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Here are some quick Bridal Shower tips before you get started. Do your ice-breaking games early, mix up the groups some everyone mingles, have fun, and offer small prizes for baby shower game winners.

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Who Wants To Be The Bride

Here's how the "Millionaire" game can be adapted to your wedding shower. Rather than a million dollars, you offer a mystery gift in a nicely wrapped box. First come up with 15 questions about the bride and the groom that will lead to stories about the future couple. Then, get the correct answers add make up 3 incorrect answers for each question. Before you play, organize the questions from easy to difficult. 

When To Play:
Before opening gifts everyone is given a pad and paper and the 1st question is read and 4 answers are given, put the answers on a large piece of paper for everyone to see (one page per question). Each guest writes down what they believe the correct answer, should take 15-30 seconds.  Now everyone shows the answer answer they selected. Those who answered correctly continue to play. Now the bride-to- be can expand on the question (How did you first meet?) while opening the first gift. The questions continue until there is just one person playing and she receives the gift. Note: 1 question is read before the opening of each gift. The combination of hearing the stories behind the question keeps this part of the shower interesting for all. 
Don't say "BRIDE or WEDDING"
Each guest receives a clothes pin as they arrive and it is explained to the guests only once: If you catch someone saying the word 'bride or wedding' you can take their clothes pin. At the end of the shower the quest with the most clothes pins wins a small favor or gift.

Word Scramble
Use a sheet of paper to create the original list, then either print out the master copy or photocopy the sheet for your guests.

Come up with a list of wedding items on a piece of paper, 15-25 is good. Look over the list and determine which 10-15 would be fun for a word scramble (if you used all the letters in the word, but placed them in a different order. 

Example: wedding gown - would be dinwged nowg.) Give the guests the sheet to unscramble and give them 5-10 minutes to figure out. The quest with the most correct wins. Increase difficulty: Use bride's last name or future name-to-be.
Printable Bridal Shower Word Scramble

Bridal Shower Bingo
Do It Yourself Bridal Bingo
Make up a blank bingo card on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and made copies. Each card had five columns and five rows. The boxes need to be large enough that the guests can fill them in. Then on another sheet of paper come up with 100 baby related items. Before you play you need to have each guest fill in their blank spaces with any of the words on the list of 100 in any order. The words can be wedding related or gift related terms. Then cut up one sheet of terms so that there is 1 word per slip of paper and place these in a hat. Pull aout one word at a time until someone has Bingo. The first to bingo either up and down, across or diagonally wins. Here for Printable Bridal Shower Bingo game with 200 Bingo Cards
What's in a Name Game
Ice-breaker: You need pieces of paper with just the brides name (first and last if the name is short) on it and the rest of the can be blank or have numbers listed where the words, that they create can go. 

For this game create teams of 2-3 people, try to match people that don't know each other. The instructions are that each team comes up with as many wedding terms from the bride's name as possible. Recommended time 5-10 minutes. The team with the most real words that relate to the wedding wins. 
Make easier: Create any words, in this case allow only terms 4 letters and over. 

The Wedding Dress Game
The guests are divided up into several groups and given a roll of toilet paper. The teams are told that they must create a wedding dress using only the roll one toilet paper. One member of the team becomes the model and the rest decorate. Give them 3-5 minutes to create the dress. The bride will judge that results and declare a winner. Make sure to have the camera ready for this one. A great way to get everyone involved. 

Mystery Guess
Place odd shaped shower themed items in brown paper bags. The guests have to guess what is in each bag without opening it, but they can see how heavy it is and touch it. Note: Do not put shape items in the bag.

Bride Leaves the Room
Ask the bride to leave the room. Have a sheet with 10-15 questions about the brides eye, hair, height, shoes, etc... that involve visual elements. The guests answer the questions on the form, after a few minutes the bride walks back in the room and everyone determine how many answers they got correct. The guest with the most correct answers wins a prize. In case of a tie, have a tie breaking question. 

Hot Potato
Have your guests sit in a circle and hand out a box. Tell your guests that they must pass the box around the room and when the music stops or a timer goes off the person with the box wears, carries, completes the action noted in the box  for the remainder of the shower.

Examples: Wear a rose, carry a camera, wear a funny hat, say a phrase every time someone says bride, the guest must say "to be married on June 14th." Got the idea, you can adapt it to what works for yor shower. Most guests will think there is something bad in the box, but can be whatever you want. For more fun have more than one box with a fun item in one, a silly item, an action item, etc... Enjoy watching them pass the box like crazy. 

Wedding Date Raffle
When the guests first arrive have them fill out a piece of paper with their
wedding date or if they are single, their birthday. The person with the date
closest to the bride's wedding date wins a prize.

Pass The Carrot
Pick a long carrot and each person has to pass it to the person beside them...between their knees!! Every time someone drops it you have to cut off about an inch. And when the carrot is so small that you can't pass it anymore the person who has the carrot at the end without dropping it wins. 

Guess the Spice
Get 10 or more different spices, new containers. Cover the outside of the container, so you cannot read the name and attach a name to each spice.  When everyone has arrived pass the spice around one at a time. You can say your guess out loud after everyone has smelled the spice or have them write their answer on a piece of paper. The paper method tends to work best. After all the spices have been passed, announce the number and have each person state the state their answer. Then remove the label and give the correct name.  Give a prize to the guest who got the most right and give the spices to the bride. 

Penny For Your Thoughts
Introduction Game - Have two pennies from the same year, you'll a different year for each guest. Example:15 guests, 30 pennies, 15 different years. When guests come in they are given a penny and the other penny is put in a jar. When all the guests have arrived the Bride-to-be selects a penny and the person with that corresponding year tells a little about themselves, how they know the Bride, and maybe a little story about the Bride. After everyone has spoken the Bride-to-be puts her pennies into the jar and selects one for a prize.

Bake Us A Cake
Set up a table with all the ingredients for baking a cake (flour, sugar, eggs, etc) then add a few extra ingredients that don't belong - baking soda (often confused with baking powder), spices, oil, etc... anything goes. Then supply all the tools for mixing and baking the cake.

The bride is than told she must make a cake, from scratch. The bride is not allowed to use a book, she must use her memory or just be very creative. She must tell an assistant how much of each ingredient should go into the cake and how long to bake and at what temperature the cake should bake at. Do this at the beginning so the cake will be done baking when she is finished opening gifts. It is then taken out of the oven for her to taste test. Make sure the camera is ready when she takes her first bite. 

M&M Game
Pass around a bag of m&m's, have everyone take how many as they wish. When everyone is done, they then have to tell one thing about the bride or groom for how many candies they have in their hands.  

Marry Me!
For the bridal shower, have five or six friends dress up as people the bride could have married but didn't. Examples include the super-rich dashing playboy, the surfer dude and the president. Each of them gives a little speech in turn to convince the bride why she should pick them. The winner receives a small gift.
Thanks - Ing W., San Diego, CA

Bride's Auction
Hold an auction.... Go to a discount/dollar store and purchase a bunch of inexpensive door prizes. Wrap them up in different ways so you can't tell what they are (a little gift in a big box for example). Each guest starts with an envelope with about $15 of play money in an envelope. Give everyone the chance to win a few more dollars but asking to be shown items that they may have in their purse (a tube of lipstick, a kleenex, etc) Each item is worth another dollar. Being bidding each item at $1 with a true or crazy clue to what the prize is (A box of kleenex could be something like, Don't cry for me Argentina... Who will bid $1? Highest bidder wins the prize....
Thanks - Rose, St. Mary's, PA

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