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Baby shower games for a large group
your_number1 wrote in parenting101
I'm having a baby shower for my friend on the 18th of this month. We are expecting about 30 people to attend. I was thinking that 3 or so games would be appropriate as we have to be out of the building at 4:00 pm. Shower starts at 1:30. We are going to play Baby Shower Bingo while the mother-to-be is opening her gifts but I'm not sure what else would be appropriate for such a large group. She wants to have at least one game that is more hands-on.

Any advice? Thanks.

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Take some baby food jars and write down the flavors on a separate piece of paper. Take the labels off and provide spoons. Have the guests pass around the jars and when everyone is done tasting and guessing, you can reveal the flavors. It was done at my Baby shower and there was about 2 dozen or so people there. It's good to have a mix of fruits and veggies. Single flavors and mixed flavors help with the variety too. I think there was about 7 jars or so. Everyone seemed to enjoy that game.

I have done something similar but instead of tasting the baby food was put in a diaper and everyone had to smell it and try to figure out what it was. It was a very funny game.

You can also do this without tasting, and attempt from visual examination.

Doing the stuff in the diapers (e.g. melted chocolate bars, etc.) is just gross.

I remember playing this game at a friends shower and it totally made me unable to feed my daughter baby food because some of it was SO GROSS lol. There was some meat+veggie combo that tasted like cat food and had a texture like wet sand, bleh. The fruit/custard ones were fine, but everything else was vile.

My friend had a largish baby shower and her games and activities were pretty fun. They did "The B-Word" which involved everyone being given a clothespin when they entered the party (they were attached to strings people could wear around their neck), if you caught someone saying the word "baby" and were the first to call them on it, you got their clothespin. Most clothespins by present opening time won. There was also a trivia game where everyone made guesses about what the mom expected/planned (things like, "who will be the first one to get to babysit the new baby" and "what color does mom think the baby's eyes will be" and "who will change most of the diapers?") and the correct answers were read off after presents.

The third thing they did wasn't a "game" per se, but it was a huge hit and the mom-to-be loved the results. They bought a huge pack of plain white onesies and some fabric markers and everyone decorated a onesie. They hung them up on a clothesline so everyone could see the decorations, and they were really cute and fun.

These are all good ideas. The onesies thing was fun at my shower...but I would recommend NOT getting the Gerber onesides. They're tiny and my kiddo's head didn't fit through them as a newborn!

I really like the onesie decorating too. If I were to do it again, I'd provide stencils. We did it at my baby shower and some of my less-artistic guests were a bit intimidated I think.

I also recently saw a baby shower where they took 2in wooden blocks and had them decorated by the guests so the baby would have a cute set of blocks.

We did the onesies also. It was a blast! We did it first and everyone spent do much time with them we didn't get to all the games!

As an introvert, I absolutely appreciate the games where one can participate without being put on the spot, like the baby bingo, the "b word" clothespin game, and decorating onesies over games like the baby food testing and melted candy bars in diapers where guests have to be the center of attention while participating!

OP, if your friend would like this sort of thing, you could get a bunch of beads and have everyone contribute to making one birthing necklace for your friend and maybe little birth support bracelets to take home and wear in support of your friend having a peaceful, healthy delivery.

I'm not an introvert and I still really prefer games like that, they allow people to participate only as much as they want, which makes for a more fun experience for everyone.

decorating onesies is always a hit and can be done at any time throughout the shower.

Oh, and we had the mom-to-be pick her favorite one at the end and the artist got a prize.

can anyone sew? hand out fabric squares and either permanent markers or fabric paint and let people decorate them, then someone gathers them up and makes a quilt for the mom-to-be before the baby's born.

We played the name that candy bar game :-). Put unwrapped miniature candy bars in a diaper and microwav, then squish a bit. Hysterical reactions!

We also did the clothes pins and you lose all of your if someone hears you say baby.

You can also have a baby bottle chugging contest. I have seen this one at coed showers with beer filled bottles.

We did a match the mother with the baby game, Fish- Fry, goose- gosling - there were some hard ones too and everyone really enjoyed that one.

There was a game we played at my cousins shower a few weeks ago that I really enjoyed. I have no idea what you'd call it, but there was a list (one for boy names, one for girls) that had questions or hints for what you'd name a baby. An example, since that makes no sense lol:</p>

Something used to talk to large groups. (Mike)
The month in which flowers begin to bloom. (May or April)

I don't know where she found it, but it was a pad of paper that had all the hints and you just ripped one off and handed it out to the guests, so it was a ready-made game. Some of them were really easy, but some were tough! It was a lot of fun.


X on the bottom of cake plates, we did the clothes pin game but you lost a pin if you crossed your legs so it made it go faster. They also did one where there was a roll of ribbon and you had to cut a length that you thought would fit around the mama's baby belly. Closest one won.

we had a guess moms belly size game. passed around a roll of twine and people cut off however much they thought would be closest to wrapping around the belly. this was pretty hilarious and everyone enjoyed it.

we also had guys at the baby shower and had a game especially for them. they had to put a baloon under their shirts and thentie their shoelaces

I really hate shower games (no offense! *laugh*) so I requested we not do any. :P What we did instead was gave people a "Baby Wishes" card (like this, though I made my own that had a little blank spot where people could draw themselves). People seemed to have a lot of fun doodlng and talking about the different things they could write in on the form. Plus, I had a crapton of fun reading them afterwards and plan on putting them in a baby book so my son can see them later.

Then, we did a prize drawing at the beginning, middle, and end of the present opening so people stayed engaged and whatnot. We had about 40 people there (with not much overlap- we had family on my side, family on my husband's side, coworkers of my parents, coworkers of mine from work, high school friends...) and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

Edited at 2012-03-14 10:51 pm (UTC)

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