Nothing is a better icebreaker at a shower than having the guests play a few games. Shower games will usually open up opportunities for great conversation and laughter. And, they will also get your guests into a more comfortable mood. If you're throwing the shower in your home, or any other place where time and space aren't a constraint (such as at a rented banquet room or in a restaurant), a good game or two is usually fun for all. The shower games could stay in keeping with the theme as well.
You may be wondering at what time during the shower should you fit in the games. This is actually up to you. The time it takes to play a game and dole out the prizes depends on the game you are playing and the amount of guests at the shower. If there will be a large amount of people, you may want to keep the games to a minimum. For smaller, more intimate crowds, you may want to play more than even two games. Shower games can be played all at one time, or spaced out during the length of the shower. You could fit a game in at the beginning of the shower when all the guests have arrived, or you can wait until after the meal and play them before the guest of honor opens her gifts-- it's entirely up to you and the shower schedule.
Don't forget to buy prizes for the games. You can award prizes a number of different ways; you choose how this will be done. You don't need to spend a lot of money on the game prizes. The following are a few ideas. Some may even go along great with the chosen theme.
- Small picture frame
- Candles and/or votive holders
- Pretty vase
- Photo album
- Address book or day planner
- Scented lotions and/or soaps
- Manicure set
- Makeup bag
- Small silk jewelry case
- Chocolates or other boxed candies
- Potholders, oven mitts and/or kitchen towels
- Movie tickets
- Store gift certificate
- Music CD
- Book or blank journal
- Misc. kitchen gadgets and utensils
- Tea or coffee gift sampler
- Stationery set
Now, let the games begin! Here are a few shower game ideas to get started.
Spice Mystery- Great for Kitchen or Recipe showers. Pick 8-10 various jars of spices (you can usually pick these up at discount stores for a better price than the grocery store.) Cover the spice labels with masking tape beforehand. Place the jars on a tray and pass the tray around to each guest at the shower, or place the tray in the center of the guests and have them try to figure out what each spice is. They can hold the jars but cannot open them or smell the spice. This game works best when there is a time limit. The prize goes to the guest who writes down the most correct spices. Give the spices to the guest of honor when the game is over.
Guess the Kitchen Gadget- This game is also great for a Kitchen or Recipe shower. Go to your local discount store and buy 7-10 different kitchen gadgets/utensils. Try and get at least 5-6 of the most uncommon and interesting gadgets you can find. Place the gadgets in non-transparent plastic bags beforehand. Pass the bags around for the guests to stick their hands in and feel the object. Don't let the guest feel the object for too long. Have them write down what they think the object in the bag may be. The guest who guesses the most gadgets correctly wins a prize. Give the gadgets to the guest of honor when the game is over.
Word Scramblers- Make a list of 10-12 words associated with love and weddings. Then, scramble the words any way you wish and print out enough of these lists for each of the guests at the shower. (Do this task beforehand.) Have the guests unscramble the words; use a time limit. The guest with the most correctly unscrambled words wins a prize.
Purse Scavenger Hunt- Make a list of miscellaneous items (anything from a tube of lipstick to paperclips, a bottle of aspirin, a small sewing kit, etc.) Give the list to each guest and ask them to search their purses for as many items on the scavenger list as possible. Your list should contain several uncommon purse items in order to make the game a bit harder. The guest who retrieves the most items (or the most unique items from the list) wins a prize.
Toilet Paper Gown Designers- Divide your guests up into teams (the teams should be sized equally if possible.) Have each team pick their "model" and arm the "dress designers" of each team with a roll or two of toilet paper. Each team will be responsible for dressing their "model" with a gown made of toilet paper. The bride may help the hostess judge which team wins a prize on this game. The team who creates the most fascinating gown creation from the toilet paper wins a prize. Make sure you have enough prizes to give out to each person of the winning team.