Tips for Hosting a Budget-Friendly Baby Shower (10 Fun Game Ideas + Printable Included)

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Hosting a Baby Shower?

A baby shower is a time to celebrate new life with family and friends and shower the mom-to-be with gifts for her baby, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be successful! In fact, we’re sharing a few simple tips for hosting a memorable baby shower on a budget — as well as 10 fun baby shower game ideas (and a free printable).

Tip #1: Team up.

Having multiple hosts (or hosting with friends) is an obvious way to save money. It also splits up the workload, making it more fun! Plus, if you throw a baby shower at one of your homes instead of renting a venue, you’ll be saving a lot of money, and, it’s easier to set up on the event day.

woman sitting at laptop

Tip #2: Go paperless.

Save a chunk of time and money on invitations by using free online platforms like Evite to invite guests instead of spending on printing and mailing. You can send invites by email or even via text message, and you can track RSVPs, send updates to guests, and manage everything all in one place.

Tip #3: Decorate with things you plan to give.

The best and most frugal way to decorate for the baby shower is to use those adorable baby items that you plan to gift to the mom-to-be (gender-specific onesies, socks, hats, plush toys, baby shoes, baby hangers, etc). You can easily display these items on a clothesline with clips, and then the guest of honor can take them all home when her party is over.

Tip #4: Head to the dollar store.

Dollar Tree has a nice selection of balloons, paper plates, napkins, cutlery, gift bags, tissue paper, and other baby-related items for just $1 each!

Tip #5: Keep the food simple.

Don’t overthink this one. Serve simple finger foods (think tea or punch, sandwiches, fruit and veggies, cheese and crackers, etc). If you plan your party in the mid-morning (10-11am) or mid-afternoon (2-4pm) time-frame, nobody will show up expecting to be served a meal.

Cake pops for baby shower

Tip #6: Skip the fancy cake and serve cupcakes.

When it comes to sweets, a custom-made three-tiered cake can be pricey. Instead, consider making your own cupcakes (or serving fun, colorful cake pops instead!). Plus, cupcakes are much cheaper to make and can be easily decorated yourself with baby shower toppers, candies, sprinkles, etc.

Tip #7: Plan fun games.

Most people expect to play games at a baby shower, and they’re usually tons of fun and get people laughing. Plus, the games don’t have to be expensive to be fun! With a few of our baby shower games below (including a free printable!), you’ll plan a fun yet frugal baby shower event!

Check out these 10 Baby Shower games:

guess the price baby shower game

Game #1: Baby-Themed “Price is Right”

Pick ten baby-related items, ranging from diaper cream to infant formula to diapers, and have guests guess the current retail prices of each item (if you want to make it harder, add that they have to guess the price of that item at a certain national store, like Walmart or Target). The guest who gets the closest to the right price wins a prize!

Game #2: Find the Safety Pins

To play, you’ll just need to place 20 safety pins in a bowl of dry rice. Blindfold the person and have them try to find them using their hands (it’s much hard than it looks or sounds!).

baby shower bingo game

Game #3: Baby Shower Gift Bingo

This is the perfect game to play when the mom-to-be is opening gifts! Give each guest a bingo card that features items commonly found as gifts at a baby shower, such as bottles, pacifiers, diaper bag, gift cards, etc.

As the mommy-of-honor opens her gifts, guests mark off those items on their bingo cards until someone gets five in a row.

Hip Tip: Print your own Baby Shower Bingo Cards with this free printable!

Game #4: Don’t Say “Baby” Game

This game lasts the entire baby shower! Start by giving every guest a safety pin, clothes pin, or fun baby sticker. If the guest is caught saying the word “baby” at any time during the shower, the pin/sticker is taken by the person who calls them on it. At the end of the shower, the person with the most pins/stickers wins a small gift.

guess who baby shower game

Game #5: Guess the Baby Game

When mailing out shower invites, ask each guest to bring their own baby photo to the event. When the guests arrive, have them place their baby photo up on a designated wall (they’ll also want to wear a name tag). Place numbered sticky notes/flags on each baby photo, making sure not to cover up the photos.

Then, have each guest correctly match the baby photos to the right guest. You can give each person a piece of paper and pencil so they can go around trying to correctly match the photo with the name. Give a small prize to the person with the most wins.

Game #6: Create the Baby Game

Will baby get Mommy’s blue eyes? Or Daddy’s blonde hair? To play, divide guests into equal groups and give each group a photocopied picture of mom and dad’s faces and a blank outline of a baby’s face. Give guests scissors, glue sticks, and construction paper to cut out traits from each photo — the dad’s nose, mom’s chin — to piece together a single image on the baby face outline.

Display each team’s masterpieces and vote on the favorite!

Baby Shower Poop Diaper Game

Game #7: What’s in the Diaper Game?

So funny! To play, you’ll need to purchase different chocolate candies (Snickers, Hershey’s, Reese’s, etc) and melt each variety inside a different diaper. Then, pass the diapers around and have the guests guess which “candy” is in which diaper. This game is so funny and gets lots of laughs!

As another idea, you can try this Baby Poop Concentration Game! It’s based on Memory or Concentration, and is meant to be fun, rather than educational. Check it out and get the free printable at Green Active Family.

Game #8: Mom-to-Be Memory Game

Want to trick your guests? Place a bunch of different baby items on a tray and have the mom-to-be walk around the room asking each of the guests to look closely at the tray. Then have the mom-to-be leave the room and ask all the guests questions about the mom-to-be and nothing about the items on the tray. Suggested questions are “Was she wearing earrings?” or “Were her nails painted?”

diaper messages baby shower game

Game #9: Write a Diaper Message

Have each guest write a cute, funny, and/or encouraging message to the parents-to-be on the outer fold of a disposable diaper so that when the parents change the baby in the months to come, they get to read a nice message. Plus, they’ll get to take home a nice supply of diapers!

Game #10: Baby Names Through the Years

Test your guests baby name knowledge by checking out the Social Security Administration lists of the most popular baby names by decade. Then hand each guest a sheet of paper with four columns: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s (or any decades you choose).

In each column, the guests will guess the top 5-10 names from each decade. You can include girl and boy names, or make it gender-specific (for example, 1990s girl names). The person who gets the most names right is the winner!

Looking for more ideas? Check out these 10 Diaper Cake Tutorials!

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Comments 17

  1. Mikala

    I need tips for hosting a graduation party/open house. We have two kids graduating from high school this year.

  2. Donna

    Thank you for this! I’m currently planning a baby shower so this article was right on time!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Oh perfect! You’re so welcome, Donna! Glad this is helpful!

  3. KetaCar

    Cute and simple ideas 💜

  4. Sara

    I make table centerpieces using bottles of baby shampoo/wash wrapped in colorful tissue paper and tied with ribbon (you can be a little extra and tie on a balloon from the Dollar Tree if you want). It’s super cheap and functional for the mom-to-be to take home for baby after the shower.

    When I’ve hosted with multiple people (my sisters-in-law) we’ve done a salad themed shower food wise where we each made a different type of salad (potato salad, macaroni salad, taco salad, etc) for light food.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Too cute! Thanks for the sharing with us, Sara! I’ll have to remember those ideas!

  5. Bbbsarah24

    I love the baby predictions. I’m currently pregnant (second time waiting until birth to know the gender) I love getting my close friends and family to do baby predictions (gender, day born, weight, etc…) I put them in baby’s scrapbook after.

  6. Suzanne

    I threw a book theme shower for my best friend since we are huge readers. I purchased books from the dollar tree and thrift stores to use as center pieces. I also made a hungry caterpillar out of ballons. We had finger foods that were themed after books I.E. The three little pigs were little smokies, etc. Very easy and affordable!

    • Angela

      You can also check out children’s book from the library for your book theme baby shower. We bought “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” for the sign in book.

  7. Shaj

    I just hosted my daughters baby shower. A few things were big hits:
    1. Trivia game (like in the year 1900 what was most popular boy color
    A. White B. Pink C. Green D. Blue
    Answer B. Pink! (Pink was considered a strong color, this in 1900 boys were dressed in pink)
    We had 10 fun trivia questions and whoever got the most right win a prize. Everyone loved it!
    2. Find cute art on internet and print off on photo paper and cut into bookmark size, then hole punch it and add a ribbon and give away as party favor
    3. Type up and print off this saying
    “ this is a gift for you today so when I am born you’ll light the way. with the flicker of the flame please say a prayer in baby’s name” and add a tea light as a party favor.

  8. MacKenzie

    I had a baby shower thrown for me last fall and everyone wrote on diapers for us. They were cute and funny, but after we started using these diapers, the permanent marker got all over the inside of her clothes. So while this is a fun idea, it’s not so fun to try and get permanent marker off of several pieces of clothing.

    • Alyssa

      Thanks for sharing! I would be so mad!

    • Bonnie

      Yes! Same thing happened to us!!

  9. Dee

    We do couples baby showers in order to include both new parents, unless the mom is raising the child herself. We skip the games and nobody seems to miss them.

  10. KH

    Here in the mid-west we have baby showers and bridal shower in church basements the cost is usually free if you attend church there. Plus there is more room and plenty of chairs and a kitchen.

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