This week, I threw my friend his NYC baby shower, to celebrate his soon-to-arrive baby girl. Three important things to know about me: I love glitter, hosting parties, and forcing people to do arts and crafts, which, it turns out, is the perfect combination for a successful baby shower.
When I started planning the shower, there were a few logistical challenges:
- It was a baby shower for the dad-to-be. If you google "dad baby showers," you'll mostly find beer/diaper kegger parties. While I enjoy a good beer, a keg seemed highly impractical for a Monday night.
- The mother-to-be couldn't attend, as she's in Texas. This meant that most of the traditional baby shower games were out, like measuring the belly with toilet paper. (Although to be honest, this sounds like the worst game ever, along with all the poop themed games. I can't get behind poop games. (pun intended!)).
- There could be no physical presents, as my friend was heading back to Texas with limited suitcase space. (All the gifts were pre-shipped to Texas).
I should also add that at this point in my life, 99% of pregnancy/birth seems creepy and/or terrifying, so rather than pretend it's not, I decided to embrace it! What follows is what happens when creepy meets glitter and a lot of love.
Game #1: Creepy Babies Floating in My Drink, or "My Water Broke"
The second I saw the photos of frozen plastic babies on another blog, I knew I needed them ASAP. I bought two 12 packs of tiny plastic babies and froze them in ice cubes. Once everyone arrived, they received a frozen ice cube baby in their cup of pink lemonade. The first person whose ice cube melted had to shout, "My water broke!" and their prize was the first slice of cake.
The frozen babies also had an unexpected Hans Solo vibe to them (if Hans Solo was a baby when he was frozen in carbonite), so I strongly recommend this game if you are having a Star Wars themed baby shower (or if your guests are a bunch of nerds).
Game #2: Creepy Fashion Baby Look Book
I wanted the dad-to-be to have some scrapbook/memory of the night to take home with him, but in all of my pinterest searching, most baby shower scrapbooks assume that your guests have constructive, expert baby advice. LOLLLLLLLLLLL
Instead, I made these work sheets and cut out body parts and accessories from ELLE, NYLON, and BON APPETIT. Since my family and I are hoarders, I had enough craft supplies, glitter, and glue for everyone.
All of the baby looks were added the baby shower scrapbook. I can't wait for this kiddo to flip through this book and laugh at 2014's silliest trends. (Although, who knows, maybe ear cuffs are here to stay.).
Game #3: Mad Libs
The final game was mad libs, compliments of Love vs. Design's free printables. Obviously, I didn't whittle pencils for my guests because hello, I live in New York City and if I tried to chop down trees in Prospect Park for pencil purposes, I'm pretty sure the police would arrest me.
So there you have it! Three non-terrible, enjoyably creepy, and 100% fun baby shower games for a non-traditional baby shower. And since I haven't had my fill of baby showers, in two weeks, I'm off to the Texas edition of this baby shower, where I'm desperately hoping there will be BBQ involved.