Planning a baby shower can be a lot
of great fun, but often coming up with the right games to play can
be a challenge. You have to be aware of many things when planning.
The first question I would ask is, "Is everyone I invited already
acquainted?" If the answer is "No," you might want
to make sure you don't include any games that might be embarrassing
to someone new to the crowd. You don't want pour Janice dancing
on one leg and flailing her arms around in a room full of strangers!
It's a good thing there are tons of great games you can play that
won't require Janice to make a fool out of herself.
Games on paper are a great start. You can even hand these out as
guests arrive. They will have tons of fun with an online word search
for baby names or even a crossword puzzle in with the same theme.
This is also a way to get everyone talking and laughing together.
People can join into these games as they arrive. It's a great way
to get people talking right off the bat. If you can get them all
relaxed at the beginning of the party it will set the tone for the
rest of the event!
After these games your guests should be smiling, chatting, and
ready for something a little more involved or even crazy!
If your friends are on the wilder side and don't get grossed out
easily here is a crazy game to play: Fill several diapers with different
types of chocolate. Make sure they all have distinct smells (Snickers,
Hershey's, Butterfinger, Kit Kat, etc.). Now, get your cameras ready
for the hilarious expressions! Pass the diapers around and ask each
guest to smell the chocolate and make a guess as to what chocolate
candy it is. The facial expressions you catch with your camera will
be the real fun here.
If you are looking for a game that is a bit more subtle you might
want to reach for a game like Taboo, Pictionary, or even Scattergories.
Make sure you change the rules so that only baby terms are allowed.
The main thing is just to make sure everyone has fun. This is almost
a guarantee if you have enough games to keep everyone busy.
also be a good idea to have a back-up game ready in case one that
you pick doesn't work out. Also, make sure you don't play a game
that is too obscure or has a 50 page rule book. Games like this
might slow down the fun or bring the party to a halt while everyone
tries to figure out what they are supposed to be doing.
You shouldn't have to split your head to come up with ideas. There
are tons of games out there. Just think about your friends and it
will be easy to figure out what style of game would work the best
for your party.