More Party Ideas For The New Mom
This baby shower game is so popular it is in danger of becoming a time-honored tradition! The object of this game is to have your guests taste a variety of unidentified baby foods and try to guess what they are tasting. There are a variety of ways to present the food, but the most common approach seems to be placing one dollop from 5-10 different jars on paper plates for each guest. You may want to write numbers in a circle on the middle of the plates and arrange the food accordingly, with matching numbers on the jars themselves. Then each guest numbers a list from 1-10 on a sheet of paper and attempts to guess what they are tasting. Obviously, the guest with the most discerning palate wins!
Scrambles and word finds
More classics with many, many variations. With scrambles you simply scramble the letters of relevant baby words (10-20) and ask your guests to identify as many of them as possible. Alternatively, you can ask your guests to pick both a girl name and a boy name for the baby and then try to think of as many words as they can from the combination of those two names.
If the gender of the baby is known, have guests pick a first and
middle name. Don't tell them the object of the name until after they have
picked the names, that way they won't intentionally think of longer names
(unless they have done this game many times before, of course!). In its
variations you can do word finds with baby-related words, or the parent's
names... the possibilities are endless.
Diaper pin taboo
This game is a particularly good icebreaker. As each guest arrives, hand them a diaper pin while explaining that they get to hang onto it as long as they remember not to cross their legs! The guest who catches another crossing her legs gets to take the diaper pin from the leg-crossing offender. The snitch? uh, I mean, guest? who collects the most diaper pins wins the game. You can decide how long you want this to continue, but probably best to set a reasonable time limit like 10-15 minutes so people can relax about the leg-crossing thing. That could get old.
Dress the baby
For this game you need a fully dressed baby doll, a stop watch or watch with a second hand and a pair of mittens. Undress the doll and have each guest take turns donning the mittens and dressing the doll as fast as they can. She who dresses the doll the fastest wins.
Think of 10-15 nursery rhymes or children songs and pick one of the more obscure lines from the middle of the song ("How I wonder what you are" from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) and have your guests guess as many as they can.
While not exactly a game or contest, this is a sneaky little activity that can very fun with the right kind of group and mom-to-be (read: casual, close knit group of friends and laid back, uninhibited mom). In the usual tradition, assign someone (or yourself) to collect the cards as the mom-of-honor opens her gifts and have her write down not only the gift which corresponds to the card, but also the remarks the mom-to-be makes as she unwraps the gift ("Ohh, that is so darling. I LOVE bunnies," and so on). Be sure the mom is not aware of this additional commentary on the cards as they are being written. Once all the gifts are open, read back these comments made by the mom while explaining that these were the remarks made by her on the night of conception!
In each of these variations you supply baby's first piggy bank and make a small collection of change to put in it. There are a couple of ways to do this, depending on how much time you have. In the first scenario, set up the piggy bank with a small sign explaining that this is a wishing bank. Guests can drop in some change and make a wish. In the second variation, which could be a little more interesting, but also more time-consuming, the piggy bank is placed in the middle of your group. Each guest takes turns sharing something they have never done before (bungee jumping, skiing, kiss a man with facial hair, etc.). Each person in the group who HAS done that particular activity places some change in the piggy bank (it would be wise to have some change on hand for those who didn't bring any or don 't have enough!). At the end of the party, mom-to-be has a piggy bank to take home for her baby.