Baby Shower Schedule/order - Shower Is Today

Updated on April 29, 2013
C.R. asks from Olathe, KS
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So, I'm throwing my best friend of 25 years a baby shower today. I have three games planned, cake & punch, and presents. I'm trying to figure out a schedule so I stay on track. At her bridal shower I did not do so great so I thought I try to get some ideas how I should order the shower. The shower will be from 4pm to 6pm and the three games we are playing is The Baby Name Game (How many words can you come up with in 3 minutes with the letters of babies first & middle name), Baby Word Scramble (about 2 to 3 minutes for this game), and then the baby items memory game (tray with baby items sitting in middle of room, cover and have each guest write down what they remember being on the tray. About 3 minutes to play this game). BTW, the baby will be at the shower as well since my friend lives out of town, so that might make it harder to stay on schedule too. If you have any ideas how to arrange this I would really like to hear them!
Thanks in advance!!

Added: There will be nuts & mints on the tables & I have prizes for the three games as well

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answers from Washington DC on

1. Have people write down their addresses when they arrive. Sometimes people even hand them the 'Thank You' card envelopes for them to fill in their address on.

2. When they are done with their address, hand out the Baby Word Scramble games. I wouldn't really time this game, I would use it more of a filler as people are arriving.

2. Once everyone arrives, I would play the remaining two games. Do you have little prizes like candles or cute M&Ms or something?

3/4. Cake and punch so that people can eat while watching her open the gifts. Open any gifts.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Plan 1/2 hour of general socializing at the start. That allows people time to catch up with old friends, get to know new people, and allow time for everyone to arrive. Then 1/2 for the games. 1/2 hour for cake and punch or a bit less and finish with the gifts.

4-4:30 socialize
4:30-5 games
5-5:30 cake/punch
5:30-6 gifts

If the games take less time move the schedule up a little, but don't let the games feel rushed. Allow for people to feel relaxed and continue socializing.

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answers from Detroit on

Do you have any types of snacks for at the tables? I would give about 30 minutes for socializing/late arrivals, then play the games. Cut and serve the cake so that guests can eat it while they watch the new mom open her gifts.

If you finish early, that's fine. Again, people can socialize (not sure how many you are expecting so not sure how long gifts will take).

I like playing "STORK" similar to Bingo where the guests write down baby items on a Bingo board (but it says stork, not bingo) and then mark things of as they get 5 in a row. You need a small prize as they get "stork", but a fancy little candy bar or lotion works fine for that!

Have fun!!!

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answers from New York on

Since you are not having food, play the games, open gifts have cake.
Or have cake, play games, open gifts. Since there is not any food a schedule really is not necessary.

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answers from Dover on

While your times for the games look good, keep in mind it may take a little longer after official play is done because of reading results and extra commentary, so allow for that.

Are you having other snacks (which would fill the lull as people arrive)? Typically at showers, you eat and maybe play a game. Then open presents, play a game, have cake, and if you are doing a party long game conclude it/determine the winner.

In your case, I would suggest start with "welcoming mom and baby" and then the tray game (typically you pass it around or at least walk around with it). Open gifts and then the other two games. End with cake and socializing.

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answers from Miami on

Ask one person to sit beside the mommy-to-be and write down a list of the gifts she opens and who they are from, so that she doesn't have to keep up with who gave what. Don't assume that she'll figure it out later without a list. Cards get lost or separated, and she won't be able to write proper thank you notes.

Some people don't like the idea of the guests addressing their own envelopes, but I don't think there's anything wrong with it. The most important thing is to HAVE the address so that a thank you note is sent out.

You can ask another friend to sit across from the mom-to-be and take pictures. You'll be busy walking around taking care of stuff and trying to think your way through what happens next, and that's hard to do when you're taking pictures.

Have a great time!



answers from Kansas City on

Hello, are you having food as well? If so, when the ladies arrive offter a drink
and when you feel most of the ladies are there ask them to grab a plate. And if you weren't planning of food I would do a veggie tray, a dip with crackers or chips and one other thing. After 20 mins or so, play games,
serve cake or dessert and have her open up gifts. Thats they we I've always done it and no problems. Let us know how it goes. Don't stress and have fun!

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