Ideas to Set Your Bridal Shower Apart
So you’re ready for a bridal shower. What fun!
One of the only perfect ways to really celebrate your upcoming nuptials, or those of a friend or family member, is to throw a party.
We’ve already talked about what a bridal shower exactly is and what is takes to throw one of these parties. We’ve even explored a number of great bridal shower themes to really express yourself, or honor the bride-to-be. Now let’s talk about making this party truly one of a kind.
Send Fun Bridal Shower Invites
There’s no reason that anything has to be normal, regular, or just like everyone else for your bridal shower!
Consider finding a unique way to invite friends and family members to your shower. Why not invite them to hang out and offer them tea with the invite attached to the tea bag?
Write your invite on lunch or dinner napkins for your guests to find. Send them flowers with a note attached, or even bake cookies with your message clear on each one.
If you’re going to send paper invites, consider interesting colors, fun language, confetti in the envelopes, or just a unique theme to really sell guests on your fun celebration and get them excited.
Beginning with the shower invitations, put your mark on this wedding and express your unique personalities from the very start!
Offer Unique Bridal Shower Fare
Forget cupcakes. Rent a frozen yogurt machine and set out a buffet of sundae fixings, including candy, cereal, and even fresh chopped fruit. Guests can have fun making their own frozen yogurt sundaes.
A cookie bar or chocolate spread are always amazing ideas for any party. You could even ask guests to bring their favorite cookie or chocolate recipes, and of course, serve hot chocolate.
What about a make-your-own Nacho Bar or even a themed buffet to match your bridal shower theme?
S’mores would be great for a camping theme, tea sandwiches and tea for a garden party, and tacos and tamales for a Latin-themed celebration.
How many bridal showers have you been to?
Consider Some Unique Bridal Shower Games
Yes, toilet paper bride and bridal bingo are classics, but that doesn't mean they have to make an appearance. You don’t want to have the same old party everyone else does.
Who wants a party where everyone groans when you hand them the invitation? This is a party after all! Consider some of these fun games.
Bingo Gift Game
This gets everyone involved because each person determines their own BINGO card. The game begins when everyone fills out their blank BINGO card with gifts they expect the bride to unwrap at the party.
Everyone should get at least one gift correct! This part of the activity in itself becomes a fun activity all by itself as everyone gets together to talk about what the bride might get.
Don’t give your gift away or no one will end up winning the game. As the bride starts opening her gifts, everyone can scratch off, or put an X over the gifts they guessed correct. The first person to finish a row wins!
Romantic Movie Quotes
One of the great parts about getting engaged is the overwhelming need to watch every romantic movie and wedding related piece that you can find on the market. Believe me, I have a good collection of my own!
Every movie I have ever seen includes a fantastic quote that you can’t forget. Why not record all of these great quotes, or search for some amazing ones online, but make sure to write down the movies they belong to.
At your shower, provide your guests a listing of these amazing quotes (without the movie titles of course). They can have fun trying to figure out which movie each of the quotes comes from.
The person with the highest number of correct answer should win!
Married or Not Married?
To prepare for this game, create a list of celebrity couples down one side of the sheet, with blanks down the other.
The point of this game is for your guests to try to figure out whether each of the couples listed is married or not married. Divorced couples can be considered not married for the purpose of this game.
The guest that correctly guesses the most couples correctly wins!
What’s in the Bag Memory
This is a really fun one! It begins with the host filling a bag or a suitcase with a bunch of items that the bride might need to take on her honeymoon (bathing suit, suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera, earrings, high heels, cute dress, sandals, a negligee, etc.).
When everyone is gathered, hand out pieces of paper and pencils. One at a time, pull each item out of the suitcase and show it to everyone. Once all of the items have been shown, repack the suitcase and put it away.
Ask them to write down as many items as they can remember. You may want to time this activity. The person that remembers the most items wins. You can either give the bag to the winner or hand it over to the bride as a bridal shower gift.
He Said/She Said
To set up for this activity, you’ll want to interview the bride and groom, and ask them both the same ten to twenty questions or so. Write their answers out on a sheet of paper.
For the party, hand everyone a copy to try and figure out which answers belong to the bride, and which belong to the groom. You get the picture.
You could even spice this up by handing everyone a bride sign and a groom sign. As you call out the answers to the questions, the first guest to hold up the correct sign wins that question.
The person then that gets the most questions correct wins the challenge. This might actually get your guests out of their seats.
Memories and Advice
This isn’t really a game, but more of a sweet treat for the bride after the shower. It includes spreading a table with scrapbooking paper, stickers, buttons, ribbon, fun markers, glue sticks, and decorative scissors.
For part of the time during the party, offer sweet treats, fun drinks and cookies, and ask everyone to sit down and create a memory for the bride’s scrapbook.
You can take pictures of the party, and pictures of each guest, to feature amongst cool handmade paper picture frames, words of advice, fun stories, and memories.
All of my friends did this for me during my bridal shower and the pages they made for me will always be in my book to look back on and remember my wonderful shower. Female guests usually have fun doing this as well!
Make this game even better and more fun for your guests by making it huge and hanging it on the wall!
You can create cards with a fun picture on one side and a wedding-themed word on the other, on big 8x11 sheets of cardstock. Using small pieces of sticky Velcro, connect your cards to the wall.
Allow your guests to take turns going up to the wall and trying to match two cards together. Those cards that they match together, they get to take back to their seats.
At the end of the game, when all of the cards have been matched, the person holding the most pairs of memory cards wins the game.
This is a great game for a couples’ party! You may want to visit thrift stores and garage sales to gather as many of these games as you may need for every two couples to play each other at the party.
Start the game by tying the couples’ hands together in order to play the game. Match pairs of couples up to play Jenga against each other.
Each couple has to use the hands that are tied together to remove pieces from the tower. If this game goes off well enough, you can even have a play off as each winner plays each other. What fun!
Ball and Chain Game
Here’s another great one for couples! For this activity you’ll need foam balls and plastic chains.
As a spin-off of the term many husbands use for their wives, this is a game that requires teams of couples and using your body to transport objects from one side of the room to the other.
No one wants to stay in their seats and play calm games the entire party. Isn’t this a celebration?! Get your guests out of their chairs and onto their feet for an exciting game that will have everyone laughing.
Have two 5-gallon buckets full of balls and chains on one side of the room and two empty ones on the other directly across from each other. Ask the teams to line up between the buckets to get this started.
When the buzzer sounds, the teams must transfer the objects down the line from the full bucket to the empty one, with their knees! The first team the finishes, wins the jackpot! How much fun is this!
Make your bridal shower one of a kind by spicing up every area involved.
Make your invitations unique by using different colors, themes, designs, wording, or even by including a cute favor along with it. You could even deliver it in a unique way.
Offer a twist to your shower fare by considering unique foods, unique flavors, or just a clever presentation.
And offer your guests some games that will get them out of their seats, smiling, laughing, and involved. When guests get to participate in something bigger, with others competing alongside them, you offer them a memorable experience that they will talk about to all of their friends.
Set your bash apart from all of the others you’ve planned, attended or had yourself, and do something unique to get people talking.
Check out my article on Fun Bridal Shower Themes for Your Wedding to learn more about what a bridal shower is, what all is involved, and to get some more fun ideas for your party.