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Wine and Cheese Tasting Shower
Arrange for an elegant afternoon of wine tasting! Include all kinds of different wine and cheese for guests to sample, with a name label next to each one. Guests can learn about different wines and cheeses, the Bride ends up with a set of nice wine glasses, and the guests take home a wine charm as a party favor.

Which Anniversary Is It?
Each anniversary has a "traditional" gift that goes with it. Have your guests try to match the traditional wedding gift with the correct anniversary.

Kiss My Ass
Get ready for tons of laughs! Photocopy a picture of the Bride, and draw in the rest of her body on a big posterboard. Each guest puts on lipstick and gets blindfolded - for their turn to kiss the closest to a little red heart on the Bride's rear-end!



 

Hawaiian Luau
Transport your guests to the Hawaiian islands with tiki torches, orchids and birds of paradise, bright colors like hot pink, bright orange and neon green. Find someone who can teach guests a few steps of a hula dance and your guests will be out of their chairs having a fun time - in no time!

Don't Say Wedding
Give each guest a lei as they arrive, with this warning: if you get caught saying the word "wedding" - then the person who catches you gets to take your lei away! The guest with the most leis at the end of the shower is the winner.


 

Engagement Party
Games aren't just for the Bridal Shower, have some fun at the engagement party! Get everyone introduced, then pit them against each other in some friendly competition. There's no way to get to know the significant other like putting him or her on the spot with a Honey Do list…

Honey Do's!
Put the bride-to-be and groom-to-be on the spot when you ask them to tell you who will be responsible for the dishes or washing the car after they're married. Everyone else plays, too - by trying to guess how each will be answered.

Wedding Taboo
Just like the Taboo game you know, but everything is related to love, marriage and weddings. A great way to mix up groups who don't know each other very well.



 

Alphabet Shower
When you have 26 or more guests, try taking this theme to the extreme! Send a note with each invite for the guest to bring a gift starting with the alphabet letter you have included. Then ask them to write down an attribute of marriage that begins with that letter - something they would like to share with the bride. All ages can participate!

Everything Wedding From A to Z
Even the games are alphabetical! Guests try to list something wedding related to each letter of the alphabet, and the bride gets to do the same.



 

Makeover Shower
Small showers don't have to be boring! There are so many more things you can do at a small shower, like having makeovers for all the guests! Invite a Mary Kay or Avon consultant to do the makeovers and have a fun day of relaxing beauty and pampering!




 

Picture Perfect
Everywhere you turn, you're going to find the bride and groom! Frame a photo of the bride and groom with an extra-large mat, and let the guests sign the mat with their best wishes for the bride and groom! Photo magnets with their picture and a date can be printed from home with magnet paper, and a photo can even be scanned onto the cake by the bakery. It's a total celebration of the couple…and this is just a prelude to the wedding!




 

Naughty & Nice Shower
What is a Naughty & Nice Shower? A shower where guests bring one "naughty" gift for the Bride and Groom's honeymoon, and one "nice" gift. Collect all the naughty gifts in a black satin pillow case and tie with a red ribbon for the couple's honeymoon night. Then play one naughty game and one nice game...

Wear the Teddy
Put a teddy bear in a brown paper bag and tell the guests whoever gets stuck holding the bag in a game of hot potato has to wear the teddy! Don't tell your guests it's a teddy bear - they'll be terrified thinking it's a silky lingerie teddy!

Bridal Shower Anagrams
This challenging game will have all your guests using their 'brain-power' to come up an anagram to these bridal items. Everyone will be laughing as the guest's answers are read.



 

Multicultural Shower
When two families unite through marriage, there may be introductions necessary - in different languages! Break the ice by having each guest introduce themselves, then say "I love you" in another language. A note card at each place setting with a different translation for "I love you" is the easiest way to encourage participation. (You can find this in our game: How To Say I Love You).



 

Cowboy Shower
You can still have a shower, even if you're part of the groom's family! Host a shower in honor of the groom by inviting couples to a cowboy shower with a country theme. Farm clothes, overalls, blue jeans, cowboy hats, haybales for seats, drinks out of fruit jars, burlap tableclothes and food served in pie tins. Want to put him on the spot? Play the Newlywed Game, Groom's version.




 

Hearts Shower
When it comes to a wedding, the bride is all hearts and flowers! Shower her with hearts and red roses, and play some fun lovey-dovey games. This shower is especially fun around Valentine's Day.

You Melt My Heart
Freeze little candy hearts in ice-cubes before the party. To play, give each guest one of the ice-cubes in a little cup and tell them they can try to melt the ice cube using any body part, but they can't take the ice-cube out of the cup. First one to melt completely, wins.

Animal Mates
Have guests try to match the animal name with it's "proper" male and female name. It's not as easy as you think!



 

Couples Stock The Bar Shower
Invite the guys because they'll want to be included! Have guests bring a bottle of wine to share, and a gift to help stock the couple's bar.



 

Couples Patio Shower
If you're getting couples together, host an outdoor patio shower! Fire up the barbecue, entertain outside, and have guests bring a gift for the couple's patio.

Find Hubby's Feet
A hysterical game for couples who think they know each other! Have the guys take off their shoes and line up. Blindfold the girls and tell them to feel the guys feet and find their date!

The Newlywed Game
Gather some fun questions that will make it obvious if the Bride and Groom really know the other. For each wrong answer, have the Bride (or Groom) put another piece of gum in their mouth!



 

Couples Home Improvement Shower
This shower is great for a DIY (Do It Yourself) kind of couple! Even the men will appreciate the gifts when guests give the couple things to fix up their home like tools, gadgets, and any other special requests.

Guys and Dolls
Write down 10 totally sexist questions - 10 for the girls and 10 for the guys - and see if the other team can answer them. Find out who is the smarter sex!

Who Knows The Bride? Who Knows The Groom?
Discover which of the wedding guests really knows the Bride or Groom by having them fill out a survey or 10 or more questions about the Bride or Groom. You'll be really surprised at the answer!



 

Bed & Breakfast Shower
Host this shower in the morning and serve a breakfast buffet. Bring gifts for the bedroom and kitchen and play some fun bed, breakfast and kitchen games!

Doughnut Power
String a clothesline across the room and hang powdered doughnuts spaced evenly from a string secured to the clothesline with a clothespin. The goal of this game is to find out who can lick the most powdered sugar off a doughnut in 90 seconds...with their hands behind their back!

Love Story (Household Poem)
Have fun reading a story about the new Bride as you help her fill her house with things she'll need. The story reads "Soon you will marry a SUAVE and CHARMIN' guy.." while another bridesmaid holds up each household item as it's read.



 

Kitchen Shower
If the new bride doesn't know how to cook, this shower is for her! Gather up all her friends and family and let them know she needs a little help in the kitchen! Use her bridal registry to pick kitchen shower gifts and play some kitchen and cooking related games...

Name That White Stuff
Put 10 different white substances in Ziploc bags, like flour, powdered milk, and baking soda. Be sure to number the bags so you can keep track of the right answers.

Apron Memory
Pin at least 10 different kitchen utensils to an apron. At the shower, have the bride wear the apron and walk around the room for 1 minute. Once she leaves the room, have the guests try to remember what was pinned to her apron. Best of all, the bride gets to keep the apron!



 

Christmas Ornament Shower
Perfect for a winter shower! Ask guests to bring a Christmas ornament for the Bride and Groom to hang on their first Christmas tree.

First Christmas
Give each guest a strip of red or green construction paper to write a piece of advice to the bride and groom. Enlist the help of the bridesmaids to turn them into a paper chain during the shower - and send it home with the bride for the couple's first christmas tree.



 

Beauty and Pamper Shower
A day of relaxation is just what the Bride needs before the big wedding! Take the time to remind her to slow down and enjoy life with relaxation and beauty gifts. Have the girls come in their pajamas and arrange for some facials and girl-talk!

And The Bride Wore...
Test your guests memory and have the Bride leave the room. While she's gone, ask guests several questions about what she was wearing, like "What color were her fingernails painted?"

Finish The Bride's Phrase
If you told the Bride to finish this phrase "White ____", what would she say? Prepare a list ahead of time for each of the guests and tell them to fill it out with what they think the bride will say. Then have the bride finish the phrases and see who was right.



 

Room to Room Shower
The Bride and Groom need help with every room in the house, so don't leave anything out! Assign several guests a specific room of the house, maybe 5 for the bathroom, 5 for the kitchen, 5 for the bedroom, and 5 for the backyard. Each guest brings a gift for their specific room, and the games can be made to fit, too...

Recipe Cards
Each guest who was assigned the kitchen gets to bring several of her favorite easy recipes for the Bride and Groom.

Love Story - Household Poem
Perfect for the Room-to-Room theme! Have guests fill-in-the-blanks with household items, then present those items to the Bride and Groom as you read the answers.




 

Flowers and Chocolate Shower
Nothing speaks the language of love like sweet, decadent chocolate! Design a dessert table that would satisfy even a choco-holic, then decorate everything with fresh flowers. Put Hershey's Kisses everywhere with a sticker on the bottom that says "Hugs & Kisses for the soon to be Mrs." Then for favors, a Hershey's chocolate bar with the shower date and a note: "We shower the Bride with sweet gifts it's true, but this sweet gift is just for you!"

Bridal Shower Placemats
This game is more decorative than challenging! Use flowery placemats for guests, and put a star on the back of one. Sometime during the shower, announce to guests that whoever has the placemat with the star on the back is the winner.

Bouquet Pass
You'll need a bridal bouquet and a love song cd to play. Have guests gather in a circle and pass the bridal bouquet until the music stops. The person caught holding the bouquet when the music stops is out. Continue until you have one winner.



 

Stock The Pantry Shower
Let's get this Bride ready for her new home with hubby! Have guests bring a recipe and all the dry ingredients needed to make it. With cooking made this easy, even hubby could do it!



 

Garden Shower
You don't have to serve tea in a garden to have a garden shower. All you need are seed packets for favors, a watering can filled with fresh flowers for a centerpiece, and women's garden tools to give away as gifts for game winners.

What Flavor Is It?
This fun game is played with Jelly Bellies. Divide everyone into teams and pass around a tray of 12 different Jelly Belly flavors...some like strawberry, cherry, cotton candy, ear wax, dirt and booger. After tasting them, teams try to guess the flavors. It's a ton of laughs and fun, especially when you mix in the unusual flavors.

Herb Sniffing
Put 10 different herbs in individual numbered cups, cover with foil, and put several small holes in the foil. Guests take turns sniffing the herbs to guess which herb is in which cup.



 

Princess Shower
If the Bride-to-be has been a "Princess" all her life, shower her with a "Princess" theme. Arrange 20 sparkle Princess wands like flowers in a crystal vase and give them to guests as favors at the end of the shower.

Words of Wisdom
Ask each guest fill out an advice card, then tie them to the princess wands with ribbons. Have the bride-to-be hold the bouquet of princess as wands as she reads the advice.

Brown Bag
Give every guest a brown paper bag and tell them to put it over their head. Next, instruct your guests to remove one thing that they don't need to be wearing. Continue asking guests to remove one more thing, until everyone realizes what they really don't need is that paper bag on their head!



 

Pink Shower
How do you host a pink shower? Just think pink! Ask the guest to wrap their gifts in pink, then choose desserts and beverages that are pink. Throw in pink tablecloths and floral arrangements with pink and white Orchids...and you have a pink shower!

Past to Present
Scan 8 different pictures of the bride from birth through current age. Put them together in a collage on one page with a space to guess the year and month they were taken. Each picture is worth 2 points - 1 point for the right year and 1 point for the right month. Plus, guests will love to take the collage of pictures home.

Find The Groom
Snip pictures of men from magazines and find one picture of the groom. Before the shower, put each male in a separate pink balloon (one balloon for each guest) making sure one of them has the picture of the groom. At the shower, instruct guests to pop their balloon, and the one with the groom's picture inside is the winner.



 

Ice Cream Shower
Perfect for a summer shower, it's BYO ice cream time! Invite guests to bring their own ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt or gelato and you can supply cones and different sprinkles. Guests get to be creative and enjoy making ice cream cone sundaes while the presents are being unwrapped!



 

Ocean Shower
Are the bride and groom honeymooning near the ocean? You can make the guests feel like they are "Under the Sea" too...with a few simple decorations. Start with a fisherman's net on the table and lots of seashells, include plastic removable fish all over the sliding doors to make the room look like an aquarium, top the cake with a boy and girl mermaid, and finish with a buffet of sea food like shrimp, salmon mousse, and crab dip.

Family Ties
Animals group together in families, for example humans group together in a clan. Challenge your guests to name other family groups like fish or whales.


Secret Word
Pick a secret word before the shower and write it down. Let guests know whoever is the first to use this secret word is the winner. For example, the secret word might be: beach. If someone asks the bride if she will be spending a lot of time on the beach during her honeymoon, she is the winner.




 

Wine & Desserts Shower
Simple and elegant, host a wine and desserts shower for the bride and her close friends and relatives. Black and burgundy make a great color scheme for this shower - and don't forget a bouquet of white roses for the centerpiece.

Name That Wedding Cake
List 20 different types of cakes in one column, and have guests try to match clues to all the different cakes from the second column. Just what is the opposite of a tall cake, anyway?

Word Scramble
A classic word scramble with a wedding theme, scramble 20 different wedding related words and have your guests try to unscramble them.




 

Candlelight Shower
This sentimental shower is for a small group...turn out the lights and host the shower by candlelight. A candlelight dinner would be especially nice, but candles on the cake and a basket of candles with this poem is essential...

A Basket of Candles
For [insert Bride's name]

A basket of candles that come in a pair
In all different colors, for you two to share
The white ones burn first
They are wrapped in white lace
To celebrate your first married night
In your new chosen place.
The green pair is taller, and also much thinner
Burn with the first company, you have over for dinner.
The dark blue candles are for after your first fight
Use them to burn while making up all night.
Pink candles set the mood and pave the way
For your first married Valentine’s Day.
Now, when your first year of marriage is through
The cream anniversary pair, will light for you two.
Red candles aflame, both your futures are bright
Celebrate promotions you’ve worked toward with all of your might.
By this time we hope, maybe, just maybe
You can light the purple ones, on the birth of your baby.
And just when you thought you’d put these away
Take the light blue ones out-for your fifth anniversary day.
Now just one more pair left - for the big 2 5
The anniversary pair that will keep your love alive.
Congratulations [insert Bride and Groom's names]
On the start of your forever
May the two of you always be happy together
And burn these candles
Just the way we said
But please don’t forget-blow them out before bed!

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