(Closed) Opening presents at bridal shower..does it ever get boring?

posted 9 years ago in Parties
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think it’s boring. That’s why I did not want a shower! I actually have never gone to a bridal shower yet, but I have been to a few baby showers and the gift opening at those were boring with only a handful of people/gifts. Some people really do love seeing that stuff, though. I’m just not one of them.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

I too like the idea of making it into a game so that people can feel involved. Also, make it as little pressure as possible. Make sure everyone knows they are free to get up and move around. Have all your bridesmaids on hand and give them each a task. One helps open the gift if there are say ribbons or something constricting, one makes sure the gifts are plentiful within your reach, one writes your information down, and one or two are in charge of tossing the wrapping paper and placing the gifts where they belong so they don’t pile up in front of you.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was very nervous for my first shower! But when I walked in all the gifts wernt wapped and they were laying out on a table, so I only had to open about 5 ๐Ÿ™‚ So it wasnt too bad!

Post # 22
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Love the idea of using a “green” theme to eliminate all the wrapping! That would save a ton of time too.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

@Evie19: I was just saying I liked some of the things the other ladies mentioned such as making it into bingo or setting a timer and giving away prizes when the timer rings.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We did both bingo and used a timer to give away gifts at the last shower I went to. It deff helped make the time go by faster. I also second having BMs help with the gifts to speed up the process!

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bakerella: This is a great idea! 

 

I just threw my SIL a shower with about 70 people, and tried to think of ways to make it interesting for weeks! I had nothing (thought Bingo would be too complicated without tables for everyone), and she is also possibly the slowest person at just about everything, God love her, but it took like 2 hours to open gifts. I kept telling people to feel free to continue eating or hanging out, but it was indoors and they really just sat around looking horribly bored. Oh well, she got “showered” and I guess that was the point. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

For my BFF’s shower, we basically opened all the gifts for her – by the time the gift was on her lap, she just had to read the card (we’d opened it for her) and like, lift off a piece of wrapping paper.  There were a ton of gifts and this really helped.

In a few weeks I’m attending a “display shower.”  We were asked not to wrap the gifts – they’ll just be displayed around the party.  I’m pretty excited to just hang out with a bunch of cool ladies and not have to pretend I’m enjoying watching someone tear through a million gifts as quickly as possible ๐Ÿ™‚  

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes, sadly, it does. And with 80 people (I’ve never even heard of a shower that big) it might be better to do that timer game (also never seen that).

What we did for my friend’s baby shower was label each of the presents with a number.  Then guests were given a blank bingo card and they filled in 1-20 (it can be any number).  When each present was opened the number was read.  People were SO excited about the number that they were in good spirits all the way through.  I guess your prizes have to be worth getting too, makes it all the more fun to win ๐Ÿ™‚

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