Although it isn’t absolutely necessary to play games at a bridal shower, they are a halles break the ice between guests who may not know each other.
Traditional Bridal Shower Games
- Toilet Paper Wedding Dress: Divide the group into two or more teams of at least three people each. The teams are given rolls of toilet paper, and each team chooses a “bride.” Give the teams 15 minutes to create a wedding dress on their “bride” using the toilet paper. At the end of the allotted time, vote for the best and funniest wedding dresses.
- Clothespin Game: To begin, choose a common buzzword such as “bride,” “groom,” or “wedding.” When each person comes into the party, hand them a clothespin. Then, if someone hears another person saying the buzzword, they get to take that person’s clothespin. The person with the most clothespins at the end of the party wins.
- Two Truths and a Lie: Everyone introduces herself and tells the group three things about herself: Two are true, and one is a lie. The audience then writes down or shouts out which one they think is a lie.
- Who Am I?: Before the party, make a list of famous romantic couples that your guests are likely to know. These can be real (Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn), fictional (Fred and Wilma Flintstone), contemporary (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), or ancient (Antony and Cleopatra). Write each name down e tags and as each guest arrives, put a name tag (without showing them) on their back. Their task is to go around the party and ask yes or no questions about their “secret identity.” For example, “Am I a fictional character?” “Am I a man?” Then, they have to find their “better half.” The game ends when everyone has found their partner. Award a prize to the first couple to do so.
Get to Know the Bride Games
How well do you really know the bride? These bridal shower games will test your knowledge and reveal things you never knew.
- Bridal Bingo: Fill out bingo cards with things the bride likes. They can be places she has visited or her favorite color. Like traditional bingo, each card should be slightly different but have some squares in common with each of the others. Next, write down each item on a separate slip of paper. Fold the papers, mix them up and put them in a bag or bowl. Then have the guest-of-honor select one piece of paper at a time, reading it aloud to the group. When a guest has a square that matches what is said, she gets to mark off that square.You could also fill a bag with small gifts of things that make her happy, like a bottle of nail polish or a favorite magazine. Every so often, tell the bride to choose a gift rather than a slip of paper. Make sure these gifts also appear on the cards, so that guests get a chance to play. Be sure to also have door prizes for the first guest to get five in a row and shout out, “Bingo!”
- Bride-to-Be Trivia: Start off this game by asking the guest-of-honor to leave the room, standing just out of sight but within hearing distance. Ask guests what she is wearing, how her hair is styled, etc., and then move on to harder questions such as how the bride and groom met or her favorite animal. The first person to shout out the most correct answers is the winner.