Ideas for the Party Human

“Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice” Shower

Posted on: November 12, 2011

THEME:  Gender-related for baby girl

INVITATIONS:  Use pink construction paper and decorate by gluing on cinnamon sticks and hard candies.

MATERIALS FOR ACTIVITIES:  Paper and pencil for each team; baby doll with diaper and two diaper pins for each team; clothesline or string stretched across all or part of the room, doll clothes, clothespins, a small basket and a stopwatch; prizes, if desired, such as bags of candy or jars of spice.

FOOD:  Anything sweet will do.  Perhaps you could serve a spice cake with pink frosting, decorated with candies or flowers.  Also set out bowls of mints or other small candies.

DECORATIONS:  Like the boy’s shower above, decorate in distinctive feminine style.  Pink should be the main color, and you can use pictures or posters of little girls, as well as large (real or artificial) lollipops.  Set out dolls and other girlish toys.  Bouquets of flowers would be a nice touch, too.  Be sure to keep a table or corner clear for the gifts.  If the baby has been born, have a pretty, frilly place to put her as the real guest-of-honor.

BLOW-BY-BLOW:   When all the guests have arrived, introduce everyone and seat them in two teams lined up for the first game.

To play Add-A-Word, give the first player of each team a pencil and paper.  On a signal, the first player of each team writes on the top of her team’s paper a word associated with babies.  She quickly passes the paper and pencil to the second player, who must write beneath it another such word which begins with the last letter of the preceding word.  As soon as she writes the word, she passes the paper and pencil to the third player, who writes a word beginning with the last letter of the second player’s word.  Play continues until the last player adds a word.  She takes the list and pencil to the head player, who stands and waves the paper to indicate her team has finished.  The first team to complete a correct list wins the game.  The team finishing second checks the first team’s list to make sure the words are spelled correctly, begin with the correct letters and have something to do with babies.  If any word is questionable in one of these three areas, the second team may challenge the first team’s players, who will have to defend the word satisfactorily for it to count.  If the first team makes an error, the second team wins.  You may choose to award a prize to the winning team.

The next game is Diaper Relay.  Use the same teams as in the previous game and have them stand in two lines at one end of the room.  At the other end, opposite each team, place a baby doll, a small diaper and two diaper pins.  On a signal, the first player in each team runs across to her doll, diapers it and carries it to the next person on her team.  The next player runs across the room, unpins and removes the diaper, and runs back to her team, leaving the doll there.  The third player on the team does the same as the first player, diapering the doll and bringing it back.  Play continues in this manner until one team has made use of every player.  The first team finished wins, and you may choose to award them a prize.

The last game is a Laundry Contest.  You will not have teams for this game but will time each person individually.  For the contest, each person must hang all the clothes in the basket on the “clothesline,” then remove them, fold them and put them back in the basket.  The contestant who can do this in the shortest amount of time wins and may receive a prize.

Now it’s time to open the presents.  Seat everyone in a circle so the presents can be passed around and admired.  Record each gift and giver for the new mother.

Serve the refreshments when all the gifts have been opened or while they are being opened, if it’s a large gathering.

Variations and Comments: Instead of doing the Diaper Relay, you may wish to do a Braiding Relay, using two dolls with long hair and a rubber band or other fastener for each of them.  This relay would be similar to the Diaper Relay, except that the players would be braiding and un-braiding the dolls’ hair, instead of diapering and un-diapering as explained above.

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