It's the freaking bachelorette weekend and you're about to have you some fun. One way to get the party started off right is with cocktails, of course, followed by a fun game or two to help loosen up the group. This is also a great way to incorporate some quirky ice breakers so everyone gets to know one another, which is a must if you are mixing different friend groups. We know there are a lot of pretty lame games out there that just tend to bring everyone down or drone on forever (we encountered the entire gamut during our thorough research and vetting process), so we made sure to curate a list of the créme de la créme of party-starters.
The Newlywed Game
It's a game we all love to watch total strangers play so it's even more fun when you know the couple involved. Have the bachelorette party host email the bride's spouse-to-be a list of questions beforehand (even better, get his responses on video to play for the group later), such as, "What's your favorite part of her body?" or "What article of clothing do you really wish she'd throw away?" Feel free to keep it as PG or R-rated as everyone involved is comfortable with, then have the bride guess what her partner answered for each one. If she's right, everyone else takes a sip of their drinks and if she's wrong, she takes a sip of her drink.
Another option is to play this game with all the girls in attendance. So have each girl answer questions beforehand, like their funniest memory with the bride, then someone reads the answer out load at random and the bride has to pick the person who said it.
A Scavenger Hunt
The perfect game for a night on the town. The good news is, there are tons of sites where you can instantly download pre-made bachelorette party scavenger hunt lists full of fun "dares" to be captured on camera throughout the evening. Etsy is our go-to for loads of options (some quite crazy and others on the tamer side, depending on the vibe you're going for).
The "Drink If" Game
This one is similar to the concept of "Never Have I Ever" except, well, different. Basically, you have a healthy list of Drink Ifs written down that will get passed around. Each girl reads off one line and if that line applies to you, then you drink, and then the card gets passed. Some examples of fun Drink Ifs include, "If you've known the bride for x amount of years," "If you've gone to the couple's honeymoon destination," "If you've hooked up with a guy who has the same name as the groom," etc.
Sculpt The Cucumber Into a Penis
Or you can use zucchini, whatever works. Basically put a tablecloth down on the table and pass out a bunch of random tools, like a plastic knife, vegetable peeler, etc., to each girl to carve out the perfect cucumber or zucchini penis. Set a timer and each 15 (or 30) seconds that passes, each girl passes her given tool to the left. Once all the tools have been passed and the total time is up, everyone votes to see who has the most realistic looking penis.
A Panty Party
If the panties fit, right? For this game, each girl on the guest list should bring a pair of unwrapped panties for the bride that is reflective of her own personality. All the panties get hung on a clothesline type thing (or however you can manage it) and the bride has to guess which girl gave her which pair of panties. Like always, you can choose to turn this into a drinking game if you like—it's a fun way to shower the bride and get some good laughs at the same time.
If you're looking for something a bit more laid-back than the scavenger hunt we mentioned before, we've got just the thing. Hide a bunch of plastic rings around your home-base for the weekend and have the girls try to find them. Up the ante but writing a little note with each one that includes an action the sleuth must take upon finding it, like a mini dare.
How Well Do You Know the Bride?
Test out who's been paying attention all these years. Compile a list of questions about the weekend's VIP, or print a pre-made one, and see who can get the most right answers. This could get pretty competitive with a house full of wannabe queen b(ff)'s.
So most of us know the general objective of Pictionary (split into teams and have one person draw a randomly chosen word or phrase while the others try to guess what it is), right? Well, lets put an X-rated spin on that. Stack the deck with lots of naughty phrases and acts, and watch as hilarity ensues.
Lingerie Shower Bingo
This is perfect if the girls are planning on showering the future-Mrs. with some gifts that might not be appropriate for the bridal shower (read: sex toy). Hand them out as the bride-to-be is opening her gifts, and see who can complete a row first.
While this may not be your typical game of skill, trust us when we say that a certain type of skill is definitely needed. Drinking skills, that is. First, you will need a spinner and then each guest takes turns to see either who takes a drink or what type of drink to take (depending on the spinner type you choose). You can easily DIY this, too.
Pin the Kiss on the Spouse-to-Be
Pretty self-explanatory, here. Much like the Pin the Tail on the Donkey of childhood lore, each guest is given a kiss cutout (or puts on a coat of lipstick and gets ready to smooch) that she has to pin on a photo of the bride's spouse-to-be—or Ryan Gosling, if you're so inclined. We recommend playing this after bachelorette roulette for some added fun.
Beer Pong, but make it fashion. This glamorous take on a frat-party classic is always a huge hit. Just replace red Solo cups with chic coupette glasses and beer with your favorite bubbles, and see which team can get the most pong balls in their opponents' glasses. Just don't forget to account for the fact that these glasses are shallower than the usual cups when taking aim.
What's in Your Cell Phone
Consider this the fun love child of a digital scavenger hunt and Bingo. Participants get points for finding something on the list within the contents of their phone. Award fewer points for more common items (think: the wedding date in your calendar), and more points for the serious goods. Up the ante with things like a belfie, a risqué photo of a guy, or X-rated search history.
See who's got the dirtiest mind in the bunch by compiling a list of seemingly-naughty descriptions and having the guests guess the answers. The answers are always completely respectable and ordinary, but the girls tend to get pretty creative.
Girls' Night Jenga
Take the classic game of strategy and skill, and add interesting challenges and dares. Just make sure to have those libations handy, you'll need them.
We told you, these games are seriously fun. Now you just need some favors that you can give out as potential prizes to the winners.