If you're hosting a bridal shower, there are literally hundreds of games to choose from. Some are silly, some are serious, but all are about having some fun with the bride before she's married. Here's a sampling.
One fun game really puts the bride on the spot with regard to her knowledge of her husband-to-be's life. Prior to the party, have someone ask the groom a series of questions, such as where he was born, what his favourite food is things like that. Then at the bridal shower, put the bride on the spot by asking her answers to the questions. See how many she can get correctly (hopefully at least half!). Whenever she does well, give the girl a prize; she deserves one.
One all-time favourite game is toilet paper wedding dresses. This game involves separating the guests into teams consisting of at least 2 souls and no more than 5. Give each team a roll or toilet paper (or 2) and have them style a wedding dress out of the toilet paper. One of the team members will volunteer as the model.
Provide them with a "dress up trunk" filled with jewellery and shoes. They must make the dress out of the toilet paper, but they can accessorize with the provided jewellery, shoes, gloves and hats. Place a time limit on this (5 minutes is adequate) and have the bride vote on the best dress. Be sure to provide prizes for the winning team!
Another fun game that's always a hit is making the bride get dressed whilst blindfolded. Tell the bride she is to pretend she's on her honeymoon and the power has gone off. She must prepare for her wedding night in complete darkness. Provide her with a suitcase filled with items and then blindfold her. She must get dressed in a certain period of time (2 minutes is adequate) whilst completely blindfolded and with no aid from the guests. Include some silly items like oversized sunglasses, garden gloves or a flannel nightgown just to make it fun. This is a photo opportunity, so be sure someone is waiting to record the end result!
Another fun game puts the shower guests more on the sport than the bride. In this game, everybody puts their purses in the center of the room. Create a list of items ordinarily found in a purse and assign a stage value and create a list of less common items and give them a higher stage value. So you might give lipstick 2 points, a tampon 3 points, and sunglasses 5 points. But a granola bar could be 10 points and a staple remover, 15 points. Then go by the purses awarding points and give the person with the highest number of points (and therefore, the most items and plausibly highest number of unusual items) a prize.
Before the shower, create bingo cards for this shower bingo game. In the squares, put pictures of items you think the bride will receive at the shower. So, boxes might include things like lingerie, towels and the like. As the bride opens gifts, have people mark off that item on their bingo card. When nobody gets a "bingo" give a prize to the person who marked off the most number of items.
This next game is a derivation of a popular game that's often played at bachelorette parties and involves a stripper. This is the clean version. About 30 minutes into the party, have the bride leave the room and pass out pieces of paper.
Have everybody write on the paper everything they can remember about the bride's outfit, hair, etc. How many rings is she wearing? What colour is her blouse? Is she wearing open or closed toed shoes? Once everyone is done recording their observations, the bride comes backward into the room and a prize is awarded to the person with the best observation skills.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is an internet marketing advisor