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If the mom-to-be and her guests are down for a little silliness, these goofy games are a great way to break the ice – or simply increase the baby shower's laughter quotient.
Give the guests some modeling clay in a variety of colors. Set a timer for five minutes and have them sculpt a baby to the best (or worst!) of their ability. The mother-to-be can judge which one she likes best in different categories like most realistic, most creative, most disturbing, and silliest.
It's a great game to kick off the shower because it gets people talking and laughing.
Delectably Dirty Diapers
Buy a variety of chocolate bars (Milky Way, Snickers, 100 Grand, Baby Ruth, and 3 Musketeers, for example).
Right before the shower, melt each one in the microwave and smear it into a disposable diaper. You'll be asking the guests to examine the diapers and figure out what kind of candy bar was put in each. Fair warning: Some guests will be pretty grossed out!
Make sure you number the diapers and keep track of which bar is where. During the shower, set out the diapers for the guests to examine and smell. (If you want to make the guessing a little easier, you can also display the candy bar wrappers.)
Have each guest write down a numbered list indicating which type of chocolate bar is in which diaper. The one with the most correct guesses wins.
Bobbing for Nipples
Instead of apples, try bobbing for nipples. This tends to be a hit with the guys and is pretty hysterical to watch!
Fill a large tub with water, and drop in some baby bottle nipples. Have willing participants take turns trying to grab one in their teeth. You can also time the game and see how many nipples each person can nab in a certain amount of time, then give a prize to the winner.
Sweet, Sweet Baby
Give the guests a list of pregnancy- or parenting-related descriptions and ask them to match those descriptions to the most fitting candy name. Use the examples from the list below or come up with your own:
- Twins = M&Ms
- Triplets = 3 Musketeers
- Contractions = Whoppers
- Epidural = Lifesavers
- Hospital bill = Payday
- Breastfeeding = Milky Way
- College costs = 100 Grand
- Girl's name = Baby Ruth
- Boys' names = Mike & Ike
- Mom's tummy after pregnancy = Jelly Belly
- Lullabies = Symphony
- Night of conception = Skor
- Dirty diaper = Tootsie Roll
- Piles of dirty laundry = Mounds
- What you can't give your child enough of = Kisses
My Water Broke!
Get a pack of tiny plastic babies at a craft or party store. Freeze one into an ice cube for each guest. After the guests have arrived they all get a cup with the cube in it to keep an eye on during the party. You can either allow or prohibit "artificial induction methods," like adding hot liquid or holding the cup under a lamp.
The first person whose ice has melted so that her baby floats freely in the glass shouts, "My water broke!" and wins the game.
This game is a little complicated to set up, but it's fun. Get full-face photographs of the mom- and dad-to-be and make enlarged color copies. Then cut out their main features (nose, eyes, ears, mouth, and so on). You'll also need a color copy of a generic baby face that's about the same size as the pictures of the parents. (Find one in a magazine and blow it up on a copier if it's too small, or just draw an outline of a baby face).
Have the guests arrange the parents' features on the generic baby base so they can see what their offspring might look like. The results are usually pretty funny.