February 22, 2013

Let's Talk about Babies

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I never wanted a baby until I saw this little guy. Cuteness aside, the reason I have baby on the brain is because my youngest cousin just had her baby. It was a girl named Zoe. So adorable.

Her due date was actually on Valentine's Day, but baby Zoe wanted her parents to spend their last Valentine's together not being parents so she came out five days late. I hate that I had to meet her via text, but I guess it is better than nothing.

Which got me thinking about her mother, my aunt, who threw my cousin a small baby shower and forgot to mention it to me {because I live in Arizona now}. If I was there, though, it would of been fun especially since I was apart of the couple's wedding, which you can read about and see here. I would of definately helped with the planning or at least the games.

So here are my top twelve games, that aren't ackward at all, to play at a coed baby shower:
Supplies Needed: Sticker name tags for each guest and a piggy bank (for baby). How to Play: Before the baby shower, make name tags for the guests. Here's the catch, the names have to be baby-related like Pacifer, Dirty Diaper, Burp Rag, you get the idea. Put all the names in a bag and as the guest arrive, each will draw a name from the bag and stick it on their shirts. This will be their name for the entire baby shower. If anyone calls the guest by their REAL name, then they have to put a quarter or any loose change into the baby's piggy bank. By the end of the party the baby will be loaded.
Supplies Needed: Pacifier Necklace for each guest. How to Play: As each guests arrives, hand them a pacifier necklace to wear. If one guest hears another say the word "baby" then they take their necklace. Whoever has the most necklaces at the end wins.
Supplies Needed: A pre-made list of various items that can be found in a purse or wallet plus some unusual  items for laughs. Like the invitation to the shower, any form of birth control, a grocery receipt with toilet paper... just be creative and watch guests go crazy empting out their personals for all to see. I found a free pre-made list of the game here from Fresh Linen. How to Play: This game should be played in teams since men don't usually carry much in their wallets. The team who finds the most items within 10 minutes wins.
Supplies Needed: An inexpensive roll of toilet paper. How to Play: Pass the roll of toilet paper around the room and ask guests to take as little or as much as they want. Once everyone has their share, announce that for every square of toilet paper they have they must share one piece of baby advice or parent anecdotes- which is a fancy word for story.
Supplies Needed: Six diapers or however many you would like to use, numbered paper and pen for each guest and some smelly things, such as orange juice, vapor rub,  hot sauce, cinnamon, etc. How to Play: Prior to the day of the baby shower fill each diaper with a scent of choice. Each diaper should smell different. Have each guest smell each diaper and write down their guess. Whoever guesses the most stinky diapers wins.
Supplies Needed: A quarter for each guest, masking tape, and some glass jars or bowls. I am saving up on pickle jars to use for the game. How to Play: Everyone knows pregnant women are always running to the bathroom, this game lets us laugh about it. Group participants into teams and give each of them a quarter. Place a tape strip at the starting line on the floor. Have teams line up behind the starting line and place glass jars across the room from the team. The participants then place the quarter between their legs and waddle to the jar. They must drop the quarter in the jar "tinkle in the potty" with NO HANDS. If a person misses or drops their quarter they have to start over. The first team to make all their potty runs wins the game.
Supplies Needed: Hallowed Eggs, Confetti, and some pictures of Babies (optional). Preparation: This game needs to be prepared in advance since it calls for confetti eggs. You can also use water ballons. There is a great confetti egg tutorial on Oh Happy Day in case you have no idea how to make them. How to Play: Have your guests pair up in teams of two and give each team one confetti egg. Each team will toss their egg, adorned with a happy baby face, back and forth. The last team who doesn't drop their precious egg wins.
Supplies Needed: A long piece of yarn and some clothespins. How to Play: My mother is a pro at this game so I had to include it. First pick a designated spot to hang up the clothespin line. You can even get a couple of volunteers to hold up the line if their arms don't get to wary. Place all the clothespins on the yarn. Whoever can take off the most clothespins with one hand and without dropping any wins.
Supplies Needed: Pre-made bingo cards and pens for each guest. To make things easier, you can use this template for your bingo cards. How to Play: Just before the to-be-parents are about to open the gifts, pass each guests a bingo card. As the gifts are opened the guests will cross off each item the parents have received. The first to have blackout and call out bingo wins.
Supplies Needed: Paper and pen for each guest. How to Play: I never heard of this game until recently but I think it may be my favorite since it allows your guests to get to know each other. Pass out the writing utensils and scratch paper to your guests and have them write something about themselves that no one really knows. Then have the mother-to-be or the host read them aloud while everyone shouts out who they think it belongs to. It is hilarious to find out who can't ride a bike, who's nickname is the "Last Shamurai", or who peed in their pants when they weren't a baby. I'm not saying names but you see how hilarious this game can be.
Supplies Needed: A few inexpensive baby bottles and some tasty liquid to fill them. How to Play: Since every baby shower needs a little action, this is the right game for it. All you need to do is fill those baby bottles with a drink of choice (be it wine, beer, mixed drink) and let the fun begin. You can even let each guest choose their poison to put in the bottles. Once each guest has their bottle then on your marks, get set and suck away just like a baby would. The first to finish is the winner. The men at the shower will love this game.
Supplies Needed: Pen and paper and a basket, bag, or jar. How to Play: I thought this was a cute idea to help the expecting parents out even more. On the invitations simple add bring a pack of diapers and you'll be entered into a drawing for a special gift. When guests arrive with the diapers, simply put their name on some paper and place it in a drawstring bag. At the end of the shower have the to-be-parents picked out a name and announce the raffle winner.

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank accounts smaller, homes happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.

If you can think of any other fun games, please feel free to share. Have fun and you can even make trophies for all the winners like Oh Meaghan did. Sincerely, Rozy

Baby Picture Source: Pinterest, Baby Icons Source: Irina Kerasoshvili

1 comment:

  1. you would not make a good mother, you abandon your step children the first chance you got.


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