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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Baby Shower Success!

After months of planning, cramming, inviting, creating, and stressing the baby shower is FINALLY over!
We had quite a few people show up and even though I was a little stressed out
(okay more than a little)
that things wern't as together and organized by 2pm like I wanted, but everything flowed together pretty well in the end! 
We met new friends, had great food, everyone had a blast playing games, and Melissa was so happy I thought She'd never stop smiling!

We played a few games:
(IMelissa & I had gone to the party store and stoked up on a whole bag of fun penny toys as prizes!)

Who's that Baby?:

 Before games start, go around and make sure everyone has a name tag with their real names on it. (This helps for ice-breaking, so works good for a beginning game!) Prior to the party, create a piece of paper with numbered lines for roughly the amount of people who will be attending the party. On your invite, ask that guests also bring along (or email ahead of time for printing) a baby picture of themselves to the party. have a collection box somewhere when guests walk in the door to deposit pictures in when they arrive. Try not to let people "show-off" their pictures before hand. When everyone has arrived, and mingling, start hanging the pictures to an easily accesible wall. once all the pictures are hung, take numbered post-its and place them each correspondingly with a baby picture. When all babies have been numbered, provide each guest with previously made number paper & a pen. Then allow guest to continue mingling while trying to also figure out which numbered baby matches which person in the room, writing thier name next to the correponding number on the list.Remind everyone NOT to give any answers away! (While they are working, Walk around and quietly ask everyone which number their baby picture is and write down on your own paper for and "answer list") When everyone feels they have had enough time, have everyone join around and call out the number and the PROPER name for each baby! Person with most correct Wins!

Team BabyButt: Get into equal groups (depending on group size) and everyone in the group chooses their favored hand. Each group is handed a baby and a "Diaper" (we used washcloths folded once to make a triangle) and 3 safety pins.  The goal: when the host says "GO" everyone in the team is to work together, each person using one hand ONLY to secure the diaper on the baby! go until the first team wins!


Clothesline Chaos!:  Before party, hang a long line of twine or clothesline between two points that are accesible. (like to trees in the yard) Have a pile (5 seems to work good) of cheap (dollar store) baby clothes, Clothespins, a baby doll, and a toy cellphone. Each player gets one minute to hang as many clothes on the line as the can while holding baby and "talking" on cellphone at the same time. Most clothes hung properly in the shortest time wins!


Pin the baby on the Preggo: Prior to party, cut out baby heads from magazines and have in a box. allow each guest to pick "thier" favorite baby. Using scotch tape, mark an "X" right on (Preggo) guest of honors shirt right about where her belly button is. Shower host should stand next to Preggo with safety pins. 

Each player is blindfolded, spun, and directed towards Preggo with a pointed finger. they must try to find mommy's belly using just the sound of her voice. first place their finger touches, is where host will pin the baby head. 

(REMEMBER: Hosts! please protect Preggo from harm or unwanted "groping", help your guests out a little by assisting in the guidance.) 

Once all baby heads are placed, the pin closest to the center of the "X" wins!

Dont say Baby!: Before the party, have simple string or twine necklaces with a loop for each guest to wear. attach 5-10 paperclips to each necklace loop. Guests must refrain from saying the word "baby" for enitre party. If they do, the guest that "catches" them can steal a paperclip. (any other synonym for baby can be used.) Near the end of the party, have guests count how many paperclips they have left. Person with the most, wins!

In the end, things went great. Melissa and everyone else had a blast and Melissa didnt do to bad on the presents front either! ;) 
(More on what she GOT tomorrow!)

We had alot of fun, and now are even MORE excited for the BIG FINALE! :)

I Luuuuurve 
my Bestie! <3
(oh my GAWSH you can see how tired I am!)

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