Baby shower activities are notorious for making people cringe, but we’re firm believers that this doesn’t need to be the case! Once you have sorted out the baby shower invitations and you are looking for baby shower ideas, we can help. Today we’ve got two fun baby shower games ideas you can set up in an afternoon using materials you probably already have at home. Too easy! If you stick around to the end, we’ve got some other great baby shower activities that will be fun for even the most shower-averse guest.
It’s all about the baby, of course, and everyone is thinking about what the new arrival will be like. Get your guests to write down their predictions about the baby, but give them some prompts to help them think beyond “Uh…it will look like a baby”.
Your prompts might include:
- Gender (if you haven’t told!)
- Date and time of birth
- Eye colour
- Hair colour
- Looks more like Mum or Dad
Have all your guests fill out their predictions and then file them away until after the birth. You might offer a prize to the best prediction, to be redeemed at a later date, or you might gather predictions just for fun. Put it all on pretty paper with a gorgeous design and you’ve got the perfect mementoes to include in a scrapbook for baby to read as they get older.
Baby Shower Bingo
Gift-unwrapping time can is one of those baby shower ideas that polarises people. Some people love cooing over cute onesies, others don’t. Many guests really want to see the mama-to-be open the gift they so carefully chose, but many hosts worry that their guests will get bored sitting through the unwrapping of all the other gifts. This can be combatted with a fun game activity like baby shower bingo, and by keeping things informal so people can wander around and chat if they need a break from the gift-giving. Of course, with bingo, if they take a break, they risk losing some vital squares on the board ;)
The way this works is pretty straightforward. Create a bingo card that lists some of the most common baby shower gifts. Our list includes items such as:
- Crib sheet
- Car seat
- Activity toy
- Wipe warmer
- Burp cloth
- Changing pad
- Baby monitor
- Baby sling
- Stuffed toy
- Sippy cup
- Nappy bag
- High chair
Make sure you include plenty of things that you will definitely receive, or else the game will be a little less fun, and try not to include too many big-ticket items in case any guests think you’re disappointed by their more modest offerings.
The first guest to get five squares in a row wins! The whole game will be even more fun if you have a great prize lined up and let everyone know ahead of time so there is a competitive edge to the proceedings.
Other cringe-free baby shower games ideas
If you’re still after baby shower ideas that don’t make you cringe, here are some suggestions:
You might let guests create custom onesies with fabric paint and patches, or work on painting or collaging decorations for the nursery (maybe wooden letters, photo frames or small figurines). This gives guests something fun to do with their hands while they chat, gives the baby some customised swag, and will appeal to those guests who aren’t big on baby shower party games.
Baby shower word games are easy to put together, since you just have to relate the game back to baby-themed words. The type of game is entirely up to you, but we’re thinking word searches, crosswords and word scrambles. Fun and baby-centred, but not in your face.
Allocate your baby shower guests a letter or two that have been cut out from card, and have them decorate them with pencils, glitter, scrapbooking materials and other fun crafty things. After the shower, collect all the letters into a fun, personalised book of ABCs for the baby. If you’ve got a lot of guests, make one with numbers to match.
Baby Guessing Game:
Ask all your guests to bring a picture of themselves as a baby, and stick them on a wall or set them out on a table. Over the course of the baby shower, everyone can try to work out which guest is pictured in each image. As with any baby shower game or activity, good prizes are a must!
Whether you’re strict on choosing fun baby shower games that won’t make you cringe, or you’re embracing the cringe and just looking for other activities to fill out the day, these are some out-of-the-ordinary baby shower ideas that are sure to be a hit!