1. The Baby Bucket List
Having a baby opens up a world of fun firsts and new adventures. This game gets everyone thinking about a bucket list for the new parents. Best of all, you don’t have to do anything ahead of time, making it one of the easier baby shower games to pull off.
What you need: Pen and notecard for each guest, and a bucket.
Before the party: No prep needed.
How to play: Ask guests to write down at least one thing the new dad should do in baby’s first year. The suggestions could include things they wish they did with their kids, things they want to do if/when they have a baby, or things they think the parents-to-be will enjoy doing with their child—for instance, trips to take, moments to remember, advice that’s often forgotten. Collect all the notecards and present them to the dad-to-be by the end of the party.
2. Bottle Race
With a room full of men, you can’t go wrong with this funny baby shower game, also known as the Baby Shower Drinking Game. You can use any sort of beverage here, but we’ll be honest, beer is a popular choice.
What you need: A baby bottle and a beverage for each guest.
Before the party: Fill each bottle with the beverage.
How to play: Each guest takes a bottle and drinks as fast as possible. The one who finishes first wins a prize. (This one’s especially fun if the drink of choice is booze!)
Baby Shower Games for Large Groups
Having a large group gathering at your shower? The more, the merrier! Baby shower games that everyone can play simultaneously—like guessing games—are the most practical way to go.
4. The Baby Shower ABC’s
This classic baby shower game is fast-paced and exciting, and perfect for a big crowd. Plus, it calls for very little prep ahead of time!
What you need: Paper, pen, timer and a computer and printer or copy machine.
Before the party: Write the alphabet vertically down the left side of a sheet of paper. Make enough copies for all your guests.
How to play: Hand out a sheet to each guest and for each letter, have them write down a word that’s associated with babies (example: B is for bottle). Whoever writes the most words in one minute is the winner.
5. How Well Do You Know Your TV Children?
Calling all TV buffs! How many famous children from popular shows can you name? We’ve made this baby shower game extra easy for you, providing you with the questions (and answers) below.
What you need: Paper, a pen and a computer and printer or copy machine.
Before the party: List the questions below on a sheet of paper, and make enough copies for your guests. A. What was the name of Fred and Wilma’s child on The Flintstones?
B. What were the names of Ross Geller’s two children on Friends?
C. What were the names of the three kids on The Simpsons?
D. What were the names of the four children on Family Ties?
E. What were the names of the five Huxtable kids on The Cosby Show?
F. What were the names of the six kids on The Brady Bunch?
6. Oh Baby, A Playlist!
There are a ton of songs out there that mention the word “baby”—but how fast is your recall? This is an easy baby shower game to play with a crowd, but it’s still high-energy and loads of fun.
What you need: Paper and pen for each guest.
Before the party: No prep needed.
How to play: Each guest must write down as many songs they can think of with the word “baby” in the title. Give the guests a time limit—five minutes max—and whoever has the most (real!) songs written down is the winner.
7. What’s in Your Purse?
A woman’s purse is a mysterious thing—but not for long! Here, guests reveal what’s in their bag for game points to win a prize. Since you don’t need any props to play, it’s an ideal baby shower game for large groups.
What you need: A computer and printer or copy machine, and paper and pen for each guest.
Before the party: Make a list of things that people might (or might not) have in their purse and assign a number of points next to them. For instance, lipstick is one point. Hand sanitizer is three points. Print out enough lists for everyone.
How to play: Give each guest the list of objects. If a guest has it in her purse, she should circle the corresponding number of points. Then have guests count up their points, and whoever has the most wins. If you’re looking for more modern baby shower games ideas, just convert this one to “What’s on Your Phone?”
8. Baby Shower Scramble
This baby shower game is a fan-favorite. After all, who doesn’t love solving a puzzle–especially when it’s baby-themed?
What you need: Paper, pens, a timer and a computer and printer or a copy machine.
Before the party: Decide on a few baby words, then jumble up the spelling on a sheet of paper to create anagrams. Make a copy for each guest.
How to play: Place a sheet of paper at every seat, and at some point during the party, put aside a minute to see how fast people can unscramble them. The person who figures out the most words in a minute wins.
Baby Shower Games for Kids
Many baby showers include kids on the invite list—and while many of the best baby shower games are kid-friendly, not all of them are totally appropriate. These fun, interactive, PG picks make perfect baby shower games for kids.
1. Yum, Applesauce!
It’s not just toddlers who can’t get enough of applesauce—big kids love it too! They’ll get plenty of giggles out of this funny baby shower game that’s likely to get a bit messy.
What you need: Large plastic garbage bags, scissors, jars of applesauce, baby spoons and blindfolds.
Before the party: Cut holes in the bottom of the bags so they can be worn like a poncho.
How to play: Separate guests into teams of two. Have guests put trash bags over their clothes, then blindfold everyone. Give a jar of applesauce and two spoons to each team and have them feed each other. Whichever team finishes their applesauce first is the winner.
2. Pass The Pacifier
Here’s another high-energy, team-based baby shower game the kids are bound to get a kick out of.
What you need: Straws and pacifiers with handles.
How to play: Separate guests into teams of four or five and have them stand in a line with a straw in their mouths. The first person in line puts the pacifier onto their straw. When the host says “go!”, the first person passes the pacifier to the next person in line, straw to straw, no hands allowed. Have them continue down the line. Whichever team reaches the end of the line first wins.
Find the Socks!
This is one of the rare times when kids will actually want to help pair socks—so take full advantage!
What you need: 14 pairs of baby socks and a timer.
Before the party: No prep needed.
How to play: Put all the baby socks, unpaired, in a pile on the floor. Each guest must match as many socks as they can in one minute. The person who matches the most socks is the winner.
3. Baby Shower Grab
Who can work quickly and carefully under pressure? You’ll find out in this fun baby shower game. It’s great for adults and kiddos alike.
What you need: Baby clothes, hangers, baby clothes pins and a timer.
Before the party: Clip multiple baby clothes onto a hanger using the clothespins. Place the hanger, with clothes, on a hook. Have one hanger of clothes for each guest.
How to play: Have each guest place one hand behind their back as they try to remove as many pieces of clothing as possible without dropping the clothes or the clothes pins. Whoever can get the most off in under a minute wins.
4. Pass The Dirty Diaper
This is hands-down one of the best baby shower games for kids. After all, this baby shower diaper game is actually a riff off the classic children’s game of hot potato.
What you need: Chocolate, a diaper and a music playlist.
How to play: Everyone sits in a circle and passes the “dirty” diaper around as the music plays. Then: hot potato! Whoever’s holding the diaper when the music stops is out of the game. Last guest standing is the winner.