What are some baby shower games all my guests will enjoy? Baby Shower Ideas

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When planning a baby shower, you're bound to come across quite a few game ideas that are sure to provoke a groan or eye-roll. Thankfully, there are activities that guests will enjoy, if not downright adore! Here, experts and moms share their advice to shower hosts who are on a mission to pick activities that are fresh and fun versus stale and silly. 

Create a Personalized Quiz

"My favorite baby shower game is matching the celebrity baby to its celeb parents. Just list the names in two separate columns and see how many you can connect correctly. It's a lot of fun. I also like to ask the honoree some personal trivia questions, then turn them into a quiz and test the party guests. It's a fun, personal game that everyone gets a kick out of." -- Gina Wade, entertaining and lifestyle expert and special events planner, Gina Wade Creative, Los Angeles, California

Avoid Anything Offensive & Keep It Simple

"People should be aware of how easy it can be to offend someone with certain games. For example, guessing how large the pregnant mom's belly is can be very embarrassing or uncomfortable. The candy bars in diapers game is gross and might bother people.

"Personally, I like to keep the games easy and involve everyone. Baby shower Bingo is a fun way to keep people engaged during gift opening. There's also a game where one person reads a story, and a gift is passed around. Every time the reader...

"People should be aware of how easy it can be to offend someone with certain games. For example, guessing how large the pregnant mom's belly is can be very embarrassing or uncomfortable. The candy bars in diapers game is gross and might bother people.

"Personally, I like to keep the games easy and involve everyone. Baby shower Bingo is a fun way to keep people engaged during gift opening. There's also a game where one person reads a story, and a gift is passed around. Every time the reader says 'left' or right,' the gift gets passed in that direction. Whoever is holding the gift at the end of the story gets a prize. Other fun activities that aren't quite games are guessing the number of candies in a baby bottle, decorating onesies with puff paint, and writing advice for mom or notes for her baby on cards or to put in a book."

Guess the Costs of Baby Products

"At my sister-in-law's baby shower we asked guests to decorate wooden blocks for the baby. We  set them up in the middle of each table, and it was a fun little project to do when you're first sitting down or between courses. Also, I really like the 'guess how much this baby product costs' game -- and then actually buying it for the mom-to-be. So for example: Make a list of useful, common baby products like shampoo, wipes, pacifiers, and more. Show the guests the product (and tell them where...

"At my sister-in-law's baby shower we asked guests to decorate wooden blocks for the baby. We  set them up in the middle of each table, and it was a fun little project to do when you're first sitting down or between courses. Also, I really like the 'guess how much this baby product costs' game -- and then actually buying it for the mom-to-be. So for example: Make a list of useful, common baby products like shampoo, wipes, pacifiers, and more. Show the guests the product (and tell them where you bought it!), and then have them guess the cost. Whoever comes closest to the total cost of all the products wins -- and then the mom-to-be gets to take the whole basket home. No one has ever complained about having too many wipes."

Guess the Baby

"Have each guest bring a photo of herself as a baby. Then you can post all of the photos on a board or wall, and you can label them with numbers next to each photo. Then, pass out a worksheet for guests to guess who's who. The person who identifies the most babies correctly wins a prize!"

Make a 'Baby' Playlist

"Make a playlist of songs that have the word 'baby' in them -- there are so many to choose from -- and then play just a snippet. Guests can write down the song title and artist, and whoever gets the most songs correct wins."

Guess the Celeb Mom

"Print out photos of famous celebrity moms -- Pink, Chrissy Teigen, Mila Kunis, whoever you like -- and pin or tape them on guests' backs. Everyone pairs up, and people ask one another 'yes' or 'no' questions to guess which celeb mom they have on their backs." 

Baby-Themed Charades

"One thing that was a really big hit at the shower I planned was baby-themed charades. I was happy to see that everyone was laughing, and everyone wanted to join in. Beforehand, you have to come up with about 30 actions that have to do with pregnancy or babies. Divide up into teams and draw from a bag and act out what is on the little piece of paper. A few of them we did were 'husband's reaction to seeing the baby for the first time,' 'calming a fussy baby,' and 'making goofy faces at the new baby'!"

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