With any type of shower comes a good deal of time to fill between eating, gifts, and toasts—we know, what a problem. Regardless, you want to make sure that the flow of the fête is just right, and that’s where you need to find the right baby shower game ideas to get everyone socializing. Throwing a shower is all about getting family and friends to bond and talk about the baby on its way, so you need to plan other activities beyond just opening gifts.
If you find some good options, everyone will be entertained, and the parents-to-be will be thrilled. After all, all they want is for their family and friends to enjoy themselves. Finding tasteful games that are still cute can be hard, but we asked some of our chicest friends to share the best baby shower game ideas they’ve seen (shh—we won’t tell where you got them).
THE TASTE TEST
There are so many different types of prepared baby foods out there—have you ever wondered what they taste like? Well, now’s your chance. Choose about eight to 10 different flavors, and remove the labels (mark the bottoms so a judge can identify them). Have each guest take turns tasting the food and guessing what the flavor is.
And the winner is… whoever identifies the most flavors correctly.
WHAT'S IN THE DIAPER BAG?
Fill a diaper bag (or a few) with the same 10 or so essentials—a pacifier, a lovie, a teething toy—you can get as creative as you’d like. This is the perfect job for a recent parent; they’ll already have everything on hand and even have a few zingers to throw in. Have guests pass each bag around the table and jot down what they think the contents are just by touching the items.
And the winner is… whoever identifies the most items (no peeking allowed!).
For this baby shower game idea, designate one close family member or friend to come up with fun questions to ask the soon-to-be parents in advance. The questions should be silly: Which parent will cry most at birth? Which will be stricter? Which will sneak their child out of time out? Which will let their kid dress themselves?
And the winner is… whoever guesses the most answers right.
Everyone gathers around while the parents-to-be share a sweet story about their parents—how they first met or even the story of how they found out they were having a baby. Taking a trip down memory lane makes everyone get all warm and fuzzy inside… there are sure to be some touching moments.
And the winner is… everyone, because they get to hear the sweet memory.
If the parent-to-be knows in advance that they’re having a little girl, set up a mini craft bar for making headbands. We’re not going to lie—we’ve been super into this idea since Chriselle Lim posted about it at her baby shower. Yes, every headband might not turn out to be beautiful, but it will give each guest a chance to give the little one something handmade.
And the winner is… whoever gets voted “prettiest headpiece.”
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY
If everyone knows the guest of honor is expecting a boy, then this is a cute game to play. Set up a chalkboard or dry-erase board next to the parent; guests take turns shouting out names of words that include “boy,” as the parent quickly writes them down (examples include “boycott” and “beach boy”).
And the winner is… whoever calls out the most names.
What’s the best game you’ve ever played at a baby shower? What’s the best gift you’ve ever received for winning a baby shower game? Be sure to share with us in the comments!
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