Showers & Parties

Bridal Shower Game Ideas

After the presents are opened, entertain the guests with these winning suggestions

The Nearly-Wed Game

How to Play: The bride answers questions about her relationship (“Who paid on the first date?”), which the groom has responded to on video earlier. After the bride responds, someone plays the clip with the groom’s answer.
Who It’s Best For: Nosy guests and oversharers.
Insider Tip: There is such a thing as too much information—keep it (relatively) clean.

Paper Bride

How to Play: Guests divide into teams of three or four. One member of each team is the model; the others construct a wedding dress using toilet paper. The models strut; the bride picks her favorite look.
Who It’s Best For: Fans of Project Runway.
Insider Tip: Use triple-ply.

Fantasy Date

How to Play: Each guest writes the name of her dream celebrity date on a card. Everyone tries to match the date with the guest.
Who It’s Best For: Friends secretly hooked on Flavor of Love.
Insider Tip: For more advanced play, have guests fill the other side of the card with their celeb date from hell; you have to guess not only who wrote it, but also which side is which.

Vow Mad Libs

How to Play: Print out traditional vows, leaving blanks for nouns, verbs, and adjectives. A bridesmaid asks each guest for a word. At the end of the party, the bride reads “her” wedding vows.
Who It’s Best For: Nerds, literary types, and anyone with an online Scrabble addiction.
Insider Tip: Do an extra set, ask the groom to arrive at the end of the party, and hold a mock ceremony. Tee-hee.

Who’s That Couple?

How to Play: Make color printouts of celebrity couples and leave one at each place setting. Ask guests to identify both people in the photo.
Who It’s Best For: Those who Tivo Access Hollywood or TMZ.
Insider Tip: Don’t make it too easy—no Brangelina!

Wedding-Movie Crashers

How to Play: Write names of wedding movies (27 Dresses, Mamma Mia!) on cards. Divide the party into two teams. Players act out titles to their own team members, who must guess the answer in three minutes or less.
Who It’s Best For: Former drama club members.
Insider Tip: Go heavy on the cocktails.

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