When it comes to bridal showers, it can be difficult to make everyone feel comfortable. Not all of the guests know each other and not everyone feels comfortable with traditional shower activities. I’m the type who gets uneasy at the mention of games, but recently, I’ve been to bridal showers that haven’t made me uncomfortable. The key was in the type of non-traditional games we played. While we all laughed and shared our answers as a group, nobody was put on the spot or forced into an awkward situation. Even when I was paired with a group of people I didn’t know, the fact we were playing trivia gave us something to focus on. By the end of the game we were chatting and joking comfortably with each other.
Many themes allow the hostesses to be creative with their games and I feel Disney is one of those themes. If you’re planning a Disney-themed bridal shower, here are my top five suggestions for non-traditional activities:
Find the Hidden Mickeys (or the glass slippers) –
If you’re a true Disney fan, you’ll know that the Disney parks are covered in hidden Mickeys. For the bridal shower, hide a few small Mickeys around the venue and award a prize for whoever finds the most. If you’d like to gear your shower towards the princesses, you could hide glass slippers instead.
Once Upon a Time –
In place of a traditional guest book, have your guests write one line about how the couple met or how they know the bride and groom. For example, you may have “the couple met in 2006 at a movie theatre” followed by “two years later they met my husband and I.” Have each partygoer add on to the previous line, so by the end of the shower, you have a full story to share with the bride.
Guess the DisneyBound –
Outfits inspired by Disney characters are growing in popularity. Have your guests attend the shower in outfits inspired by their favorite characters. Not only will your partygoers enjoy guessing each character, but you can award a prize for the most creative DisneyBound. Find inspiration for the outfits here, http://disneybound.tumblr.com/ .
Disney Wedding Trivia–
The fairytale endings are some of the most memorable scenes in the movies. While this game is slightly more traditional, the questions about the Disney couples and their weddings give the game a fun twist. You can either split the group into teams or opt for solo trivia. Whoever answers the most answers correctly wins a prize.
Pick your Prince Charming or Who has the Prince?–
Have each guest write their favorite prince on a piece of paper and add it to a bowl. Then have the bride pick and guess which guest chose which prince. If you like the idea of using the princes, but don’t want to put the bride on the spot, you could also consider “who has the prince?” The host puts an envelope at every place setting. Each envelope has a Disney prince, but whichever envelope has the bride’s “Prince Charming” is the winner.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in North Carolina for over 13 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. She loves playing video games with her hubby, spending time with her dog Alice, and has quite the Disney obsession. Now, after two whirlwind weddings – one in Charlotte and another in her homeland – Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
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