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    Baby Shower help....

    My middle daughter is having her first baby in September - a girl - , and I will be co-hosting her shower with her co-workers. Does anyone have any unique ideas for activities? I've gotten a few things from Pinterest, but you all are so clever and creative, I wanted to check in with the Pros!! Thanks in advance for your input!!

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    I just hosted one for my niece & got most of my ideas from Pinterest too. I did a "Price is Right" game- guessing the price of small items & prize to the one who was closest to the total, items going to the baby; guess the jellybeans in the bottle; Write down baby names beginning with letters A-Z in under 2 minutes (I'd adjust the time to less because a lot of people finished); writing silly messages on diapers. Most of these we did while milling around & visiting & that was nice. I was at a shower this weekend & they did a "he said/she said game where they had a bunch of quotes & we had to guess which one of the couple said it. I was stumped about games for my shower but they all went over well & we didn't spend overly much time doing them.

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    When I did my daughter's, I had her walk around with a tray full of objects. That's all I said, she will be coming around with a tray full of objects. Pay close attention to her. Then, being pregnant, she put the tray down and said I have to pee and ran from the room. While she was gone I asked questions about her, not the objects on the tray like everyone thought I was going to. Everyone loved that one. Was her hair up or down? Was she wearing dress or pants? Heels or flats? Was her hair colored? Did she have makeup on? Things like that. PM me if you want the full list. Five years later we are planning the next one.
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    I bought a variety of sizes on onesies, paint, stencils, iron on transfers, etc. and had everyone decorate a onesie for the baby. Everyone enjoyed it, and my daughter got some cute clothes for her son. To keep my cost down, I bought the onesies at a consignment store. My daughter knew I was doing that, and was ok with it. Consignment store seem to have an abundance of infant clothing, most of which is in really good shape.

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    Thanks, ladies! Great ideas! I really like the one with the objects on the tray. Did you have a prize for the most remembered things? The onesie idea is a good one, too. I've also thought of headband construction as an activity, too. This is going to be mostly co-workers, so I'd like to keep them busy so they're not talking work the whole time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster View Post
    Thanks, ladies! Great ideas! I really like the one with the objects on the tray. Did you have a prize for the most remembered things? The onesie idea is a good one, too. I've also thought of headband construction as an activity, too. This is going to be mostly co-workers, so I'd like to keep them busy so they're not talking work the whole time!
    Yes, I gave a prize for the most remembered. It's funny what people think they remember. What are you doing for prizes? Like I say, we are working on shower for #2. Never know what to give for prizes. Gift cards are good.
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    A cute thing at one I went to was a pin made of flannel that was givin to each person when they arrived. It was a diaper and the one with the mess inside got a prize. It was just mustard.

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    When attending a shower, I prefer the game time to be kept brief.

    If giving prizes, I prefer to get something useful - a box of tissues, even a roll of toile paper - I appreciate more than another refrigerator magnet!

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    We had a drawing at my daughter's shower to win a $10 gift card. We put a blurb in the invitation that if you brought any size pack of diapers you would be entered in a drawing. We actually pulled three names and gave away three $10 gift cards to Panera Bread. We Also asked in the invitation to bring a children's book or baby book instead of a card and to sign the inside of the book. Everyone did it and my daughter has quite a collection of books to read to the baby!

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    I guess it's just me but I hate games at showers. My first baby shower was a get together with all the couples we ran around with and we just had fun eating and visiting & dancing.
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    I agree about not enjoying the games. Guess the older I get I just want to have punch watch the gifts being open and then visit a little then go home!
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    I always like to see all the cute little clothes that come to a baby shower. I hang a clothesline and use clothespins to hang each cute little outfit for display for all to enjoy. The line can usually go near a wall or can be attached to the front of a table.

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    Go to www.lilluna.com at the top of the page click on Freebies and go to page 9. The Candy Bar Game is fun. We played it at my DIL's shower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommessy View Post
    We had a drawing at my daughter's shower to win a $10 gift card. We put a blurb in the invitation that if you brought any size pack of diapers you would be entered in a drawing. We actually pulled three names and gave away three $10 gift cards to Panera Bread. We Also asked in the invitation to bring a children's book or baby book instead of a card and to sign the inside of the book. Everyone did it and my daughter has quite a collection of books to read to the baby!
    The last shower I went to we did the books as well. No games were played but when we put our address on the thank you envelopes, 3 names were drawn and a live plant was the gift. It was kinda nice not to play silly games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    Yes, I gave a prize for the most remembered. It's funny what people think they remember. What are you doing for prizes? Like I say, we are working on shower for #2. Never know what to give for prizes. Gift cards are good.
    I haven't gotten that far in the thinking process yet!

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    I agree about the games. I think the onesie decorating and headband construction activities are something that can be done - if anyone feels like it. The girls coming and co-hosting are all at least 30 years my junior, so they may have something else in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G'ma Kay View Post
    I always like to see all the cute little clothes that come to a baby shower. I hang a clothesline and use clothespins to hang each cute little outfit for display for all to enjoy. The line can usually go near a wall or can be attached to the front of a table.
    Great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie View Post
    A cute thing at one I went to was a pin made of flannel that was givin to each person when they arrived. It was a diaper and the one with the mess inside got a prize. It was just mustard.
    That's funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby the Quilter View Post
    I agree about not enjoying the games. Guess the older I get I just want to have punch watch the gifts being open and then visit a little then go home!
    You are not alone. What is it about showers that makes grown people want to play games? Any other adult gathering, no one brings up games. I like to just visit with people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    You are not alone. What is it about showers that makes grown people want to play games? Any other adult gathering, no one brings up games. I like to just visit with people.
    I don't know how the tradition of game playing started at showers...might be fun to investigate the origin of this insanity!! Maybe someone thought that a bunch of women wouldn't have anything to talk about???? Huh?? and needed something to pass the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmquilter View Post
    The last shower I went to we did the books as well. No games were played but when we put our address on the thank you envelopes, 3 names were drawn and a live plant was the gift. It was kinda nice not to play silly games.
    I hate that at some showers they make you address your own "thank you" note. Very rude. Very lazy of them to ask.

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    It seems like a good plan to me, that way the address is sure to be correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    It seems like a good plan to me, that way the address is sure to be correct.
    I apparently attended the shower . The invitation made it to my mailbox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    I apparently attended the shower . The invitation made it to my mailbox.
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    At one recent BSHR all the ice cubes for the drinks had a little plastic baby ( maybe about 3/4" big) in them and when your baby melted through the ice you would yell "My water Broke" and you received a door prize.

    Baskets at tables with an assortment of fabric marker paints and stacks of plain white bibs. We were encouraged to draw pictures or write a saying or sign your name on the bibs. They were mostly for keepsakes rather than to be used.
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    EDIT: This might be old but we also had a clothsline and hung all kinds of baby stuff on it.
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