Team games are the best way to break the ice at a party, but they require some preparation and dedicated time at the party scheduled for games. Many people except games, and these are sure winners for both women-only and couples' parties.
Diaper the Baby
Guests are paired together to diaper a baby doll. The trick is that the pair can only use one hand each. The other hand is not allowed to touch the diaper. The team who diapers the doll the fastest wins the prize. A stopwatch or digital kitchen timer works well to time this game.
Picture or Sculpture Charades
Split guests into teams of three or four members each. Before the party, create a list of 50 or more baby terms and write them down on index cards. Each item equals one point, or you can assign varied point values for items, with the more unusual items receiving a higher value. Have each team select an artist to draw first for their team and decide which teams goes first. The artist selects a card, shows it to the other teams and either draws or sculpts the item. Their team must guess the word in less than one minute. If they are successful, they score the point value for that card and play continues to the next team. Use a sand timer or digital kitchen timer to time players. Some ideas for baby terms are pacifier, bottle, nursing, baby, high chair, father, crib, layette, drool, and bib. This game can also be played as traditional charades.
Gather about a dozen baby items, such as newborn diapers, a bib, burp cloths, baby wipes, a pacifier, baby shampoo, a rattle, and cotton swabs. Write the price of each item on individual cards and seal each card in an envelope. Write the name of the items on the envelopes and set them by the products. Have guests pair up into teams of two and pass each team the list of items on a sheet of paper. The teams guess the price of each item and write it next to that item on their list. An announcer then opens the envelopes one by one and gives the card to the team with the closest guess. The person who collects the most cards wins. Give all of the baby products to the guest of honor. Although this game can be played individually without teaming up, adding the team element allows for more mingling and makes it a livelier group activity.
Some groups simply don't want to play games and prefer a more low-key atmosphere. These craft ideas offer a nice opportunity for people to mingle without having to participate in games.