Games are an essential part of baby showers because they are great icebreakers, and they can really help create that ideal, festive atmosphere that makes a baby shower even more special and memorable. If you have never hosted a baby shower before, here are some tips to get you started:
1. Moms-to-be are generally not required to organize or host baby showers. Have someone else do the planning for you, to minimize your stress.
You can still help with the preparation by approving what your planner has thought of. Leave the legwork to others, as this is how baby showers are conventionally put together.
2. Set a budget for your baby shower and avoid going overboard. A baby shower can turn into an expensive event if you do not follow a budget.
Remember - there are many ways to cut down on the expenses associated with baby showers.
For example, if you do not have the budget to rent a restaurant for a baby shower, you can always host the event at home, or at a relative’s house. Be practical and use the money you will save on the baby instead.
3. Having a theme always helps, so this is the first thing that you should think about before hosting a baby shower. A theme can be as simple as “blue & flowers” or as ornate as “Pirates of Caribbean”.
A theme will be the central anchor that will help the planner/organizer identify what other things are needed for the celebration.
If you don’t have a theme, the planner will have a tough time indeed, and you might end up with last minute issues because it’s hard to put together an event with no central theme.
The great thing about baby shower games is that they are not horribly complex, or even difficult to set up. In most cases, you will need only three to four items to carry out a game.
For example, if you are including a diaper relay in your list of games, you will only need a few dolls, some diapers, and a timer. Keep your games simple, so they will be easy to implement during the event. As for the prizes, small items like pens and figurines will do.
Baby shower games are also an easy way to give away door prizes to guests. If you just want your guests to kick back and enjoy the baby shower, host some games and you’ll see how easy it is to have some fun during a baby shower. Here’s a baby shower game that you might like:
Freeze Time – Like the traditional kid’s party game, Freeze Time can be used to make your party livelier because it involves dancing. For this game you will need the following items: music player (your iPod will do) and some prizes for the last three people standing.
This game is very simple: players will dance when music is playing and they have to “freeze” when the music is paused.
Anyone caught moving during the “freeze time” will be automatically eliminated from the game. The last three people remaining after all others have been eliminated will be declared the winners.
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