Throwing a baby shower.....

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  1. Disneylover79

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    I have the privilege to throw my best friend a baby shower. Can someone show me where to start? Please give me any ideas for games, prizes, themes etc. TIA
     
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  3. JessB320

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    Do you use pinterest? If not check it out. Just search baby shower and you will get more ideas than you'll know what to do with :)
     
  4. Bluestars

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    One of the games we had at a recent baby shower was to guess the flavor of baby food. Each person was given a paper plate, a spoon, and six different types of baby food to taste. They wrote down what they they thought each flavor tasted like. The person who had the most accurate guesses won.

    I've also played a game where someone brings out a tray of baby items. Everyone is able to look at the tray for a minute or two, then the tray is removed. Everyone writes down all of the items they remember were on the tray. The person who writes down the most items wins.

    Another game is to guess the number of items in a jar.

    There is also a game where everyone gets a sheet of scrambled words that have to do with a baby and they try to unscramble the words.

    Have fun!
     
  5. SLP958

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    One shower I recently attended asked everyone to write down tips or encouragements for the mom, and something they wished for the baby's life. They were hung on a clothes line for everyone to read. It was extremely sweet. The mom got some wonderful suggestions. I believe the hostesses put them in a book for her afterward.
     
  6. chloelovesdisney

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    Do everyone a favor and don't play those silly games. Everyone just wants to eat and watch her open the gifts.
     
  7. LongLiveDisney

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    Couldn't agree more. :)
     
  8. *JoGo*

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    Gift bingo. If a game must be played this seems to be the least obnoxious. And if someone doesn't want to play, they don't.
     
  9. chloelovesdisney

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    This works if it is a decently large shower and you know she is actually getting the gifts listed on the bingo cards. Plus, as the pp said, people don't have to play. ;)
     
  10. chloelovesdisney

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    Baby showers are very easy, pick a location and menu, choose a color/decoration style and use it for the invites, balloons, flowers, etc.. I toss all the favors I get so don't think they're necessary, but there's a million ideas for them (google baby shower favors).

    I've been to small pot luck baby showers in someone's home all the way to multicourse sit down meals in a country club or restaurant with an open bar. It's whatever your budget is, they're all nice.
     
  11. DisneyJen0504

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    While I can take or leave many of the games, I always suggest playing one or two. Games typically take place before the food or during gifts. I always hear guests comment that they wish there was baby bingo or something, showers are honestly pretty boring. Games that guests can choose not to play if they don't want to are always a good idea.

    As for favors, I too toss many of them. People always enjoy edible favors like candy bars with a personalized wrapper or baby themed chocolate lollipops are some ideas. Skip the candles or baby theme trinkets.
     
  12. Christine

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    I don't overly mind the games. For a small shower, I think they are tedious and I'd rather not. But I think if there is a very large number of people at the shower, they are good "ice breakers." They get people laughing and paying attention to the other guests. They are good conversation starters between people who might not know each other.

    I will tell you about a game my cousin did at a recent shower. It was kind of gross and no one was thrilled about it so, if you see it on Pinterest, avoid it.

    She took 6 different disposable diapers and put a candy bar in them. Microwaved them till they melted and then taped them up like a dirty diaper. She then passed them around and we had to open and sniff the diaper and guess which type of candy bar it was: Twix, Almond Joy, Hershey's, etc.

    It was surprisingly difficult to guess them, very weird, and some people got queasy.
     
  13. thedonduck

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    We played the "Price is Right" with 10 baby items at a lot of showers lately. We all had a sheet of paper and pen and then showed us 10 necessary items (think like baby shampoo, lotion, pacifiers, etc) and we had to guess the cost of each one. Then whoever had the closest TOTAL for all of the items won. The Mother-to-be got many necessary items and it was an easy game to play!
     
  14. aprilgail2

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    I agree- you always hear a chorus of groans at them when the hostess says "we are going to play a game"! Those stupid games are brutal. Atthe last baby shower I went to the hostess when to a table, gave you a slip of paper to write your name on and then put them in a bowl, pulled out a name and you won a prize, then she went to the next table and did the same - etc--that was fun. And after that they told everyone to lift up their plates and under each plate was a lottery scratch off tickets, so that was fun seeing if anyone won anything. Thats the extent of "games" that I like!

    Thats what I was thinking- usually we just go to the restaurant/party room and they handle everything, some even throw in decorating too so you just have to show up! I don't think I have been to one in someones home in the past 20 years. I also know that varies state to state but you never ever have a shower here without a full sit down meal or at least a buffet full meal.
     
  15. Rylee

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    My daughter had 2 baby showers. (Different sides of the family and different locations.)

    At one shower, we only did one game. At the other shower, we did an activity, we decorated "onesie" under-shirts.

    We played, "Guess the waist size." We used it as a way for everyone to introduce themselves and tell their relationship to the Mommy-to-be.

    Have a roll or two of party streamer. Go around to each guest and have them measure out and then cut or tear a length of the streamer to come as close as possible to the Mom-to-be's waistline. After each guest has their streamer, have the Mom-to-be stand in the middle of the room. Have guest, one at a time, take their streamer up to wrap around the Mom-to-be's waistline, (like a measuring tape.) As each guest goes up to the Mom-to-be, have them introduce themselves to everyone and tell of their relationship or how they know the new Mommy. The winner is the one with the streamer closest to her actual waist size.

    My daughter is very petite, barely 100 pounds. Even pregnant, she was a tiny little thing with just a baby bump out front, so this game didn't make her feel self-conscious, and we had a lot of fun. If the new Mom is sensitive about the weight gained, you'd probably want to choose a different game.

    At the other shower, we didn't play any games but we had an activity. We bought a bunch of plain white onesies under-shirts in different sizes. We had fabric pens and markers with some fun stencils, and anyone that wanted to, decorated a under-shirt with cute designs and sayings. String a clothes line to hang to dry. They look so cute.

    Do you know if she is expecting a boy or girl?
     
  16. JDX4

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    I love this idea! How cute! And then the baby ends up with lots of adorable onesies.

    Another idea for a game is give everyone a mini clothes pin on a string necklace. If you catch someone crossing their legs, you get to steal their clothes pin(s) and add it to your necklace. Whoever winds up with the most at the end wins a prize. The little girls at the shower usually love to do this game, and usually end up winning.
     
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  18. ColoradoDisneyFreaks

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    I would say you need to start with your mom-to-be and see what she'd like to do at her shower. I had a friend throw a shower for me with my DD, and she really nicely asked what I wanted to do, I said a couples football party. You should have seen the faces of the men as they were coming into the party! Most of the ladies had just told them they had to go to a couples baby shower, they had no idea what was going to happen! We hung out, at some great food, watched football and then opened gifts, it was just what I wanted. Check with your friend before you start planning, she may want a ladies only shower with lots of games, or she may just want something lower key.
     
  19. Mom_Rides

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    Best baby shower game ever, buy tiny plastic babies (Party City has them near the shower decor), put baby in ice cube tray and fill with water and freeze. Each guest gets a baby. Tell guests not to touch their baby but to watch their baby closely and when their baby is free of ice, they have to stand up and yell my water broke or I'm in labor. Nothing like granny jumping up saying my water broke. We died laughing!
     
  20. aprilgail2

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    I HATE that game- I think that is the meanest thing ever to do to someone while they are pregnant-- gee lets see what a fat cow you are --not my idea of fun!
     
  21. diznygirl

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    My favorite baby shower location is at the Mom-To-Be's house. Then all her gifts don't have to fit in her car for transport - they are already home.

    I second/third the play no games. I like the onesie idea! I wish someone had done that for me. The closest I got was some tye-dyed onesies that were super-adorable.
     

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