Circus Baby Shower – Food & Games (Part 2 of 2)

by jessicaturner on June 7, 2013

circus shower food and games

I’m excited to share more about my sister’s amazing circus baby shower! Yesterday, I shared about the theme and decor, and today I am sharing details about the food and games. Shower games often stink, but everyone seemed to enjoy these.

The menu

First, the important topic of food. Our circus baby shower was a luncheon and about 50 people were coming. Since it was a June shower, we wanted to the keep the menu light and fresh.

We set everything up buffet style. I loved that behind the food tables we had a display of frames from my sister’s maternity session + the Landon banner made by Lisa Leonard. We also had the circus cookie jars with balloons on the table to give it height and a pop of color.

We served:

  • Small ham and turkey sandwiches: I bought two large bags of small buns at Sams (32 per bag). We made equal amounts of turkey and ham sandwiches and only had 2 sandwiches left over. PERFECT!
  • Potato salad: Several different styles
  • Pasta salad: My aunt made two kinds of pasta salad. I have never been a pasta salad person, but her BLT pasta salad was out of this world.
  • Italian green salad with homemade dressing
  • Freshly cut fruit salad
  • Two types of potato chips
  • Taco dip
  • Homemade breaded parmesan cheese balls.

For drinks we had water, a few 2 ltr. bottles of soda and this adorable ducky punch, which has been pinned about 300K on Pinterest. So yeah. It’s popular. And delicious.

A few tips about the punch:

  • Be prepared that it might not turn blue. I used the right Kool-Aid and generic grape juice and generic ginger ale and it was totally green. Luckily my mom had some blue food coloring.
  • Not all rubber duckies float. This was news to me, but seriously, why would they make rubber duckies that don’t float?! I bought two kinds of ducks- circus ones from Amazon which did NOT float and large yellow ones from the $1 section at Target, which only sort of floated. I attached them to the floating sherbert, which seemed to help. It was irritating. Lesson learned – be sure your ducks float!

We also set up a yummy dessert table with brightly colored candy, cookies, cupcakes, cream puffs and cake balls, to fit with our circus theme. The candy in the jars, wrapped with tickets was the perfect centerpiece for the sweets table.

The games
Because it was a large shower and we knew gifts would take a lot of time, we wanted games that would be simple and enjoyable for people as they were sitting watching my sister. So we had two simple table games, both of which I found on Pinterest.

Playdough babies: Everyone had a small playdough container that they had to use to make a baby. Many people shared their containers and/or worked together, so we got some really intricate, fun babies. It was impressive. Melissa then judged what one was her favorite.

Homemade ABC books: Everyone at the shower was assigned a letter of the alphabet. They were asked to make a page for an alphabet book for Landon. I left town right after the shower and didn’t get to see the finished books, but I know my sister loved putting them together.

I hope these posts help you the next time you have a baby shower to plan!

Read Part One: Circus Baby Shower Invitations and Decor 

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee June 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

When I was pregnant with my first son, back in 2008, I had two baby showers due to family being spread out across New England. Anyway, my mother-in-law did a ducky themed shower, and I wish we had known about this punch, it would have been perfect! But the funny thing is that we did do the playdough babies! It was so much fun to watch our guests create mini dough babies! Definitely a fun and easy shower activity :) I have a picture of them spread out on the dining room table. Some were better than others, but they were all adorable!


Emily June 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

You know, baby shower games generally drive my crazy! But this is one shower that I wish I was on the guest list! It looks like everyone had fun, and I hope your sister will share photos of that cute book with us!


Vicki June 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I love every single bit of this adorable baby shower! What a wonderful job you did with all the details! Love it!


Andrea June 11, 2013 at 7:47 am

Way to go with executing such a great shower, especially with planning from a distance. I love the games you did. I will have to keep them in mind as my sister is due with her first in August.


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