Baby showers are special occasions that celebrate the impending arrival of a new life, surrounded by friends and family. To make the event even more memorable, consider incorporating simple baby shower games while also embracing an eco-friendly approach. This fusion of joy and sustainability can create a unique and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.
Eco-friendly baby showers don’t have to be expensive and may require a little imagination. Look at things that can be recycled and decorations that are natural. Try to avoid plastic where you can. Some things will probably involve making things instead of buying them, if you’re not a crafty person, that’s cool, enlist the help of someone who is.
Baby Shower Games and Tips for Hosting an Eco-Friendly Shower
Choosing the theme
When planning an eco-friendly baby shower, the first step is to choose a theme that aligns with yours or mum-to-be’s values. A great idea would be to opt for natural and earthy decorations, avoiding single-use plastics and opting for biodegradable or reusable options. There are often places where you can buy second-hand decorations; Facebook Marketplace, Ebay etc. Invitations can be sent electronically to reduce paper waste or, if physical invitations are preferred, use recycled paper as well as any baby shower games.
Instead of buying plastic confetti (which get everywhere!), you can get a shaped hole-punch and punch out some of your shapes in your own colours, this will be in keeping with the theme/colour of the shower.
Here’s a great little tip – you can make the paper invitations a keepsake by printing a picture of the mum-to-be and the recipient of that invitation.
Baby Shower Gifts
Apart from Baby Shower Games, you need to think about gifts. Incorporate sustainable practices into the gift-giving aspect of the event as well. Encourage guests to bring gifts wrapped in reusable cloth or other eco-friendly materials. Additionally, you could ask the attendees to look for second-hand gifts. When I was having my daughter, my friends found loads of gifts second-hand that I will need; bottle warmer, bottle steriliser, baby grows.
You could even gift something for mum-to-be too. How about getting a papering session or a foot pedicure. Expectant mums have achy feet so that will go down a treat. Ahead of this, you can speak to others, gather ideas for gifts and baby shower games. Give them an IOU so when they’ve had the baby (and they’re able to), take them out somewhere and spend some time with your friend. Her life will be all about the baby when she becomes a mum and remind her that she’s still a person.
Gifts can be given in gift bags that can be reused again and again. Try not to buy ‘you’re having a baby’ bag or anything too specific, it will allow the mum-to-be to regift it to someone else.
I’m always a fan of supporting local businesses and buying things like cakes and food from locally sourced businesses is a huge boost to that business. For drinks, avoid plastic glasses or cups unless it’s something you’re going to reuse over and over again. If you want to have a go at making cupcakes yourself, there are options where you can have silicone cupcakes. I’ve got these and they can be reused a multiple of times without causing any plastic waste. Here are some zero waste snack ideas. Next we can look at baby shower games.
Baby Shower Games
What baby shower will be complete without hilarious baby shower games? There’s nothing like having games that will make everyone laugh and giggle. It’s a great way for people to share their own stories (not the scary ones!)
To take the headache out of trawling through the internet looking for games, check out these printable baby shower games where you can print at home on recycled paper. They also include answers. If you’re looking for Baby shower games for large groups, these are perfect for that.
Curious at which simple baby shower games are included? Keep reading…
– What’s in your phone?
– Baby shower predictions
– Wishes for the baby
– Wishes for Mum-to-be
– Baby Word search
– Baby ABC games
– Guess the film
– Animal gestation
– A-Z – Boy’s Names
– A-Z Girl’s Names
– Who knows Mummy best?
– Name that song
– Unscramble the words
There are so many ways we can celebrate a new life coming into this world without using plastic.