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Baby Mad Libs
Pre-write a story about the mother and baby with some adjectives, nouns and verbs left out. Have guests provide words to fill in the missing blanks, and then read the stories out loud. Cue giggles.
Don’t Say Baby
Give all guests a pin (a pacifier on a string works too) to wear around their necks. If someone catches a guest saying “baby,” she takes the pin. Whoever has the most pins at the end of the shower wins a prize.
Guess the Baby Animal
Have a list of animal species names ready. Guests will guess the species’ baby animal name—like cat and kitten, only a little more challenging. Did you know a cygnet is a baby swan?
Ask guests beforehand to supply a baby picture of themselves. Hang up the pictures at the party and have people guess which picture belongs to who.
Draw a Baby
Give each guest a paper plate and a pencil. Have everyone put the plate on their head and give them one minute to “draw” a picture of a baby on the plate—no peeking! Best drawing, as judged by the guest of honor, wins.
Guess the Poop
In the mood for a bit of gross but delicious fun? Melt mini candy bars into diapers, and have guests taste the contents of each diaper to guess which candy bar it was.
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Tape a picture of a famous mom (or celeb preggo) on the backs of your guests without letting them see. Have them try to guess who their celebrity is by asking “yes” or “no” questions of the other guests.
Newsworthy Nursing Bra
Give guests newspaper, scissors and tape and tell them to design a nursing bra—extra points for style and functionality. Best design, as modeled by the mom-to-be, wins a prize.
Sweet Potatoes or Carrots?
Have guests taste and try to guess flavors of baby food; make it interesting by looking for combos, and seeing if players can name both flavors.
Create a playlist of songs with the word “baby” in the title. Play the songs at the shower and have guests guess the title and artist. Bonus favor idea: Burn copies of the CD and add a homemade cover for guests to take home as a favor.
Who doesn’t love bingo? Purchase baby-themed bingo cards to tie it into the shower. You can also make your own bingo cards with squares for the various registry items the mom-to-be might be receiving (remember to make each card different so there’s just one winner at a time). Guests play along as the guest of honor opens her prezzies.
Baby Shower Bingo, $11.95, available at beau-coup.com
- Valerie Fischel
Pin the Sperm on the Egg
It’s the preggo version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey! This one might be more appropriate for a girlfriends shower (your Grandma probably doesn’t want to think about how your egg met his sperm).
Preggo or Horror Film?
Find headshots of women in labor and women in horror films. Guess if the subject is in labor or scared out of her mind (though we know the two situations are not mutually exclusive).
- Gregor Halenda
Chug the Bottle
This one is especially funny for someone who had a rep for being well-acquainted with the keg in her younger days. Fill baby bottles with milk and have guests race to see who can chug fastest. The mom-to-be can play too!
A twist on the sports pool, this one has guests putting money on the delivery date and/or gender, if it’s unknown. The pot gets paid out once the baby arrives.
Guess the Middle Measurement
This one can be played as long as the guest of honor has a sense of humor about her unwieldy size. Have guests guess the circumference of the mom-to-be’s belly by cutting string to the length they think would just fit all the way around. Once everyone has their string, measure the belly and compare it to the strings. Whoever had the closest guess wins.
Share the Wisdom
If a lot of moms will be attending the shower, pass around a blank book and ask each guest to write their best parenting advice. The book makes a sweet memento for the mom-to-be to take home at the end of the party.
- Andrew McCaul
Have a few dolls and a pack of newborn diapers handy. Time guests, including the mom-to-be, to crown the fastest nappy changer at the party. You’re DQ’d if the diaper’s on backwards.