We can't say it enough. We love organised fun (emphasis on the organised). Give us an excuse to crack out the worksheets or playing cards at a dinner party, and we're there. Whether that's in the shape of a quiz or a drinking game, we're almost always the ones suggesting the games. But when it comes to hen parties or baby showers, games are basically part of the DNA of the occasion. After all, what's a baby shower without a fun game?
With that in mind, here's Team Cosmopolitan UK's pick of the best baby shower games to play at your next event...
Baby shower games: Who am I?
Everyone loves looking at pictures of themselves as a baby, don't they? Ask everyone attending the shower to send you a photo of themselves as a child. Then print-out of all of the anonymous photos with numbers next to them, asking people to get who is who.
Baby shower games: Who is that?
If guests don't want to submit their own photos (or you know that they might not ever get around to it..!), why not play the game anyway but with celebrities instead? The internet is littered with cute pictures of your favourite famous people as children. You could even combine the two, choosing pictures of celebs and your friends, to really throw people off.
Baby shower games: Nappy raffle
It's no secret that newborns can go through nappies quicker than you can say 'poonami'. With this game, make life a little easier for the parents-to-be and team a baby shower game with the opportunity to save some £££ on nappies! To play, encourage guests to bring as many packs of nappies to the baby shower as they can – in return, they'll be entered into a raffle. More nappies = more raffle tickets.
Baby shower games: We're having a baby!
Split into two teams and stand in equal lines opposite each other. Each team member is given a balloon. When the game starts, the person at the front of each queue must blow up the balloon and put it under their T-shirt. Once they've finished, the next player must use their belly to pop the balloon, before starting to blow up their own and put it under their top. The game is won by the fastest team to pop every balloon.
Baby shower games: How big is the bump?
Each guest writes down their guess at how big the parent-to-be's baby bump is. Once everyone has submitted their guess to the host, each person takes it in turns to measure the baby bump using a tape measure – this is best done from the biggest point, which is typically the belly button. Of course, the guest whose guess was closest wins a prize (of the host's choosing).
Baby shower games: Name that song
Collate a list of songs with the word 'baby' in, and then get rid of a random word from the lyrics. Get your participants to guess what word is missing (no cheating!) through the remaining words and artist only. For example -
I got ____ babe (Sonny & Cher)
Well, baby I've been ___ the ____ (Justin Timberlake)
Hey baby, tell me your ____ (Little Mix)
Baby shower games: Drink up!
Split into equal teams and stand in two lines opposite each other. Give each person a baby bottle fills with liquid (alcohol works well, or a non-alcoholic drink like apple juice or milk for the non-drinkers). Starting at one end of the line, participants must down the liquid within the bottle by sucking on the mouthpiece as quickly as possible. When they've finished, the next person can drink and so on, until one team wins.
Baby shower games: Name that poo
Ok, so this one is a bit gross, but kind of great. Melt five different chocolate bars separately (think Toffee Crisp, Snickers, Mars..) and smother each one in a nappy. Line them up in a row and ask guests to guess which chocolate bar is in which nappy.
Baby shower games: Guess the due date
OK, so this one is less 'fun' and more 'take a stab in the dark'. Ask everyone to write down their predictions for the day and time that the baby will be born, and compile a digital list. Once the parent-to-be has given birth, go back and see how close the guesses are.
Baby shower games: Would they rather?
How well do you really know the parent-to-be? Compile a list of classic would you rather questions (and maybe some weird ones thrown in there too), and get everyone to make a choice. Do they prefer sweet or savoury? Are they a morning or an evening person? Would they rather be stuck in a lift with Tom Hardy or Tom Hanks?
Baby shower games: Pin the sperm on the egg
There's got to be some silliness involved, doesn't there? Think pin the tail on the donkey, but baby shower edition. Print out a massive picture of an egg to stick on the wall, and some sperms with blue tack on the back. Blindfold each participant and spin them round five times, before getting them to attempt to pin the sperm on the egg on the wall. Priceless.
Baby shower games: What's in the bag?
Fill an opaque nappy bag with a selection of random baby items. Give each player 45 seconds to put their hand into the bag and guess as many items as they can. Think dummy, rattle, cuddly toy... And maybe chuck in a curveball item for good measure.
Baby shower games: Baby Olympics
If you have access to a big outside space, create a hilarious baby-themed assault course to challenge the guests to. Think:
Egg and spoon races
Baby block building contents
The possibilities are endless!
Baby shower games: Dummy bobbing
We all love a bit of apple bobbing at Halloween, so why not make things topical by bobbing for pacifiers instead? If that feels too easy (they are, y'know, made for biting), you can always create fake boobs out of apples and grapes and see how people get on. Hilarious.
Baby shower games: Taste tester
For this one, head to the supermarket and pick up a few jars of baby food – they each need to be a different flavour. Remove the labels on each jar and replace with a numbered sticky label or post-it note (remember to write down which flavour correlates to which number!). When your guests are ready, give them a spoon, a pen and some paper and have them taste test what's in each jar. The guest who gets the most correct guesses wins.
Baby shower games: Name generator
Give each guest a piece of paper and a pen with the names of the parents-to-be written at the top. Set a timer for five minutes, during which time the guests have to come up with as many baby names as they can using only the letters from both parents' names. The guest with the most baby names listed after the timer ends is the winner!
Now someone get the baby shower in full swing already!
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