Post # 1
I have only been to one shower in my life and that was for a baby. The did play games (like any good shower) but gave out prizes as well. Do I need prizes for the wedding shower? I mean, it is going to be nothing but older adults and a few 20-somethings. Do people really expect prizes for winning games? I am already making the cutest and most awesome cake pops for everybody as a “favor” for attending. (or, as I like to call it: My excuse to make awesome cake pops!) And if we are supposed to give prizes, what kind? I don’t plan on spending much more than a Dollas or two on each one. Any thoughts? Ideas?
EDIT: I should have mentioned that this is a wedding shower with men AND women so any prizes have to be able to be translated between the two. Also, games are a MUST in my family. lol. So, since it looks like games = prizes… what prizes would be good for both sexes?
Post # 3
I think it is nice. You can just do little things, like a $5 gift card, or little candies.
Post # 4
My mom hosted my sister’s wedding shower and she gave out fashion jewelry as prizes. I’m sure they cost no more than $3-7 each item and were really cute (from Kohls, I’m sure on sale and with a coupon). The women did have to win a game to get a prize, but there were enough prizes so everyone would get one (the shower only had 10 people, and the women who won more than once opted to gave the prize to a woman who didn’t win)
Post # 5
All the showers I’ve been to, if there ARE prizes, it’s customary to gift that prize to honoree.
Post # 6
I once got lotion as a gift. Another time I got a Yankee Candle. My bridesmaids prepared little gift sets with chocolate and a mini bottle of champagne for mine.
Post # 7
I’m a pro at shower games! It’s the running joke in my family that I always win and yes there is always a prize. It’s little things though usually like candles, a mug, $5 Starbucks card, candy, etc.
EDIT: Another option is to not play games 🙂
Post # 8
To tell you the truth, I’m not planning on doing many at the bridal shower I’m hosting for a friend. None of her other BMs are planning on pitching in, and I don’t have a ton of money and her guest list is about double what I thought it would be (gulp!). I’m planning on spending most of my money on food and I’ll make the decorations myself.
Post # 9
I’m certainly not a shower pro (only been to 3) but all of them had prizes for the winners of the games. Prizes ranged from lip balm to a gift basket from Bath & Body Works.
Post # 10
What would work for men AND women then?
Post # 11
@missrobots: This is how I’ve seen it done as well. The prizes are actually small, inexpensive items off the honoree’s registry and at the end of the shower, anyone who won a prize, turns it over to the honoree.
Post # 12
How about a cheap bottle of wine?