There are few things less fun than going to a bridal shower and having to endure lame games with a bunch of ladies you have never met. While it is not always easy to find the best games that will fit every personality type, it is possible. With just a little effort, you could suddenly be known throughout your family as the go-to girl for hosting amazing parties. To make it happen, consider using the following games and tips for your next bridal shower:
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Bridal Trivia is an old-school game that never dies. Why is that?Simply because it is applicable to the situation and a ton of fun to play. The game is a multiple choice “test” based on the bride and groom. You could include information about where they met, the song they first danced to, and even information from their individual pasts. This gets very interesting when you are able to contact long-time family and friends for their input, so grab as much information as possible and sleuth your way into this popular game. Each guest gets their own copy and a pencil and the one to get the most answers right wins. Easy, engaging and fun for all involved.
This game has become very popular recently. To play, you place an index card with a name or place on the forehead of each guest. They must then try to guess what they have been assigned only with hints from other partygoers. The names and places chosen for these cards should have some significance to the bride and groom, such as where they met, celebrities from their favorite movies, and so forth. The game can last all night and is bound to bring on a lot of conversation and laughs.
Hello My Name Is…
This fun guessing game is sure to get people talking. When each guest arrives, they receive a number slip of paper on which they write their lesser-known nicknames. They can be romantic pet names or regular nicknames that are not obviously plays on their regular monikers. All slips then get hung on a board or placed in a hat from which the host can draw. Each guest must then give their best guess as to which nickname corresponds with each guest. The one who correctly guesses the most names wins the prize.
While the name of the game sounds like a bad faux pas waiting to happen, the game is actually incredibly fun and doesn’t tread on the bride’s toes. The game involves guessing how old the bride is in photographs. The pictures can come from any point in the bride’s past, and should be a great way to celebrate her growth and life experiences in a fun way. Simply place all the photos where they can be seen, or hold them up one by one as guests take their best guess at the bride’s age in each picture. As always, the one who guesses the most correctly wins.
Since the shower is about celebrating the love of a couple, there is no better game to play than famous couples. This simple game involves placing the names of famous couples on a single card and using decorative scissors to cut the heart between the names. Each seat at the table has a card assigned, and guests spend the game looking for their match. The first couple to come together wins.
Change Things As Needed
The thing to remember when hosting a party is that the games are there to work for you, not the other way around. If a game seems to be a dud, or something doesn’t quite work out as you would have liked, it’s ok to scrap it early and move on. Your guests will be immensely grateful to you for not making them sit through a game that no one is enjoying. Moreover, if a guest mentions a fun new game that isn’t on the plan but is easy to play, consider including that in the evening. Parties are meant to be a little spontaneous, so loosen up and make sure you are having fun.
Don’t Forget the Prizes
One of the fun things about attending a shower is the chance to win some fun swag. Each of the games should have a modest, yet nice gift for those who came to support the bride and won. These prizes could be as simple as a nice keychain, a personalized magnet or cute photo featuring the bride and groom, or a candle. The idea is to pick a nice gift that will remind the guest of the happy couple. It can get pricey, so make sure to include it in the overall budget.
Taking on the responsibility of hosting a bridal shower can be a big undertaking. However, if you are prepared with some of these awesome games, and prizes that the guests will love, you are more likely than ever to experience a smooth evening.