If you are a twenty-something to thirty-something woman, chances are that you’ve been to your fair share of bridal showers recently. Being at these showers, you know there are some standards: mimosas, ribbon bouquets and games. Oh the games.
These games can go from cute and pleasant, like the Newlywed Game, to sort of a drag. I’m not sure there are many original game ideas out there, but I thought I’d throw my twist on an old standard out there. For my cousin Becca’s shower, I created a tropical version of the He Said/She Said game. I’d like to point out that for her August shower, the tropical theme was spot-on (I’m just running behind and am posting this in September).
Anyways, for those of you not familiar, the He Said/She Said game is pretty simple. Ahead of time, the bride and groom are asked a series of questions, like What’s your favorite color? or What’s on your perfect pizza? Then the host will read a statement, like Who’s favorite color is yellow? or This person’s perfect pizza is pepperoni and onion while the guests guess who it is. It’s simple, fun and works for guests of the bride and groom (which is sometimes a difficult balance).
What I found most challenging about this game was finding fun questions. There are loads of examples on Pinterest, but I found a lot of them to repeat the same tired options, like who’s the better kisser? or who does the dishes? A few standards are fine here and there, but I didn’t like a game consisting of all basics. So I compiled a few I saw online and though of a few on my own. Here are some of questions I asked the bride and groom (I left out a few that were too specific):
- What’s your favorite color?
- What’s your biggest pet peeve?
- What’s your favorite Disney movie?
- What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
- What’s your dream vacation destination?
- What’s your “signature dish?”
- What reality show would you like to star in?
- What was your first job?
- If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- What was your favorite/most memorable date?
- Describe your first impression of your partner in one word.
- Who said “I love you” first?
- When did you know your partner was “the one?”
- What are you looking forward to most about being married?
- Tie breaker (it’s good to have a backup!): Have tied guests guess when the couple’s dating anniversary is/when they got engaged.
I’ve seen this game done on a card where guests circle their answers, but I like the interactive version of this game better. The interactive version being that rather than circling “bride” or “groom,” guests hold paddles to indicate their answer. I like this version better because it’s more lively – people get to guess together and laugh along as the answers are revealed. It’s also nice because it takes the pressure off the bride, which, I think, is a good thing. The bride-to-be is in the spotlight the whole day with mingling and gift opening; this game gives her a chance to sit back and enjoy.
Since the theme of the party was generally tropical (since it was August and the bride is headed to St. Lucia for her honeymoon), I opted to make paddles in the shape of pineapples. I’ve seen this done with mustaches and lips before, but I thought why not fully embrace the theme. Here’s what I used to make these paddles:
- Wooden popsicle sticks
- Hot glue
- Stickers, decals, etc. for decoration
The list is super simple and inepensive (this cost me about $20 with the help of some Michaels coupons). Plus, it’s easy enough to crank out over the course of a few episodes of New Girl.
To make these paddles, I started by drawing out a pineapple silhouette – about 5″ tall. Then I cut out a bunch in yellow and in orange. Then I decorated the pineapples with stickers and the like to make them look like a bride and groom (more or less). I used flower decals on the girly version and drew on some little eyelashes for fun. For the boy pineapples, I simply stuck on a dimensional bowtie sticker and called it good. I few did get mustaches just to add to the fun. Once they were all decorated, I glued them onto their sticks and called it a day!
For the game playing, I employed a relatively simple strategy: start with some easy questions, then a few silly ones before transitioning into the more romantic ones. If there’s one remarkable answer – silly or otherwise – save it for the grand finale. Always good to end the game on a high note. Also, another pro tip is to not ask too many. I find that about 15-20 questions keeps the game going and interesting without becoming tiresome or having people lose track of their score.
Overall, I’d say this game was a hit! But maybe that’s just the rum punch talking.