When you think creative baby shower do not do any of the "classic" which are generally awful and often disgusting IMO. Consider doing trivia night/bar trivia instead of traditional games and you may have a couple baby shower games which you might get enjoyment from. At my friend's shower we did crafts - a keepsake bead bracelet for the guests and a decorative tile for the baby's nursery, and that was fun too.

Above all though, if you have strong opinions about what you want, either refuse to let someone else throw it for you (someone will likely offer) or make sure that person understands and is on board with what you want. Otherwise there's a good chance you won't get it.

If you want to make a good impression you might consider a coed shower with friends providing the food. Then arrange a few "stations" of activities (guess how much candy was in the giant baby bottle, guess the actual birthday of the baby calendar, graffiti the diaper to give mom and dad some late night laughs).

But the two biggest recommendations I would make:

  1. baby "bar" trivia. We had 20 questions (10 general knowledge about babies and pregnancy and 10 about babies in pop culture-including name that baby) and a taste test round where people had to identify 5 flavors of baby food. This got a lot of positive feedback from guests and was a lot of fun. Let me know if you want all the questions and answer sheet I created. Be happy to send it along.
  2. in lieu of cards, we asked people to bring a book they'd want us to read with baby and to inscribe it with a message. We got so many amazing books. One of my SO's friends brought a book from his actual childhood library for us to read. Other people gave us copies of their faves... It was truly a cool endeavor.