Baby Shower Games: The Good, the Bad and the Ugh!
Games can make or break a shower. The best can break the ice and liven up the party. The worst can bore and embarrass. So, how can you avoid this?
A little research...
First, list the showers you've been to and the games you remember. Which did you like and dislike? Ask a few other gals to do the same. Don't ask the mom-to-be because you'll want to keep the games a surprise. Now, check out which ones were played most often. Chances are everyone has played these games many times. They're probably pretty sick of them. Avoid these overly popular games, unless you think no one minds playing them again and again. Baby Bingo again? No thanks!
Take into account her personality. If the mom-to-be is outgoing and loves the spotlight, find games that will make her the center of attention. A shy mom-to-be? Choose ones that will put the focus on the guests instead of the mom-to-be. Ask the mom-to-be for her opinion without giving away the surprise. Avoid measuring the mom's girth unless you're totally sure that she'll be fine with it. Some moms-to-be are uncomfortable with this embarrassing tradition.
The Guest List
Lots of new moms? They'll be pros at any games that have to do with motherhood- diapering the baby or guessing the function of a baby item. If most of the guests don't have kids, avoid games where guests give parenting advice...they'll be at a loss for words. If the guests are already acquainted you don't need to play icebreakers. No one wants to play a name game when they know everyone in the room.
The Number of Guests
If it's a large shower, avoid games where every guest shares their thoughts/feelings/best wishes. That could take hours if you have 30 guests! Many guests won't know each other at a larger party, so plan an icebreaker like where guests are split into small groups. With smaller parties, you have more time for each guest to be in the spotlight and share their best wishes for the mom-to-be.
A way to spice up shower games is to play up the theme. Match baby animals to their moms at a Noah's Ark theme party. Name the constellations at a celestial-themed party.
Timing is Everything!
Guests want time to visit, so don't have games take up the entire shower. Plan for about 3 games, but be prepared to ditch one if you run out of time. One 20-minute game and two 5-10 minute games will fit into most schedules. Decide the best time to play the games. Play one game at the beginning of the shower to break the ice. That way, guests can enjoy meeting each other.
Sure, we all know what babies do. But, does anyone want to be passing around "dirty" diapers full of peanut butter after enjoying a lovely lunch? Probably not.
Sometimes what's missing from shower games is the reason the guests came in the first place?to celebrate the mom-to-be! Creating keepsakes personalize the party. Consider a "game" where the end result is a memento especially for the mom-to-be. What about having each guest create a scrapbook page? A memory book, scrapbook, or hand-painted onesies are just a few ideas.
There are thousands of resources online for baby game ideas. Now, you can choose games that will have your guests wanting more instead of wanting to leave.
Amy Dilling is the founder and owner of Perfect Parties to Go! selling complete baby and bridal showers in a box.
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