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Bridal showers are awesome: Gabbing with girlfriends, gushing over tulle gowns, and a judgment-free zone when it comes to eating three slices of cake. But too often, they also include eye-roll-inducing games you can’t wait to get through. So if you’re throwing a shower for a bride-to-be, keep the awesome factor high and the lame factor non-existent by selecting your game inspiration from these five hits.
Bride and Groom Trivia
Collect interesting — or ridiculous! — information about the couple, then ask guests to guess the answers to your questions. Consider typing out a multiple choice answer quiz you can grade as guests eat cake, or conduct a Jeopardy!-inspired live competition where guests vie to be the first to shout the correct answer.
Celebrity Charades, Backwards
Gather the names of your favorite celebrity wives, then write each name on a single index card. Ask each guest to tape a card to her forehead — no peeking! — then have others describe who she “is” until she guesses her party-long celeb status. Who wouldn’t want to be Beyoncé for a day?
Playing phone is always funny — and it’s made even more enjoyable when you start the “call” with a toast to the bride. Have each guest whisper the well wish to the bride, then sit back and listen to the funniest toast ever when the message reaches the last guest.
Purse Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of common items women might carry in their favorite bags, as well as less common — and racier! — things one might stash, such as birth control. Give a prize to whomever keeps the most items in her purse and reward her with something else she can stick in it, such as a gift card.
Pen a Poem
Grab and blank sheet of paper and ask a guest to write a single line of a romantic poem dedicated to the couple. The fold the paper over, hiding the guest’s phrase, and pass the paper to another guest with the same instructions. Make your way through all the guests, then, in your best dramatic stage voice, read the (disjointed) poem the brides’ guests have dedicated to her great love.