Before the wedding invitations are mailed, bridal shower invitations should be sent! This event is a time for best friends and family to gather and “shower” the bride with gifts. But presents aren’t the only part of this traditional celebration – games are a perfect way to break the ice and get everyone comfortable with one another. Any of these fun activities are sure to create the perfect mood:

Games to play at your bridal showerWhat’s In Your Purse?
Let’s be honest – us women have so many random items in our purses. Most of the time, I couldn’t even tell you what’s hiding in there! During the rare times that I clean out my purse, I’ll often find items like sunglasses that I lost six months ago, a container of Tic Tacs that have spilled at the bottom and a can of hairspray I neglected to remove. When playing the “What’s In Your Purse” game, however, you can earn points for those miscellaneous things that you never bothered to take out of your bag. Create a list of items and a point scale next to them – whoever can gather the most things on the list and end up with the highest amount of points wins a prize! The more obscure the object, the more points it’s worth. Here are just a few random items that you can feel free to include:

  • Reading glasses
  • Used tissue
  • More than 5 pens
  • Pepper spray
  • Lipstick
  • Lotion
  • Flash Drive
  • Planner
  • Earring with no post

He Said/She Said
This is a way to test the knowledge of your guests to see how well they know you and your future spouse. Before the party starts, sit down with your other half, and have someone ask you both questions about your love story, like how you met, where you took your first vacation, where you shared your first kiss, what your favorite color is, etc. Then print out both of your answers without identifying who said it – that’s the job of the bridal shower guests. The person to get the most right wins a prize! For a fun twist, have guests hold up a mustache or lips to indicate their answer. Check out our free photo booth printables to make your lips and mustache props.

Love Story (Mad Libs)
No matter how old I get, I will always find Mad Libs funny. Each guest grabs a piece of paper and takes a turn writing down a new sentence about how the couple met. But the trick is, you have to fold the paper over before the next person writes their sentence so that she doesn’t know what was already written. At the end of the game, you’ll likely have a big paragraph that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but the result is always hilarious.

Who am I?
The “Who am I?” game is a great option for large groups because it encourages mingling and getting to know each other.  Each guest is given a person (celebrity, historical figure, politician). The person’s name is pinned to the back of the guest. Each person has 20 questions. As guests mingle, they ask each other questions and give each other clues. You can also use props! As the game unfolds, guests can choose to give another guest a prop that might clue them into who they are. Think wigs, hats, jewelry, canes, etc.

Want to see how the Invitations by Dawn team throws a bridal shower? Take a look here.