Thursday, April 12, 2007

in which i, again, require some help.

so, remember how my best friend is having a baby?

well, on sunday, i'm throwing a shower in her honor. and i'm very excited about it.

but, the thing is, i've been so excited thinking about things like: what will i give her as a gift? what sort of delicious treats will i serve? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHICH CHAIR SHOULD I TIE THOUSANDS OF PINK BALLOONS TO, SO I CAN MAKE HER SIT IN IT WHILE SHE OPENS HER GIFTS???
and i sort of forgot to think of anything for us to do at the shower, other than, you know, eat and open presents.
now, i don't want to get all out of hand with the stupid games that nobody ever wants to play anyway...but i am sort of thinking that we should have at least one game.

so, does anyone have any ideas?
has anyone ever been to a baby shower and played a game that was even moderately cool and/or entertaining?

i'm begging you.
dig into your inner martha stewart andcome up with an idea for me.

i have the menu planned, but if you have some kind of an amazing party recipe, i'd totally love to know that, too. if not for this particular party, it would just be awesome to have.

now, get going!
you have work to do!


Blogger Reba said...

You can have everyone wear a big diaper pin and then they aren't allowed to say baby. If they get caught saying baby then whoever caught them gets their pin. Winner has most pins.

Or you can put little plastic babies in icecubes and serve them in the drinks. Whoevers melts first wins.

Or take different candy bars and smash them in to diapers to make it look like poop. Microwave them for a few seconds to help. THen people have to guess the candy bar by looking and smelling. Just be sure to get cheap non-scented diapers.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Mad Scientist said...

Pin the penis on the male stripper?

Wait, no, that's for a bachelorette party.

I got nothin'. Sorry, hon.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Mary Flannery-Scientist said...

One time at a bachelorette party we had a contest for finding stuff in our purse. Doesn't have anything to do with babies, but it's fun.

Also, there is putting a diaper on a doll blindfolded. Even more fun, get adult diapers and put them on Tiffany blindfolded.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Mikala said...

You can do Baby's not too embarrassing for anyone and it's fun.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Jen!! said...

I threw a baby shower for Nadine a couple years ago and we played lots of games that I found when searching online. My favorite was a this game where you buy little tubs of Play-Doh and then do a Play-Doh Sculpture Pictionary game with them.

Like, in a hat put 10 or so pieces of paper with baby-related objects or items in it. Like Baby Bottle, Diaper, Safety Pin, Crib, etc. Then whoever's turn it is takes draws from the hat and whoever guesses the Play-Doh sculpture first wins. Like, a cookie or something. I dunno. Usually the gifts a little baby gifts that are supposed to go to the Mom-to-be anyway. But if you want REAL gifts go to the dollar store and pick up some candles or something.

Also, there's the legs crossing game, which is fun if everyone pays attention. Similar to Reba's suggestion, except everyone wears a ribbon or string necklace with a safety pin on it and no one is allowed to cross their legs. If you catch someone with their legs crossed, you get to steal their necklace. The person(s) with the most necklaces at the end of the baby shower wins some candy or whatever.

I have more baby shower games if you want them. Like, tons. The library would have a book on them too. (yes i'm a nerd that goes to the library for fun.)

I'm better at bachelorette parties.

As for food... good luck.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Star8278 said...

Was just at a bridal shower a few weeks ago and they did this game. They had the bride (in your case Mom) leave the room. And then everyone was asked 15 questions about her.

Was she wearing earrings, necklace, hair up or down, pants or skirt, middle name?

Questions like that, you could add questions like, baby's name? sex? due date? Godparents?

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At my baby shower, my friend got onesies in a variety of sizes and fabric markers. Each guest got to decorate a onesie for my baby. Not really a game- more of an activity- but it worked out really well.
Malinda (who came to your blog through Pete's blog)

5:05 PM  
Blogger zorak163 said...

The perfect gift for the baby:

7:11 PM  
Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

The one baby shower game I remember is that the person who went the longest without crossing their legs got a prize.

I thought it was a kind of a weird/unusual game but I won a bottle of wine.

I hope the shower is a huge success and you and the mom to be have a blast.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

You can always have a race to see who can diaper a baby doll first.

Or, you get different flavors of baby food and people have to taste it and try to identify it.

4:23 AM  
Blogger aibee said...

When I'm hosting a baby shower, my favorite game is "Pin the C Note On The Hostess". Ahem.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Aimeepalooza said...

You guys are welcome to put my donkey did it post up! I don't do baby shower games because I am a huge party pooper. I wanted a stripper at my first baby shower...I guess thats a big no no???

12:05 PM  
Blogger D.B. Echo said...

You and Ashley over at Ink On Paper need to get together and talk this through. She's looking for ideas for a bridal shower!

My cousin (who, unlike me, is a girl) is suggesting various shower-related bingo games that may be available online.

10:26 AM  
Blogger D.B. Echo said...

I'm also thinking pin-the-diaper-on-the-balloon-baby would be fun! BAM! "Oh, dear, we lost another one..."

10:33 AM  
Blogger CS said...

I have never played a game at a baby shower that I thought was fun. Not once. Most were excruciating. I mean, I cooperate and I smile pleasantly, but I am NOT enjoying myself. Good food, wine is a plus, and then you all agree that each timy baby thing the Mom-to-be gets is the cutest thing EVER.

(Oh, and one other tip: Keep your guests from telling all the childbirth horror stories they know. It's scary enough to be facing it for the first time without out hearing about the 38 hours of labor, how the baby got stuck halfway out, or how badly the mother got torn. Seriously.)

9:08 AM  

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