Post # 1
Since I’m not having a bridesmaids, we’re kind of shirking tradition. Instead of the tradtion of the Maid/Matron of Honor hosting, I’ll be hosting myself. I will be treating 15 of my close lady friends to a beautiful afternoon tea at the Fairmont. Each guest will receive a porcelain tea cup, saucer, spoon, and local artisan chocolates as a thank you gift for coming and for being an important part of my life.
I’m looking for some advice on the following:
1. How do I get the point across that it’s not a regular bridal shower and that I do not expect or want gifts? Can I put this on the invitation in a polite way?
2. How do I make sure everyone has a good time? Can’t do any noisy or physical games as we are in a fancy, public venue. I’m okay with doing some paper games. I will have 4 prizes to give – 2 teapots and 2 sugar/cream sets and would like to do at least 2 games. Help me think of games!
If you have any other bridal tea ideas, throw them my way!
Post # 3
Some wording ideas are:
The gift i’d appreciate most is your presence, your presence is your present. please just bring your hugs and kisses.
Some games include:
The Gist: A game that puts those vocab skills to work How to Play: Create a chart by labeling pieces of paper with the bride’s name written out across the top margin and several categories down the left side (flowers, cities, restaurants, movies, colors, etc.). Give each guest five minutes to come up with words that fit each category and start with the letter’s forming the bride’s name. When time is called, the host calls out each category and each guest reads off what they wrote. Answers chosen by more than one guest are disqualified. The guest who has the most unique words takes the prize.
The Gist: It’s like the story-telling version of mad libs. How to Play: Players take turns thinking of lines to add to a romantic story about the bride and groom (example opener: “Tess and Toby met at the office”). Pass the sheet around and have each person write a new line, folding the paper to only reveal the freshest sentence. After everyone has contributed, the final piece is read aloud to the bride.
Two Truths And A Lie
The Gist: Guests recall their funniest moments with the bride. How to Play: Each guest introduces herself and dishes about three experiences she’s had with the bride – one of which isn’t true. The person who correctly picks out the lie gets points. The best part? The truths can be wackier than the lies (cue the hilarious story swapping).
The Gist: Have guests answer extreme (read: hilarious) wedding etiquette questions. How to Play: Write a wedding etiquette question on an index card — the more outrageous the scenario, the better. Think of some nuptial nightmares like: What do you do if the best man sprays champagne all over the guests? If you accidentally knock into the wedding cake? If two bridesmaids get into a fight at the altar? If you see the groom’s aunt stealing items from the bathroom amenity basket? Hand out one etiquette card to each guest and have her write down an honest response to the situation. Then, have the bridal party gather all the cards and read the questions and answers aloud. (Put Auntie in handcuffs, perhaps?)
The Gist: Helps the bride and groom write their wedding vows. How to Play: Tell the group that they’re going to help the bride write the couple’s wedding vows, but each person only gets to write one sentence. Start circulating two clipboards, one with the header “I (the bride’s name) take you (groom’s name) and promise to” and the other with the reverse. Give each clipboard to one guest and instruct her to write a vow phrase under the header: “I promise to … not roll my eyes when you yell at sports on TV”. The first guest must now fold down the first line so that it’s hidden underneath and pass to the second player to add her sentiment. After both his and her versions have made it through the group, read the vows aloud for all to hear.
I hope this helps 🙂
Post # 4
@miss-stacie-2013: Thank you! I really love the first two games and the wedding vow one is hilarious. These are definitely appropriate for the environment.