B.G. asks from San Jose, CA on October 20, 2008
L.C. answers from San Francisco on October 26, 2008
You give everyone a piece of bubble gum and while blindfolded they try to shape it into a baby. The mommy-to-be chooses her favorite for the winner.
M.K. answers from San Francisco on October 22, 2008
How about guess the baby food jar? You get 10 different jars of baby food. Take off the labels & mark them 1-10. Then you can pass them around & the person who has the most right wins.
G.S. answers from San Francisco on October 21, 2008
Loved the poopie diaper candy bar guess game. I also like to make a handout with the parent's name(s) on the top and blank lines underneath. The guests need use only the letters in the parents names to come up with baby names. The person with the most names wins. Also can do baby items.
At my shower, my girlfriend gave guests handouts with a writing prompt (can you tell we are all teachers:-) that the person completed with a short story. We called my first son Elvis in the womb. She put all the stories together and had her nephew (that I just adore) draw illustrations for the each page, and made me a book of Elvis' firsts. We have hilarious stories of Elvis' first steps, first words, first day of preschool, first day of kinder, on and on, that included driving and college. I LOVE reading it and just howling!!
L.C. answers from San Francisco on October 21, 2008
I went to a baby shower earlier this year and there were a couple of really fun games. For the first one...the hostess hid all sorts of baby items around the house, tied with ribbon. Some people found items before she explained the game, but it made sense once she explained. Each time throughout the day that someone found an item, she got to wear the special construction vest (it was a construction theme) and then whoever was wearing the vest at certain time intervals got a prize. You could also do it where whoever collects the most items gets the prize, or whoever finds the last item. Then the new mom gets all the baby itmes that were hid.
The second game involved a toolbox (again, the construction theme) that was full of 20 baby essentials (diaper creme, pacifiers, safety pins, socks, bibs, small baby items) and people had to write down 20 items that they thought could be in there (without looking, of course). Whoever got the most right got a prize, and the new mom got all the essentials. You could also use a diaper bag instead of a toolbox, anything that matches your theme.
Those games were interactive and fun, hopefully I described them well. :) Good luck and have fun!
S.L. answers from San Francisco on October 21, 2008
My favorite icebreaker game is to make labels of famous person's names (in this case, famous mother's names.) You stick one on each person's back as they arrive and they have to figure who the name on their back is by asking only yes or no questions., i.e. "am I in the movies?" "Did I adopt a boat load of kids?" The first one to figure out who they are wins. This gets everyone talking to each other.
T.H. answers from San Francisco on October 20, 2008
I'm too am a big fan of the gift Bingo!
I also like the basket of baby stuff passed around the room. Each person is allowed a few moments to check it out then pass along. Towards the end of the party each player fills out as many items as they can remember. Winner is the one with the most correct items and the mother to be leaves with an extra prize of whatever was in the basket.
AND, I while it's not a "game"... Plain white onesies and fabric paint makes for some very unique (and hilarious depending on your group) and personalized onesies!
LASTLY, my sister had a raffle at my shower. 1 ticket for baby wipes and 2 tickets for baby diapers. We didn't have to buy diapers for at least 1 full month after my little guy was born and even longer for wipes. I thought it was great and someone left with a $20 gift card.
C.M. answers from Chico on October 21, 2008
Busy mom laundry game: need a clothes line tacked up, clothespins, a basket of baby clothes, a doll (cabbage patch works well) and a phone. Object is to hold the phone like you are talking on it and the doll and hang the clothes up. I cannot remember if we had a full minute or less to do this and the person with the most items on the line who doesn't drop the baby doll wins.
Another fun one is the sock match: Buy the mom to be several packets of colorful and patterned socks, a small laundry basket (check dollar store) or a delicates mesh bag for the laundry. Separate and put all socks in the basket or the mesh bag and set a timer for one minute and see who can match and fold into balls the most pairs of socks.
J.M. answers from San Francisco on October 22, 2008
At my last shower we did (1) name the baby animals (2) name any songs that have the word baby in them and of course the favorite (3) tasting and guessing, which baby food is this? and (4) who can finish a drink from a baby bottle the fastest (very funny to watch).
S.K. answers from Merced on October 21, 2008
A fun game is...guess the melted candy in the baby diaper. Take NB diapers melt small candy bars (ie snickers, baby ruth, mr good bar etc) put one in each diaper, number the diapers pass them around the room and see who can get the most right! It's fun to watch...and no smelling or touching.
K.G. answers from San Francisco on October 20, 2008
Tasting baby foods and trying to guess what they are.
J.G. answers from Modesto on October 21, 2008
Have everyone bring a photo of themselves as babies. Then post the pictures on a large board, and have guests match the picture (numbered) with the guest names. It's fun and gets you in the cute-baby mood!