Shower Games That’ll Have ‘em Rollin’
by Jack Brooks
a bridal shower can be a load of fun, whether it’s traditional or
creative, and especially if you incorporate a game or two to add an original
and personalized angle to it.
Any party planner will tell you that the trick
to throwing a successful shower begins with a great theme and has activities
to get the crowd upbeat, connected and involved.
Set the tone and launch the
theme from the beginning with the game setup on the invitations.
A good way
to set the mood is by choosing a music menu that not only promotes guest
interaction but also fits with the games.
Keep these guidelines in mind when
you set up your bridal shower festivities:
away from written tests unless the game is so compelling people will
take the time and trouble to deal with pencil and paper, although
preparing cards that’ll be read ahead of time will help keep momentum
in the game. Calling out answers is not only more fun and interactive,
but also generates camaraderie.
games that will not make your guests feel awkward, pressured or
embarrassed. Unless you’re having a very intimate and like-minded
group of people, avoid topics or themes that are too personal,
controversial, or excessively racy.
and favors can add zest and involvement to the games, however, consider
giving whimsical and inexpensive prizes, rather than expensive items
that might cause discomfort to the winner.
shower games get the party going, and are great icebreakers.
Write the names of famous personalities on index cards. Attach a card to
each guest’s back as she arrives. The guest must not know whose name
is attached to her back. To find out, she must ask the other guests for
clues. The first person to identify the correct name is the winner.
make up trivia cards beforehand with questions about the bride –
“how did she get the scar on her knee?” “What was her first
pet’s name?” et cetera. Read the cards out to the guests. The guest
that answers the most questions correctly wins a prize.
the hostess draws up a list of items likely to appear in a woman’s
purse and allocates a point value to each item ranging from 1-5
depending on how uncommon the item is. An eyelash curler might be a 5 on
the scale for example, a mirror a 3, and car keys a 1. The hostess might
also decide to allow 10 bonus points for the guest who can produce the
most outrageous item from her purse. The guest with the most points wins
First Kiss: Everyone remembers their first kiss. The bride
can kick things off by telling of the time she and her fiance first
kissed. Then, each guest tells the story of their first kiss with their
husband or boyfriend. Younger guests can tell a story of how they
imagine that their first kiss will be like. Everyone then votes on the
most romantic story and the funniest!
popular bridal shower games include:
Each visitor is given a paper clip and are told two words they must
not mention (i.e. "wedding", and the groom's name). If they
do, they lose their paper clips to the one who caught them mentioning
the forbidden words. Whoever accumulates the most paper clips wins the
guest is given a balloon containing either a picture and/or
description of a man inside it. After they’ve all been blown up and
passed around, each one pops their balloon with a provided pin and
whoever who finds the hunk is the winner!
often, bridal showers are most fun and successful if the theme
of the shower and the planned games tie in together. If it’s to be a
beach location, plan sport or water-related games, if held at a hotel,
geographic or travel-related games will work. If a lingerie-themed party,
then “girl-talk” games would fit. Some effort and thought put into this
fun part of the bride’s prenuptial celebration can make for a
well-deserved break for the bride (and it may help the groom, too!) from the
stress of wedding planning.
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