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Baby Shower Games & Activities

Baby Shower Games & Activities

I have a love/hate relationship with games at any type of shower. They seem necessary on some level, but there are a lot that are so stupid (there, I said it). So, when I plan a shower I try to balance things out and vow not to do any that are lame. 🙂 I offer one that is just for fun,  one that is crafty and useful to the mother-to-be and one that is a station where people can participate while they are just mingling.

Here are unique ideas for games/activities I’ve done at baby showers:

– Fabric Aplique  or Stenciled Bibs & Onsies

fabric aplique onesie tutorialThese are simple to make but you can get really creative and fun with them! I love the pictures that are taken each month to show the baby’s growth the first year and these are perfect for that. You can create fabric aplique onesies and bibs for each month (I’ve got a super easy step-by-step tutorial right here) or just create fun designs like pictured above.

One benefit to doing terry cloth bibs is they are one size fits all – which isn’t the case with onsies. 

My favorite “___ months old” stickers for boys are here.

My favorite “___ months old” stickers for girls are here.

Baby Shower Games & Activities

(Photo courtsy of www.seebabygrow.com)

– Hair Accessories

Make good use of your guests crafting skills by having a hair bow making station. You can make a few for an example and print out instructions or just let them go to work making their own creation. Either way, the new baby will be outfitted in adorable headwear! If you have a silhouette or cricut electronic cutting machine – these will be SO easy to do since you can just cut out the 3D flower templates ahead of time and let guests assemble them. If you don’t have one, make a friend that does. 🙂

You can hot glue the flowers/bows on alligator hair clips or put them on a nylon headband.

Here is a link to a tutorial on 15 different hair accessory designs – check it out!

Baby Shower Games & Crafts

– Create an ABC Book

Last year for my nieces shower I had guests create a page for an ABC quiet book. I made a mini album from chip board and cardstock as my base and covered each page in a patterned paper. Then I printed out images associated with each letter that guests could color and add along with a cardstock letter to the page. If I had been smarter, I would have taken it to be laminated once it was complete so it would last longer. We had a lot of little girls at the shower and they really enjoyed coloring the pages.

Here is a document with all of the images I used: abc book images

– Wishing Tree/Advice for the Parents

Using twigs or small branches from a tree, spray paint them (a cute coordinating color to the party theme) and put them in a large cylinder vase. Then provide 4 x 6 or 3 x 5 note cards for guests to write wishes for the baby or advice to the parents. Guests can secure their notes to the tree with a clothespin or ribbon. Slide them into a photo book for the parents to take home.

Baby Shower Games & Activities

– Who is That Baby?

This takes a little bit of advanced planning but can be really fun! Have guests submit a photo of themselves as an infant prior to the shower. Have the photos on display with numbers associated with each one. Then give each guest a guessing paper and let them write their answers. The guest with the most correct answers wins a prize! 

– Guess the Stats!

This is a fun activity to have on display and can pull out the competitive nature in your guests. Have a large chalk board (or some other type of platform) and lots of colorful chalk. Create columns and allow guests to fill in their guesses for the baby’s arrival date, time, weight & length.

– Baby Mad Libs

Give each guest an index card and have them write a question related to the care of a baby. They cannot be yes or no questions. Then have them turn the card over so the question is facing down and hand the card to the person next to them. That person now has to write the answer to their original question (the question they wrote) on the new card. Then have the mommy-to-be read the questions and answers. Let the laughter ensue.

– Celebrity Babies Matching Game

Create a document that shows a photo or list of names for the babies in the left column and the celebrity parents in the right column. Then let guests match the correct babies to their parents. The guest with the most correct matches wins a prize!

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(Can you guess these celebrity babies?)

– Baby Song Game

Give each player a piece of paper and a pen and as you play a few seconds of each song they have to guess the song title and artist. Then go through and give answers. They get a point for each correct title and each correct artist. The winner gets a prize. It would be fun to create the CD as a favor for each guest to take home.

Here are some songs you can include:

Baby Come Back – Player, Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton, Baby I Need Your Lovin – Four Tops, Don’t Worry Baby – Beach Boys, Having My Baby (You’re Having My Baby)  Paul Anka, I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher, Sweet Baby James – James Taylor, Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey, Baby-Baby-Baby – TLC, Baby Baby – Amy Grant, Baby, Come To Me – Denise Austin and James, Ingram, Baby Don’t Forget My Number – Milli Vanilli, Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot, Baby Hold on to Me – Eddie Money, Baby Love – Regina, Baby What A Big Surprise – Chicago, Give It To Me Baby – Rick James, Here I am Baby – UB40, I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston, Baby Boy – Beyonce, Baby One More Time – Britney Spears, Can’t Get Enough of You Baby – Smashmouth, Hey Baby – No Doubt

I’ve got TONS of ideas for planning showers – just click on the CELEBRATIONS & SHOWERS TAB at the top of the page! 

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Lalaloopsy Themed Birthday Party

I’m excited that my crafty friend Kara – who blogs at Simplistically Sassy shares this Lalaloopsy Themed Birthday party with you today. She is the ultimate DIY-er when it comes to parties and I love all of the personal details and touches she incorporated into this party for her daughter.

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Decorations: 

– Button monogram using a variety of pink buttons hot glued onto a blank canvas

– Yarn pom pom garland – tutorial found here

– Button table garland using cardstock and yarn (she used a silhouette machine to cut the button shapes)

– Lalaloopsy dolls, tissue paper and painted terracotta pots

– Starburst topiary – tutorial found here

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Food:

– At her daughters request, Kara made homemade baked donuts using a donut pan – like this one. Don’t they look delicious?! I shouldn’t write when I am hungry. The girls got to frost and decorate it with sprinkles. Fun and tasty!

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Activities:

– Keeping with the button theme – Kara filled a jar with buttons and the girls guessed how many were inside.

– The children colored Lalaloopsy coloring pages – found here for free!

– Each child made a Lalaloopsy necklaces using bottlecaps and pictures that fit them exactly (they can be found here for only $2.50!). She used mod podge to put the pictures on the caps, and then had the string pre-cut, and the beads ready for the girls.

– Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button? And Hot Pom Pom (like Hot Potato) rounded out the afternoon fun.

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Favors:

– These delicious and adorable chocolate button suckers – yum!

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Despicable Me Birthday Party

This incredible Despicable Me birthday party was submitted by Rochelle Wilde. She is a stay at home mother of 5 (with one more on the way) and lives in Ohio. If you looked in the dictionary under Super-Mom, you’d see her photo. She cooks, bakes, sews and crafts all while she raises completely adorable children. Her creativity and cake decorating skills are ridiculous.

Despicable Me Birthday Party Ideas! Events to Celebrate!

Here are the minion-ized invites:

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Okay, there are actually two really big reasons why I love these cupcakes. First, they use Twinkies, which I can down an entire box of. Second, they are so darling!!

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She referenced a tutorial found here on how to make the minions. But really, I know if I tried to do that they would end up looking like a lump of rainbow play dough that my 2 year old plays with. Well done! Her son specifically requested that the minions be “eating” the cake. 🙂

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I love the simple, but well thought decorations.

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As guests arrived they each got to decorate their own pair of minion glasses.

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Then it was on to playing Gru Says.

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That was followed by Finding the Moon and the Fluffy Unicorn dart game

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Each child was sent home with their own perfect package of Coconutties (Graham crackers – since her son is named Graham).

Despicable Me Party Favor

If you’re planning the party for a younger crowd you could also have them color a Despicable Me coloring page – find some free printable ones here.

Looking for some really cute Despicable Me cups/plates/napkins for cheap? Click here.

Don’t have time to make a lot of decorations – here are some that are perfect! Click here.

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Just email your photos and a description of the party (especially details of any DIY portions) along with a list of where you got items used in the party (so we can borrow your ideas) to eventstocelebrateblog@gmail.com. Let’s party!

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1920’s Poker Themed Bachelorette Party

Next week I’m going to do a series of Mother’s Day posts so we won’t have a Wedding Wednesday – so this is your lucky week with 2 wedding related posts!

I love a bachelorette party because usually the guest list is smaller and you can plan fun activities. At a bridal shower you’ve got all of your relatives there and they tend to be pretty subdued. So, even though we (our family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – commonly known as Mormons) don’t drink alcohol, don’t go to male review clubs and don’t gamble with actual money – that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a REALLY fun night with your girlfriends! It’s a great break, for the bride especially, to get away from the stress of planning the wedding. My creative niece Alix recently hosted a 1920’s poker themed bachelorette party for her friend and I want to share the super cute details with you. You can also read her first hand account here.

Poker Night Bachelorette Party

I LOVE that they named it The Dirty Mug and the strung lights to give it a back alley touch.

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Each guest had a cute place card holder with a photo from the prohibition era – so creative!

Poker Night Bachelorette Party

Of course they had poker snacks – including pearl sixlets, bubble gum cigars (found at PartyLand) and chex mix.

Poker Night Bachelorette Party

 

Guests dressed up in 1920’s era clothes to add to the fun! (I want to be in this group of friends, I LOVE dressing up!)

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My nieces dapper husband played bartender serving the girls mocktails (alcohol free cocktails) and then sat in as the dealer for poker.

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Its a simple party to throw together but a night they will always remember! Pick up some cards, a few snacks and drinks and plan your own poker night! (I would have to play Old Maid and Uno since I have no idea how to play poker) 🙂

General Conference Ideas

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I was going to write this awesome post about great ideas for you to keep your kids actively engaged during General Conference next weekend. Then, as I was doing a little web searching I found that this lady has already done a bang up job of it. So, I recommend going to her for ideas. She really has compiled a great list activities, games, treats, crafts – you name it. So really – go to her website, it is incredible! But not before you finish reading my post. 🙂

General Conference is kind of like the Superbowl for Mormons. We plan watching parties (reverent ones) and cook the best tv watching snacks and treats! My husband and I are kind of in a unique spot, we only have one child and so far she has napped through General Conference so we haven’t missed a beat. But, she is almost two now and I have the feeling it is going to be a different viewing experience from now on. Here are a few ideas I’ve heard other families do to give you at least some chance of hearing a talk or two.

– Prepare, prepare, prepare. Go to the website listed and really gather as many activities and coloring pages as you think you’ll need for your kids. And then, if those don’t work – bribe them with candy and ice cream.

– Help your kids understand what General Conference is and why it is important. Start talking about it a few weeks in advance and plan a family home evening about it so they are familiar with it and what the expectations are.

– Switch off who gets to “pay attention”. If you get the morning session, you get to stay in your room  and watch the entire session while your spouse gets to tackle the children. Then you switch for the next session.

– Be super active before and after the sessions so they will be more likely to sit still during the session.

– Make it special by including a tradition of what you have for breakfast, lunch and dinner each time it is General Conference – that way it is something they look forward to. One mom let’s their kids pick out their favorite treat cereal (that the kids don’t normally get) and they get to enjoy it on General Conference weekend. Another always fixes a big breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs and orange juice and they let their kids stay in their pajamas to watch the first session. Plan something fun during the Priesthood session that the kids will look forward to.

– Make the environment comfy. Read them the story of King Benjamin in Mosiah and allow your kids to do as they did in Mosiah 2:6, “And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which King Benjamin should speak unto them.”  Blow up an air mattress or let your kids build a fort to watch it in. Get out lots of blankets and pillows and make sure everyone has a comfy spot that they will be more likely to stay in for a few minutes.

– Saturday happens. You might have to go to your childs sporting event or work on something around the house/yard. Turn on the radio! Do what you can to clear your schedule, but there may be circumstances you can’t control – so do your best! 🙂

General Conference is something I look forward to for a full six months (as soon as the last one is over). It is my absolute favorite. Prepare and plan ahead a little so you can enjoy watching it with your family next weekend!

Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Growing up the youngest of nine children, my mom had to get creative with the Easter egg hunt each year. Somehow she had to engage the teenagers and delight the young children all at the same time. Then, as we all grew older she held hunts for all the grandchildren, but there are so many of them (more than 45) that it got to the point that we would hide a bunch and then scatter the candy and prizes all over the lawn and like the start of a race – let the children loose into the yard to gather treats.

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Here are 8 really fun Easter egg hunt ideas to mix things up:

–  To help avoid the “gimmies” have your children fill a basket for another child in the family. That way, as they go around looking for treats and prizes, they’ll have the other child in mind instead of rushing to gather everything for themselves.

– Hand them their first clue and send them off on a scavenger hunt with a prize/treat at each stop for each child and a clue to find the next location.

– If you’ve got teenagers, allow them to hide the items for each other. My mom did this, but underestimated the incredible hiding spots teenagers could find and we were still discovering hidden treats months after Easter. So, if you go with this, perhaps have them keep a record of what they hide where. 🙂 I also think it would be really fun to hide each item and take a picture of where it is hidden and then text it to your teen one at a time. That way they get a picture text and have to find the item before getting another text. 

– Designate a certain color of plastic egg for each child, that way you (and they) know everything is distributed equally.

– Rotten Eggs & Reward Eggs: hide a few eggs that have slips of paper with something like, “You have to scratch Mom’s back for 5 minutes before you can eat another piece of candy” or “You must empty the kitchen trash before you have another piece of candy”. I also love the idea of including reward eggs. These are great for replacing some of the candy (since there seems to be an overload at each holiday). I’ve even got a free printable that you can just cut up and include in the eggs. That way each child can find something fun they get as a reward. 

– Instead of filling the plastic eggs with candy, fill them with Monopoly money or slips of paper with a dollar amount. Then open a “store” or have a family auction for treats and prizes.

– Fill each egg with a slip of paper with a number on it, then have each treat or prize have a corresponding number. Once they’ve gathered their eggs, they can trade their papers for prizes!

– Hide some of the eggs with coin money in them and then have one golden egg that is hidden with $5.00 inside it.

Slumber Party Ideas

It’s no secret to anyone that knows me, I ADORE my nieces and nephews, but especially my nieces. I’m okay with being biased. 🙂

In 2008 I invited all of my nieces over for the first annual Roskelley Girls Sleepover! (Roskelley is my maiden name) Any of them who are 5 years old or older are invited (no diapers, no crying, no tattle telling at this party). They have to come in what they are going to sleep in and can only bring a sleeping bag and pillow (that way I don’t have to return all the left items). Over the years I became wise to the fact that having my sisters there to help would be good so now any of them are invited too. There are 21 nieces in my family and not all of them can come each year, we just plan it and hope that as many that can come will come. We always have a lot of fun and I hope it is a tradition we continue for decades to come!

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2008 & 2009

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The party planner in me wants to decorate it and theme it and go to all this work to make it look a certain way, and then the Roskelley in me knows that my family is way to casual for all of that. So, it is actually kind of nice to keep things simple. For the food I provide pizza and soda and each girl brings a treat to share.  Then I get a bunch of dollar store prizes for the winners of the games and always get the glow stick necklaces – they love that during the movie). The following morning we always have a pillow fight and pancakes/waffles with bacon and they are off to their own homes by 9 or 10 am.

Here are the activities we do:

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Food Relay: we split the girls into teams of 3 or 4 based on their age and they have to race against each other, then the winners from each round go to the championship round and we crown the grand champion from that.

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Relay Races: Split into a few teams each one runs to the basket of clothes to put on, then through a series of other obstacles and then back to undress to tag the next person on their team.

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Make-up– Each girl’s name is put into the hat and they have to draw a name out and that is the person who is going to do their make up for them. It is always funny to see how excited the little 5 year old girls get when they get to do the make up for one of the teenage girls. Last year it got a little bit crazy so this year I am going to have to do something a little different.

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Hair Braiding: Luckily we’ve all got pretty talented fingers and so we all go to work braiding each others hair.

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Truth or Dare: It’s a sleepover must, isn’t it?! Last year I got smart and had a bag full of cut up ideas for anyone who couldn’t think of a dare. They could just draw one out of the bag and they were all set! Here is a link to the ideas I came up with: Truth or Dare

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Night Games: We play tag (in all its various forms), sharks and minows, red rover, do you love your neighbor, fruit basket, etc.

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S’mores: If we are lucky enough to get a fire going (one year it took over an hour), we roast mallows and make s’mores!

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Pillow Fight: Can it really be a sleepover without one?

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Dance: This is my personal favorite part of the whole night. We split the girls into teams and they have to draw dance moves out of a bag. Then we give them 20 – 30 minutes to choreograph a little dance using all of the moves they picked. It is HILARIOUS!! Here is a link to one of the dances from last year. Since they are so young, we also assign one adult to each group who can demonstrate to them what it means to “Walk like an Egyptian” or how to “Roger Rabbit”. Here is the document containing the dance moves: Dance Moves

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Movie: Around 9:00 we make our beds and settle in for a good movie (last year we watched RV with Robin Williams – hilarious!) and it is lights out by 11:00 pm.

Here are some additional activities we’ve done in the past and that you could include:

Pictionary/Taboo

Jewelry making

Pajama fashion show

Karaoke

Dance Dance Revolution/Rock Band

Painting nails

Board/card games

Mad Libs

Decorate pillowcases or make sleep masks for each girl

To see the fun we had in 2013- go here!

Couples Valentines Day Party

My friend Megan is like a sister to me and even though we only get to see each other a few times a year, I always go away wishing we lived just down the street from each other. She has one of those contagious personalities that you want around you all the time! A couple of years ago she hosted a fabulous couples only Valentine’s Day party.  My husband, Darrell, and I were lucky enough to get an invite and we had such a great time! Somehow I got the party time incorrect and when we showed up she had just gotten out of the shower! Oops. 🙂 So, we wandered around Lowe’s for an hour and then came back.

Read her post about the event here. Let me fill you in on some of the fun details.

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The food: Oh goodness, the food! I still remember how good those chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting were. I wanted to take the entire stand and go hide with them in a closet for the rest of the night. I think I ate 3. She had an impressive spread of desserts including: oreo truffles, cookies, cupcakes, cake, chocolate/oatmeal bars, chocolate covered strawberries and brownies. You know how you pin all these really delicious dessert ideas on Pinterest and wish you had an occasion/excuse to make them? This type of party is perfect for that! Even better, let your guests bring a dessert and recipe to share and that will cut out some of the work for you.

The games: As she posts, she had a couples white elephant gift exchange (PG rated) and it was hilarious and so much fun to participate in. I loved that she took something typically only done at Christmas and brought it to Valentine’s Day. The Catch Phrase/Taboo game was a riot! We split into two teams and had 30 seconds for one of our teammates to give clues for us to guess as many famous couples as we could. Here is a link to a list of famous couples.  Because there were a variety of people at the party with a variety of interests she also used some literary couples (Romeo and Juliet, Bella and Edward, Ron and Hermione) and some pop culture (Beyonce and Jay-Z, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) and some fictional (Fred and Wilma, Homer and Marge, Barbie and Ken).

Even if you aren’t planning a couples party this year, save these ideas for next year or adapt them to do as a family for a fun Valentine’s Day Family Home Evening! Thanks for the great ideas Megan!!

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