Baby showers can be joyous, lively … and awkward. Grandmothers mingle with teens, while friends and family from both expectant parents’ sides try to find something in common at a gathering where most are strangers. Unlike a boozy evening wedding, baby showers can have a formal feel midday, made stiff with all of the unfamiliarity between the guests. That’s why you need to plan some ice breakers to get people laughing and talking.
You want your baby shower ice breakers not to be more cringey than the uneasiness they’re meant to cure, so choose ones that every age can participate in and that break down the tension people are feeling. The easiest way to do that is through plain old silliness. Here are some classic and creative ideas for the best baby shower ice breakers.
Make up sheets of paper with a 5-by-5 bingo square card on them with each space having a certain quality like “grew up in Boston,” “met Mary in college,” “is a vegetarian,” or “likes classical music.” Give each guest a paper and pen and let them wander around to chat with others to find someone who can sign each square (a person who grew up in Boston to sign that square, and so on). Each person can only sign your card once. Guests will start to give tips to each other (“Oh, John over there signed ‘vegetarian’ for me”) and get to know each other in a more natural way than sitting down to play a more formal game. This can be done as guests arrive, since not everyone needs to be there to get started.
On one big team, let guests take turns picking words and phrases you’ve prepared with a baby and parenting theme (“diaper bag,” “bottle warmer,” “crib”) and let them draw them out without speaking on a big sheet of paper for guests to shout out guesses. Whoever guesses correctly goes next. This can also be done for online baby showers with skribbl or by guests holding up a piece of paper to show the camera as they draw.
Guess the name
Guests of any generation can participate in this. Choose a few years, like the birth years of the expectant parents, and look up what the top 10 most popular baby names for boys and girls were in that year. Let guests collaborate to guess the correct names.
There are multiple versions of baby shower diaper games, but if you don’t want to do the “dirty diaper” version (don’t ask!) you can use diapers for a different game. Split the guests into teams (how many is up to you and the shower size) and give each team a wipes and a baby doll wearing a diaper and onesie. Start the clock and let the them race in a relay to see which team can unbutton the onesie, undo the diaper, wipe the baby, put a diaper back on, and snap up the onesie first. Depending on team size, each teammate can have a different task (one unbuttons, one wipes, etc.) or you can go until each person has done a full change. Want to make it even more fun? Make the person doing the diaper change be blindfolded!
Have each guest write down a piece of parenting advice on a slip of paper and pass them all in to be mixed up in a bowl. The expectant parents get to pick and read out each piece of advice and guess who gave the advice.
Make a poster of numbered baby pictures of the parents-to-be and let guests write down which person they think is the baby in the picture. Whoever gets the most right on their ballot wins a prize! (Many of these ice breaker games are best when the winner is given a prize, like a gift card, a silly crown, or first dibs on the food.)
These baby shower ice breakers from funny to sweet will help your guests get to know each other and loosen up at the party. Put some music on while you play, break out the mimosas for anyone who is of age and not pregnant, and you’ll be ready to shower the guests of honor with love.
Looking for gifts ideas to bring to the baby shower? Visit our gift guide for expecting parents.
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