Saturday, February 13, 2010

How to make gift opening entertaining

If you've been to a birthday party or bridal shower, you know how 'fun' it is to sit in a room and watch the guest of honor open their gifts for what could be 30 minutes to 2 hours!  Seriously, it's pretty boring sometimes just hanging out with a bunch of people waiting for something entertaining to be opened or for it to be time for the guest of honor to open your gift.  But maybe that's just me? 

Anyway, to offset this - particularly at bridal showers - there have been some fun ways to include the guests during this part of the party.  The most common thing that has been done of late is playing the 'bridal' bingo game.  (Also done at baby showers)  This is where the guests are given a blank bingo card and told to fill in names of items or gifts they think the guest of honor will receive.  As the bride opens her gifts and you realize she got that blender she wanted, you get to cross off blender on your game card.  First guest to yell bingo wins.  This can be a pretty fun (and even funny) game but it wasn't what I wanted to do for my sister's bridal shower three years ago.

So what did we do to involve all the guests?  We made it a fun little trivia game that would make us all laugh - AT the BRIDE!  Yep...super fun.  Here's what you do:

1)  Come up with a list of questions about the groom (or even the couple if you want but should be mostly about the groom).  Be sure to come up with enough questions so that there's one for every guest at the party.

       Questions can be things like:  *  What was Groom's favorite sport in high school?   *  What was Groom's worst subject in elementary school?  *  Who was Groom's best friend growing up?  *  What does Groom call Bride as a pet name?  *  What is Groom's favorite food that Bride cooks for him?

2)  Now you'll need to go interview the Groom to get all the answers.  Do this secretly of course so the Bride doesn't know what's going on.

3)  Print up all the questions and answers on individual cards.  When it's time to open gifts, pass one card out to each guest.  Whenever the bride is about to open someone's gift, that person reads her their question.

4)  Here's where it gets really fun:  If the bride gets it wrong, she needs to put a piece of bubble gum in her mouth!  Now think about this...we had over 40 guests at baby sis' shower.  And she didn't do too hot on her trivia knowledge of the groom.  So half way through the gift opening, she could barely speak and looked like a chipmunk storing up goods for the winter.  It was very entertaining and the guests all had a good laugh trying to stump her. 

Anyway, you can alter this game however you like but it is a fun way to make the gift opening a little different and get everyone 'in on the game.' 

And here's a little sample from baby sis's shower showing her opening gifts and playing the game...note the cheek full of gum and how she is chewing like a cow!

What are some other ideas you have heard of or incorporated to make the gift opening different?


Bicoastal Bride said...

I love that idea! It will definitely make the party fun. At my shower, we won’t have to worry about the “gift opening” part, since guests are sending their gifts to my home in the D.C. area, rather than actually brining them to the party in California.

Instead, my sister is planning a couple games, including possibly having everyone share her favorite “recipe” for a good marriage, plus making a prediction about what Stephen and I will be doing in five years, 10 years, etc. She may also ask each guest to bring a small, inexpensive item – makeup or whatever might fit with her surprise theme – so we have a few fun things to open.

Genevieve said...

LOL! The last bridal shower I went to had the questions about the groom/bubble gum game. The MoH bought the big Bubblicious gum and the bride's mouth was sooo full!

I like when the giver of the gift being opened gets to ask the bride to be any question!

Alissa said...

I love the bridal bingo game! I wish I would have thought of that at my shower darn. That's a cute video, love the bubble gum. Have a great Saturday!

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