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If there is one thing I love most about parties, it is party games. I personally think that the games at a party, or in the case of today’s post at a baby shower, can take a party from being okay to being one people are talking about for months. Today I’m continuing my spring baby shower series by sharing three of my favorite baby shower games. I’ve included all of the instructions, printables, and even some fun prize ideas because games just aren’t as fun without prizes.
One of my five tips for hosting a baby shower is to plan games that match the mom-to-be’s personality. I chose three games that are different in the amount of interaction, time, and skill involved so there should be something that works for every baby shower and mom-to-be. I love games so I’d be good with all three, but I know some women would rather the games be quick and low-key instead. No matter your mom-to-be’s preference, I’ve got you covered.
Game #1 – Mom-to-Be Bingo
Involvement Level: Out of the three, this will take the most time and effort. It also is the most interactive of the three both for the mom-to-be who will be answering questions and the shower guests who will be covering their bingo cards.
Preparation: Before the shower, ask your guest of honor 24 different baby related questions. You can either use this list of 24 that I’ve created or come up with your own. Write the answers to the questions in random order on these blank bingo cards and pick up a couple of prizes for the winners.
Play: Give everyone other than the mom-to-be a bingo card that’s been filled out with all of the mom’s answers and a cup full of bingo markers. I used spring colored jelly beans to match my theme.
Once everyone has a card and markers, go through and ask the mom-to-be the list of questions again (you might want to switch up the order) and have her tell her answers to the group. As she gives an answer, guests should cover the corresponding space with that answer on their bingo card. The first person to get five across, up, down, or diagonal wins a prize. Since you’re only asking 24 questions, you’ll want to tell everyone beforehand that the first five (or another number you choose) win.
Game #2 – Baby Shower Points Poem
Involvement: This game is very quick, only takes a few minutes but it does require guests to stop what they’re doing and pay attention for those few minutes. It’s a fun one and most people won’t mind the quick break even if they aren’t game people. I’ve played this at a bridal shower before and thought it would be fun to write a baby shower version of my own.
Preparation: Gather enough pens, paper, and hard things to write on (books, movies, etc.) as there are guests at the shower. Print out this poem and buy a prize for the winner.
Play: Give each guest one pen, piece of paper, and a hard thing to write on. Tell them that they need to pay close attention for the next five minutes. Read the poem out loud and have everyone follow along, adding and subtracting points individually on their own sheet of paper. Once you’ve finished reading the poem, have everyone tally up their scores and give the person with the most points a prize.
Game #3 – What Does the Cake Cost?
Involvement: This one is the least interactive of all. Guests can “play” this game as they are mingling, eating, etc.
Prep: Make a diaper cake like this one. When you’re buying your supplies for the diaper cake keep track of the cost of everything you buy. Write down a list (excluding the prices) of all of the items in the diaper cake (in case you have fun surprises like I did) and put it next to the diaper cake at the party. You can choose whether or not to put the number of diapers or just write diapers to make it more difficult. Cut slips of paper and put them in a bucket next to the diaper cake.
Play: As guests arrive, tell them to try and guess the total cost of the diaper cake. Have guests write their name and cost on the slip of paper and either put it in a bowl or give it to you. At a designated time during the shower, announce the total cost of the cake and the person who is the closest. Give the winner a prize.
Bonus Game – Baby Name that Tune
Follow the instructions for Name that Tune (Game #3 from my black and white party) using songs with the word baby in the title. Here is a list of 50 songs with the word baby in the title ranging from Justin Bieber to The Beatles. You can click on the link below to purchase the song or find the song in iTunes. A printable copy of this list is available here.
Baby, Baby – Amy Grant
I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
Baby It’s Cold Outside (feat. Ronnie Dunn) – Kelly Clarkson
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
…Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
Baby Elephant Walk – Henry Mancini & Henry Mancini and His Orchestra
Baby Love – The Supremes
Stand Back Up – Sugarland
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
Baby I Need Your Loving – The Four Tops
I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston
Baby – Justin Bieber
Baby-Baby-Baby – TLC
There Goes My Baby – Usher
Be My Baby – The Ronettes
Baby Beluga – Raffi
Santa Baby – Single – Kellie Pickler
There Goes My Baby – The Drifters
Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Nancy Sinatra
Baby Boy – Beyoncé
Born to Be My Baby – Bon Jovi
My Baby Loves Me – Martina McBride
Cry Baby – Cee Lo Green
Baby It’s You – The Beatles
American Baby – Dave Matthews Band
Nobody Puts Baby In the Corner – Fall Out Boy
Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin
Baby – Brandy
Baby, Now That I’ve Found You – The Foundations
Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
Baby, I Love Your Way (Live) – Peter Frampton
Hey Baby – No Doubt
(You’re) Having My Baby (feat. Odia Coates) – Paul Anka
Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) [Radio Version] – Christina Aguilera
Can’t Get Enough of You Baby – Smash Mouth
Babe – Styx
Baby Don’t Forget My Number – Milli Vanilli
Baby, You’re a Rich Man – The Beatles
Oh Me, Oh My Sweet Baby – George Strait
Baby Workout – Jackie Wilson
Everybody’s Talkin’ My Baby Down – Céline Dion
Rock-A-Bye-Baby – Al Jolson
Ain’t That Loving You Baby – Elvis Presley
Hush Little Baby (17 Bedtime Songs for the little ones in your life) – Frank McConnell
Baby Shower Prize Ideas
I love coming up with prize ideas that match my shower theme and these ideas are perfect for my spring inspired baby shower. I also thought it would be fun to pick up some things that I personally would have loved to have as a new mom: