We love a game of bridal shower bingo as much as the next girl, but if you're looking for something more creative, we've got you covered. From bouquets to go to a cocktail competition, these upgraded games will get bridesmaids bonding and keep even the most anti-bride happy.
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Bouquets to Go
Set a station where guests can make a small posey or bouquet. All you'll need to provide is a table with flower options, greenery for filler, floral tape, scissors, a few types of ribbon, and kraft or tissue paper. Guests can make their own bouquet, wrap it in paper, and take it home at the end of the shower.
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Cocktails are almost always a sure way to get guests mingling. Set up a cocktail station where guests can invent a signature cocktail or mocktail for the wedding. Leave some recipe notecards (like these from Rifle Paper Co.) out at the station so the mixologist of the moment can jot down the recipe and give it a name. You'll want to be sure to provide a few types of fruits and herbs, plenty of mixers, and just two or three types of alcohol.
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Coffee table books aren't often found on wedding registries, but they should be! Ask guests to bring their favorite art, travel, cookbook, or photography book as a gift to the bride and groom. If there's a winner in the stack, the couple could use one of the books as a guest book at their wedding.
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Paper Flower Station
Paper flowers make for a lovely DIY station for the crafty crew. Check out these tutorials to print out tips for participants, and be sure to have coordinating colored papers and multiple options for supplies. At the end of the shower, the host can attach all the flowers to make a wreath for the bride or a flower crown for the flower girl to wear at the wedding.
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Recipe boxes are a classic, and for good reason. Odds are your grandmother was probably given one of these boxes at her own wedding shower, making this a sweet hand-me-down tradition we'll always cherish. The idea is simple: Guests bring a recipe (or a few) of their own and drop it in the box as a gift to the bride-to-be.
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DIY Body Scrub Station
Kathleen Currie from Smoke Perfume says, "body scrubs are a great DIY because you can get really creative with them. You can use sugar, salt, or coffee as a base and mix with coconut oil and jojoba oil. Essential oils are easy to buy and you really only need a few drops to make a beautiful scent." Kathleen recommends mixing in lavender buds or rose petals and offering guests three or four essential oils to mix into their concoction.
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Every good DJ needs a little direction from the partygoers, and a wedding DJ is no exception. Why not ask shower guests to pitch in on song ideas? This could be set up as a little pen and notecard station, where guests can drop their ideas in a big glass bowl for the bride to review later.