Awkward mix coming to the bridal shower? Maybe you ended up with mostly family, the bride’s great aunt, and a few college friends. Mingling and conversation left to its own could end up dividing the group into family and excluding non-family. Or thirty-somethings and the over 50 crowd. Things don’t have to be clunky and awkward if you handle it right.
I’d suggest a few good games to break the ice. Shocker, right? Considering we make games for a living, you’re probably not surprised!
Breaking the ice is easy…IF you host parties all the time and you’re experienced at making mixed groups feel comfortable. Most of us, however, dread the thought of awkward silence – which is where games come in.
About The Generations
While the thirty-somethings love to craft DIY projects, your great aunt is likely to despise trying to string tiny beads on a necklace. And your great aunt would love to have a traditional game like bingo – but everyone else was hoping for something they haven’t seen before.
Younger Generation Faves
Movie Love Quotes
It’s no secret the younger crowd watches the most movies. So when it comes to a game with movie trivia, like matching famous movie love quotes to the name of the movie, the younger guests l-o-v-e it. To get everyone involved in this game, you’ll want to pair up guests who have at least a 10 year gap between ages. Click here for a printable version.
Guess Who’s Underwear
Guests bring lingerie gifts that matches her own personality, and a clothesline is hung across the room. At some point everyone has to guess who brought which item, and the bride goes home with new lingerie. If your crowd will have a great aunt or older guests, you could tame this game to their tastes by asking everyone to bring something to wear to bed, like PJ’s.
Do You Know Her
Younger shower goers have been tired of “What is the Bride Wearing” since the 5th time they played it. With bridal showers every other weekend starting in March, that means you’re better off with a game of “Do You Know Her” where you randomly pair guests back to back and give them a questionnaire about their other partner. Much more fun! To draw in the older generation, though, you might want to have the bride leave the room and let them play the same game, only answering questions about the bride. Click here for a printable version.
Older Generation Faves
Seriously, have you been to a bridal shower where they HAVEN’T played Bridal Bingo?? To get the younger group excited to play this game o-n-e m-o-r-e t-i-m-e, up the anty and get some $10 game prizes like fun gift cards or accessories. Click here for a printable version.
Toilet Paper Bride
Yes, the one where you break into teams and dress one lady up as the bride using toilet paper. If you want to draw in the younger crowd, use more DIY crafty items; like scrapbook paper (can you imagine a bridal gown out of paper?) tissue paper, scissors, feathers, paper punches or beads.
Who Knows The Bride
Questions about who knows the bride best…and the winner is always her mom. To keep the whole crowd playing instead of groaning, make sure you mix in questions about her life in college (if college friends are there) her early years (for the family) and a few things about her and her man. Then pull out this twist – you ask the questions and the first person to answer correctly gets a Hershey’s kiss. The person with the most Hershey’s kisses at the end, wins. Click here for a printable version.
New Bridal Shower Games
Challenging game that will have even the biggest movie fans scratching their heads! Which movie did we hear the famous romantic line, “You make me want to be a better man?”
Get the fun started with scratch off tickets! The object is to scratch the silver area to reveal who the winner is…but have a little fun with it — use them for drawings, raffles, games, door prizes and more!
A classic bridal shower game! Guests try to make new words using only the letters in the words “Bridal Shower”. But why make it easy?!? Personalize this game for the bride and groom, ”Congratulations Jamie and Mark!” – or anything you want!
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