Creative Baby Shower Ideas for a New Year’s Baby

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What better way to start a new year than by bringing a bouncing baby boy or girl into the world?! If you know someone who is due around the new year, here are some creative baby shower ideas for entertainment for your guests.

Remember that PaperDirect is your one-stop online shopping source for many of things you’ll need to host a fun baby shower that will be remembered by all, especially the mommy to be. We offer a variety of baby shower invitations, response cards, banners, place cards and personalized napkins that will make the shower you’re hosting a huge hit. After you have ordered everything you need from PaperDirect, you should start planning the menu and games. No baby shower is complete without some creative games to keep the guests amused and interested while they enjoy the great food and wait for the mommy-to-be to open all her presents. Many baby showers have become co-ed, so try to include the guys as much as possible in the games you plan.

Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:

Forbidden Word: This is really a great icebreaker as it begins as soon as your guests arrive. Give each guests a diaper pin to wear on their shirt or jacket, and after all the guests have arrived, explain that the word “baby” is forbidden throughout the course of the shower (or maybe until it’s time to open presents and it will be virtually impossible to not say the word “baby.” If a guest is “caught” saying the forbidden word, she can steal the pin from the person who said it (clearly this is a game based on the honor system). At the end of the game, the person with the most pins wins a gift. You can order small gifts from PaperDirect such as coffee mugs, water bottles, tote bags and even mouse pads!

Guess the Baby Items: This is a fun, practical game that everyone can enjoy. Start by putting 10-20 common, useful baby items inside a diaper bag; some popular items are a bib, teething ring, rattle, bottle and onesies. They’re also fairly inexpensive. Give each guest a pen and paper before passing the diaper bag around. Without looking, each person puts a hand inside and the bag and tries to identify as many items as possible. Give guests a set amount of time (two minutes) to make their guesses and then pass the bag to the next person. After all the correct answers are tallied, a winner is announced. The mother-to-be gets the bag filled with lots of baby essentials.

Guess the Baby Food: If you’ve ever thought that baby food in jars looks less like the ‘peas’ or ‘carrots’ they purport to be and more like miscellaneous mush, this is the game for you. Gather seven to ten unique flavors of baby food jars, number each lid and tear off the labels. Ask each guest to grab a spoon and start sampling these delectable delights! Yummy!  The guest with the sharpest palate (or has an odd fondness for the taste of baby food) and has the most correct guesses wins a prize! Obviously, you don’t want to pass on open jars of baby food to the new mommy, but you can always ask!

The Price is Right: You can be Bob Barker at the baby shower you host, and all you have to do is buy a few baby items that the mommy-to-be can get good use out of and set up the game! Use blank note cards and write the price of each of the items on one side and the name of the item on the other side. Gather guests together and play it just like the TV show: each guest must guess the price of the items on the cards, and the person with the highest total—without going over—wins. The parents-to-be get to keep all the items that are a part of the game! How fun is that?

Diaper Relay: With this game, changing diapers is a team sport! Set up diaper stations with dolls in diapers, and break your guests up into teams. Hand out a blindfold to each team and be sure to have a timer or stop watch handy because this game is all about diaper-changing speed! On “go,” the teams will take turns changing a doll’s dirty diaper while blindfolded as quickly as possible. Prize goes to the fastest dirty diaper changer!

Here are some other PaperDirect blogs about creative baby shower ideas to inspire you:

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