Games are a classic way for guests and the mother-to-be to have fun at a baby shower. They are also a good way to give guests favors for attending the shower and bringing a gift for the new baby. Using a projector screen to play games is a way to incorporate technology and have less paper mess.
Baby Photo Guessing Game
Have each guest email you a photo of herself as a baby. Use software such as PowerPoint to set up each photo on an individual slide, and put the names of all of the guests on the last slide. Go through each slide and have the guests write on a piece of paper which of their fellow guests is the baby in the picture. Reveal the last slide, and have everyone check their answers. The person who guessed the most correctly wins a prize.
For a memory game, set up a slide show of several baby-related items. Use pictures of a crib, a baby bottle, a bouncy seat, a pacifier and any other baby items you wish to include. You should have a total of 20 to 25 items. Let the guests watch the entire slide show once. Afterward, have them write down as many items as they can remember. The guest with the most correct items wins.
Pin the Sperm on the Egg
Pin the Sperm on the Egg is the grown-up version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. This game is sure to get some laughs from all of the guests. Find a picture or a drawing of a woman's reproductive system. If you can find a drawing with an egg already in the uterus, use that. If not, copy the image to a photo-editing program and add an egg. Project the image onto a wall. Make the "sperm" out of sheets of paper. Blindfold guests, put a piece of tape on the "sperm," and let the guests try to pin the sperm on the egg. Whoever gets closest wins.
Baby Shower Family Feud
For a baby shower version of Family Feud, first gather survey results. You may use the survey questions and answers from the website Diva Girl Parties and Stuff (diva-girl-parties-stuff.com), or you may conduct your own survey ahead of time by polling all of the invited guests. Use a computer and a slideshow program to type the questions, answers and number of people who answered each in the poll. For example, if you ask the question, "What was the most popular boy's name in 2005?" and three people answered Jacob, you would type 3-Jacob. At the shower, put together two teams of five, and act as the host. For each round, have one member of each team come forward and stand before a desk bell. Ask a question such as "What was the most popular baby girl name in 2005?" The first player to ring the bell gets to guess. If she does not guess the top name, the other player gets a chance. Whoever guesses closest to the most popular answer wins their team a chance to guess the other answers. Pick the top five answers, and use the computer and the projector to reveal the answers and the number of people surveyed who gave the same answers. The point value for each answer is the number of people who answered that answer. The team with the most points wins.
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