Post # 1
Bees, I need help!
My mother and future Mother-In-Law are throwing me a bridal shower but I need to come up with some ideas for prizes and games. I’ve had my heart set on having a “Kate Spade Inspired” shower with the colors being black, white, hot pink and gold. BUT I have no “theme”. I have no idea what sort or prizes to be giving to people who win games. Are you supposed to pick a theme (bath, spa, kitchen etc) and stick with it for all the prizes, or can it be random? What did you do for your shower?
My shower is pretty large — there are ~70 people invited and it will be held in a banquet hall.
In terms of games, I think I’ve narrowed it down to “Who Knows the Bride Best?” – each person will get a template and try to fill in the blanks about me, “What’s in your Purse” – another template game to see who has the most items on the list, “Where in the World?” – a posterboard of pictures of myself and Fiance on vacation.
I’ve also been thinking about a “Price is Right” game where there will be household items (mr. clean, toilet paper, sanitizing wipes etc) and you have to guess how much each item is. I still don’t know how this one will work in terms of prizes. Do I give away the actual items individually, or create a basket of all items and give that away, or just give a random prize?
It’s so overwhelming! If anyone can give me any tips, suggestions or pointers I would appreciate it!
Post # 2
bowling16 : No, the prizes do not usually match any theme. I usually see scented candles, small Bath & Body Works type items, mini stationary sets, coffee mugs with chocolates or tiny bag of coffee in it, dishtowels or tea towels, small picture frames, purse mirrors…. Pretty much any cute and/or useful small item that’s 5 bucks or less. Most showers I’ve been to have wrapped the prizes but when I hosted a shower, I left them unwrapped and let the winners choose whatever they wanted. We had a lot of prizes and made sure everyone got something because it sucks to be the only one (or the sad few) who didn’t win anything.
The games you listed sound fun. I’m not familiar with the Price is Right one so will wait to see what others think about how to do prizes for that one.
Post # 3
I had a tea party and it was amazing! We had lots of teas, a coffee bar station, a mimosa bar station, little cookie type snacks, gourmet tea sandwiches that my grandma and aunt made, and mini bundt cakes. Who knows the bride best quiz, toilet paper wedding dress (hilarious ) and a couple of other things. My aunt hosted it at her house and it was the most incredible thing ever! Plus, people got to dress up if they wanted.
Post # 4
As for the prizes, just little things are fine. Nail polish, chocolates, lotions, etc.
Post # 5
We had a lot of extra wine left over from our engagement party so we’ll be giving those away in little baskets with wine glasses (most of my guests are wine drinkers). My sister in law is a scentsy rep so there will be some scentsy prizes as well. You definitely don’t have to pick a theme, maybe choose the prizes based on things that you like?
Post # 6
bowling16 : I always do gift cards. Depending on how many games, I do between $10 or $20 (so if there’s 3-4 games I do lesser amounts since I’m buying more cards, or if it’s just one game I might do $25).
I get Starbucks, VS, Amazon, etc. Stuff that most women would enjoy in some capacity. I’ve done this at 4 showers that I’ve hosted and it’s always been a hit. Everyone says they enjoyed getting a prize they can use to pick out what they personally want/use, vs a knick knack that may or may not end up in a drawer (even if they used it once or twice).
A Kate Spade shower sounds sooo cute! Love her color scheme.