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Wedding Planning > Bridal Showers
Bridal Showers: Design and Create Activities

Answers to your most important bridal planning questions on Bridal Showers
 
Its our step by step guide to bridal showers.  No matter the question, we've got an example or answer for you

The following information is articles, questions, and answers that have been submitted by ForeverWed readers.  Should these not answer your questions. Feel free to ask an expert.

Design and Create Activities                


Create your own Groom

Borrow a set of the groom's clothes, long pants, long sleeved shirt, socks, shoes, gloves, and a hat if he wears one. Stuff the clothes with gifts for the bride. Wax paper, handy wrap, aluminum foil, rolling pin, etc. Make good arms and lower legs, paper towels work the best for thighs. toilet paper works good for a chest, and 2 bowls put in a pair of panty hose work for the head. for the extras two sets of inexpensive measuring spoons taped together spoon to spoon can be placed in the pants.

This handsome groom may sit in a chair at the side of the room when guests arrive. the bride gets to undress him as part of her opening gifts don't let her know what's up in advance.


Design a Gown

Take a piece of paper and fold it and place it in an envelope - then seal the envelope really well.

Give each guest one envelope and tell them not to open it until instructed to - but have them write their name on the outside of the envelope. Tell the group that on the count of 3 they will have two minutes to open the envelope, get out the piece of paper and tear the piece of paper into their best wedding dress.

Once they are done they can put the dress back in the envelope and pass it to the bride. Then 1,2,3..Start! As everyone is tearing into their envelope and making their wedding dresses by tearing the piece of paper you can tell the Bride the real object to the game... to determine who has opened their envelope the neatest.

Once all the envelopes are turned in you can tell the group what the bride is judging them on and them show the group all the "beautiful" gowns that people tried so seriously to make


Design a Veil

Divide guests into teams of 3 or 4. Give each team the following: 2 rolls of toilet paper, 2 strips of ribbon about 12 inches long, and a few silk flowers (ones with bendable wire stems work the best).

Tell them to design a veil for the bride, using one team member as the model. To keep the talking down, tell them that they only have 5 minutes (actually give them between 7 - 10 minutes). TAKE PICTURES!!

The bride must then wear the veil while opening her present, and one has actually used it at the rehearsal! This is so funny, and much quicker than the full gown


Create the Future

Break the guests up into groups and give each group a stack of old magazines, scissors and a photo album page. Assign each group a topic i.e. the couples courtship, honeymoon, their home, kids, etc.

Have each group make a collage pertaining to their topic by cutting pictures out of the magazines.

Once finished, put all the pages into an album and pass it around. It is hilarious to see what everyone comes up with


The Gown and the Plate

This is great fun and everybody looks ridiculous playing it!

To play this game you need 3 rolls of scotch tape, one or two pieces of tissue paper (like for wrapping gifts) for all people attending, a paper plate for all people attending, and a pencil for all people attending.

The first purpose of this game is to make a wedding dress on the bride. Everyone takes their piece of tissue paper and helps to make the bride a wedding gown using the scotch tape. You may need to make suggestions about a veil and a train, and a garter, and maybe a purse.

Once this is done (and she usually looks great; people are very creative), everyone takes a paper plate and puts it on their head and has to draw the bride on the plate while it is on top of their head.

Afterward, you spread all of the plates out on the floor for everyone to look at (and they look hilarious) and the bride chooses the one she likes best. That person wins a prize


Design a Gown with Toilet Paper

The game that I want most at my shower is the "Design a Gown" game.

Split into groups of 4 or 5 people.   Give each group 3+ rolls of toilet paper.   They need to use the toilet paper to design a gown. One person has to be a model.  Give them a time limit.   After the time limit, judge the gowns.

Prizes can be given for the funniest, most stylish, prettiest, etc.
My mother played this and said that it was absolutely hilarious


Complete Set of New Plates

My girlfriend held a bridal shower at one of those paint-your-own ceramics shops.

The bride selected a color scheme and each of the 8 girls in attendance painted a dinner plate using the color scheme, but added a little of their own personalities as well. All the while, the shop serves coffee and pastries and plays funky music.

By the end of the shower, the bride ends up with a complete set of casual dinner plates, personalized by her best friends!


Design a Bridal Bouquet

Break the guests up into groups and give each group a paper bag filled with various pipe cleaners, ribbons, sponges, fake greenery and flowers, and whatever else you want to throw in. Each group must make a bouquet for the bride from the goodies in their bags. The bride then judges the different arrangements based on size, looks, creativity, tossing ability, etc. and chooses a winner.

All of the bouquets are then combined to be used by the bride at the rehearsal.


Bridal Bouquet of Bows

Here is another version on making the "bridal shower bow hat", which in my opinion looks kind of silly.

You can pick up the main items at any crafts store:
- Styrofoam cone (get a large one if you are having a lot of guests)
- Push Pins
- Wooden Dowel (to use as a handle)

To start, just stick the wooden handle into the flat part of the cone. When it come time for the bride to open her presents, have someone collect all the bows and ribbons. Attach the bows onto the Styrofoam cone w/ the push pins and wrap the pretty ribbons around the handle.

By the time all the presents are unwrapped, the bride will have a beautiful bouquet (which can be used at the rehearsal dinner)


Scrapbook

I went to a shower where we all made a scrapbook page with words of advice for the bride. It was a really special memento for her. I am planning on doing this at a shower I am throwing for a friend of mine.

I will supply paper (pick a color scheme and use solids and prints), markers, mono-adhesive (double sided tape), and stickers. The guests were instructed to bring a special photo or memory that they can put on their page. I bought a pretty album that I will assemble for her after the shower and send home with her.

It is helpful to let guests know about this in advance so that they aren't put on the spot. You don't have to be artsy to do this...just a simple photo and note on a colored page is great!


Towel Tower Wedding Cake

This isn't a game, it's more of an activity. When I was a bride's maid once the other bride's maids and I planned and gave a bridal shower. We all split the cost of buying 2 bath/shower towels, 2 hand towels, and 2 washcloths to be rolled and stacked into what looks like a wedding cake.

Step 1) Place the two, unfolded bath towels one on top of the other.
Step 2) Fold the two bath towels in half. (we found the "hotdog" way works better than the "hamburger" way)
Step 3) Roll the folded bath towels as if you were rolling up a poster. This makes the base, or the first tier, of the "cake."

Follow these same instructions for folding and rolling the 2 hand towels and 2 washcloths; then stack the rolled up hand towels on top of the bath towels, and the washcloths on top of the hand towels to make a 3-level "cake."

We had to be 'creative' to make it stand up and not unravel we used Popsicle sticks to secure the three levels of the "cake," as well as safety pins to keep the towels from unrolling.

We decorated the towel cake with ribbons and silk flowers to look like frosting. We were skeptical at first and not at all confident in our ability to make this idea a decent-looking reality, but we were pleasantly surprised when our towels actually looked like a real wedding cake! (we bought cream-colored towels to make it look more like the color of frosting, but any color would work)

We used the "cake" as a centerpiece during the shower and then we gave the bride the towels at the end of the party as a house-warming gift


Dress the Bride

Before opening gifts at my lingerie shower I was presented with a pair of bloomers. They were homemade from "non-stretchable" floral fabric and rather roomy, with elastic at the ankles and a drawstring waist.

I was told that I had to put them on and each time I opened a gift, I had to stuff the wrapping paper inside the bloomers.

Little did I know that when I had finished opening my gifts I would have to jump rope! It was hilarious!

I still have the bloomers to remind of the fun I had at my shower

 

 


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