If you’ve attended a bridal shower before, you know that the gift opening part can get a little boring after a while (for us it’s about the 6th or 7th gift brand).
This is not because you and the guests do not care about the bride or the gifts she is receiving. It is just a bit tiring to sit and watch someone unwrap gift after gift for a long period of time.
But because having the bride open all of the gifts in front of her guests is the right bridal shower gift label, you may want to find a few ways to keep this part of the shower from turning into a slumber party.
Here are our four favorite ideas to fill the time and keep guests entertained:
Play some opening gift games
The easiest way to make opening bridal shower favors less boring is to sprinkle some fun games into the mix. Remember that these games should either be related to the gifts in some way or be easy to play while also paying attention to the bride.
Our first choice for gift-related games is the ancient one Bride Bingo. Not only are the rules super simple, this game forces guests to pay attention while the bride opens her presents.
Don’t know how to play? Here’s a quick rundown of the instructions:
- Hand out blank Bride Bingo playing cards along with a pen to each guest about 5-10 minutes before the bride opens her presents.
- Instruct players to fill in their bride bingo squares with gifts they believe the bride will receive (feel free to provide an answer key with registration items to help guests out) in whatever order they are prefer this.
- When the bride opens a gift posted by a guest, she should cross the appropriate square (make sure they crossed out the empty square in the middle).
- The first player to receive 5 fields in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) wins!
If you’re looking for more of an interactive game that you can play while the bride opens her presents, we highly recommend you Who am I? We love this option because it involves the bride too!
Never heard of it? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to play:
- Give each guest blank playing cards with a pen and pencil about 5-10 minutes before the bride starts opening her presents.
- If everyone has a card, ask them to record a specific memory of the bride (can be funny or sentimental). Collect all the cards before the bride opens presents.
- When the bride opens her presents, read out each memory one by one and let her guess who it belongs to (max 3 guesses!)
- If the bride can’t guess the right guest, that guest wins!
Make a Bow-Quet Bridal Shower
We are very careful to follow the traditions of the bridal shower and the ‘bow-quet’ bridal shower is definitely one of our favorites. Not only does it provide a source of entertainment when opening gifts, but it also doubles as a prop that can be used later.
If you have never heard of it, this “bow quill” consists of ribbons and bows from the bridal shower gifts and is later used as a practice bouquet for the bride during the wedding rehearsal.
In addition to the ribbons and bows, here is a list of the consumables you will need to make your bridal shower bouquet:
- A heavy duty paper plate (or 2 doubled thin plates)
- Scotch tape
For a quick and easy do-it-yourself tutorial, see This post on Something Turquoise.
A more detailed and extensive step-by-step guide can be found at Paper plate funs contribution.
Find ways to involve the guests
What better way to make opening gifts at a bridal shower less boring than involving guests in the process? Seriously, just because the focus of attention is on the bride herself doesn’t mean the guests can’t have a little time to shine.
How exactly do you do that? Here are a few fun ideas:
- Set a kitchen timer for intervals of 5 to 10 minutes. Whoever opens the gift when the timer runs out wins a small prize!
- If the bride opens gifts, have the guest whose gift she opens stand up and tell the group how she knows / is related to the bride (or groom).
- If heirlooms or particularly sentimental gifts are made, have that guest share a bit of history or backstory about them.
- Pick a random gift from the stack and let the guests guess what it is (not the giver, of course!). If someone guesses correctly, they will win a prize!
Host a display shower
One final way to make opening bridal shower favors less boring is to get rid of it entirely by hosting a display shower. For those who don’t know, a display shower is when guests leave their gifts unwrapped so they can be displayed for all to see.
During a display shower, the bride and her guests can take the time to review the gifts and see who gave what by reading the appropriate labels and tags. This also enables the bride to deliver an individual and more personal thank you to each and every guest.
While this type of bridal shower is rather unconventional, it’s the perfect option for the bride who doesn’t like to be the center of attention or who isn’t interested in interrupting the party to open gifts.
Last but not least is the fact that a display shower is environmentally friendly as there is no wrapping paper or gift wrapping required.