UPDATE: I now offer these printables and custom games in my Etsy shop!
I’m going to be an aunt! Kyle and Beth, my brother and sister-in-law, are going to have a baby boy in June. So when we found out they were coming into town all the way from California, we knew we had to throw a baby shower to help welcome little Logan Andrew into the world:) Kyle (one to usually know exactly what he wants) let us know that he wanted a couple’s shower, and that they’d really love a little man theme. So…we had a starting point… and we knew we wanted to include mustaches and ties, but Mom and I knew we would have to seek the help of the internet to make this shower awesome (…since I, of course, insisted on a DIY shower). We found some great ideas over at The Chronicles of Us, and Sarcasm 101 and, of course, all over Pinterest… I don’t know how anyone ever planned events without it! Once we had all of our games and decorations decided, the party planning committee commenced! Kyle even joined in on the fun thanks to the magic of Skype:) I was too busy keeping everybody on task to pick up my camera, but fortunately Mom took a break or two to grab some shots…
Our menu was light and fun, including a chocolate fountain, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Aunt Eva’s famous party punch, and a sweet “little man” cake and mustache cupcakes. Thanks to Renee’s napkin rolling abilities, we even had bow tie napkin and utensil sets!
Guests were greeted at our activities table where they could get in on the games, from guessing the number of kisses in the jar to “Words for the Wee Hours” (For details and rules on all the games and activities as well as free printables, jump to below the pictures).
As you can see, we also made props and had them lying around on the tables so that guests could pose for fun photos:)
For my gift for little Logan, I had Kyle ship some of his old tee shirts to me. I found a tutorial and patterns for upcycled shortalls over at Feather’s Flights. This was my first attempt at chothesmaking, but they turned out super cute thanks to her awesome tutorial!
So our Little Man baby shower was a smashing success, and although we hated to let Kyle and Beth head back to California, we were happy they enjoyed the party!
Game rules and free printables:
Looking for these games in a different color, size, or other customization? Stop by my Etsy shop!
The Clothespin Game: Each guest gets a clothespin as they arrive. If you hear anyone say “baby” you can take their pin. The person at the end with the most pins wins. I cut bow ties out of fleece and hot glued them to the pins because I had some scraps lying around, but you could use felt or any material you’ve got lying around the house.
Words for the Wee Hours: Provide diapers and sharpies for guests to write words of wisdom or little chuckles for mom and dad to read when they change the little one’s diapers in the “wee hours” of the morning.
Baby Name Scramble: Write the baby’s name at the top of the paper (or have it posted so people can see spelling) and give guests 60 seconds to come up with as many words as possible using the letters in the name. If mom and dad haven’t decided on a name for the baby yet, you can use baby related words or other words that go along with your theme.
Measure the Belly: For this game, pass around string or ribbon and a pair of scissors. Guests cut a piece of string that they think will be the size around mommy’s belly. Since we had a couple’s shower, we changed things up a bit and instead of just Beth’s belly we had Beth and Kyle stand back to back and we measured around them both:)
Rattle Relay: For this one, you split the room into two even teams (and be sure not to tell them what they’re signing up for!). The teams line up facing each other and the person at the start of each line is handed a rattle tied to a very long string. Once the music starts, each team has to get the rattle from the start of the line to the end… by weaving it through their clothes. In other words, the first person drops the rattle down their shirt and pants, and the next person has to take the rattle up from the bottom, next person down the shirt and so on (Since leggings are now quite popular, we ended up just having everyone weave through shirts so it wouldn’t get stuck). Once the rattle gets to the end and the team thinks they’ve won, let everyone know it’s not over until the rattle makes it all the way back!