It is traditional for bridal showers to have activities and games. But during the times of COVID-19, everything is going through many changes– bridal showers being no exception. That is why our team at Easy Event Planning has put together a list of the best bridal shower games to bring out the joy in your celebration–updated for 2020’s circumstances–so everyone has a chance to get involved in the festivities, no matter how close or far away they are.
Social Distancing Edition of Traditional Bridal Shower Games
General Recommendation: Host the activities outside if the weather allows. No matter how effective your guests are going to be at social distancing, large indoor crowd gatherings are still very risky. Hosting all the games, or maybe even the entire event outside would make it a safer party for everyone.
1. Who Am I?
Before the shower, make a list of celebrities, one per guest. Send every guest a snippet of the list– make sure that their name is missing. Watch the guests meet one another, trying to figure out who is who. Make sure all guests maintain the safe distance of 6 feet!
2. Dressing Up
Ask each guest to show up to the shower wearing a formal gown that they have in their closet. It can be their old wedding gown, prom dress, or any other fancy dress collecting dust! Have guests volunteer to talk about their outfits– you hear stories telling anything from how it was made to scary stain stories.
3. Cake Ring
As you’re cutting the bridal shower cake, explain to guests that whoever finds an edible ring baked in the cake is destined to be the next bride!
4. Makeup Demonstration
What says “girl party!” more than a makeup demonstration? Find a local professional to show the ladies makeup tips and tricks. Some of your guests will be shocked to find out how long they’ve been applying makeup incorrectly, and they’ll learn how to look their best for any future parties!
5. Don’t Cross Your Legs
Randomly hand out a few inexpensive gifts to guests that arrive at the party. Make sure you have fewer gifts than people attending the shower. The goal is for no one to cross their legs during the shower, so instruct the guests to watch the guests with presents closely. If someone without a gift calls out a person with a gift as crossing their legs, the person without the gift gets to take the gift and keep it for themselves (thus making themselves a target for people calling them out on crossing their legs). Once the party is over, whoever is holding a gift may keep them.
Online Bridal Shower Games
6. Get To Know Each Other
To avoid awkward conversations between guests getting to know each other, ask each guest to fill out a questionnaire about themselves and their relation to the bride or groom. Once everyone has arrived, ask each guest to read their card. This one is simple, easy, and to the point. This gives everyone a chance to share a meaningful story and, if some guests don’t know each other well, they will bond over their relationship with the engaged couple.
7. Bride & Groom Photo Challenge
Get together old pictures of both the bride and the groom, from every stage of life (including the cringey middle school pictures!). Make a slideshow of the pictures, and have guests guess the bride and groom’s ages in each photo. See if they remember any stories about them around the time each picture was taken!
8. Bride’s Wordcloud
This activity can be completed from anywhere with any amount of people. All you have to do is set up the question: “If __ would be an animal, what animal would it be?”. To do that, go to this website, and sign up– it’s free! Create a presentation using “wordcloud”, and you are all set! Ask all the guests to go to this site and enter a the menti code- it should be displayed on top of the presentation. Enjoy the laughs as the wordcloud expands with all kinds of phrases!
9. On My Mind
Have one guest start by choosing another guest. Throughout the game, they can not tell who their person is.. Let the guests take turns asking analogy questions, such as “If ___ were a restaurant, what type of restaurant would ___ be?” Once someone thinks they know who is on their mind, the guest may guess on their turn. If they are wrong, they are out of the game, and the questions may continue.
10. One Sided, Pre-Wedding Newlywed Game
Contact the groom before the shower to ask him for a list of questions that the bride should know (i.e. favorite tv show, hometown, shoe size). Let the guests predict how many correct answers the bride-to-be will guess, and then have them try to answer the questions! For more fun, ask for a “helping hand” if the bride is struggling- the guests might know it!
11. What’s the Lie?
For a well-acquainted group, ask each guest to offer two truths and one lie about themselves. See if the other guests can figure out the lie.
12. What’s Missing
Type up ten different cocktail recipes and leave out one different ingredient in each. Ask every guest to guess the missing ingredient and write/type it down. The one getting the most missing ingredients wins–the prize is the ingredients!
13. Spoonful of Cotton
The guests must be blindfolded. Have them sit with a bowl of cotton balls in their lap. Give your guests a certain amount of time to use a large wooden spoon to get as many cotton balls out of the bowl in their lap to the top of their head. Count the number that stayed up there when the timer goes off. The winner gets a fancy bowl. This is a great game if your guests are prepared to laugh!
This concludes our list of bridal shower games. Many of these games can be customized or adjusted to your liking to match your personality. We hope you enjoyed this list and check out other articles from Easy Event Planning for more ideas.
Author: Brittany Schmidt