1/ DIY Activities
This is a lovely choice if you want to mix an element of creativity into the party, while also giving guests something to consume or take away with them. It’s a fantastic talking point, too!
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- DIY Perfume Bar – Take your friends back to their childhoods by gathering sweet-smelling ingredients and inviting guests to combine them into a unique scent. Don’t forget to include some small bottles for the finished product!
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- Flower Crown Station – Flower crowns have associations with wedding attire as well as being beautiful accessories in their own right! Set up a station with flowers, greenery and floral wire to work with and display some simple instructions to guide guests. (Along similar lines, you could always try a make-your-own bouquet station instead!)
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- DIY Cocktail Bar – Invite guests to make their own drinks by setting up some glasses, tools and ingredients (liquor, mixers, garnishes and ice). Keep things simple for smaller gatherings by devoting the bar to a singular drink, say mimosas or mojitos. Get some handy tips for setting up a larger-scale DIY bar here!
2/ Embrace the wedding theme
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The most flexible way to approach bridal shower games is to take your favourite classic party games and give them a wedding-themed twist. And with so many bridal shower game templates available online for free, organising these is as simple as googling and printing! Some examples include:
- Charades – Have teams act out wedding or romance-themed movies, songs, and books for others to guess. Compile your own basket of items, download a printable set online or make use of a charades-style app.
- Scattergories – Guests are given a list of wedding-related categories (e.g. a honeymoon destination or something a bride needs on the wedding day). The bride-to-be sets a timer and shouts a letter - players must write down an appropriate answer beginning with that letter for each category. Novel answers are usually best as a point is awarded for unique answers only.
- Two Truths and a Lie – This fun icebreaker involves each person taking turns to make three statements, two of which are true and one of which is a lie. It’s then up to the rest of the group to play sleuth and figure out which of the three is an invention. Make this bridal-shower relevant by asking for the statements to be related to the bride or the couple.
- Bingo – The bridal shower version of bingo uses cards with things from the couple’s lives listed instead of numbers. The caller then reads clues and each player crosses off the answer to the clue if they have it on their board. For instance, for the clue “the location of the couple’s first date”, players would need to find, e.g. “Giovanni’s Restaurant” on their boards and cross it off. As with ordinary bingo, the first to a full board wins!
- Quiz – There are endless opportunities for wedding-themed quizzes, from rom-com movie quotes to trivia about the bride-to-be or a matching game with celebrity couples. Alternatively, you could quiz the bride herself in a version of the Mr and Mrs Game!
3/ Gather collective wisdom
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For a more low-key activity that can take place in the background, ask guests to contribute ideas or advice on a range of topics. The suggestions can be illuminating, meaningful or even humorous! Set up a jar and small pieces of card and ask your guests to advise on things such as tips for a happy marriage and date night ideas, or simply ask them to write a heartfelt wish for the bride.
4/ Guess the wedding cake flavour
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Mix up the food element of the shower and test your guests’ palates by setting up a ‘guess the wedding cake flavour’ table. Choose a wide range of flavours and don’t forget to give contestants a blindfold so they aren’t tipped off by the appearance of the cakes! Then offer them small pieces of each cake flavour and have them note down the guess on a card to see who correctly guesses the most flavours.
5/ Toilet Paper Bride
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No list of games would be complete without mentioning that bridal shower staple: toilet paper bride! Split the group into teams and hand out a plentiful supply of toilet paper (at least four rolls) to each. Over the course of a time limit - about 10-20 minutes - the teams will compete to create the best wedding dress made from toilet paper alone. Once the time is up, the ‘brides’ model the dresses and the actual bride-to-be chooses a winner!