Bridal Shower Ideas
"Time for Tea and Crumpets"
Bridal showers originated many centuries ago when the parents of the bride didn't approve of the marriage. The bride's attendants (primarily the Maid / Matron of Honor) would organize a party where the bride would receive everything she'd need for her new life with her husband.
Now, bridal showers are a chance for the bride to be honored by family and friends. There are many ways one can organize a shindig for the bride-to-be. The event could be as simple as a backyard cookout or as extravagant as a full, white-gloved brunch. Whatever style suits your taste, it's important that the guests as well as the bride have a good time.
Traditionally, there are games at these parties ranging from unscrambling words to more physical activities like diving for shoes (A very extreme sport!). Whatever is decided for the bridal shower games should be FUN for everyone. After all, there's nothing better than putting a bunch of women in the same room and giving them a chance to win free stuff. It doesn't matter it it's a spatula, women are competitive and they'll be excited to take part in some bridal shower activities.
The games you decide on should be something everyone can participate in. The following are a few different ideas you can implement into your bridal shower festivities:
Candy Bar Blitz:
The aim of the game is all about memory. Separate your bridal shower guests into teams. Designate one person to walk slowly by each table while carrying a tray of different candy bars. Group members are not allowed to write anything down until the person holding the tray has moved passed them. When this happens, the groups are to write down as many candy bars as possible that they remember. Then, when everyone has looked at the candy bars, the groups get 5 minutes to write a story using all the candy bars. What are the rules for the game? The story needs to make sense. The winners are the group with the most remembered candy bars out of the ones on the tray. EX. The REESES bought a house on FIFTH AVENUE that they were anxious to move in to.
What did did she say?
Have someone record everything the bride says after opening each gift. When the bride is finished opening presents, have the person who recorded her expressions read them aloud and tell everyone that that's what the bride will say on her wedding night. It's a hoot and a real "roast" for the bride.
Have a list of Commons and uncommon items that may be in someone's purse. The person with the most items win a prize. Common items may include a tube of lipstick, a nail file, etc. Uncommon items could include a paperclip, a book of matches, etc.
(This may be a good time for everyone to clean out their purses!)
How well do you know the bride? Have a series of questions for each guest to answer about the bride. The person who answers the most questions wins! (The questions could be personal like who was her first kiss or very open questions like what her job title is).
On the Honeymoon..
Fill a suitcase with the groom's clothes like his swimsuit, underwear (do you dare, a tie, suit jacket, a pair of jeans, etc. Blindfold the bride and tell her she's on her honeymoon in a cruise. The power goes out and she has to get dressed in the dark. Have her get dressed over her clothes with what's in the suitcase. Don't take off her blindfold until she has dressed with every item in the suitcase.
If the Shoe Fits
Have all the guests take off their left shoe and throw it into a pile in the middle of the room. Tell them they're going to be given a number and when it's called they're to run for the pile of shoes and fish out their own. Tell them the idea is to do it in the least amount of time to win a prize. The catch? The person delegating the numbers should give each person the same number and when it's called out, everyone will be diving. It's a real scream and could be used as a great icebreaker.