Baby Shower Ideas

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Hey Coupon Friendly Readers. I am in need of your help. My brother-in-law and his wife are expecting their first child…

*a little boy!*

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and guess who is in charge of throwing their baby shower?

That’s right…ME!! I’m super stoked….

and a little anxious…and I need YOUR help.

I have NEVER thrown a baby shower before. EEK!! I need decorating ideas, game ideas, prize ideas…anything Baby Shower related. I want to make this baby shower very special for them.

Thanks a bunch for all your help.

-Coupon Friendly

(Disclaimer: The advice expressed in the comments do not reflect the views of Coupon Friendly. Use the ideas at your own discretion.)

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  1. at my sisters baby shower we had 2 games that everyone liked. the 1st was who could get the baby out of the ice first w/o biting the ice and the 2nd was a little harder, we had rice in a bowl w/the smallest safety pins we could find, everyone was blind folded and had 1 min to find as many pins as they could the catch is you cant take out handfuls u can only take out 1 piece at a time that u think is a pin and the one w/the most pins win

  2. The biggest thing that helped us out was getting DIAPERS!! And to make it fun (and help us get as many diapers as possible) we did a diaper raffle. Each person that brought a pack of diapers would get to enter their name on a ticket. At the end of the shower we chose a winner, and they got a special prize! The prize was a gift basket of a few things I put together (candles, lotion, chocolates, etc.)

  3. Use empty baby food jars for candles – melt blue wax in them since it’s a boy. Use them as party favors

  4. I like the babe game everyone gets a pin and if you say baby you lose your pin to the person who gets you to say it on the end who had the most wins also the bottle game who can drink it the fastest also you could do door prizes everyone who brings diapers is entered to win prize

  5. Play dough baby: everyone gets a small amount of play dough and they have to make a baby out of it. The mama to be chooses the best one

    Tye dye station. My sister in law bought a bunch of different size onesies, ziplock bags, rubber gloves, and plastic table cloths. She set it up in the garage and everyone got to make us their own onesie for us!! Loved it!!!!

    Diapers with sharpies get a bunch of different kind and size of disposable diapers and have everyone draw a picture or write a saying on the diaper. I liked seeing what everyone had to say.

    Baby gift bingo is a good stand by.

    Gifts: small and simple little candles, body lotions, $5 gift cards nothing to big!

    For the guy you could have a diaper and beer party. So when the girls are at the shower the guys can get together to watch a game or something but they have to bring a pk of diapers or a couple pks of wipes along with their favorite beverage

    Hope this helps 😉

  6. for my baby shower with my son-we had a word scramble game with baby terms. for table decorations-we took blue plastic baby bottles and filled them with bottle shaped candies. we also sprinkled bottle shaped confetti on top of the blue tablecloths. we didn’t do it,but i saw this game online where you take small plastic babies and put them in the middle of ice cubes. put an ice cube in each cup and give one to your guests. when their ice cube melts,they yell their water broke and they win a prize. we had everyone bring a dish to pass.

  7. Place up to 10 common baby items in a diaper bag such as baby powder, pacifier, diaper, etc. Allow each guest to put their hand in the diaper bag and feel around for a minute or two. They need to write down many items they think they feel in the bag. The person with all the items correct wins.

  8. my sister in law hosted a baby shower for her sister in law and they played a game where you had to get as many baby sock matches in a certain amount of time.

  9. i had another baby shower where there was all these jars of baby food numbered and the guests had to guess which baby food was which.

  10. Who can pin up a doll with fabric diapers the fastest! haha
    Little blue baby shoe cookies or bottles
    for favors, little blue bath salts or blue candies in a bottle
    white chocolate dyed blue and sprinkled on popcorn for a snack, or dip strawberries into it!
    little blue nail polish minis as a favor
    pin the diaper on the baby game
    blindfolded baby food guessing game

  11. Buy scrap book supplies and have each person make a page for the baby and add pictures of the shower to the book

  12. A favorite of mine is have everyone bring a baby pic of themselves but dont let anyone else see. Stick the pics on a numbered board and then everyone has to guess who is who. Also for cake I made a round two layer cake, stuck cereal straws on outside to look like a washbasin, used blue icing for water, marshmallows for bubbles and rubber duckies on it. Favorite gift…I personally loved the lansinoh I got!

  13. Make a diaper cake out of diapers and other things a new Mama will need. For food you can make a basinette fruit basket (check out pictures online). Make nibble food, food that they can just pick up and eat. For prizes wrap body creams, shower creams, those sort of items. For games you can place about 12-15 baby items in a basket or on a tray and pass it around for a couple mins then take it away and give everyone about 5 mins to write down what they saw. Also you can have string and have each person guess how big the new Mama’s belly is and have them cut that amount of string off. I’m sure anything to do for the baby shower will be wonderful! Good luck!

  14. I threw my Best Friend’s Baby Shower last year and I did the melted chocolate in the diaper guessing game, measure the belly, guess the number of baby safety pins in a bottle game, and had a list of questions that I asked the Dad (first time Daddy questions) and then had everybody guess if he got the answers right or wrong <– that was a definite favorite game, kept everybody laughing 🙂 Good Luck to you throwing your Sister-in-Law's Baby Shower!!

  15. thE funniest game we played at my daughter’s baby shower with the field baby bottles up with soda and see who could finish drinking at first it was hilarious the bubbles made it really hard for the soda to come out or came out way too fast everyone practice it was the favorite game of it better. that should saY ‘

  16. Hang a clothes line or have two people hold it and put some clothes pins on it the one trying to get the pins off has to be holding a baby doll and they can only use one hand the one with the most clothes pins wins………..its fun

  17. Decorations~
    Hang Blue,Yellow and white steamers from ceiling fan or light fixture
    Put up a yarn baby clothesline-hang onesies/sock/hats-you could even dye the clothespins to add extra flair
    Wrap an empty box in a receiving blanket to add extra height to the food table
    Use Baby bottles as your decorations,fill with colored water if desired and real/fake flowers
    Frame and display ultrasound pics and even mom and dads baby pics

  18. Gifts~
    Candy bars with ribbons wrapped around them
    Mini Hand sanitizers, small lotions,Nail polish
    Body wash/soap with tags that say “From our shower to yours!”-love that one!

  19. Foods/Drinks~
    Finger sandwiches
    Veggie/Fruit tray
    Cupcakes
    Blue Lemonade

    Games~ Have guests write a message/draw a picture to mommy or daddy to be-brings a smile to their faces during those late night diaper changes!
    Melt candy bars in diaper,have guests sniff the diaper to determine the candy bar-don’t forget to number the diapers and candy bar wrappers so you don’t forget whats what! lol
    Buy fabric markers,tye die kit ,sponge stamps and have guests decorate a onesie for baby!-Hang on baby clothesline if desired
    Baby Abc’s-set a timer for 2min, have guests write down one word that has to do with babies for each letter of the alphabet,who ever has the most when the timer goes off wins
    If the parents to be have already decided on the babies name you can have guests write down how many words they can find using the babies name

  20. My wife threw a shower for her sister who is crafty and had the guests complete a page for a scrapbook.baby book , because the first year of a babys life is so busy, so there was a page for first smile, first teeth, etc and they grouped them in ziploc bags with matching stickers and such so a guest just grabbed a set and put together a page leaving space for a picture or two. The guests had a great time and my sister in law loved it and the album came out nice!

  21. they make little ice cube molds in the shape of babies. you freeze up the baby ice cubes then whoever can melt it the fastest without putting it in their mouth wins a prize. so much fun!

  22. each person takes a piece of ribbon and cuts it to the length they think will fit around the width of the mom to be. no rulers allowed, only by eye. closest to mom to be actual tummy size, wins!

  23. At my shower the host set down a baby themed decorated mason jar. Each person was given strips of paper to write their best advice and wishes to the baby to be and asked to put it in the jar. My son still keeps it in his room 🙂

  24. One simple game is an off shoot of the Mardi gras cake. Bake a small baby in the cake, who ever gets the baby wins a special present. Can also have a “pampered” theme. Stations set up to do nails, hair, toes etc and people “pay” for the treatments with Pampers.

  25. Something that helps the new mom in sending her thank you’s is having everyone address a envelope with their name and address. Place them in a basket and draw a envie for a giveaway winner.
    Diaper raffle: If she is using disposal then you can have people bring diapers of all sizes. Everyone that brings a package is entered into a giveaway (this gift you want to be BIG as a average cost of a pack of diapers is $8-10).
    I personally did not want cheesy games I wanted my shower to be social hour (why me being pregnant should my friends suffer too). My mom who did my shower made Mimosas and Bellini’s. Huge hit and my guests talked about it for weeks that they loved the fact there was fantastic drinks at my shower (it helped that we were having brunch).
    She also made something special to do. She went out and bought oneies in sizes from newborn to 18 months. She bought non-toxic fabric paint and had people decorate the oneies. We took a picture of each person with their creation so that I could put it in a book for a keepsake (once my son was born I took a picture of him in the oneies and sent them to the friend that made it). She also did bibs, in the end I did not need to purchase bibs because I had them all from the shower.

    Best of luck with your planning. Ask the mom to be what she wants as well. This will help your planning!

  26. Have everyone bring a book with a note to the baby written inside. Great way to start a library for the little one. Also, hand out cute slips of paper and ask everyone to write some new born baby advice on them. Put in cheap photo album for Mommy & Daddy to read on those sleepless nights.

  27. My family did an “all dessert” baby shower, having only cupcakes, cookies, candies, pies, cakes, etc and we held it in the early afternoon 2pm to 6pm so we figured everyone would have had lunch by then & in the mood for something sweet,. We had take home goodie boxes where you could fill up your own candies into them from all the stuff sitting around. We did raffles for people who brought a pack of diapers, for people who brought wipes, and we played a lot of games…raffle prizes were good ones so everyone loved winning stuff! They played change the diapers on baby dolls…men and women in different contests, the fastest one won. (Poor baby dolls, by the way LOL)…and we used the letters of the mom’s date for a word scavenger hunt…DANIKA…use the letters of her name to name baby items…..set a time limit and at the end of that time, someone’s a winner!

  28. When guests arrive,have them fill out a bingo card with items they think The momma to be might receive as a gift. Then during the gift opening have them cross off spaces. It’s was a fun and easy way to keep guests entertained and interested while the guest of honor is doing her thing.

  29. My mom threw me a Cardinal’s baseball themed baby shower. We wore Card’s apparel, played a game where you use string or yarn and guess how big the new mommy’s belly is, and had red table cloths.

  30. I brought Cardinal baby outfits to hang on the wall, made a sign for everyone to sign and brought an 8×10 picture of the ultrasound to display. And my little sister made a “welcome baby Isaiah” sign with baseball stuff on it.

    • My other babyshower was thrown by my mother-in-law and sisier-in-law. The theme was camping cause we all love to camp. They had trees, fake fire and a cake with a tent and trees on it.

  31. When searching online for baby shower games, I came across a game called “Daddy Knows Best”. Prior to the shower, you ask the expectant dad a series of questions and then at the shower, the expectant mom tries to guess how he answered them. I decided to take this game up a notch and videotape the expectant dad answering the questions that I came up with, which are:

    What has been {expectant mom’s} biggest food craving during the pregnancy?
    What’s the one word that would best describe {expectant mom’s} mood while pregnant?
    Do you think your baby will be born with no hair, a full head of hair, or in between?
    How many diapers do you think your baby will go through in the first year?
    What are you going to be most worried about if the baby is a girl?
    What about if it’s a boy?
    What parenting skills are you bringing to the table?
    What percentage of the time do you think you will get up with the baby at night versus the percentage of time that {expectant mom} will get up?
    Are you or {expectant mom} more likely to be the parent who says “no”?
    Which grandparent will spoil your baby the most?

    Besides you and {expectant mom}, which family member will be your baby’s favorite?
    What year do you think you will buy your first minivan?
    How many happy hours do you expect to go to the first year after the baby is born?
    How many times a month do you think you will hang out with your friends who don’t have kids?
    From 1-10 how prepared do you feel for the baby’s arrival (with 10 being most prepared)?
    What are you most looking forward to about being a dad?
    At the baby shower, I played the video of the expectant dad answering my questions, pausing it after each question was asked so the mommy-to-be could guess what her husband had answered. It was VERY entertaining! The video will also make a great momento for the couple to get some laughs out of years down the road.

  32. Play the Candy Bar game. You print out a clue sheet with a list of clues with lines to fill in the answers. The clues could be something like “Time spent together as a couple” the answer could be Zero bar. When I set up the game, I had all the candy bars set up on a table with the clue sheets. After someone has all the correct answers they could win the candy bars in a gift bag. I went overboard and had a ton of candy, so I was able to give candy filled gift bags to the first 3 winners.

  33. Name That (Baby) Tune
    Get the tunes going — and let guests test their music savvy — with this rockin’ game.

    You’ll Need
    * One mix CD
    * CD player
    * Pens and paper

    How to Do It
    * Go through your music collection, or surf iTunes, and make a fun list of songs that have “Baby” or “Babe” in the title. Mix it up with classics (like “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes), pop favorites (like Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time”), and more recent hits (Beyonce’s “Baby Boy”).
    * Pick out 15 songs (or use our playlist at the end of the slideshow) and burn them onto a CD.

    Party Time
    * Distribute paper and pens to the guests.
    * Play part of each song (the first five seconds or so) and have guests write down each song title and artist.
    * The guest with the most correct complete answers (title and artist) wins.

    Prize
    Each guest will receive a copy of the “Baby”-mix CD. The winner scores an iTunes gift card.

  34. Use this playlist to play Name That (Baby) Tune

    “Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears
    “Baby Boy” – Beyonce
    “Baby, Baby” – Amy Grant
    “Be My Baby” – The Ronettes
    “Baby Love” – The Supremes
    “American Baby” – Dave Matthews Band
    “Always Be My Baby” – Mariah Carey
    “I’m Your Baby Tonight” – Whitney Houston
    “My Baby You” – Marc Anthony
    “Can’t Get Enough of Your Lave, Babe” – Barry White
    “Baby I Love Your Way” – Peter Frampton
    “I Got You Babe” – Sonny and Cher
    “It Ain’t Me, Babe” – Bob Dylan
    “Don’t Worry Baby” – The Beach Boys
    “Babe” – STYX

  35. What’s the Story?
    The creative juices will start flowing when guests have to write a short story on the spot — but with a twist. This one’s less of an icebreaker — it’s a great game to try if you’ll have a group of people who are already friendly.

    The results are hysterical — and the worse the story, the better.

    You’ll Need
    * Lists of words related to and unrelated to babies
    * Pens and paper

    How to Do It
    * Create a list of 10 words related to babies, such as “nursery,” “bottles,” “diapers.” * Create a list of 10 words that have nothing to do with babies, such as “chainsaw,” “automotive store,” “arrested,” and “beer.”
    * Make copies of both lists for all the guests.

    Party Time
    * Distribute both word lists to each guest.
    * Distribute paper and pens to the guests.
    * Give guests five minutes to write a story that includes all 20 words.
    * Take turns reading the hilarious stories out loud. The person who comes up with the funniest tale wins.

  36. Making a homemade sugar scrub for a baby shower is an inexpensive but unique favor to give guests as a way to say thank you for attending. Picking the perfect favor for a baby shower can be difficult. You do not want to spend a lot of money but you still want the favor to be cute and have your guests’ enjoy it. Below you will find an easy tutorial on how to make your own homemade sugar scrub to use as a baby shower favor.

    Homemade Sugar Scrub Tutorial

    I have been to a ton of baby showers. I have to say that I am a little bit disappointed when I get a favor that I know I will not really use. Having a homemade sugar scrub as your baby shower favor will not only show your guests how thoughtful you are but it will not break the bank. It also a favor that they can use over and over.
    You are also able to customize this favor to fit the theme of your shower. I used baby food jars to put the homemade sugar scrub into, but you can use any jars you would like. If you have time to plan ahead start asking some of your friends and family to save any glass jars or containers that you could use. The only thing I would suggest is to make sure that they are not too big because you will need a lot more sugar scrub to fill them. Here is how I made the homemade sugar scrub.

    Homemade Sugar Scrub Ingredients
    2 Cups Brown Sugar {lightly packed}
    2 Cups Sugar
    1 Cup Oil {I used Canola, you can use olive oil too}
    1 tsp. Vanilla

    Homemade Sugar Scrub Directions
    Pour the brown sugar and the regular sugar into a large mixing bowl. Next add the oil and vanilla and stir. Make sure you stir it thoroughly so that it is consistent all the way through. You do not have to add the vanilla. I added it for the scent. You can then put the brown sugar scrub into separate glass jars to make the baby shower favors! Although it smells good enough to eat, PLEASE DON’T!
    I love that you can customize this favor if you know the gender of the baby or add decorations that match the theme of the baby shower. Here are some suggestions for personalizing: add ribbons, thank you labels, stickers, baby due date, recipe, etc. You can even use different ingredients for a variety of scents.

  37. You can make a blue punch, and put rubber duckies in the bowl. At my baby shower we played a game with cotton balls, a large bowl and large spoon. Each person had to be blind folded, and had to try and scoop the cotton balls and put it in the bowl, but you couldn’t use your other hand to help. Whoever scoops the most cotton balls win. Another game was putting baby food in diapers and try to guess what baby food it was using smell, taste etc. It’s funny! Another fun game starts at the beginning of the shower and ends at the end of the shower, you pass out necklaces with a pacifier, or whatever you want on them (you can make them), everyone has a necklace, but whoever says the word “baby” loses their necklace to the person who catches them saying it. If a person has a lot of necklaces, and says “baby” in any way, they lose all their necklaces to the person who caught them. In the end the person with the most necklaces wins a prize! Fun!

  38. Game: Baby Shower Grab
    What you need: baby clothes, hanger, clothes pin
    How to play: Hang baby clothes from one hanger using the clothes pins. Then have the guest use one hand to pull off as many pieces of clothing as they can without dropping them, or the pins. Whoever gets the most off is the winner.

  39. Multi-tasked mother
    You will need a basket/container, make shift clothesline, clothes pins, baby clothes, doll baby and a house phone(only the receiver).Have guest try to hang the baby items on the clothesline while holding the doll, the basket/container, and talking on the phone. And it is a must that guest actually pretend to be holding a conversation. The guest may leave the basket/container on the floor if they choose, but if they do they must take a larger amount of clothes from the basket/container and hold them in their hands. Whoever hands the most clothes in 3 mins wins.

  40. Game: The Crave Game
    What you need: paper and pen
    How to play: Have the guest of honor describe what she’s been craving without actually giving away the food — for instance, she might say “salty” and “green” for pickles. Whoever guesses the most right is the winnter.

  41. Game: Do You Know What It Is?
    What you need: 10-15 paper bags, 10-15 baby items, paper and pen for each guest
    How to play: Put one baby item into the bags and number them 1-10, or 15. Randomly pass them out to the guests. The guests must try to figure out what is in each bag without opening them. Once everyone has guessed all bags, the mother-to-be will open each bag and reveal what is inside. Whoever guessed the most right is the winner.

  42. Game: Purse Scavenger Hunt
    What you need: Each guest needs their own purse/bag, list of items commonly found in purses and items that would be uncommon
    How to play: A list is handed out to everyone with various items normally found in purses and items rarely found in them. Example: the invitation to this shower, an overdue utility bill, any form of birth control, key chain with a baby picture, picture of a pet, expired voters registration card, grocery list, grocery receipt with toilet paper purchase. Assign a point system. Grocery list may only be worth one point, where a baby rattle is worth 10! Whichever guest gets the most points in the end wins.

  43. Game: Baby Name Game
    What you need: Paper and pens
    How to play: If you’re ready to reveal the name of the baby, ask guests to write down words as many words they can think of that begin with each of the letters in that name.

  44. Kristin – one favorite thing from my baby shower was a clothes line hanging with baby outfits for our unborn daughter – it was a fun décor and a bonus gift since we got to keep the cute outfits!

  45. I’m not sure if this idea has been mentioned yet, but I would be sure to have someone write down what gifts the mommy to be receives, and who they’re from (as she’s opening them, of course). That will make things 10 times easier when it comes time to send out thank you notes!!

  46. The Baby Photo Game
    A fun idea is to have your guests bring their own baby photos and have everyone guess who’s who. This game helps everyone socialize and get to know each other better

  47. Pampering Party
    One theme that’s really popular right now is a pampering party. Plan some spa-inspired activities like manicures and mini massages for you and your guests

  48. Baby Name Scramble

    Preparation for this free baby shower game: Before the shower, find out from the soon-to-be mother what name she has chosen for the baby. Then type that name on the top of a page and print it out. Make copies of the page, one for each guest.

    How to play this free baby shower game: During the shower, give each guest (and the mother) a page with the name on it and a pen. Instruct them to form as many words from the letters of the baby’s name as they can. Set the timer for 90 seconds. The most words WINS!

  49. Baby Top 40

    Preparation for this free baby shower game: Nothing!

    How to play this free baby shower game: A very fun and easy game to do. This baby shower game can be played individually, in two big teams, or several teams of 3 or 4 people. I recommend splitting the guests into 2 large teams (most guests enjoy this more). Give each team a pen and paper. Instruct teams to write down as many songs with the word “baby” in the title and/or lyrics as they can. Give them 4 – 5 minutes and the team with the most wins. Have each team read their list aloud.

    A fun idea: For the prize you could have the winning team choose one of the songs that the losing team must sing.

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    Baby Animal Name Game

    Preparation for this free baby shower game: Create a list of 15 – 20 adult animals and their corresponding baby names. For example: Bear – Cub.
    How to play this free baby shower game: Give each guest a list of animals and give them 4 – 5 minutes to fill in the blanks with the appropriate baby animal names. Read the correct answers from the Key and whoever gets the most correct is the Designated Veterinarian and the winner!

  51. Everyone had a blast playing this game at my shower. So you hand out paper plates and pens. Then everybody places the plate on their head and you give them a minute to draw a baby. Collect all plates and the mom to be picks her favorite.

  52. Winner Takes All
    Have a jar to have guests put any amount of money they wish inside of the jar. Once the guests places their money inside the jar, hand them a ticket. They can put in any denomination they wish- even coins. Once you are ready to draw a ticket, call the winner up and hand them a bottle of All detergent. This will have all of the guests laughing because all of that time, they would be under the impression that they would be winning money.

    Another idea is to set up a baby food ‘buffet’. Get various types of baby jar food :veggies, fruits, chicken, beef, spaghetti, etc. Take all of the labels off of the jars. Place spoons inside each jar so the guests can go down the line and place each item on a plate. (a half teaspoon full is all they need to taste) The person who names all of the food items correctly- wins!

  53. When we threw a baby shower for my step son & his girlfriend, we made a personalized alphabet book. We printed letters in the corner & “made with love by:_________” at the bottoms along with a cover page titled “Addyson’s First ABC book” along with date of baby shower. At the shower each guest was able to draw pictures for each letter & signed their page/s. We then put the pages in individual sheet protectors & put them in a binder. It was a lot of fun & makes a great keepsake for baby 🙂

  54. Baby game: Say the slogan from popular brands baby will need, have people guess the brands. Ex: “cause _____ is stuck on me” (Answer: Band-Aid)

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