So my friends and I had the honor of throwing our young friend a baby shower. This is the first baby for her and her husband and they are living far away from family, so we wanted to make sure that it was wonderful.
Rose U set up her spacious back yard for the occasion and the weather was very obliging! Rose O brought her girls and between the 2 Roses and their girls, they did the decorations and the food. Their refreshments were fantastic! The Roses and their girls made a beautiful fruit kabob platter out of a watermelon! So cool! And some super yummy fruit dip.
I found some really fun games and was pleased to find games that were new to me. Here are the games we played:
We had three door games- Never Say Baby- this is an oldie, but a goodie! Give everyone a necklace with something babyish on it (I used safety pin party favors on yarn) and nobody is allowed to say “baby”. If you hear someone say it, you take their necklace(s) and the lady with the most necklaces at the end of the party wins a prize! Yay!
Combined Labor- 2 boxes: 1 for ladies to put in their own length of labor (between both of my girls, I was in labor for 23 hours) and 1 for everyone to put their guess of what they think everyone at the party’s combined labor will be. (At our party, it was 239 hours! Now that’s a lot of labor!) The lady who comes closest to the actual number wins a prize!
Advice Diapers- everyone writes down advice or words of encouragement on a sticky note, and we put the sticky notes on diapers so every time mom diapers the new baby, she gets some support from her friends. My favorite was from my sister: “Have lots of sex to relieve stress.” Hah! And one of the older/wiser ladies at the party wrote, “It’s okay to let him cry.” Which I thought was another great one; as a new mom, it’s really hard to hear your baby cry, but it’s nice to be reminded that it’s okay.
Mommy Multi-Tasking. We had our guest of honor and another lady who is due next week race to hang baby clothes on a clothes line with pins while holding a baby doll and having a fake conversation on toy phones. Whoever could do it the fastest without dropping either the phone or the baby would win a prize. They were so cute racing with their big bellies! This one was super funny!
Then we did Draw a Baby- have the guests put paper plate on top of their heads and draw a baby on top. Most of them turned out looking very alien! The guest of honor picks her favorite.
Then we did Bingo with the gifts. My sister has a baby bingo game, but you could easily make your own. As the mother-to-be opens her gifts, you mark off your bingo card; an easy way to make gift opening fun for everyone.
Thanks to the ladies at BabyShower101.com; I got a lot of super helpful information from them. They have so much information you have to make sure you have the time to look through it all! And be ready to tweak the information you glean to fit your Mother-to-Be, guests and party location.