what games to play at a baby shower

What games to play at a Baby Shower

What games to play at a Baby Shower is something we often hear! When planning a Baby Shower, you have to consider decor, food, location, and games. Don’t forget the games!

Why play games at a Baby Shower?

Strictly speaking, you don’t need to play games, you need a program. Your guests may not know each other. Even if they do, making conversation for a few hours can be daunting for some and a challenge for most of us.

Of course, playing games at a Baby Shower is a great way to break the ice, to keep conversation flowing and laughter filling the air.

Plus, y’know, they’re fun!

If you don’t want to play games, check out the end of this post for awesome ideas that aren’t games.

How many games should be played at a Baby Shower?

A typical Baby Shower lasts 2 – 3 hours. More than that and guests start getting antsy. So keep it short and sweet.

You want to give your guests time to relax and chat without being too scheduled. You’re looking at about an hour’s worth of entertainment. Think about how long each game takes and then pick a couple more because things may run faster than expected or a game may not take off.

What Games to play at a Baby Shower – Best Baby Shower Games

So, what games to play at a Baby Shower? Well, these games are so much fun, you’ll want to keep them on hand for a girls’ night out baby or no baby!

Baby Bingo

Print out, or make yourself, some bingo cards.

There are a few variations of this game. Just choose the one that tickles your fancy. Ask guests to fill in the squares with either presents they think you may get during the shower, or baby items that you’ve put into a bag.

When you open your presents or pull the items out of the bag, guests tick off their squares. Since they made their own bingo board, you’ll have a diverse range of cards for extra competition!

You can download our FREE Baby Bingo cards here.

Who Knows Mommy Best

First off, compile a list of questions about the Mom to be, make them multiple choice or leave them open-ended. Guests write down their answers and when they’ve tallied up their scores, you’ll find out who knows mommy best!

Make sure to double check your answers with the mom before the party. At my bridal shower, we played a variation of this game, it was multiple choice and it turned out that the friend who made the quiz didn’t know me so well!

Find the Guest

This could be a where’s wally style collage of all your guests, where everyone has to find specific people, either on individual pics or on one large display.

Also, it could be played as a game where pulling statements out of the hat, guests have to find the guest who said them.

You can download our FREE Find the Guest cards here.

Nursery rhymes

This game takes 5 minutes to prep on spotify or youtube and is a fun skip down memory lane.

Play clips of nursery rhymes and see who can guess first! For a variation, use pop songs from when the mom was a baby.

He said/she said

Write down statements from the mom and dad. Give all guests two coloured cards, one for the mom, one for the dad. After each statement is read out, they should raise a card depending on if they think the mom or the dad said it.

Guess who

A really cool idea, is to ask your guests to send or bring baby photos of themselves. You can either hold them up one by one or display them and give guests a card to write their guesses on. The aim of the game is to try and work out who the baby is!

Pacifier bobbing

Place 4 or 5 pacifiers in a bowl of water, tie participants’ hands behind their backs and see who can rescue the most pacifiers with their teeth!

Spoon feeding

This game is a total riot! Blindfold guests and have them, in pairs, attempt to feed their partners. Watch the mess begin! The winner is the pair who manage to finish their feed quickest, with the least spillage!

Diaper building

Give your guests some toilet roll and safety pins and let them try to create a diaper for each member of their team. Let the hilarity ensue!

Bottle race

Fill a few baby bottles and let guests race to see who can finish first. For an extra twist, make the game more competitive by tying their hands behind their backs and making a partner feed the bottle to them.

Because I said so!

Guests write down catchphrases their parents would always say and have partygoers work out who said what. If your guests are mainly family then this game can be a real winner.

The price is right

Stage the game show in your living room. Place baby items on stands, or a table. Give guests price cards and see who knows the real cost of raising a little one?

Bet on the date

A little gambling to up the ante. Due dates are notoriously inaccurate. Let guests wager and bet on the real due date. When the baby’s born, it’s time to pay up and pay out!

What can you do instead of Baby Shower Games?

what can you do instead of baby shower games

If you are tired of wondering what games to play at a Baby Shower, maybe games are not your style. Perhaps you don’t think your guests know each other well enough. Or maybe you want a mixture of games and activities for your Baby Shower.

Whatever you’re looking for, we have you covered! Check out our list of activities to do at a Baby Shower that aren’t games.

Make floral headbands

A Baby Shower is an embrace of the feminine and natural. Have fun and nurture your guest’s creative spirits by making floral headbands. Purchase some plain bands, some flowers, and glue for long-lasting bands.

Or splash out on some real blooms and teach guests how to thread stems together. Put on a youtube video to demonstrate or flex your teaching muscles and show them yourselves.

Bring your own Baby photos to look at

Ask guests to bring their baby albums and create a relaxed atmosphere as your loved ones delve into family history and share silly stories with each other.

Create a time capsule for the Baby

Guests should bring something that they feel encapsulates modern life and may be of interest for baby when they’re all grown up. A few notes add a personal touch. Getting arty and designing information cards will stretch out the activity to fill time.

Write messages for the Baby

Give your guests some cute paper – or allow them to decorate their own. What message would they like to give to your baby for each milestone? They should address these to baby themselves. Guests could choose one milestone or several such as, starting high school, first break up, exams, graduation, starting uni, driving tests, first job interview, marriage, birthdays like 13, 16, 17, 18 or 20.

This activity won’t just entertain guests for a while at your baby shower. The letters will be beautiful keepsakes and hopefully a source of inspiration, love and wisdom as baby grows up.

Diaper raffles

Guests buy packages of diapers and bring them to your baby shower. As they walk in, they pick a raffle sticker and stick it on their diaper package.

It’s competitive, fun, someone gets an inexpensive prize and you get tons of diapers to keep. Yay!

The internet is full of beautiful diaper raffle templates to send to guest to explain the game to them.

Book writing

Buy a plain guestbook and let each guest write a message and decorate a page. If you leave it in a prominent place then guests can write and decorate throughout the party.

This activity is non pressurising and gives guests the chance to take a breather for 5 minutes to write their page. If things are fizzling out at the end, you can go through the book to keep the party going.

Best of all, you have a beautiful keepsake for you and baby to treasure,

Guests can write messages that are funny, encouraging or full of wisdom and advice.

Purchase some decorating items, not all guests will want to draw themselves. If there are children, they’ll love colouring with some markers!

Diaper messages

Cheap and cheerful, this activity won’t just fill time, but keep you going through the first few weeks of child rearing. Guests decorate your diapers with funny or motivational messages or just some cute artwork.

Baby’s first ABC

Print out or create your own templates and let guests’ creativity run wild!

The aim of this activity is for guests to construct baby’s first ABC book. Each guest takes a page and colors or decorates it and when the Baby Shower is over, you’ll have a beautiful book for baby, made by their loved ones. Have guests sign the back of each page with a quick note for your or baby.

Onesie making

Simply buy some plain onesies and clothes markers. Then give them to your guests and you have a great baby shower activity!

If you want to up the ante, make it a competition, the mom should choose the onesie she likes best.

Plus this activity is great for adults and little guests.

So, there you have it. I hope this has helped you work our what games to play at a Baby Shower!

Baby Shower games are fun. We all love a great game. They’re a great way to break the ice between guests who might not know each other or for friends to have a good laugh together. Baby shower games will create memories that guests can take home with them to make your baby shower stand out.

But if they’re not your thing, then our other options make a great party too and leave you with beautiful keepsakes to treasure forever.

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.

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