Most baby shower games have been around forever. Maybe the “chocolate bar in the diaper” game was cute the first 20 times you played it, but the idea starts getting less adorable and enjoyable, especially as more and more of your friends and family members have babies.
In addition to being tired and cliché, many baby shower games require a ton of supplies and can cost a fortune. If your baby shower budget is already tight, the last things you want to spend money on are jars of baby food, candy bars, and art supplies to use at the shower.
Still, if you’ve volunteered to throw a shower, you should expect to spend some money on food and decor, so it’s best to plan cheap games that won’t destroy your bank account. Regardless of the theme, baby shower games don’t have to be pricey – in fact, you probably have a lot of the materials for most games in your home already, which means you can spend less money shopping for the shower, and more money shopping for the mom-to-be.
Cheap Baby Shower Games to Try
1. Gift Bingo
Most baby showers feature similar gifts. And why not? All new parents need the same gear when starting from scratch, so it makes sense. It also makes the present-opening the perfect time to play Shower Gift Bingo. Start by making bingo cards, ensuring that each square on the card has a baby shower gift. Then, print a few different versions of the card. You can also perform a quick Internet search to find already-prepared cards to print (I like this one). When the new mom is opening her presents, guests keep track of what she’s scored with coins, buttons or markers, and call “Bingo!” when they’ve gotten a line.
2. Ice, Ice Baby
This game is a fun way to celebrate the fact that the new mom’s water needs to break: Get the guests to break their own water! Start by purchasing a bag of plastic babies from the dollar store – you should find them in the toy section. Then, fill up an ice cube tray with water, drop a baby in each cube, and freeze. Hand out the frozen babies and tell the guests that the first person to “break her water” gets a prize. You’ll probably find guests doing just about anything, including chipping at the ice, sucking on the ice cube, and even warming it in their hands to free the plastic baby inside. It’s a fun game to play while people are visiting or you’re opening gifts since it doesn’t require full attention.
3. Guess the Baby
Want to pay homage to all of the awesome guests coming to the shower? Ask that each guest bring along a baby picture of themselves, and collect them as they walk through the door. Then, use small sticky notes to number each picture (don’t forget to keep a record of each number and baby for yourself!) and place them on a board. Just don’t use push pins, since it could ruin the pics. Then, hand out paper and pens and have the guests guess which baby is which person. This game makes for a lot of laughs, especially when you can clearly see the resemblance among family members or between the new mom-to-be and her baby picture.
4. Momma Cravings
What pregnant mother doesn’t have a laundry list of cravings? For this game, pass out a pen and paper to each guest, and have the expectant mom describe her cravings, without giving the actual name for each. You need to have planned them out with her beforehand so you have the answer key handy. For instance, a pickle could be salty, crunchy, and a little bitter, while ice cream can be smooth, creamy, and sweet. Have the expectant mom list 10 cravings and check the answers. The guest who gets the most right receives a prize or takes home one of the centerpieces.
5. Baby Wishes
One of the best ways to entertain guests is to help them create something that the new parents will cherish for a lifetime. “Baby Wishes” is a cheap activity that means a lot to the family. Print off cards that have different hopes and wishes for the baby listed out – for instance, “I hope you become __________.” Or, “I hope you look like __________.” Fill out the card with different ideas, hopes, and wishes, and then hand them out to your guests. Give a few minutes for everyone to answer each of the wishes, and then collect them. You can compile them in a photo book or binder for the new mom to take home, read through, and keep forever.
Often, the games at a baby shower aren’t the main focus. Instead, most people are excited to see the mom-to-be, chat about the baby, and spend time together. You don’t need crazy games with expensive components if you have a printer, some paper, pens, and a good sense of humor. Whether you’re aiming for something sentimental or purely entertaining, the simplest games have a way of bringing everyone together.
What other affordable baby shower games can you suggest?