You’ve got the food. You’ve got the guests. All you need is a little entertainment to keep the crowd’s energy high. Here are a few fun games and activities to incorporate into your baby-shower timeline.
Guess the Gift
Have guests bring a gift wrapped in tissue paper or other soft material. Pass the gifts around the room and let everyone guess what’s inside. If guests aren’t bringing gifts, play this game with hostess-provided baby items.
Guess Baby’s Birth Details
Let everyone record their official guess of the baby's birth date, time, weight, length and hair color. Is the little one’s gender still a mystery? Get everyone’s opinion on whether it’s a boy or girl. Announce the closest guesser via email to all the shower’s guests after the baby’s arrival.
Advice for Mom and Baby
Give each guest a slip of paper with a number from 5 to 16. Then, ask everyone to write a short piece of advice for a child of that age. Create a scrapbook of the wisdom for the mom-to-be. She can refer to it as her child grows and matures.
Guess the Baby
Have each guest bring a baby picture. Display the photos on a poster board with a number next to each one. Then, have everyone make a list matching up the babies with the adults. The guest with the most correct guesses wins.
Baby Photo Framing
Guests can paint small photo frames with baby-themed pictures — babies, storks, animals or special designs like the baby’s nursery theme. Let the guests take the frames home as party favors. After baby’s arrival, send each guest a photo of the newborn. They can place in a baby-shower frame.
Test everyone’s wildlife knowledge — quiz them on animal pregnancy. Did you know elephant mommies are pregnant up to 624 days?
Baby Time Capsule
Ask everyone to bring something for a “baby time capsule.” The capsule can document the baby’s birth year. Items include news clips, personal stories, photographs, stamps, souvenirs from family events and other current memorabilia.
Rubber Band Snap
For this baby-shower game, hand out 5 or 10 rubber bands (or safety pins) to each guest. Instruct guests to collect the safety pins or rubber bands from anyone who says the word “baby” during the shower. The guest with most at the end of the event wins.
Games will keep the shower going, but consider how to fill in-between time. Play upbeat music at a low volume, and make sure there’s plenty of food and drinks available. Snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, a guest sign-in book and a few interesting conversation-starters also keep people engaged and prevent lulls during the shower.