Games People Play: Baby Shower Games to Avoid
In the midst of the spring baby shower boom, I’d like to put this information out here (much like Jerry Maguire’s mission statement that gets him fired) for shower planners of the world to avoid. As adults, it isn’t necessary to fill every minute of a shower with game after game. One or two are harmless but many shower planners go overboard, panicked at the thought of leaving guests to fend for themselves conversationally and to sit and relax.
Arriving late to a shower last weekend, I sat down to eat my tray of food in the circle of chairs around the mom-to-be and was quickly confronted by the host with a roll of toilet paper, a piece of paper, pen and giant plastic bottle. My enjoyment of the buffet was severely hampered by having to guess the width of my pregnant friend’s belly, how many Hershey’s Kisses were in the giant bottle, identify the assortment of baby items on a tray after seeing it for 30 seconds and on it went.
The main point of a baby shower for guests is good food and conversation. Games that get in the way of these shower pillars should be eliminated. The biggest culprits include:
Guess the messy diaper: Guests pass around diapers that have melted chocolate bars in them. Guests are forced to put their noses in the diapers to determine whether the “mess” is a Butterfinger, Snickers or 100 Grand. Can you think of a better game to ruin your appetite?
Don’t say “cute”: Guests begin the shower with five clothes pins on their shirt. When they say “cute” during the party, a pin must be surrendered to the person who catches them saying the word. There is always going to be the one overzealous lady who becomes the “cute” Nazi and ends up interfering and interrupting countless mini-conversations throughout the living room because she really wants to win the game.
Baby crossword puzzles: This game represents a broader category of games that calls for absolute silence for fear of cheating or group collaboration. Walking into a shower late two weeks ago (can you sense a pattern here), the guests were all hunkered down working on their crossword puzzles for 10 minutes before the grading began. These games aren’t interactive or engaging.
Name the white stuff: Guests must guess what the white substance is in each plastic bag. Could it be baby powder, formula, flour or a popular powder Lindsay Lohan enjoys? Such aimless games like these don’t help the guests get to know each other and don’t give the mama in waiting a chance to talk about her pregnancy or plans for the baby.
Just let the people converse. Games are not to be used as social crutches.