What's odd is I'm not particularly a baby person. I mean, they're cute and smell good after a bath, but I don't have the same urges as some other women to steal the baby from her mom and rain kisses on her sweet baby head. Don't get me wrong. I've liked every baby I've met. I'm just not a baby nut.
So... It really doesn't make sense that I LOOOOVE baby showers. I love the pastel butter mints and the tiny baby hiking boots and the shower GAMES. Lord help me, but I'm that one nerdy chick that wants to diaper dolls while blindfolded and pick up cotton balls with a pair of tongs, also while blindfolded.
Okay, not the cotton ball game. I don't even get that one. Never in my fifteen years of parenting have I had a need to pick up cotton balls with tongs. I've had to fish floaters out of the tub, scrape Silly Putty out of the carpet, and tie shoes on a squirming toddler with the skill and stamina of a calf-wrestler.
Cotton balls? Pfft... Give me a real challenge.
But since none of the above mommy-jobs are fun, they don't make good games. I've hosted several baby showers, so I have a few favorite games I like to use. Some I developed myself and some I blatantly stole from others.
1) Baby Diaper Broach - I make tiny diapers out of wide ribbon by cutting a square and folding it to create a triangle. I use blue if we know it's a boy and pink if it's a girl, but you could use any color. Then I put a small mark inside one of the diapers. Using small diaper pins, guests pin them to their shirts. Toward the end of the shower, everyone takes off their broach and whoever has the "dirty diaper" gets a prize.
2) Secret Code Word - I come up with a common word most people use when oohing and aahing over baby gifts. I share the word with everyone except the mother-to-be then hand a gift bag to one person. I tell them that every time the mother says the word, the bag has to be passed, but they are supposed to try to keep the word a secret as long as possible. If the mama guesses the word, whoever has the gift bag gets to keep the gift.
3) Baby Mad Libs - I love creating a story about the day the baby is born and ask guests as they arrive to give me a noun, verb, adverb, etc. Once the blanks are filled, I read the story everyone wrote and present it to the guest of honor for the baby book. (Yeah, I think I'm that good. LOL)
4) Baby Food Game - Get jars of baby food, remove the labels, number the jars, and record the answers somewhere. Guests are given a sheet of paper and asked to guess what kind of food it is. They can sniff or taste if they want. The mixed foods are really hard, so I try to stay with the straightforward ones.
5) Dirty Diaper Game - Buy 5-6 different candy bars, open them, put them in disposable diapers with numbers written on the outside (1, 2, 3, 4...), then crush them. I've even put them in the microwave to get them melty. The guests have to guess the candy bar by looking in the diaper. I can't tell you have much fun this was with a group of nurses. Those women take poop seriously!
And finally, here's a game we can all play today to celebrate the famous little prince across the pond. Name as many famous babies (real or fictional) as you can in two minutes.
Here's one to get you started: Baby New Year
Ready, set, GO!!!
Do you like party games or do you prefer to sit them out?