Baby Shower activity ideas?

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Baby Shower activity ideas?
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Wed, 03-03-2010 - 9:26am

So, a friend's shower is this weekend. A friend of hers, acquaintance of mine, is planning it. Except, the couple having the baby is very non-traditional, and the person planning it doesn't have any clue how baby showers work anyway. (The idea the gifts might be opened at the shower was surprising to her.) Anyway, she didn't embrace my offer to help, but she did take me up on the idea of seeing if I could come up with some activity suggestions that might make it a bit more baby-shower-like. (I do think the mother-to-be would like some of this - more than seems to be being planned.)

Can anyone suggest good things to do at a co-ed shower that's going to have a lot of people in a small apartment?

~Lorien











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Registered: 03-19-2007
Wed, 03-03-2010 - 11:28am

Some of these are kind of cheesy, but they all went over pretty well at coed showers.

1. Serve beer. Okay, so this isn't really baby-showerish, but in my circle of friends beer seems to be all that the guys really need to make them happy. Suddenly it feels okay to play cheesy games since they have a beer in their hand (not that they're drunk, just that they are holding a beer)
2. Don't say the word 'baby' game. Everybody gets diaper pin (or sticker or mardi gras necklace or whatever) and if someone else catches them saying the word baby (or tricks them into it), they get to take the pin from the person who broke the rule. At the end of the shower, whoever has the most pins (or whatevers) wins - it's easy, and most guys like it because they can be fairly competitive about it without feeling stupid.
3. Name the baby game. At my shower, everybody wrote BRITA and JASON on an index card and then had a given amount of time (I think we started at 1 minute but added more time) to write as many boy names that they could think of that started with those letters. For some reason we decided to make the scoring complex and only count names that no one else had thought of, but it was hilarious listening to the names everyone thought of.
4. Cheesy theme-related game. I went to a coed shower that had a dinosaur theme (the nursery was already painted in the dino theme). The only game we played was to match the pic of the dino with the correct dinosaur name. (somehow I didn't win even though I took Biology of Dinosaurs in college)
5. And at almost every shower I've been to we've done the obligatory 'cut the ribbon the size of the mom's belly' game (even the co-ed ones), but I'm not sure I'd actually advocate that one.

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 03-03-2010 - 3:56pm

That's very sweet of you to offer to help.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Wed, 03-03-2010 - 6:02pm
Lorien - This one takes a bit of pre-planning, but it was really fun at a coed shower I attended. All of the guests brought baby pictures of themselves and everyone had to guess who was who (works best if everyone really knows each other). Whoever got the most right was the winner. It's fun to see what everyone looked like as babies. If people don't have baby pictures handy, it's fairly easy to have a parent scan an image and send an email to print off beforehand.

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Thu, 03-04-2010 - 7:55am

At a friend's co-ed shower last year they had a relay game.

They had teams of 4 of all women or all men. Each member of the team had to hold a doll, hold the phone and pin 5 items of baby clothes on a "clothesline"....the clothesline was a rope between two chairs. The fastest team got a prize.

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