Bridal Shower Games That Are Not Boring
In March, I helped to host a bridal shower. I was in charge of the games and decorating. Not many people enjoy games at showers – bridal, baby, or otherwise. I think I even heard you groan just reading the word “games”.
I, actually, like playing just about any type of game so, I volunteered for this task. However, knowing that most people want to find an excuse to leave early when game time is announced, I was determined to find the least boring games.
Where is the best place to look? Pinterest and Google, of course. I set about pinning and Googling a variety of games. I believe my final selections were a hit.
As the guests arrived I got them started on the games. I gave each of them a copy of the “Find the Guest” and “How Well Does the Bride Know the Groom” games. I also gave them 5 slips of paper for Mad Libs.
“Find the Guest” was more of an ice-breaker so the guests would interact. To win, they had to go around and talk to everyone. For example, they had to find a guest who was wearing contacts or the guest who traveled more than 50 miles to attend the shower. You can find different versions of this game on the internet. I found a few that I liked then, typed it up in Word so I could make some minor changes.
For “How Well Does the Bride Know the Groom”, I asked them to read through the questions and circle whether they thought the Bride’s answer would “match” or “not match” the Groom’s answer. Whoever guessed the most correctly would win a prize. This turned out to be pretty hilarious. This particular Bride and Groom have known each other over 18 years and both are over 45. I found a lot of samples of this game that seemed more suited to younger couples. Questions like, “what size shoe does the groom wear”, seemed a little boring. (I hope that after 18 years they know each other’s shoe size.) So, I created my own version by picking the questions I thought best suited to this couple. About a week before the shower, I asked the Groom the questions including some tie-breakers. I was worried that, again, after 18 years, they would match each other’s answers and I would have about 20 people winning. It turned out that I either picked some really good questions or this Bride and Groom really don’t know each other. Even funnier, the guests seemed to know them better than they knew each other. The Bride only matched 7 of the 20 questions. Five of the guests guessed correctly on 10 of the 20. It only took one tie-breaker to get down to one winner.
We didn’t start the games until after we ate so the guests had plenty of time to “play” the games while socializing and eating. We started by determining the winner of the “Find the Guest” game. The winner found 14 out of 15. Then we played the “How Well Does the Bride Know the Groom game. We got a lot of mileage out of the Groom’s answer to “What is the Bride’s best feature?”
Next, we quickly filled in the three Mad Libs: two offering marriage advice and one to help them write their Marriage Vows. You may remember at the beginning I mentioned that I gave 5 slips of paper to the guests. I asked each guest for a noun, verb, adjective, emotion, and number which we used to fill in the blanks on the Mad Libs game.
And now, for the funniest game…..
I gave each table a pair of size 13 cotton granny panties, markers, scissors and 10 minutes to make a pair of wedding night lingerie. The 10 minutes ended up more like 15 or 20 because some of the tables got so creative and didn’t want to stop.
The nautical theme is based on the fact that the groom-to-be owns a sail boat and they spend a lot of time on the water.
This one is great….
Here is the front with the model’s face blocked out to protect the innocent…..
….with a veil and my daughter looking on totally appalled.
The shy bride (hope those underwear were clean….):
While I’m not that great at decorating, I think these turned out pretty good (despite that the tablecloth provided clashed with the nautical theme). I had some help with the chair. I wanted it to look like a wedding veil and the teen-aged girls who helped me did a great job in a limited amount of time.
I had fun using my Cricut to make the letters on the banner and the boxes to hold the slips of paper for the Mad Libs game.
Here is an up close look at the table.
All-in-all, I think it was a success!
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