How My Baby Changed My Life Ask guests to bring a written story relating their own frustrating, joyful or humorous
parenting experiences. Collect the stories in a homemade book. Make and decorate a book cover in advance. Punch holes along the sides of the pages and cover and string them together with ribbon. Or insert the pages into a three-ring binder. Ask guests to read aloud their stories at the party. (Warn them about this activity ahead of time!)
Name the Baby Food Select several different jars of baby food and number each jar. Remove the labels and have guests guess the contents of each jar and give it a fun name. (Be sure to provide paper and pencils.) Award a prize to the guest who correctly identifies the most baby food and another to the guest who comes up with the most creative baby food names.
Who's the Baby?
Ask guests to bring baby photos of themselves. Collect the photos and stash them until everyone arrives. (This way, the earlier guests don't have an advantage over later arrivals.) Give each guest a copy of the guest list with a blank next to each name. Number the photos and display them in an album. Have guests fill out their forms, guessing who's who. The guest who correctly identifies the most photos wins a prize. When guests have reclaimed their photos, give the album to the mom-to-be.
This Is Your Life
This game is patterned after the old TV show and is perfect if your guests are family members or old friends. First, prepare a short slide show of the expectant mom as a child. Or show family movies of her. Have guests predict the baby's attributes by seeing his or her parent as a kid. Next, include a "mystery guest." Choose someone who knew the mom-to-be way back when. Have the mystery guest hide behind a curtain while he or she shares some stories about the guest of honor. Then ask the mom-to-be to guess who's talking about her. This activity is especially fun if you can include someone unexpected and welcome as the mystery guest.
This activity is perfect for a couple's shower. Ask guests to take turns telling stories about the baby's parents, applying them to the way the baby will be. Encourage humorous yet friendly, outrageous yet tasteful recollections. The longer guests have known the parents, the funnier this activity will be.
This baby shower game is especially fun if your guests enjoy betting. Give each guest a Baby Pool Form (which has these five fields: date of birth
, time of birth, length, weight, and sex
. Also include a name field for the person who's guessing so you know who the winner is). Give each guest a copy and have him or her guess the baby's birth date, time of birth, sex, length, and weight.
Everyone will try harder if you offer a prize, so advertise one. Take up a collection, a dollar per entry. Allow guests to enter as many times as they wish. Half of the collection will go to a savings account for the baby and half will go to the winner of the bet.
Of course, guests will have to wait until the baby's birth to find out who wins the bet. To score, award three points each to the guests who came closest to correctly guessing the birth date, time of birth, length, and weight; award two points each to guests who came second closest, and one point each to guests who came third closest. Award two points to each guest who guessed the sex correctly. The guest with the most points wins the pool.
Excerpted from The Best Baby Shower Book. Copyright 2001, 2004 by Meadowbrook Creations. Used with the permission of Meadowbrook Press.
© Courtney Cooke 2001