For my sister’s bridal shower, we had a mix of her friends and her mother-in-laws friends/family, so I organized games that were optional because I knew not everyone would want to play.
1. Clothespin game
– I decorated clothespins with silver damask tape from Michael’s craft store
– guests could take a clothespin when they entered the shower and the game is to not say the word “bride”. If they did, then someone could call them out on it and steal their clothespin. The person at the end of the shower who had the most clothespins won.
2. Guess the Bride’s Age
– I put together a picture frame with 10 pictures of the bride-to-be at different stages of her life (made sure not to put any awkward or embarrassing pictures as she is my bigger/stronger sister haha)
– Guests came up and looked at the pictures and if they wanted to play then they filled out a ballet with their guesses as to how old she was in each picture. Whoever had the most correct guesses wins.
3. Kisses for the Soon-To-Be-Mrs.
– another guessing game. I filled up a nice jar with chocolate kisses and had ballets for people to guess how many was in it. The closest guess wins (plus wins the chocolate)
4. What’s in your purse
– Each seat had a “what’s in your purse” checklist. You can also do this with “what’s in your phone”. The checklist included things like passport, book, lipstick, bandaid, etc. The more rare the item (like pantyhose/underwear), the more points it was worth. Again, totally optional if people wanted to fill it out. The person with the most points wins.
5. The Nearly-Wed Game
– I compiled a list of questions like “what is the bride’s/groom’s favourite band?” “where did you two first meet?” etc. and videotaped the groom answering them ahead of time
– at the shower, my sister had to give her answers and after each one, I would play the groom’s response. It was really funny and the guests found it really entertaining. (So this is good if the bride is okay with being put on the spot – need to ask her first)
– we played it as a gift opening game (cuz watching someone open gifts can be really boring). So if my sister answered the question the same as the groom did, then she got to open a present. If not, then we went to the next question.
Overall, my sister’s bridal shower went really well! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves! It helps if you know your guestlist. Since ours was a mix of young and old – we kept the games optional and to a minimum. No ice-breaker games or anything where the guests are put on the spot. Near the end of the shower (it was an afternoon tea thing for 2 hours), we announced it was last call to complete ballots and then after that we annouced winners and gave out prizes.
The best part is that we kept all of the games, signs, ballots, etc. so we will be using them this weekend for MY girls’ night. haha I love hand-me-downs!