If you’re looking for some fun and unique games and activities to play at a baby shower or a bridal shower, you’ve come to the right place! I really like offering activities when I host showers – for one, I love activities, but two, I think offering activities makes guests feel more welcomed and helps them connect with other guests, especially if they don’t know others in attendance. However, when offering activities, it’s nice to offer ones that: 1) People haven’t done at every shower they’ve attended, 2) Don’t make guests feel awkward or uncomfortable, and 3) Don’t require a lot of rules or explanation.
Here are five activities you can adapt to the next shower you plan!
Favorite Family Traditions
Have guests write down their favorite tradition from their childhood for the bride-to-be or the mom-to-be. I’m a huge fan of traditions – some of the simplest traditions are often the most meaningful, and we can make a huge impact on our families when we implement something to regularly look forward to.
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I asked the hostesses of my showers if they would consider having the guests write down their favorite childhood tradition – I wanted to start coming up with ideas of little traditions to implement in my own family, and I knew hearing others’ ideas would give me some good inspiration!
It was so fun to read what others wrote, and I bet their parents have no idea that some of the smallest things they did for their kids made such big impacts on them and their memories. I think this is a great activity for a new wife or a new mom as she enters a new chapter in her life – she can start thinking up routines and traditions she wants to consider for her own family, and I think reading these will offer her some encouragement that some of the simplest but intentional things she’ll do for her family will be the most memorable and appreciated.
This is a low-maintenance activity for guests (very little explanation or coordination needed!), and I bet guests have fun reminiscing as they think of what they want to write down! I’ve included some free printables in my resource library if you want to do this activity at the next baby or bridal shower you plan!
2. Name that Baby
Get baby photos of the bride and groom/mother-to-be and father-to-be, as well as their parents, and have the guests write down which photo belongs to which person. Whoever gets the most matches wins. Tip: Make all of the photos black and white so it’s a little more difficult to see which pictures are newer and which ones are older. 🙂
3. Match Your Neighbor
I created this game based on an aspect of the game Cranium – it’s a great game for groups, and it doesn’t put people on the spot or require them to do anything goofy! Guests pair off before playing the game, and the object of the game is to try to match the most answers with your teammate. Here’s how you play:
- Come up with 5 categories that relate to your shower (for instance, for a baby shower, your categories could be: 1) Baby girl names that start with the letter of the mother-to-be’s last name, 2) Baby boy names that start with the letter of the mother-to-be’s last name, 3) Baby toys, 4) Baby Supplies, 5) Popular children’s books)
- After your guests have paired off (it’s best to only have 2 people per team, but you can have 3 per team if necessary), read the first category and have each person write down 3 items that fit that category. Each person is trying to write down the same answers as her teammate since she wants to try to match her as often as possible. The teammates are not allowed to talk to each other.
- Continue reading the categories and have the guests write down their answers.
- After you’ve read all 5 categories and the guests are finished writing all of their answers, have the teammates compare answers with one another.
- Find out which team had the most matches and offer them a prize!
4. Four Pics and a Song
Our family and I threw my husband an 80’s-themed 30th birthday party last year, and one of the activities I planned was really fun for our guests and can definitely be adapted to baby and bridal showers! For his party, his sister and I came up with 20 popular 80’s songs, and then I found 4 pictures online that helped describe each song. I printed out each “4 Pics and a Song” page and set them up around the room. Each guest then went down the line of papers and had to write down on their answer sheet what song they thought the pictures were depicting. You could easily tailor this to baby showers by doing popular songs that have the word “baby” in the title or a bridal shower by using popular songs that have the word “love” or “marriage” in the title.
This is another fun “passive” activity – guests can do it at any time to stay occupied while waiting for food to be served/for the guest of honor to start opening gifts, etc.
5. Scrabble Words
Borrow several sets of Scrabble (or Banangram) tiles and have your guests play this fun game! Have guests break up into groups of 3 or 4, give each group about 25-30 tiles, and then have teams race against each other to make 5 connecting words related to the shower. Whichever team makes 5 connecting (and related) words out of their tiles first wins. You can see the above photo is for a baby shower and below is for a wedding shower, but you can set your own parameters on what category the teams’ words need to fit into!
If you want to do the Favorite Family Tradition activity at your next shower, I’ve got some free printables for you in my resource library! Go check ’em out!