Baby showers became common after World War II during the baby boom of the 1950s, and shower games were a standard activity. While many baby showers today still feature some of the traditions and etiquette of the past, a modern host is free to include or eliminate anything that doesn't suit her vision of the perfect shower. Throwing a baby shower with no games allows the host to use other nontraditional ideas to make the event memorable for the guests and the mom-to-be.
Incorporate elements such as color, decor, invitation style and food to compliment a unique baby shower theme. Themes can be elegant, casual, modern or any combination of ideas that the host likes, including things unique to the mom-to-be, such as nursery design or foods she has craved during her pregnancy.
Go completely modern and plan a shower without games or any traditional elements. Use bright colors instead of pastels, invite the guys as well as the girls, feature non-fussy foods instead of tea sandwiches, and serve pie instead of the traditional cake.
Ask each guest to write her top piece of new-baby advice or a special memory of her relationship with the mom-to-be on an index card when she arrives. Rather than playing games, have guests share their advice or memories. Collect the cards and present them to the mom-to-be at the end of the shower in something she can use for the baby, such as a new diaper bag or a storage basket.
Host the baby shower at a unique location that reflects a special hobby or interest of the mom-to-be, such as a pottery painting studio, a scrap-booking studio or a gourmet cooking studio. Guests can enjoy the activities the unique setting provides instead of playing shower games.
Balance your own hosting preferences with the likes and personality of the mom-to-be.