Naturally, the point of hosting a bridal shower is to support the bride-to-be with good wishes, gifts, a fun time, and the company of her closest family and friends. But why not use it as an opportunity for the guests to have fun too? Don't make the only activity be watching the bride as she opens up all of her gifts. Instead organize a bridal shower game or two or three (!) to break the ice among guests that don't know each other well (such as friends of the bride and her family) and you'll give everyone more to talk about after the party than simply the model of blender the bride received at her shower.
Toilet Paper Gown Game for a Bridal Shower - In this classic game, teams of guests race to create a bridal gown from only toilet paper and tape. It's not as easy as it may seem, but the results are bound to be hilarious.
Scavenger Hunt Bridal Shower Game - Sending kids on a scavenger hunt is a great way to use up their excess energy. But with this adult, bridal shower variation of the game, no one will break a sweat, making it perfect for both young and old guests at your shower. Find rules for the game, as well as a list of items you can use in this scavenger hunt.
Bridal Shower Trivia Game - In order to play this game, you will need to do a bit of preparation in advance of the bridal shower, probably more than any other game you choose. But, in the end, it will be worth it as guests learn all about both the bride and the groom. Just remember not to reveal anything too embarrassing since this is the bride's day to shine. You wouldn't want her future in-laws to learn details that they'll never let her forget. This article includes rules for the game as well as a list of possible questions to get your started.
Bridal Shower Safety or Clothespin Game - Show your guests just how tricky words can be with this fun game. If they want to win the prize, they're going to have to pay attention to their conversation.
Bridal Shower Games for When the Bride is Opening Her Gifts - It may be the moment the bride has been waiting for, but it may leave some guests counting the minutes until the end of the party. I'm talking about the time when the bride is opening up her pile of gifts. Oooh, it's a toaster. Oooh, here are some sheets. If you've been to one shower, you could say you've been to them all. But if the host adds one or two of these games to the party, guests will be paying much closer attention as each gift is opened by the bride. This article includes several variations on bridal shower bingo, as well as ideas for replaying the funniest moments from the shower.
Jack and Jill Bridal Shower Not-Yet-Newlywed Game - Couples showers are a popular variation on the girls-only traditional bridal shower. Since girls will be at the party with their boys, add to the fun with this bridal shower version of the classic "Newlywed Game". Find variations on how to play this game, along with potential questions you can use.
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