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Bridal Shower Games That’ll Have ‘em Rollin’

by Jack Brooks

Throwing 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:

 

  • Steer 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.


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  • Choose 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.


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  • Prizes 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.

Bridal shower games get the party going, and are great icebreakers. 

Here are some ideas:-

  1. Who Am I? 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.
     

  2. Bride Trivia: 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.
     

  3. The Purse Game: 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 the game.
     

  4. 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!

Other popular bridal shower games include: 

    • True Lies, where one person claims to have done something outrageous and anyone else who’s done that thing tosses in a penny or candy favor. The person with the most items left wins this fun game.

  • Forbidden Words, 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 prize! 
     

  • Balloon Hunk, Each 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!

Most 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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