Best Baby Shower Games
The best baby shower games are first and foremost fun. After all, what’s the point of playing if it isn’t? But more than that, many of these baby shower games made the “best” list because the put the focus on just on baby but on the mom-to-be as well, and often the guests too. This way, everyone has a chance to be the center of attention. Hint: Have more than one prize ready for each game, just in case.
1. Who Knows Mommy Best?
This fun baby shower game has friends and family members vying to prove who knows the most about the mom-to-be. It calls for very little prep and is easy to play with a big crowd, making it one of the best baby shower games around.
What you need: Paper and pen for each guest.
Before the party: Find out as much as possible about the mother-to-be’s childhood. Write your questions and her answers down on a sheet of paper, and don’t show anyone.
Real guests say: “Most of the shower is about the little guy or girl to come, so it’s nice to focus on mom for a bit too. She is the one being honored!”— Randi G.
2. How Old Was She?
Here’s another baby shower game that shines a spotlight on Mom. This one does take a little bit of prep, but everyone is sure to get a kick out of seeing childhood photos of the guest of honor. (Awkward school pictures, anyone?)
What you need: Several pictures of the mother-to-be all at different ages, plus paper and a pen for each guest.
Before the party: Ask the guest of honor for past pictures of herself at different ages. Arrange them on a poster board or table with a number next to each.
How to play: Ask guests to write down how old they think the mom-to-be was in each picture. Whoever gets the most right wins.
3. Are You That Baby?
In need of baby shower games ideas that don’t put the mom-to-be at the center of so much attention? (After all, not everyone craves the limelight.) This fun game flips the focus onto guests!
What you need: Poster board and tape (or cork board and tacks), a copy of your guests’ baby pictures (ask for one in the invite), paper and pen for each guest.
Before the party: Arrange and adhere your guests’ baby pictures into a collage on a poster or cork board. Keep a secret master list of who’s who.
How to play: Ask guests to jot down their guesses as to who’s who in the pictures. Whoever gets the most correct wins.
4. My Water Broke!
This is a classic, and for good reason—it’s a fun baby shower game that’s easy enough to pull off and gets everyone at the party involved (and brings out people’s competitive streaks).
What you need: Tiny plastic baby dolls (one for each guest) and an ice cube tray (or other small containers).
Before the party: Put a plastic baby into each cube, then fill with water and freeze.
How to play: Give each guests a drink with a baby-filled ice cube in it. The object of this baby shower game is to melt the ice and get the plastic baby out—in whatever way guests can think of. Whoever gets their baby out first shouts “my water broke!” and is the winner.
Real guests say: “It was fun to watch the ladies chisel their way to their water breaking. But hint: Don’t allow hot beverages on the table during the game. People can be sly!” —Joyce D.
5. Find the Guest!
The best baby shower games serve as ice-breakers and encourage your guests to mingle and get to know one another—and this one does just that!
What you need: A computer and printer, and paper and pen for each guest.
Before the party: Write up a list of various fun facts that could apply to many of your guest. For example, “Went to so-and-so college,” “owns a Volvo,” “has a child under 3,” etc. Have a copy of the list waiting on each guest’s seat.
How to play: Each guest will have to get to know each other quickly to find people who fall into the various categories. The person who meets enough guests to be able to tick off the most fun facts wins.
6. Hello, My Name Is…
While some baby shower games make a point of helping guests learn one another’s names, this one pretty much does the exact opposite—to hilarious effect. If you choose to penalize people a penny every time they slip up, baby might just end up with a little nest egg!
What you need: Name tags (one for each guest), a marker and a piggy bank.
Before the party: Mark each name tag with a baby-related word.
How to play: Have each guest put on a name tag when they arrive. During the shower, people can be called only by their name tag name. If a guest calls someone by their first name, they have to put coins into a piggy bank for the baby.
7. Do You Know What It Is?
Nope, we’re not talking about the sex of the baby—we’re talking about the items in the mystery grab bags. It’s a great baby shower game for guys and girls alike.
What you need: 10 paper bags, 10 baby items (pacifier, spoon, etc.) and paper and pen for each guest.
How to play: Give each guest a sheet of paper and a pen, then randomly pass the bags out. Guests have to write down what they think is in each bag without opening them. Once everyone has made a guess for each bag, the mom-to-be will open them one at a time and reveal what’s inside. Whoever guesses the most right is the winner.
8. Place the Pacifier In the Baby’s Mouth
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a classic party game, but this modern take is the baby shower version. It’s a perfect baby shower game for kids as well as adult men and women.
What you need: A picture of a baby, a blindfold, a picture of a pacifier, a copy machine and tape.
Before the party: Enlarge the baby picture if necessary and hang it up on the wall. Make enough copies of the pacifier picture so each guest has one (you might want to resize the pacifier so it fits the baby). Attach a piece of tape to each.
How to play: A la Pin the Tail on the Donkey, blindfold each guest and see how close they can place their pacifier picture to baby’s mouth. Whoever gets the closest wins!
9. Unique Baby Shower Games
When it comes to baby shower games, you’re probably thinking, “I’ve seen them all before!” (And what you haven’t, Pinterest certainly has.) But there are still a few unexpected choices—especially if you’re having a themed baby shower. Scroll for a roundup of the most unique baby shower games.
10. Free Dobby!
Searching for some Harry Potter baby shower games? Then this unique baby shower game is for you, especially if the mom-to-be would prefer not to be at the center of games. It’s simple, it’s sweet, and it’ll set Mom up with tons of baby socks.
What you need: A large poster with “Free the House Elves!” written on it, and a basket.
Before the party: When you send out your baby shower invites, make a note that guests should bring a pair of baby socks to “free the house elves.” Those who read the Harry Potter book series will understand, and everyone else will have fun choosing the most adorable pair of socks for baby anyway. As you’re setting up, place the basket on a table and hang the poster over it.
How to play: Okay, this is one of those baby shower games you don’t really “play”—but it’s fun anyway. Have guests deposit their baby socks in the basket, and at the end of the shower, present the sock stash to the mom-to-be (who will soon appreciate them once her little one arrives).