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Need non-stupid bridal shower game and favor ideas

I offered to help with a friend's bridal shower, since she doesn't have any bridesmaids.  I was put in charge of games and prizes.

The bride would like games that people can play while presents are opened, etc (me too, I hate forced participation games). So far all I can come up with is a "quiz" about the bride & groom and bridal bingo.

The wedding is at the beach, the MOB requested beachy prizes.

Any ideas?  My first thought was saltwater taffy, but some people hate that.

ETA: I also realize that bridal shower games are inherently stupid.  I mean "non-stupid" in context.

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  • I just played a game where there was a piece of paper with still clips from movies with weddings, or wedding in the title or something to do with weddings (Father of the bride, murial's wedding, princess bride, four weddings and a funeral, etc). THe guest had to figure out which movie the pictures were from. It was fun.
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  • I went to a shower with a beach theme. The favors were little square gel candles with sand and shells in them. I still have it.
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  • As far as games go, and it is similar to your trivia, I had a crossword puzzle made from questions about DH and myself.  It was able to be done at their leisure.

     

    Beachy prizes, I am not sure...maybe Yankee candles in their "beachy" scents?

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  • I like both of your ideas. 

    Give people a list of 25 questions about the bride/couple and they can fill in the answers while they are watching her open gifts. They can choose to participate or not.

    Saltwater taffy sounds like the perfect beach-y gift. If the winner doesn't like it they can pass it on. A fun beach towel might be a good prize too.  

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    The two you have are the only ones that aren't really horrible.

    Can you get sunscreen or towels as prizes?  Maybe sunglasses but that's hard.

  • What about the purse game where people feel around in the bag  and write down as many things as they can in a minute. That could easily be done while she's opening gifts.

    Beachy prizes... ummm... beach towels? or what about a beach scented candle? I would like sunscreen or self tanner but thats probably not very universal.  

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  • Finding Mr. Wright (Right) Bridal Shower Story -
    The game is very simple... wrap up 1 present for every 5 people attending the bridal shower (15 people = 3 presents if you're not a math wizard). Direct your guests to stand in a circle, and distribute the gifts to random people in the group. Every time your guests hear the word LEFT, they are to pass the gift to the LEFT. Every time your guests hear the word WRIGHT or RIGHT, they are to pass the gift to the right. It makes for a fun game of frantic gift tossing. ENJOY!!!

    FINDING MR. WRIGHT
    (Bride?s Name) was a shy girl who had not LEFT her house for months. She was lonely? and she realized she had reached the RIGHT age to find the RIGHT man. (Bride) stood up at that moment and LEFT to check out her old stomping ground. She knew exactly what she wanted in her Mr. RIGHT? Tall, dark, and handsome who wouldn?t be afraid to wear a ring on his LEFT hand. (Bride) was on the prowl, and at her first stop, RIGHT before her eyes she saw a man whose good looks LEFT her feeling weak. She maneuvered through the crowd, weaving LEFT, RIGHT, and LEFT again. As she got closer to him, their eyes met and it seemed like love at first sight for them both.

    ?FIRE!? someone shouted. RIGHT behind them a blaze had broken out in the club, and people began to scramble to the doors. Mr. RIGHT had been within her reach, but they were swept away from each other in the commotion. He shouted his name to her, but all she caught was his last name ?WRIGHT?. Once outside, (Bride) was LEFT feeling hopeless with only a name to find him, ?WRIGHT? she said to herself.

    The following days were agonizing, knowing her Mr. WRIGHT was out there but with no good way to find him. She had looked in the phonebook, but there were so many WRIGHTS RIGHT there on the page, she didn?t want to call everyone? what would be the RIGHT thing to say? ?I thought I met my Mr. RIGHT at the club the other night, but I only got his last name before I was swept RIGHT out the doors because of a fire.? She didn?t want to irritate people for no good reason? she wasn?t even sure if his name really was WRIGHT. It could be Bite, Flight, Knight? she wasn?t positive.

    (Bride) decided she would just keep looking for Mr. WRIGHT. The following weekend she LEFT her house to search for him. Grocery stores, hardware stores, the gym, and many local night clubs, but once she LEFT each stop she felt close to tears. There was no sign of Mr. RIGHT anywhere. (Bride) LEFT her last stop of the night, and decided to drive to the club where she had first seen her Mr. RIGHT.

    She parked her car and approached the charred remains of the building. It was a stormy evening and no one in their RIGHT mind would be out alone at this hour, but she wanted to visit this spot one last time before giving up hope of meeting Mr. RIGHT again. After a few minutes, (Bride) saw something move to her RIGHT. She knew she should have LEFT sooner. She quickly turned to see what was stirring nearby. Mr. WRIGHT was approaching, looking into her eyes and smiling. ?I been waiting RIGHT here every night hoping you might come back? My name is (Groom). (Groom) WRIGHT.?

    They fell deeply in love, married, and Mr. & Mrs. WRIGHT lived happily ever after? and never LEFT each other?s side, except to visit the bathroom (that would just be so not RIGHT).

    THE END

     

  • There's that ice breaker game where everyone gets a celebrity name taped to their back and they can only ask yes or no questions to other people in order to try to figure out who they are.  That's one that would keep people chatting while gifts are opened.  If you're careful and don't pick ones that are too pop culture-y people will enjoy it.  (It's no fun to be the person who doesn't have cable and to get Snookie or one of the Kardashians taped to your back, so you have to be careful about what names you opt for, but if you pick more mainstream, well known names it'll work for pretty much everyone.)
  • My co-worker had her bridal shower this weekend and she was describing a game I had never played.  It was a couple's shower, so the hostess gave her an apron full of cooking utensils, etc. and the groom had to wear a tool belt with a bunch of tools, etc.  They wore them for a little while, but no one said much.  Then the hostess took the apron & belt away and instead of the guests trying to remember, THEY had to remember what the other one was wearing.  You could have the bride do that, or have the guests try to remember what she was wearing.
  • The shower is at the beach and you're thinking about games? Tell the guests to go lie in the sun with their toes in the sand. No one has to play a boring game, and everybody wins. Party!!!
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    There's that ice breaker game where everyone gets a celebrity name taped to their back and they can only ask yes or no questions to other people in order to try to figure out who they are.  That's one that would keep people chatting while gifts are opened.  If you're careful and don't pick ones that are too pop culture-y people will enjoy it.  (It's no fun to be the person who doesn't have cable and to get Snookie or one of the Kardashians taped to your back, so you have to be careful about what names you opt for, but if you pick more mainstream, well known names it'll work for pretty much everyone.)

    There was a game similar to this that we played, except you had to deduce by submitting your idea of a celebrity that you were sure everyone knew.

    I chose Ina Garten, and was shocked that NO ONE knew who she was.  THen felt like a dufus.  

  • Who doesn't like salt water taffy?  I'd rather get that than some candle or lotion that I likely won't like the smell of.

    Chocolates in beach shapes, like shells or sand dollars.

    Or rum.  If there was rum, it would make up for games.

  • Oooh, rum sounds like a great gift.  I think a pedicure is a beachy gift too.  Everyone wants their toes to look pretty at the beach!
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  • I hosted my friend's bridal shower recently. We asked the groom and mother of groom questions about the groom a few weeks ahead of time. Wrote all the questions out on index cards. Distributed index cards to guests. Each guest read one question to the bride about her fiance. Everyone then voted on whether they thought the bride would get it right or not. If she got it right, she got to open a present. If she got it wrong, she had to take a drink of wine. Each person got a point if they were correct on whether the bride was right/wrong. Everyone had a great time. We stacked the deck, so that the first several questions were hard but seemed like they should be obvious. It was a great way to keep everyone involved.
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  • we did one thats not quite a "game", but its done while the bride is opening presents.

      go online and find jokes/quotes about love and marriage. Get one for each guest at the shower, and type them on little strips of paper. before the bride opens her presents, give each guest one of the quotes or jokes. beofre the bride opens that guest's present, the guest has to read their quote/joke. its really simple, but fun- people pay attention to the gift opening, bc they want to hear what the next quote or joke will be.

      some examples of ones we used : " When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible"  AND " Never discuss important issues before dinner- husbands are very irritable when hungry"

  • It's not really a game, but while the bride is opening gifts, have the gift-giver say how they met the bride and one memory they have with the bride or groom that they love. Really great especially if a lot of people who don't know each other are in the room.
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