Don’t Say Baby (Taboos and Tokens)

Materials Needed

  • A taboo word
  • A token for each guest
  • Taboos and Token is a fun game that has become extremely popular in large part due to it being flexible enough to fit any occasion. A baby shower is no exception so get out your clothespins and start up a game!


    This game is an excellent choice to lead off your baby shower. Since you play it passively throughout the event, it is a good idea to start it as soon as possible.

    The Setup: The first thing to do is to select a taboo word, meaning a word(or short phrase) your guests are not allowed to say. The most obvious choice is “Baby” which will work just fine, but if you wish you can choose another word like mom, birth, diapers, or anything you wish that is likely to be said frequently at your party. Now you need tokens. Clothespins are commonly used since they are easy to clip onto and remove from clothing without doing any damage. For a baby shower, a pacifier on a string to be worn around the neck is an excellent choice.

    The Rules: To start the game inform all of your guests of the taboo word. Give them each a token and explain to them that whenever they say the taboo word they will lose their token to the first player to call them out. Now start the game. If Aunt Sue accidently says the taboo word and Cousin Sarah is the first to point out her mistake, then Aunt Sue must give Cousin Sarah her token. Now Sue has no tokens and Sarah has two tokens. The only way for Aunt Sue to get a token back is to be the first to call out someone else when they say the taboo word.

    The game continues throughout the party until a predetermined time close to the end when the game is called to a halt. The person who has the most tokens at the close of the game is declared the winner and gets a prize.

    Craft Option: You can add pink or blue ribbons, stickers, paint or anything else you can imagine to your tokens. Since guests will be wearing them throughout the party , many people choose to fancy them up.