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Let’s face it, baby shower games are awkward. That being said, they’re also a necessary evil. Baby showers (or really any type of shower for that matter) can get real awkward, real quick. That’s why baby shower games and activities were invented — to help kill that uncomfortable silence that happens when guests don’t know each other very well.
Unfortunately, most of these games are kind of … well, lame. Others are downright uncomfortable. (I mean, what mom-to-be wants her shower guests guessing her weight or how big her belly is?!) So, in an effort to banish awkward baby shower games for once and for all, I’ve come up with 10 alternatives to fill the void that are fun and totally non-embarrassing for all participants involved. (You’re welcome in advance.)
1. Wishes for Baby
This pretty little free printable list is a place for guests to write out their wishes for baby. They would be great to put in a little album along with baby shower photos for the mommy-to-be.
(via Lauren Makes)
2. My Water Broke Game
OK, I realize that this game may look/sound awkward at first, but I’ve played it before and it was surprisingly fun. All you do is freeze the little plastic babies in ice cube trays and then it’s a race to see who can get their ice cube melted the quickest. Watching guests blow on the ice cubes is quite entertaining and funny, but not awkwardly embarrassing — the perfect combination.
3. Fingerprint Tree Guest Book
This probably wouldn’t kill much time, but it would be a nice activity for guests to do as they arrived at the party. Leaving their thumb print on a tree is a way to incorporate a little piece of your friends and family into your nursery art. You could draw/paint your own tree or order a customized version like this one on Etsy.
4. DIY Onesies
I’ve long thought that DIY onesies would make a great baby shower activity, but have also always wondered if you’d just end up with a pile of hideous onesies you’d never want to put your baby in (hey … not everyone can be an artist). Well, just let guests choose their own iron-on transfers and set up on ironing station. Problem solved.
(via The Little Umbrella)
5. Finish Mommy’s Phrase
For this game, the mommy-to-be finishes a list of fill-in-the-blank phrases prior to the shower. Then during the party, guests are handed a card and asked to complete the same phrases according to how they think the mom would respond. Whoever gets the most matches with Mom wins. See that? Quick and painless.
6. A Collective Quilt
Yet again, a baby shower activity perfect for those with limited artistic abilities. Simple freezer paper stenciling and some fabric spray paint and voila! Alright…I suppose there’s slightly more to it than that, but still pretty and simple.
(via Cactus and Olive)
7. Advice Cards
This activity doubles as both informational and sentimental. Guests can fill in the blanks with advice and words of wisdom for the soon-to-be parents. They double as sweet keepsakes for later, and can be saved inside baby books or with other mementos.
8. Guessing Game
Easy and to the point. Fill a jar with an assortment of small baby-related objects. (I used clothespins, but you can use most anything.) Then have guests submit their best guesses for how many things are in the jar and throw it in a bowl. At the party’s end, draw a winner by reading off everyone’s guesses and announcing whose number was the closest. Everyone likes prizes that require minimal effort.
9. Build-Your-Own Cupcake Bar
Anytime you’ve got party-goers with full hands and/or mouths you’re doing something right and awkward silence has been averted. Yay! Setting up a “build your own cupcake bar” like this one I saw over at A Beautiful Mess would do exactly that.
(via A Beautiful Mess)
10. Paint-Your-Own Canvas
Providing guests with blank mini canvases to paint would provide an activity for them and nursery wall art for baby, killing two birds with one stone.