How Long Should a Baby Shower Really Last?

A baby shower is a joyful time to get together with loved ones and bond with the mom-to-be. But, how do you figure how long the event should last when you’re the host?

When organizing a baby shower, having a time frame makes it easier when planning games, food, and opening gifts. A traditional baby shower usually lasts around 2-3 hours.

Once guests arrive, they will begin mingling. Some people leave the food out for when guests arrive, but other hosts wait a while and then announce that the food is ready. If you have several games on the schedule, you will benefit from having guests enjoy their food right when they get there, so you have one thing out of the way.

How to be a Baby Shower Super Host

If this is your first time hosting a baby shower, it can seem overwhelming. You want the day to go perfect, and you may even be afraid of messing up the smallest details. Here is a small guide so you know each step to take:

1. Set the date. Figure out a date that will work well for you and the guest of honor. If this is a surprise baby shower, you may need to brainstorm with the spouse to come up with the perfect date.

2. Make a guest list. Think about if the shower should be for just females and with or without    kids. Some people opt for a “Jack and Jill” baby shower, which allows men and women to both  celebrate.

3. Choose a venue. Baby showers can be hosted in various places. If you are trying to save money, you can host at your home or someone else’s. Other options are a restaurant, park, banquet hall, or another space that you get permission from.

4. Send out invitations. Once you decide on a date, time, and place, it’s time to send out the invitations. If you’re not the mother of the mom-to-be, you may want to get in touch with a family member to get everyone’s address if the shower is a surprise.

3 Creative Baby Shower Games to Fill the Time

If you’re looking to schedule some creative baby shower games that aren’t so redundant – for example, guess mom’s weight and solve riddles – the following games may pique your interest.

What Mommy Wore

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This is a fun game to see who pays attention the most. Don’t let anyone know this game will be played. Once you’re ready for the game, have mom-to-be go in the bathroom or another room discreetly.

Next, hand out papers like this and have the guests answer the questions in a certain amount of time of approximately 3-5 minutes. Whoever gets the most answers correct will win a prize.

What’s In Your Purse?

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This is a fun game where guests will have to dig through their purse. Hopefully they will be lucky enough to be carrying several of these items. Set a time limit and once the timer reaches its limit, have guests count up how many points they have.

Whoever the lucky winner of the most points is receives a prize.

Finish Mommy’s Phrase

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Which guest thinks they know mommy the best? This fun game will prove who can guess the most accurate on what mom is thinking. Have guests fill out the paper. Have mom fill out her own in a location where nobody can see.

Whoever gets the most answers right can pick from the prizes.


Heather Burdo

Heather is a freelance writer from New York. She has a passion for health and parenting. Heather has written for the Gluten-Free Living magazine,, Project Eve Moms, and others.

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