How Long Should the Baby Shower Last?

Baby showers typically last between 2-3 hours depending on how large the shower is and how many games that are played. Small showers are much easier to time manage. While the guests in attendance are there to honor the mom-to-be and celebrate with her this beautiful time of her life, time still needs to be respected for both the guests and the mom-to-be. Having a small group gather allows more time for games and socializing as well as passing of the gifts for all to ooohhhh and aaahhhhh over. If the shower is large with more than 25 people in attendance, it might be a good idea to scale back on the number of games that is played. If it appears there are a lot of gifts on hand, perhaps the hostess should play 1-2 short ice breaking games and then have one game that is ongoing throughout the shower. After the second game, invite everyone to go ahead and help themselves to the food that is provided and a drink. Often at baby showers, passing the gift around for all to see can be fun, but it can also become a chore. Perhaps, string a clothes line across the room and as the mom-to-be opens a cute little outfit, simply have it hung on the line for all to see and enjoy while the mother continues to open gifts. By having the ongoing game continue while the gifts are being opened it will be more exciting for everyone. A great ongoing game to play is “don’t say baby” whereas everyone is given a diaper pin when they arrive and told not to say the word baby or they would lose their pin. At then end of the shower, the person with the most baby pins wins a nice little gift and everyone has had lots of fun in the mean time. As a hostess however, it is necessary to keep the party light, entertaining and moving as anything over 3 hours and the guest begin to get tired and hungry, not to mention the mom-to-be.

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