Life has been extremely busy these last couple of months, so I took some time off. I’ve officially retired from my job and am busy planning my youngest daughter’s wedding as well as trying to get the store up and running (Mystic Moon Emporium.com). Exciting times! With the shower now behind us, and the invitations out, I’m anxious to talk about some of stuff I’ve been working on.
For this post, I’d like to share some of the things that were done for the bridal shower, beginning with the shower games. If there’s one thing I can’t stand at showers, it’s when you go to a shower and the games that are played don’t fit with the theme or don’t take into account the people invited to the shower, especially if there is a variation of ages and people don’t really know each other or much about the bride or groom. For this shower, that was the case. We wanted this shower to be special for Ashley, so we didn’t want to play the same games that have been done at other showers. If people are going to take the time to come to your shower on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, you want to make sure it is worth it, so to make this an inclusive, unique and fun shower, here are the 3 games that were selected to engage our guests:
1. Bridal Bingo
Bingo is always a great game for crowds, but with a unique twist, this is also a game that is perfect as an ice-breaker, particularly when you have guests that don’t know each other in or vary in age. This game can be played by everyone! In our case, family and friends from both the bride and groom were meeting for the first time and we wanted to start the afternoon by being inclusive and engaging guests to mingle and talk. This game reminded me of a similar exercise that was used as an ice-breaker at a workshop I attended years ago for work. Similar games came up when searching the internet for ideas, but nothing that applied for a bridal shower. So, to play the game, each guest is handed a “BINGO” card. The cards are set up like regular bingo, but have experiences/traits listed that match shower guests. The object of the game is to match as many experiences/traits to shower guests as possible. The rules are simple…..guests have to find another guest who can match the experience/trait on the bingo card and get them to initial it. (You can’t initial your own!!) A guest can only sign twice per bingo card. The host sets a time limit of 15-20 minutes. The guest who has the most initials at the end of the time limit wins the prize. The result of this game is that it gets people talking and learning about each other. I was pleasantly pleased with how well this game was received and got a lot of positive feedback afterwards.
To set the game up, you need to think of things that are unique to each guest depending on how well you know them. For me, that was easy since I knew something of each guest invited. I created at least 4 different bingo cards so guests couldn’t compare cards and to encourage more mingling. It worked really well and got the shower off to a good start!
The above files can be used “as is”, or you can edit them to adapt them to you shower. They are in Microsoft Word format. The blank card is ready to customize for any additional cards you may want to create.
2. Romantic Movie Mix Up
Another game that was really fun, is “Romantic Movie Mix Up”. I was quite intrigued by this game since I had never seen it before. It fit our criteria for being something different, so with a bit of tweaking, the final result was both fun and challenging. The object of the game is to guess the real name of the mixed-up romantic movie title listed. The person who names the most movies correctly, wins the prize.
3. Purse Game
This is a game I had seen before and was enjoyed at every shower I’ve been at. There are many versions of it on the internet, so I changed it up to make it more interesting than some of the other versions I’ve seen. Obviously, the object of the game is to get people to find the listed objects in their purses to get the most points possible. The person with the most points at the end, wins the game. A time limit can be set if desired.
Fortunately, or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), the first two games were so successful in getting people to talk and mingle, we never played this game. It’s a shame really, but this one will definitely be used for the next shower! With a few minor changes, all three games could also be used for baby showers.
The above file can be used “as is”, or you can edit to adapt them to you shower.
I hope you enjoy these games at your next shower. Make sure you provided pens that work. Also make sure you have extra prizes should there be ties. A word of caution though…..know your guests when planning a shower. The right games can get things moving in the right direction and by the same token, “lame” games can bore people into leaving early.
In my next post, I will be talking about DIY shower favours. These were fun to make and appreciated by all that came. Till next time……………..