I love bridal showers and enjoy giving tips on how to celebrate them.
Celebrate Your Bridal Shower With Games
I don't know about you, but when I get the opportunity to throw an important party like a bridal shower, I want to do it up right! This is the bride's time to be loved on in a more intimate setting by friends and family—a time to celebrate the upcoming event. I recently threw a bridal shower for a friend and was shocked to see how little the ideas for the party have evolved.
Showers are an area of the pre-wedding that has been overlooked because the selection of games and ideas is relatively flat, in my opinion. I've taken my own ideas and a few I have seen online and tweaked them to make an interactive and fun shower.
1. Name Tags With Love
As our guests entered, I asked them to put on a name tag. While it's a given they should write their name, I also asked them to put on the bottom how they knew the bride. While we were eating, I asked the bride to go around and introduce each guest and how she knew them.
This was a perfect opportunity for the bride to tell everyone how this friendship had blessed her. I loved this type of introduction because it helped me better relate to and remember each party guest. You could also switch it and let each guest introduce herself and give a little capsule of her relationship with the bride. Either way, it will help the group meld.
2. Mad Libs
Do you remember Mad Libs from your childhood? It's where you have a story of sorts, and this story has blanks. Each blank asks for some part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) Since Mad Libs requires a partner, one person asks for the parts of speech word, and the partner responds, not knowing the story. The result is hilarious! Here's the one we used:
Mad Lib #1
A wee bit of wisdom for the bride and groom...(exclamation)_____________________! I am so (emotion)____________________ for (bride and groom)! They are a(n) (adjective)________________couple. I hope that they (verb)_______________each other for the rest of their lives together. My best advice? Never (verb)________________while (verb+ing)__________________(plural noun)___________________, and always (verb)_____________(plural noun)__________________. (groom) should always (verb)___________ (bride's)(noun)__________________. (groom) and (bride) should always (verb)________________ (groom's) (noun)______________. Wishing you (number)____ years of joy and a (adjective) _______________ future. (Salutation)_____________, (your name)__________________.
Mad Lib #2
When I first heard that (bride and groom) were getting married, I said, (exclamation)_____________! I am so (emotion)____________for (bride and groom)! The are the most (adjective)_____________ (plural noun)________________. I wish them nothing less than (adjective)_______________ (plural noun)___________________ after they are married. My advice for (bride) is (adjective)_______________. I want to tell her never to forget to (verb)_________________ before (groom) (verb+s)_______________ and to always (verb)_____________ after she (verb+s)_________________. But most of all, (bride) should always (verb)_________________ her (noun)_______________ but (verb)_______________ (groom's) (noun)_________________. This will ensure you having (number)____ (adjective)__________________ children. (your name)_________________
3. Bridal Pictionary
Everybody knows the game Pictionary where one person gets a word, and the others have to guess what that person is trying to draw. The only difference is that, obviously, all of the words are wedding related. Here are some words we used:
- wedding chapel
- bridal party
- bachelorette party
- mother of the bride
I brought a medium-sized dry erase board but you could also use an extra-large pad of paper. You could do teams or just award a prize for the best player—let the bride decide.
4. Gift BINGO
Begin with a blank BINGO board. At some time when there is free time during the shower, say while you are eating, have all your guests fill in their BINGO chart with gifts that the bride might receive at this shower. The free space is for the gift that each individual brought. So while the bride opens up each gift, the guest looks at her chart to see if she came up with the same gift.
The winner can be determined with either a true BINGO, the most in a line, or the most spaces covered.
What Are Your Ideas?
I'd love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite bridal shower games? It's time our parties got more fun and interactive than just sitting around, eating and having quiet conversations. Let's make some memories and celebrate the happy couple!
Cynthia Lyerly (author) from Georgia on January 24, 2014:
These games were a hit at the shower that I threw. Hope it all works out for you!
Sharon on January 17, 2014:
Can't wait to try some of these games!
PartyPail from www.partypail.com on October 08, 2012:
Mad Libs, what a blast from the past! Great game idea for a bridal shower. I'm sure people could really have some fun with that!