bridal shower

Bridal Shower Game: Who Has The Groom?

My best friend is getting married and a couple of weeks ago we have the bridal shower! Now, I’ve never been to a bridal shower before but I was told that no bridal shower is complete without a slew of fun/silly games. The first game we played was “Who Has The Groom.”

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Based on the picture alone, I know you’re excited. The game is simple. All you need to do is find Chris, the groom! As you can see we have our real groom (in the middle) and a ton of imposter grooms such as Christian Bale, Adam Sandler, and Daniel Craig. Let’s start from the beginning…

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First I found a picture of our handsome groom-to-be in addition to some pictures of other celebrities. I tried to find celebrities I knew the bride would appreciate. For example, Colleen is a huge Syracuse basketball fan so I made sure to include Carmelo Anthony in the mix. She also likes The Big Bang Theory so we had to make a Jim Parsons groom as well!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure your celebrity heads are all about the same size. This will be important when it comes to the next step…

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Once I found the heads I had to get them some bodies! Frankly, I googled some men in suits and found some excellent headless Men’s Warehouse models that worked perfect for my game. I chose one man who was looking left and one who was looking right so no matter which celebrity head I found, it would look right on the body.

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A little cutting, a little gluing and voilà! You have a groom and several imposter grooms. Now that you have these adorable cut-outs, what comes next? The game element!

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I placed each groom in a sealed envelope. I then taped each envelope under each of the chairs at the shower. Nobody even knew the game existed until we told everyone to check under their chairs to see if they had found Chris. I had made 50 grooms but there were less than 50 guests. In order to make sure Chris’s envelope got selected, I placed a heart sticker over his chest. Not only did this make him clearly standout as the correct groom (in case someone who hasn’t met the groom found him!) but also I could feel the sticker through the envelope even after it was sealed. That way, I guaranteed that Chris wasn’t in the leftover or unused groom pile.

Although the bride-to-be (top left) didn’t find her man, everyone was excited to see who they got and share with the table which groom they ended up with! I even saw some people trying to trade celebrity hubbies.

The game was quick, easy, and something fun to interject into the party. The person who found groom won one of the gift baskets the bridesmaids created. I highly recommend this game to others planning bridal showers. You won’t be disappointed!

The Making Of A Movie Gift Basket

Turns out being a bridesmaid comes with lots of arts and crafts projects. To some, that sounds really annoying. To me, it’s a dream. All the things I have been pinning for years can finally be brought to life! I can even make my own pin-worthy things!!!

First stop on the bridesmaid train was the bridal shower. All the bridesmaids decided to make a themed gift basket that would be used as the prizes for the bridal shower games. Being the movie buff that I am, I went with the movie-themed gift basket.

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First we need the contents of the basket. I decided to include some DVDs, popcorn, and classic movie candy. Depending on the price of the basket you could also include a gift card to the movies.

As you can see, I stuck with a theme and added only bride movies — Bride WarsFather of the Bride, and The Princess Bride. The popcorn and candy I picked up at the supermarket and the movies were easy enough to find on Amazon.

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Next you need to take a trip to Michael’s to get the pieces to put the basket together. I needed:

  • A basket (in this case I used an oversized popcorn tub)
  • Shredded paper
  • Pretty ribbon
  • Plastic basket gift wrap

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Using the shredded paper, I stuff the basket to add a little height. I then positioned the movies, popcorn and candy in a way I thought would look nice for the basket, keeping in mind that the back would be on display as well. In order to keep things in place, I just stuck extra shredded paper between the loose areas. Everything stayed in tact pretty well!

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Finally I needed to wrap it. I carefully places the basket inside the plastic bag and tied a knot at the top with the ribbon. There was a little too much plastic bag sticking out on the sides so I taped it down with clear, double-sided tape.

Seeing as this was my first gift basket, I was pretty happy with the result! It looked really nicely put together and the person who won it was excited about the contents!

What themed basket would you have chosen?