Let the Games Begin
Games can be loads of fun at parties! They break the ice, heat up the conversation, and get guests actively involved. There are games obviously related to the party theme, and then there are traditional shower games.
Some games include:
Pin the Boutonniere on the Groom: In this game you use a big picture of the groom (instead of a donkey). Don't think too long about the double entendre of that one! Using a blown-up photo of the groom, blindfold the guests, and they try to pin a paper or silk flower onto his left lapel.
Wedding Trivial Pursuit: The bride supplies you with trivia about her dating experience. Use a Trivial Pursuit board you have modified and question cards made by you from index cards.
Bridal Bloopers: Someone writes down the bride's words as she opens her gifts at the shower. “Oh, it's so pretty!” “I've always wanted one of these!” and so on. Then someone reads them back in a list under the heading: “What Jennifer will say on her wedding night.” This traditional party game is hilarious!
Wedding Shower Jeopardy: The hostess puts together a bunch of trivia answers about the bride and groom. Then ask the guests to phrase the questions. Things like, Answer: “The waiter spilled water on the table.” Question: “What happened on Brittany and Jeff's first date?”
Shower Charades: Collect a bunch of wedding and marriage axioms or quotes or old traditions (like “something old, something new …”). Write them on bits of paper. Guests choose them from a white high-heeled shoe or a bridesmaid's hat or something like that. Separated into two teams, one player acts out the phrase for their team members so they can guess the phrase.
Bridal Herstory: You write out a humorous story, in advance of the shower, preferably on one of those large newsprint flip charts. (They cost about $2 at the arts and crafts store.) You leave blanks for some of the nouns, verbs, and adjectives. At the party, you fill in the story with the words guests call out to you to create a funny story about the bride and groom.
Lucky Girl: On the bottom of the paper cups in which beverages will be served, write the bride's name, groom's name, and other wedding-related words (veil, gown, bouquet, etc.). Put all the words on matching slips of paper. The bride picks one slip of paper out of a hat or jar during the party. Whoever has that particular word on the bottom of her cup wins a small prize.