Host a fun bridal shower that the bride-to-be and guests will all enjoy. The key is to select party activities that let guests take an active role in making the party special. Some groups like creative ideas; others like the more traditional games that can lead to laughter. Here are several of both:

Recipe book

Ask each guest to bring a recipe for the bride-to-be. Provide hole-punched paper and a plastic sleeve, so that all recipes will fit in one binder.

Invite guests to write out their recipe or simply glue a printed recipe onto the paper and place in the protective sleeve. Also encourage guests to write a small anecdote, explaining why they chose this particular recipe.

Buy a pretty recipe book or binder, like the one pictured at the left, Guests will enjoy putting the book together at the shower.

 

Bingo

Bingo is a great activity to help pass the time enjoyably, especially if there are lots of attendees and the bride has a huge number of gifts to open.

Before it's time to open gifts, give guests blank bingo cards (you can find free printable cards, like the one shown here or purchase them online)

Tell guests to fill the empty boxes with the names of the gifts they believe the bride-to-be will receive. Guests mark their boxes as the gifts are opened. The winner gets a prize.

 

Advice book

Start with a beautiful, bound, blank journal or themed advice book, like the one shown at the left.

Circulate it during the shower and allow everyone to give words of advice—serious, funny, or both—for the bride-to-be.

Read all the comments aloud near the end of the shower, so everyone can enjoy them. If all or most of the attendees know each other, you can add more fun to the shower by reading the comments anonymously, and having guests guess who wrote what. But be careful. This added activity only works well if you don't have some shower guests sitting there and feeling left out because they don't understand why others are laughing.