
  • Dr. Smith's Diaper Ointment 2 oz jar

Mommy Yard Stick

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Each guest gets a ribbon about a yard and a half long and they have to guess how big around the mommy to be is and after that's done, the mommy to be takes a piece of her own ribbon and measures exactly how big she is and goes around to the guests and whoever is closest wins a prize. This can also be done with toilet paper.

Baby Wishing Bank

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Set a baby bank on a table with a little note/poem saying it is a wishing bank.

Tell the guests they can make a wish and drop a coin in. At some point in the shower have them guess how much is in the bank. The one that guess the closes with out going over wins a small prize. -(maybe a little change purse) Then mother-to-be gets the baby bank with all the stuffings.

I am going to do this for a shower this weekend. If anyone writes a poem that will go with this let me know. I think it will be a cute game.

Draw the Baby

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Give each person a paper and pencil, have them close their eyes and draw a baby without lifting the pencil. The one who draws the best baby wins.

An alternative is to have people place a paper plate on their head. Then they draw the baby.

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