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It’s My Party // Bridal Shower Games

If you’re like me, we can’t talk about events and parties enough.

When it comes to bridal showers, though, the games aren’t exactly the high point. They seem to be the more expected, sometimes even groan-worthy part of the whole affair. I’ve hosted two showers, in two very different settings, with two very different sets of games, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned with my fellow party-planners.

There are SO many options and resources out there, but a lot of the ‘classic’ games felt forced, cheesy, or inappropriate for the audiences I was hosting. There are probably a few lucky girls out there who’s mom/aunts/family friends would really get into the toilet paper game….

Bridal Shower Toilet Paper Gamesource : domestic charm

These girls look like they had a ton of fun, but I’m not so sure about it. Then there’s the ‘What’s In Your Purse’ game, but the potential for embarrassment seems too high {my purse is not nearly as organized as I like to think my life is}.

So for both showers, I tried to leave behind some of these traditional games and create entertainment that would suit the bride and the party attendees.

The first shower I helped plan was held in a room overlooking the Charles River at the Museum of Science in Boston. Gorgeous setting, right? It was Jack & Jill style with about 50 people and a catered lunch. We played 3 games:

  • Famous Couples :: we laid this out with each person’s place setting. What I Learned It was a little silly, but nice to give guests something to do and talk about as they arrived and first sat down at their tables. Best to break up the awkwardness of a bigger party.
  • The Newlywed Game :: my biggest fear was that with so many attendees, everyone would be there for hours, getting terribly bored during gift opening. So, we tossed questions out at the bride & groom as they opened gifts. What I Learned it was chaotic for the planners {thank goodness we had 7 bridesmaids to manage the movement and recording of gifts, the bow bouquet, and the questioning}, probably a bit discombobulating for the bride & groom trying to open, thank the appropriate person, and answer a question, but still entertaining for the crowd.
  • Bridal Jeopardy :: simply put, this was overly ambitious, but we wanted to be sure we had something to help fill the time. We created 5 categories and 5 levels of questions — things like ‘Classic Anniversary Presents’ and ‘How Well Do You Know the Couple’.  What I Learned Don’t feel like games are the only way to pass the time; this one was more work than it was worth. But if you do it, make sure you have decent prizes! Best for larger parties where groups can work together and get competitive.

For the more recent shower I hosted, I toned down the level of games not only because we had less than 20 guests, but also because of everything I learned from shower #1. I wanted to let the party flow as naturally as possible.

Drafting off our brunch theme, I created a personalized crossword about the bride & groom {using this free tool and a little design work in Photoshop}. I printed these on heavy cardstock and passed them out after guests had eaten but were still mingling before gift-opening.

Personalized Bridal Shower Crossword Puzzle

What I Learned It may’ve been a silly exercise, but it sparked some conversations and fun debate about the bride & groom. Plus it’s low-effort and personalized!

Bridal Shower Brunch Crossword by jessalayne.com (Photo by Amy Moore Photography)

I still wanted to break up the present-opening with some sort of game and this time, I went with He Said/She Said.  To create it, about 2 weeks before the shower, I sent a list of questions for the bride and groom to answer separately {see below} and used those responses to craft our game board. Then we made mustache & lip flags that our guests would use to answer.

He Said/She Said Game for Bridal Shower Brunch created by jessalayne.com

What I Learned this was a silly, but low involvement game that didn’t take away from the gift opening and didn’t require the bride to be too distracted. Plus, I think people had some fun with the little flags!

He Said She Said Game for Bridal Shower by jessalayne.com

So what do you think? Are you a fan of any of the classic shower games? Have you ever been to a shower without any games at all? I’d love to hear your thoughts because I have a feeling several more showers are in my future…

These are the He Said/She Said Questions I chose for the bride & groom. You can easily tailor or adjust to work for your couple:

  • The first thing that attracted you to him/her?
  • What are your favorite characteristics about him/her?
  • My favorite thing to do on a rainy afternoon?
  • His/her favorite thing to do on a rainy afternoon?
  • You are stranded on an island with one person, one book, one movie, one CD, one food, and one other odd item. What would be the item you would choose for each of these?
  • What kind of superpower would you most want to have?
  • What is your most quirky characteristic?
  • Describe your favorite or most memorable date you’ve been on together.
  • Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? 10 years?
  • If you won $1 million, you would do this first…
  • When did you know you wanted to be together forever?
  • What are you most looking forward to about getting married?
  • What’s best the most fun detail/part of planning your wedding?
  • My one pet peeve about him/her (or the thing that annoys you) is…
  • I’m addicted to…

Inspired by: Hot Chelle Rae – Tonight Tonight

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  • Reply
    March 31, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I agree with you in the bridal shower games. As a host its sometimes hard to coordinate and execute as well as keep guests attention. I like games but not too many and definitely if they’re easy! I like to mingle… But something to break the ice for guests who don’t know each other is always nice! 🙂

    • Reply
      Jess Alayne
      April 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Absolutely, glad I have a fellow believe in low-key games. Sometimes I think I didn’t do enough ‘entertainment’ so I love that!

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