Lame Bridal Shower Games & Good Intentions
So, you buy a gift, go to a shower where you don't know many people, and then you sit quietly and play a "game" where you compete with other guests on how well you know the bride. Like almost everyone else at the shower besides the bride's bestie, you fail.
Now, it's your turn to host a bridal shower, so you sigh and google, "how well do you know the bride game," because you have to, right?! Wrong!
Let’s back up a tiny bit. Why do we as shower hostesses automatically think that making our guests play lame bridal shower games is mandatory, and are there anything truths to these reasons?
- Because it's a "tradition" - True, it is a tradition, albeit a pointless one.
- Because your mom, aunt, grandmother, or the bride's future sister-in-laws says you HAVE to - False. Fortunately, there's no jurisdiction over bridal shower tradition, so there's no way of enforcing a strictly lame game policy.
- Because games can be good for bringing people who don’t know each other together, and get them into a festive mood - True, but quietly taking a quiz with a golf pencil is not necessarily the best way to achieve this.
- Because we need to kill time - False. A bridal shower is no place for busy work.
- Because we can't think of anything else to do - False. That's why Showerbelle is here.
- Because we actually don't think about it. We're way too freakin' busy. We just do it. - Truth, but again that's what Showerbelle is here for.
These misconceptions have been passed down from generation to generation because its “tradition”. But, honestly, the 'what's in your purse game' can be a mood killer. There’s always that one lady who has a gigantic purse that you end up wanting to strangle by the end of the game.
What you can do instead
It doesn’t have to be that way! There are some awesome bridal shower ACTIVITIES that can cater to multigenerational crowds, or even couples showers. I’ll be writing a weekly article that goes in depth on various activities but here are some examples:
Floral Arranging Classes & Crafting Parties
You could do a flower arrangement class, or even make paper flowers that the bride can put around the reception area. As my friend Karen said, “Older ladies love that crafty shit,” and Pinterest craft parties are a big hit with the younger generation right now. Plus the bride gets free decorations made by her nearest and dearest; it’s a win for everyone.
Cupcake Decorating Classes
Cupcake decorating classes cross off two things for the shower – dessert and an awesome activity that everyone will love! When everyone is finished, the bride can pick the one she likes the best so there can be a prize handed out.
If you have a little bit of cash to spend, you can hire a chef to teach a cooking class. That way you don’t have to cook the meal! Everyone gets to eat their own food, and the bride gets to learn a new recipe. This would go great with a kitchen themed shower.
Mixology Classes & Wine Tasting
For a couples shower, alcohol is always a no fail activity. You could do a mixology class, or have a wine tasting shower. Either way, the bride and groom will end up with some stuff to stock their bar with, which is often something that gets neglected.
So let’s review – do you break the ice with these activities, and engage your guests? Yes! People will bond over their love of mustaches on cupcakes, or ask each other which cocktail they like best. Are people going to have fun during these activities? I’m pretty sure that’s a big 'YES!' Who doesn’t love making/drinking cocktails or doing crafty activities? These all cater to multigenerational groups and can be tweaked to a ladies only or couples shower. I can’t wait to go more in depth with you on each of these! Please subscribe to our newsletter to follow along with my weekly column. Happy showering!
What's the most fun you've ever had at a shower? Leave a comment below!