Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Boy - OH - Boy!!!!!!

What a fun baby shower my sister, Dalyn, and I put on for my younger sister, Rachelle! This is her first, and it's a boy!!!! She is due January 8th, so we haven't seen the little guy yet, but are anxiously awaiting his arrival!!! Most of you know how I like to throw a good party (lol), so I thought I'd share some of the fun games we did that day!

We started off with the Name Tag Donation Game: (Materials: piggy bank, name tags, safety pins) Before the baby shower, make name tags for the guests. The names have to be baby-related like pacifier, dirty diaper, burp rag, etc. Put all the name tags in a bag and as the guests arrive, each will draw a name out of the bag and pin it on their shirts. This will be their name for the rest of the baby shower. If anyone calls the guests by their REAL name, then they have to put a quarter or just loose change in the baby's piggy bank. By the end of the party, the baby has a great amount of money for their first piggy bank. I got a large white Piggy bank at Hobby Lobby and some fine tip sharpie markers for everyone to sign the piggy bank too :) This game was a huge hit, but I do have to say that I, personally, think I just put my new nephew thru college with all the change I had to give up, tee hee!!!!

Rachelle's new name: BOUNCER

My new name: NURSING BRA!!! (LOL!!!)

Everyone else's names: (Dalyn, who is ever so witty, thought up these names!)

Dalyn - WIPES


Jasmine - ONESIE

Joslyn - BIB

Verdell - BABY SPOON

Nicole - RECTAL THERMOMETER (She was such a good sport with this one!)



Hanna - CAR SEAT


The next thing, we got ready for Baby Gift Bingo: (Materials- Pens, Pre-Printed Bingo cards that use the numbers of how many people attend the baby shower) Prior to opening the baby shower gifts, number each gift on the box starting with one. If you know that 15 people will be attending your shower, pre-print bingo cards with numbers 1 through 15 and randomly place them on 15 cards. (If not sure how many, just have the guests write the numbers in randomly and use free spaces in the middle, and corners if necessary.) When the mommy-to-be decides to open the presents, she grabs the present she wants to open and reads the number out loud. As soon as someone receives bingo, they win the baby shower game and the baby shower prize.

We played the Bingo throughout the rest of the shower and had Shell opening a gift here and there. Chasey (my daughter) was in charge of putting gifts in the gift area as people came in and putting a number on them. She loved being able to help out :)

While Shell was opening her gifts, she thought Dalyn was writing down who gave her what, but she really was writing down what Shell said as she opened each gift. Why.... so we could do this at the end of the party.....Watch What You Say - (Materials: Pen and Paper). This is just a game where laughter is the prize! While the mommy-to-be is opening her gifts, have (Dalyn) write down everything she says while she is opening each baby shower gift. When she has finished opening all the gifts, tell the guests that you would like to read something to them! Say this is what the mommy-to-be said to her man the night she conceived the baby! Then read each little saying from the list! You will have everyone rolling in tears. Rachelle seemed to say "Oh, how Cute!" a lot!!!!!! hmmmmmmmmmm...........................

This next game is a classic that no baby shower should be without, however gross it may be, it's a gotta have one!!! Guess the Chocolate - (Materials- 5-10 diapers with 5-10 different types of chocolates). This game is one of the funniest and most popular baby shower games. Have the baby shower host or appointed person moderately melt 5-10 different candy bars separately, placing each one in a diaper to be viewed by everyone. Mark each diaper as A, B, C, D, etc. Have everyone guess which candy is in each of the diapers. Make sure to use some candies that have nuts, toffee, caramel, etc. You are sure to get great laughs! (and we did!!!)

For this game, we won't have a winner until the baby is born! Baby Shower Lotto (Materials- Calendar with large calendar month dates, highlighter pen, and normal pen). Each day is divided into two parts: am and pm for the guests to choose from in picking the date and general time the baby will be born. Make sure to have the due date highlighted. Guests can "buy in" to a lotto ticket for a certain day (am or pm) that they think the baby will be born. The guest who guesses closest wins a baby shower gift, of course given after the baby is born. The fun part of the game is that the lotto tickets can be purchased by using something other than money that is useful to the parents. Instruct guests beforehand that a lotto ticket may be purchased with a diaper pack or baby wipes.

For Shell's shower, guests needed to bring a pack of diapers for every space that they wanted to write their name on. The calendars were made from a blank CTMH calendar, decorated with Sweet Home Paper Packet. The pages were put in a memory protector and ribbon added to the top so she could hang it while they await the arrival of their son! The closest person to the due date will be sent a $15 GC!!!

Verdell is gonna kill me for posting these pictures, she hated this game (yet, she laughed the hardest I think!) Tinkle In The Pot - (Materials: two quarters for each baby shower participant, masking tape, pickle jars or glass bowls, balloons optional) - Every pregnant woman is always running to the bathroom. This game lets us laugh about it. Group participants in teams of 4 or 5. Be sure to have two quarters for each person and jars/dishes as there are teams. Place a tape strip at a starting line on the floor. Have teams line up behind the starting line. Place jars across the room from each team. Baby shower contestants must place the quarter between their knees and waddle to the jar. They must drop the quarter in the jar (tinkle in the pot). NO HANDS ALLOWED!! If the person misses or drops the quarter along the way the must start over. The first team to make all of their potty runs will win prizes. Because there are so many winners we had small inexpensive gifts. This had the ladies rolling with laughter. We also had some hilarious photos afterward. It is also fun to put balloons up your shirt. You cannot see the pot while playing.

OK, the fun didn't end here, but I'm afraid my post is getting to large! I'll go ahead and post this with more to come........... stay tuned :)

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