Ah, the dreaded bridal shower games. If you'd rather keep the bows on the gifts and the toilet paper on the roll, just how do you keep your guests—most likely spanning generations and social groups—entertained and interacting? Here are some twists on classic party games that are perfect for a bride who's not into bathroom fashion.
Wedding Mad Libs
Okay, so this is a little cheesy but totally fun, I promise. Our bride is a writer so it just made sense to (re)write her history with some fun fake details.
If you need a refresher on how Mad Libs work, you write a simple story, leaving out some key words. Then, ask guests to fill in the blanks by shouting out a corresponding part of speech. Pick out the first (or funniest) responses, then read back the (not-so-true) love story. Give the filled-out story to the bride for posterity, so she can remember when the groom proposed down on one elbow.
Charades is a winning party game. Everyone loves it, you have to interact, and it gets people up and moving (plus, the resulting photos are priceless). I made a deck for custom Broadway Charades by taping images of Playbills to playing cards.
If your bride is a theater fan, go ahead and take this idea at face (heh) value. If not, go with your own theme, such as: the couple's favorite books, movies, and TV shows; objects and landmarks you'd find in the couple's favorite travel destinations, like croissants, the Eiffel Tower, and red wine; or favorite architects and iconic designs (easier if you have a bunch of Apartment Therapy readers in attendance).
Get guests involved
Another way to keep people from checking social media or sitting by themselves in a corner is to get them involved. We had guests bring photos of themselves and the bride (or email them to us in advance) and we hung them on globe lights strung over mirrors so everyone could take a trip down memory lane.
Since the bride likes to cook, we made recipe cards so that guests to share their favorites with her (and clutch Open Table instructions), as well as "marriage recipe" cards so the already-hitched could impart their well-earned wisdom.
We also went traditional with a guest book, so that the bride could remember this day with words from her friends and loved ones.