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Baby Showers: 5 Fantastic Theme Ideas

Great for: Breaking the ice
How to play: Each guest must introduce herself and then tell the group three things about herself -- two are true, one is a lie. Then the remaining guests must each guess which statement was false. When each guest has placed her bet, the "liar" must confess to her lie. The truths are often way wackier than the made-up lies -- which creates opportunities for story swapping (and is generally hilarious).
Party Pointer: Shy guests needn't freeze with indecision Indecision

ass unable to decide between two haystacks, he would starve to death. [Fr. Philos.: Brewer Dictionary, 154]

Cooke, Ebenezer

his irresolution usually leads to catatonia. [Am. Lit.
 when it's their turn. Advise them to theme the three statements. For example, "My first car was a navy Saab, I've been in five car accidents, and I got my driver's license Noun 1. driver's license - a license authorizing the bearer to drive a motor vehicle
driver's licence, driving licence, driving license

license, permit, licence - a legal document giving official permission to do something

 when I was 26." In certain circles, this good-natured game can take a sexy turn. If you think this won't be appropriate, be sure to lay down some ground rules beforehand.

Great for: Intimate showers, where guests know each other well
How to play: A guest starts thinking of one of the other guests and keeps her choice a secret. The other guests take turns guessing who's on her mind. The guessers must determine the answer through creative questions such as, "If she were a fabric, what kind of fabric would she be?" and "If she were a television show, what show would she be?" or "If she were a cocktail, what cocktail would she be?" The more imaginative the questions, the more intriguing in·trigue  
a. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.

b. The practice of or involvement in such schemes.

2. A clandestine love affair.

 the clues that help guests determine the identity of the mystery woman. If a guest thinks she can identify her, she may say so when it's her turn. If she's wrong, she's out of the game for that round. If she's right, it's her turn to choose a person and field questions.
Party Pointer: You'll need at least 10 guests to keep this game interesting -- otherwise it's way too obvious who the woman in question is.

Great for: Breaking the ice; artistic crowds; any showers where kids are in attendance
How to play: Pretend you're a camp counselor again, and plan a calm, laid-back arts-and-crafts project. Buy enough Play-Doh, paper, fingerpaint, or collage collage (kəläzh`, kō–) [Fr.,=pasting], technique in art consisting of cutting and pasting natural or manufactured materials to a painted or unpainted surface—hence, a work of art in this medium.  materials for all of your guests. Ask them to create mementos or visual messages that remind them of the parents-to-be or the experience of having a new baby.
Party Pointer: Don't plan anything too messy. Guests might grumble about marring their manicures or staining their clothes. Consider providing smocks.

Great for: Sentimental crowds

How to play: Tuck a pretty blank card into the shower invitations and include a note asking guests to inscribe in·scribe  
tr.v. in·scribed, in·scrib·ing, in·scribes
a. To write, print, carve, or engrave (words or letters) on or in a surface.

b. To mark or engrave (a surface) with words or letters.
 the card with their advice for new parents. They should come to the shower prepared to read their card to the group. Their words of wisdom, encouragement, and well-wishing can be in the form of a recipe, a poem, a humorous anecdote anecdote (ăn`ĭkdōt'), brief narrative of a particular incident. An anecdote differs from a short story in that it is unified in time and space, is uncomplicated, and deals with a single episode. , and so on. Encourage guests to be creative. After all the cards have been read, the hostess can compile them in a scrapbook A Macintosh disk file that holds frequently used text and graphics objects, such as a company letterhead. Contrast with "clipboard," which is reserved memory that holds data only for the current session.  for the mom and dad-to-be. This sweet activity goes especially well with dessert!
Party Pointer: This is a great activity for crowds who might be prone to pooh-pooh shower games Shower Game was a pricing game on the American television game show, The Price Is Right. Played from September 4, 1978's show through November 30, 1978, it was played for a car, or $100 cash. . Want an alternative plan? Have a beautiful blank book on hand at the shower, and invite each guest to write messages in the pages. Have a helper keep tabs on who signs, so that no one's excluded.

Great for: Traditional crowds
How to play: Hand out pieces of gridded paper to guests, with the mom-to-be's first name written out across the top margin (example: LIZ LIZ Elizabeth
LIZ Lisette
LIZ Leather Institute of Zimbabwe
). The left margin should list several categories (for example: flowers, baby toys, restaurants, household products, colors, baby names, etc.) Each guest must then come up with words that a) fit each category, and b) start with the letters forming the new mom's name, writing them in the corresponding grid square (example: lilac lilac, any plant of the genus Syringa, deciduous Old World shrubs or small trees of the family Oleaceae (olive family), widely cultivated as ornamentals. , iris, zinnia zinnia, any species of the genus Zinnia of the family Asteraceae (aster family), native chiefly to Mexico, though some range as far north as Colorado and as far south as Guatemala. The common zinnia of gardens (Z. ...). They should be allowed no more than five minutes to complete their grids. When time is called, each guest must read off what they wrote. If other guests have chosen the same words, the word gets disqualified dis·qual·i·fy  
tr.v. dis·qual·i·fied, dis·qual·i·fy·ing, dis·qual·i·fies
a. To render unqualified or unfit.

b. To declare unqualified or ineligible.

. The goal is to acquire the greatest number of unique words. Award a prize to the winner.
Party Pointer: This game can be both challenging and nerve-wracking, but that's part of the fun. Also, debates over the validity of certain words inevitably will arise -- the hostess may have to moderate.
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Date:Jul 3, 2007
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