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Five Inexpensive Baby Shower Games

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I love surprising my friends with gifts, especially non-traditional ones.

These baby shower ideas will help you throw an inexpensive hit.

These baby shower ideas will help you throw an inexpensive hit.

Cheap Baby Shower Games

If you are a family member or friend that has so graciously volunteered to host a baby shower for the expectant mom, then you have probably realized just how expensive it can be throw on these days. In this article, I've put together a list of some of my favorite unique baby shower games that are easy on the budget but still a ton of fun to play.

In addition, I've also included some of my favorite resources for free printable games, along with links to supplies and decorations from Amazon. I love the parties in a box; they take all the guesswork out of decorating and have saved me a ton of time in the past.

#1) How Big Is Mommy's Tummy?

If you are in the age bracket where you've been attending lots of baby showers, chances are that you've run into this popular game along the way. The idea of this game is for each person to guess how big mommy's tummy is all the way around. The host should buy some cheap toilet paper, yarn, or string that can be used for the measurement.

You pass the roll of toilet paper (or yarn with scissors) around to all the guests and instruct them to tear or cut off the length that they think will measure the same as mommy's waste line. After everyone has their piece of paper or yarn, have mommy stand in the middle of the room and have each guest wrap their string around mommy's tummy. The guest that has the length of paper, string, or yarn that is closest to the right size wins the game.

#2) Baby Item Memory Game

Buy (or borrow) about 15 small baby items such as pacifiers, baby socks, rattle, baby shampoo, etc., and place the items on a large tray or cookie sheet. Give each of the guests a blank piece of paper along with a pen or pencil. The hostess should take the tray of items and quickly walk around to each of the guests (stopping for just a few seconds at each location so the guest can have a quick look).

Then the hostess should cover the tray up or take it into a separate room. Using a timer set for about two minutes, the guests should write down all the items that they saw on the tray. The guest that gets the most items on the list wins.

Since this game is so popular, guests often know what's coming, so here is a little twist that can get some laughs and giggles. The hostess parades around the tray just as suggested in the above game rules. However, instead of asking the guests to write down what was on the tray, you make up a series of questions about the hostess carrying the tray (about what she was wearing).

For example, was the hostess wearing earrings, what color was the hostess's shirt, how many rings was the hostess wearing, what color were the hostess's shoes, etc. The guest that paid attention to the hostess and got the most answers correct wins the game.

#3) Bottles Up! Baby Shower Game

This game is one of my all-time favorites, and it is a great choice for co-ed baby showers. Your guests will be rolling on the floor, laughing at one another. For this game, you'll need small miniature-sized baby bottles that you can buy either online or at a local retailer. If you plan to give them to mommy after the shower, you should get BPA-free bottles.

You should have one bottle per guest. Give each guest a bottle and ask them to fill it with the beverage of their choice (beer, water, soda, punch). Before starting the game, make sure each guest has filled their bottle to the line. Alternatively, you can just fill all the bottles with beer or punch them and then hand them out to your guests. Once each guest has a bottle, you are ready to go.

The winner is the person who drinks the contents of their bottle the fastest, so just yell, "Ready, set, go!" and see who wins. Be sure to have your video camera poised and ready to record this funny game.

#4) Spring a Leak Diaper Game

If you've ever had the pleasure of changing a baby boy's diaper, you know that it is necessary to move quickly because it is only a matter of time before he "springs a leak." This game is a great choice when mom has a bouncing little baby boy on the way. Divide your guests into teams of two giving each team a blue latex balloon filled with water (try to fill all the balloons with the same amount of water to keep the game fair), some diaper pins, and a classic cloth diaper.

One team member will be blindfolded, and they will be tasked with putting the diaper on the balloon. The other team member must poke a hole in the top of the balloon and then direct her blindfolded partner (speaking, but no hands) to get the diaper on the balloon. The first team to successfully diaper the baby boy balloon wins the game. Of course, they must finish before the balloon fully deflates.

#5) Feed the Baby Game

Yet another LOL baby shower game that is a great choice for couples showers too! Your guests will end up with messy faces so get your video camera ready for this one. Break the guests into teams of two and give each person a large bib (I like the big plastic bibs you can buy for a lobster party). Team members sit across from each other and they are both blindfolded. Each person has a small jar of applesauce, bananas or other tolerable baby food along with a spoon. The pair must feed applesauce to one another once you say ready, set, go. The first team to finish all the applesauce or baby food wins.

These creative, useful centerpieces are relatively inexpensive to make and are always a big hit.

These creative, useful centerpieces are relatively inexpensive to make and are always a big hit.

Fun Baby Shower Centerpiece Idea

My favorite idea for a baby shower centerpiece is a baby diaper cake. If you aren't familiar with the term, it is essentially a non-edible cake that is constructed from either disposable or cloth diapers. Normally, you can add small baby items such as booties, pacifiers, comb and brush sets, and more. It does double-duty as the centerpiece at the shower as well as your gift to the expectant mother.

You can either make your own diaper cake or buy one online when you search for Baby Baskets. They sell tons of diaper cakes in various themes so you should be able to find one that fits in with your theme and color scheme perfectly. The cake shown to the right is their Sweet Safari Baby Diaper Cake for a girl baby shower.

Have A Favorite Shower Game To Share? Leave Them Here!

Cynthia from Australia on March 07, 2015:

love the bottles up game! I think so far my favorite has been diaper game, but bottles up game sounds like a lot of fun too!

Rebecca Kellogg from New York on November 30, 2012:

You provided a lot of great baby shower ideas. I am hosting a coed baby shower and many of your ideas would be great.

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on May 15, 2012:

These are wonderful game ideas. It seems sometimes that they play the same games from baby shower to baby shower. But these would be a breath of fresh air!

KidsPartyFavors on January 20, 2011:

Now I know how to make my baby shower extra special.

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on January 12, 2011:

Cute ideas! I was just at a baby shower this past weekend and they sure have come a long ways! Nice hub!