Bridal Shower Jeopardy – When planning a bridal shower, games are the perfect way to break the ice and encourage mingling. There are a lot of games out there, so let’s help you find the perfect ones for your party. Even if a few of these games sound a little cliché, they’re actually surprisingly fun with a group! Below, everything you’ll need to know to prep and play.
Originally, bridal showers were designed as a vehicle for the bride-to-be to receive gifts to help provide a dowry for her if her family was unable to do so, or just to give her a good start with household items since housekeeping was the main role of the wife in those times. According to legend the first bridal shower took place in Europe after a well-to-do girl fell in love with a poor man and her father refused to help pay for their wedding. So, friends and neighbors gathered and offered gifts to the young couple to help them build their new home. By the late 1800s, the bridal shower had evolved into a more common practice for less wealthy brides, who couldn’t afford a dowry, to set up their new home.
Obviously bridal showers have come a long way since the olden days. Over the decades the purpose of bridal showers has evolved, as the role of women and wives has evolved. Today, bridal showers have morphed again into a rather festive way for the bride’s female family and friends to grab some girl time before the Big Day, often embracing specific unforgettable and unique bridal shower themes, from lingerie parties to cooking classes together, or a sophisticated high tea, a swanky champagne brunch, a casual and hilarious afternoon get-together, and even movie-star-themed bridal showers.
The Game: Wedding Jeopardy
The Game: Guests choose one of the wedding-related categories and then have to answer a question to win points.
How to Prep: Create a chart by labeling pieces of paper with the bride-to-be’s name written across the top margin and then several categories down the left side (flowers, cities, restaurants, movies, colors). Come up with difficult questions that pertain to each category. For example, “What flower has to be flown in from Holland in the off-season?” (The answer is the peony!). Finally, you’ll need to set out pens and note cards for each guest to use. If you want to give out a prize to the winner, buy that as well.
How to Play: Give each person a turn to pick a category. When a category is called, read out the question. Each guest then has two minutes to come up with the answer and write it down on her note card. When time is called, everyone has to put their pens down and show their answers. Give one point for every right answer, and the person at the end with the most correct answers is the winner!
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