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Design and Create
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
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
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
- Styrofoam cone (get a large one if you are having a lot of
- 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
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
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
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
I still have the bloomers to remind of the fun I had
at my shower
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