The fabulous Ashley recently sent me a link to twenty bridal shower games and I couldn’t help but think of my own shower. We didn’t play any games, but my mother did make me wear a extra-large sombrero festooned with ribbon removed from all the presents. I wore the hat because I am a ham and will do whatever it takes to remain the center of attention. Don’t believe me? I even did a little dance!
Many of the games requiring personal knowledge of the wedding couple (e.g., the Couple’s Roast) wouldn’t have worked, since none of the people I actually hang out with on a semi-regular basis could make it to the shower. I believe that only two non-family members at the shower had ever met The Beard! But there are plenty of games that don’t require anyone in attendance to know anything about the groom OR the bride. Here are a few examples:
Mystery Toilet Paper Game
When guests show up, hand them a roll of TP and tell them to tear off whatever length they think they’ll need. Do not explain what it’s for. When the shower is in full swing, try to fit each length of TP around the bride’s body in the bustular area. Whoever has the length that is closest to her bust size wins. You can modify this game for height or waist size if you’d rather not think about the bride’s boobs.
This game is for co-ed showers, obviously. Blindfold the bride-to-be, and line up all the dudes in the room. She has to feel them all up until she figures out which one is her intended. Ummm, can you say awkward?
Wedding Ring Dec-a-Cake
This is a variation on the ring-baked-into-a-cake shtick. Bake enough cupcakes (don’t forget to put a ring in one!) for each guest, and have your attendees decorate them with frosting, candies, and other decorations. Whoever creates the craziest, most beautiful, or perfectly polished cupcake wins a prize. Then let everyone know that there’s a choking hazard hidden in one of the cupcakes. Whoever breaks their tooth on it will be the next to get hitched!
If you’re planning a shower — or trying to subtly influence the direction your shower will take — keep in mind that not everyone enjoys bridal shower games. Guests who don’t particularly care to pin the underpants on the groom can suck it up, but if the bride isn’t keen on wearing a TP gown or a ribbon hat, it’s time to choose some alternate amusements. Like, oh, I don’t know, conversation? A nice slide show? A wine tasting so everyone gets good and sloshed and chatty?
I’ll admit it…I’m not a big fan of shower games. Baby shower games are one thing, since everything about baby showers is kid-centric. But bridal showers don’t necessarily have to be juvenile. We’ve all learned to have fun without embarrassing anyone or requiring everyone to do handicrafts, right?
What say you?