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How to Host a Fun Baby Shower

I have attended many baby showers over the years as well as having two thrown for me when I was pregnant.

Here are some tips for hosting a baby shower from a veteran of these celebrations.

Here are some tips for hosting a baby shower from a veteran of these celebrations.

It Takes A Village

A baby shower is beneficial to expecting parents because there are so many expenses when you add a new little member to the family.

When a couple is expecting a new baby, they have many expenses to worry about:

  • Clothes
  • Newborn diapers
  • Baby lotions
  • Bath supplies
  • Strollers
  • Educational toys
  • Car seats

This list goes on and on. Have you ever heard the phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child?" Well, they weren't lying. At the very least, it takes a village to prepare for a child. I have two children (eight years apart), and I can't tell you how grateful I was when family and friends came together to give me and my husband the boost that we needed. Plus, having a celebration for a new little one is always fun. Who doesn't love babies? I'd have a dozen of them if I could. Instead, I can live vicariously through others when helping to organize their baby showers.

A fun baby shower begins with proper planning.

A fun baby shower begins with proper planning.

Make a Plan for the Baby Shower

As the host, it is your job to gather the essential people, determine what items are needed, and supply a place for the shower to be held. However, there are many factors to consider when organizing a baby shower, so it is best to have enough time for planning. I would suggest one to three months to supply a creative, fun shower filled with plenty of people to share in the celebration and assist with funding.

As the host/organizer, you need to figure out:

  1. Who will be helping pay for the necessary materials and supplies?
  2. What type of baby shower will you have? (themed, family-oriented, females only, etc.)
  3. When will the shower be held?
  4. Where will the shower be held?

Who Will Fund the Baby Shower?

Money doesn't grow on trees, and, as I stated above, preparing for a baby is expensive. So once you have gathered friends and family to come up with a plan, it is time to find out who will help pay for the various costs. I guess you can call them extended godmothers and godfathers.

Assign a different sponsor (godparent) for each of the following expenses (unless they choose to fund more than one):

  • Food
  • Cake
  • Game materials
  • Prizes (to give to winners of each game)
  • Decorations and/or invitations
  • Table/chair/tent rentals
  • Music
  • Location of event

Once you have decided on who will sponsor what, you can then begin specific parameters for each element. You will need to meet with each sponsor several times to discuss options for themes, rental equipment, game materials, type of food, and genre of music played. I suggest holding a group meeting whenever possible. There might even be new ideas or additions that you hadn't thought about.

Where Will the Baby Shower Be Held?

Deciding on where to have the baby shower will depend on how many guests are expected, weather conditions, and when the event will be held. Some locations will be readily available during certain times of the year, while others will need to be booked far in advance.

Here are a few locations to consider:

  • Your home
  • A friend/family member's home
  • Home of the expecting grandmother/grandfather
  • A community center
  • A local park
  • Poolside (If it's an aquatic-themed party or if someone has access to one)
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The standard location for a baby shower is usually the mother of the expecting mom. However, it would be wise to choose a location that has enough space for all of the guests, games, and food. If grandma doesn't have a space large enough to accommodate everything, then choosing an alternate indoor location is preferred, especially if you are planning months in advance. Weather patterns that far out cannot be predicted, and the last thing you want is the mommy-to-be to get soaked in an unplanned downpour.

Baby Shower Theme Ideas

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Butterfly theme

Train theme

Polka dot theme

Floral theme

Zoo animals theme

Stars and stripes theme

Standard pink & white theme

Standard blue & white

Standard yellow & white Theme

Fairy theme

Sports theme

Standard green & white Theme

Purple & white theme

Race car theme

Brown, green, & white theme

Princess theme

Medieval theme (dragons, knights, & castles)

Woodland theme

Pink & brown theme

Blue & green theme

Red & white theme

Baby Shower Invitations

You will need to get a guest list together to decide how many people you will be accommodating. Not everyone who is invited will attend, even with advance notice, but plan for everyone who you invite to attend anyway.

The invitations will need to have the following information:

  • Whether it's for a boy or girl (or unknown)
  • Date and time
  • Address of event
  • Chosen theme
  • Gift registry information
  • RSVP information (include a contact number for the host/organizer/event planner). In this day and age of electronic communication, I would also include an email address.

What Games Should You Play at a Baby Shower?

Now here comes the fun part: deciding what games to play. It is also important to remember that you will need prizes for each game that your participants win.

Here is a list of baby shower games followed by descriptions of how to play them:

  • What Did Baby Eat?
  • Picking Safety Pins out of Rice
  • Musical Present
  • Feeding Baby (blindfolded)
  • Picking Cotton
  • Grab the Laundry
  • Dressing baby
  • Don't Cross your legs

On the day of the baby shower (after all of the guests have arrived), gather one personal item from each attendee. It is best to wait at least an hour and a half to two hours after the shower begins.

  1. Place each of their personal items in a basket or bowl.
  2. Before each game, you will draw a personal item from the basket/bowl. This will determine who gets to play the game.
  3. After withdrawing the personal item, please make sure to return it to its proper owner.

1. Don't Cross Your Legs

What You Need

  • Between 20 to 30 necklaces (depending on the number of guests)
    • These necklaces will sport a miniature pacifier, so you'll need the following items:
      • four to eight packages of mini party-favor pacifiers
      • Yarn

How To Play

  • As your guests arrive, place a necklace over their heads. They are to wear this necklace during the course of the event.
  • If at any time during the shower a person is caught crossing their legs, they lose their necklace to the person who catches them.
  • The person who catches someone crossing their legs gets to keep the other guest's necklace and adds the necklace to their own.
  • Anyone who is wearing a necklace can play.
  • The person with the most necklaces by the end of the baby shower wins.
  • You are not allowed to point out to anyone else when someone is crossing their legs. That is cheating.
What Did the Baby Eat?

What Did the Baby Eat?

2. What Did the Baby Eat?

What you Need

  • six to eight chocolate bars
    • Hershey's
    • Mars Bar
    • Butterfinger
    • Snickers
    • Kit Kat
    • Three Musketeers
    • Crunch Bar
    • Reeses Peanut Buttercup
  • six to eight diapers
  • Sheets of paper (One per participating player—minimum of four players)
  • Pencils
  • Black marker
  • Large whiteboard

How to Play

All of the ladies may participate in this game if they choose. You will need an assistant for this game.

  1. Give each player a pencil and paper.
  2. Have them write their names on them.
  3. Write a number on each diaper with a black marker.
  4. Choose a candy bar for each numbered Diaper.
  5. Write down an answer key of which candy bar is in each numbered diaper (only you and your assistant will be allowed to see this list).
  6. Have your assistant write the name of each candy bar used in the game on the whiteboard in no particular order (this can be done ahead of time before the games begin).
  7. Microwave each diaper for 30 seconds and lay out to cool (this can also be done before the game begins).
  8. Pass around the diapers (after they have cooled down) and ask everyone, "What did baby eat?" for each one and have them write down their answers.
  9. After all the diapers have been passed around, and all answers are recorded, have them trade their papers with the person next to them.
  10. Reveal the answers on the whiteboard by putting the correct number next to each candy bar written.
  11. The person or people with the most right answers will win a prize.

3. Picking Pins Out of Rice

What you need

  • Safety Pins
  • Rice
  • A Bowl
  • A Plate

How to Play

This is another game that everyone can play (except for the game facilitator, of course).

  1. Pour safety pins into a bowl filled with rice. Mix up the pins.
  2. Walk around to each player and hold the bowl of rice above their head.
  3. They can only use two fingers (the pointer and thumb) to grasp a bunch of rice.
  4. They will place the bunch of pins/rice on a plate in front of them (you or your assistant will hold the plate).
  5. Count the pins.
  6. Go around to each player and repeat.
  7. The player with the most pins wins a prize.

4. Musical Present

What you Need

  • Music
  • Four sets of oven mitts
  • A wrapped gift box (containing an actual gift inside)

How to Play

  1. Choose four players to participate.
  2. Give each player a set of oven mitts to wear.
  3. Place the present into the hands of a player.
  4. Instruct them to pass the present when the music plays.
  5. When the music stops, whoever is holding the present can begin to open it.
  6. When the music starts again, they have to continue passing the present.
  7. Whoever finishes opening the present gets to keep what's inside.

For added fun: make sure that there are added layers to the present (a box within a box method, with each box gift wrapped).

Feeding Baby

Feeding Baby

5. Feeding Baby

What you Need

  • Two jars of baby food (applesauce preferred)
  • Two plastic spoons
  • Two blindfolds
  • Large napkins or "bibs"
  • Two chairs

How to Play

  1. You will need four players for this game.
  2. Two players will sit in the chairs wearing their bibs.
  3. The other two players will be standing in front of the first two players.
  4. Each player standing will be blindfolded and handed a plastic spoon and jar of baby food.
  5. The standing players will spoon-feed their partner blindfolded.
  6. The team to empty their baby food jars first wins, and they both win a prize.

6. Picking Cotton

What you Need

  • plastic tablecloth or sheet
  • A large spoon
  • A bag of cotton balls
  • Large plate
  • Blindfold

How to Play

  1. Lay out the tablecloth on the floor and pour out cotton balls on top of it.
  2. Choose one player, blindfold her, and have her sit on her knees on the tablecloth.
  3. Hand her the spoon and large plate.
  4. She is to hold the plate above her head.
  5. Have her scoop cotton balls with the spoon onto the plate above her head.
  6. She only gets three tries to scoop cotton balls on the plate.
  7. Count the cotton balls that made it on the plate.
  8. Ask her to sit down, then choose another player (have each player repeat steps 2 through 6).
  9. You need to have three separate players participate.
  10. The player with the most cotton balls on the plate wins.

7. Grab the Laundry

What you Need

  • Plastic or wood clothesline pins
  • Plastic or wire hanger

How to Play

  1. Attach up to 20 pins onto the hanger.
  2. Choose up to six players to participate.
  3. Stand in front of each player one at a time.
  4. Each player is to grasp as many pins in one hand as they can.
  5. They can only use one hand, and if they drop any pins, their turn is done.
  6. Count the pins after each player's turn.
  7. The pins are to return to the hanger for the next player to try.
  8. The player with the most pins wins.
Dressing the Baby

Dressing the Baby

8. Dressing the Baby

What you Need

  • A baby doll
  • Baby doll clothes
  • Newborn diaper
  • Blindfold
  • Blanket or plastic tablecloth
  • Timer (a watch or smartphone will do)

How to Play

  1. Choose one player at a time to play the game (you will choose three separate players).
  2. Lay out the blanket/tablecloth on the floor.
  3. Blindfold the player first.
  4. Toss the baby clothes and diaper onto the blanket/tablecloth
  5. Hand the baby to the player, spin them around three times, and guide them to the blanket.
  6. Start the timer and say GO!
  7. Each player will have 30 to 60 seconds to dress the baby (you choose how long).
  8. The player with the best-dressed baby wins.
Fun fruit for an animal baby shower theme

Fun fruit for an animal baby shower theme

What Food Should I Serve at a Baby Shower?

Always make sure you have enough food for your baby shower guests. The best way to do that is to offer a variety of choices in a buffet or family-style setting. Prepare a neatly decorated area to place a table or two covered with themed tablecloths. Don't forget the lovely decorated cake, which you should display somewhere that isn't near the food.

Here are some great foods to serve at the shower:

  • Mixed fruit plates
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Cupcakes
  • Cookies
  • Assorted veggies with ranch dressing for dipping
  • Deli rolls
  • Chips, salsa, and guacamole
  • Pizza
  • Potato salad
  • Mixed green salad

If you are more interested in less snackable foods and more entrees, then you can also have a potluck baby shower where each guest can bring a dish. You can also cater the shower. You can find catering services in a wide range of delicacies, such as sushi, Mexican food (hello taco truck), BBQ, etc. It all depends on the budget and the theme you are working with.

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

If the expecting parents already have a baby registry somewhere, then that takes away the guesswork. However, say they do not have a registry. Now, what do you get them? Many little items often go unnoticed when planning for a baby. Sure, you could buy them a car seat, baby stroller, baby bath, or an expensive playpen, but the parents will honestly need help with the smaller necessities.

The following is a list of useful gifts that will be appreciated:

  • Diapers size 1 (newborn diapers are appreciated, but babies grow out of them quickly).
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby bath wash
  • Baby shampoo
  • Onesies (size zero to three months)
  • Baby blankets
  • Washcloths
  • Rattles
  • Baby powder
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Mitts
  • Pajamas (size zero to three months)
  • Snuggies
  • Diaper rash creams
  • Breast pads (don't forget about mom)
  • Musical mobile (attaches to the baby's bed)
  • Crib sheets

Have Fun!

I hope that this article has given you enough information to begin organizing a grand baby shower of your own. I have attended many baby showers, and they never seem to lose their magic.

Bringing a new child into the world is something to celebrate, and I believe it is very important to celebrate in the best way possible.

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