Nothing compares to the joy of bringing a new life into the world. It’s always a time for celebration but also comes with substantial costs and plenty of uncertainty.
A baby shower is a time to come together to help the new parents with baby necessities and nuggets of wisdom.
However, overloading the expectant parents with lectures and long speeches will compound the anxiety they probably already feel.
So, to lighten the mood, make the shower entertaining and help create unforgettable memories to kick start the new parents’ journey into parenthood on a good note.
To help you plan a memorable event, here are some ideas for baby shower games and prizes.
Game Idea 1: Identify the Guest
Identify the Guest is an ice breaker game that gets guests to mingle and set the tone for a joyful day.
All you'll need is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper for each guest.
How to Play
Ask your guests to include a fun fact about themselves when they RSVP. Then, compile the fun facts into a list but don’t write who each belongs to.
Print several copies of the list and hand it out to guests as they come in or place it on the seats.
When you start the party, give guests about 30 minutes to interact and get to know each other. You can give more or less time depending on the number of guests and how well they already know each other.
When the time is up, have the guests sit down and write down each guest’s name next to the fact they think matches them. The one who correctly matches the most people and facts wins!
The table below shows some variations you can try:
|Game Variation||What to Change|
|Identifying photos||Ask guests to bring baby photos and make the game about matching baby pictures to a guest|
|Favorite food||Instead of fun facts, have guests tell you their favorite food|
Prizes for Winners
Since this game is an icebreaker hold off on getting your guests too competitive. Instead of a single prize, consider token rewards to keep everyone engaged.
For instance, you can give out cookies or cake pops for everyone. Make them baby-themed for extra “oohs” and “ahhs.”
Game Idea 2: Left or Right
The Left or Right game is an exciting fast-paced game for everyone.
- A story.The story should have the words “left” and “right” used repeatedly. You can look for one on the internet or write your own in keeping with the theme of the day.
- A prize. One that fits in one hand so it can easily pass from one person to another.
If you want to raise the stakes, include some more tempting prizes like:
- Gift cards
- A box of premium chocolates
- A box of the best handmade pastries and treats
- A good book
How to Play
Arrange all the chairs in a circle then hand out the prize to one guest at random.
Start reading the story out loud. Each time you say “left” or “right”, the guest with the prize has to pass it to the right or left accordingly.
The last person to hold the prize when the story ends goes home with it.
If you’re hosting a large crowd, split your guests into smaller groups so they can all participate.
Game Idea 3: Guess the Price
A spin-off of the popular The Price is Right TV show, this game is about guessing how much baby stuff costs.
- Paper and pens for the guests.
- A printed list with specific quantities of baby items—for instance, five swaddlers, a pack of 76 diapers, or one stroller. Make copies of the list so that each guest has their own.
Before the party, check for the prices of the items on your list and write them down.
How to Play
Set a timer for about 3 to 5 minutes—depending on how long your shopping list is—and have guests (individually or in pairs) write how much they think each item will cost.
When the timer goes off, allow guests time to calculate their total estimated costs. The guest(s) with the closest to the actual total wins the game.
Prizes for Winners
The best prizes for the game will depend on what appeals to your guest list. Here are some ideas to choose from.
|Baby themed candy||Decorated ornaments||Event themed cupcake trays|
|Mini honey/syrup bottles||Beautiful Mediterranean sweets||Handmade pastries|
Game Idea 4: Raffle Draws
Raffle games serve two purposes: guests will enjoy the anticipation and prizes, and you’ll get more useful stuff for the mom-to-be.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Raffle tickets
- A small bucket
- Lots of prizes
Use small value items as prizes since you’ll be giving out lots of them. Here are some suggestions for awards under $5.
- Hand lotion
- Gummy bears
- Lip balm
- Bath bombs
Also consider having one or two high-value items for first and second prizes to encourage participation.
How to Play
Ask guests to bring a small item on top of their gift to enter the draw. It’s best if they’re consumables that the new parents will need lots of–for instance, small packs of diapers or baby wipes.
Give raffle tickets to those who brought the requested items as your guests come in. Every couple of hours, pull a ticket and give a prize to the winner.
Keep awarding prizes at intervals throughout the day and then end with a draw for the high-value prizes at the end.
Host an Exciting and Memorable Baby Shower
So there you have it; some fun games that are sure to make the baby shower more exciting. You can add your own twists and variations to suit your crowd.
Remember to choose prizes that your guests will value.
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