When it comes to planning a bachelorette party, there are lots of elements to consider. Where will you host it? What’s the budget? Who’s invited? Will the vibe be down-to-earth or downright extravagant?
Regardless of what kind of bash you’re throwing, one thing’s for sure: You’ll need to think about activities. This is particularly important if all the ladies invited don’t know each other super well. Because the right games can bring the gals together with some major bonding opportunities — and no doubt a lot of laughter, to boot.
Whether you’re planning a low-key girls’ night in or a weekend trip to a different city, make sure to keep these games in mind — they’ll definitely come in handy when you want to kick things up a notch.
1. Pin the Kiss on the Groom
We’re all familiar with the classic kids’ game Pin the Tail on the Donkey. And if you’re looking for a game that’s both charming and amusing, try this playful spin on it. All you need is an extra-large photo of the groom that you can attach to a wall and a few sheets of paper kisses, which you can print for free online. Apply some tape to the back of each kiss so that it will stick onto the photograph, and have each attendee mark her initials on their pair of lips. One by one, each guest will wear a blindfold and try to place her paper lips on the photo. The prize to whoever gets theirs closest to the groom’s lips.
2. Guess the Lingerie Giver
An increasingly popular tradition has been for brides to receive some special unmentionables — either at a bridal shower or her bachelorette — to wear on her honeymoon and beyond. So why not make a game out of it? In your invitation, ask that each guest purchase some bridal lingerie for the bride that reflects their own personality. Be sure to remind them to leave off any tag that indicates who it’s from when they wrap it. While the guest of honor is unwrapping panties, bras, teddies and more, she’ll have to guess who gave each one to her. It’s a win-win: She’ll get some stunning new underthings to wear, and you’re bound to get a few laughs out of watching her try to figure out who selected which piece.
3. Tie the Knot Trivia
Who knows the couple best? Find out with the Something Turquoise’s How Well Do You Know the Bride + Groom Game, which allows you to quiz all the guests on some personal knowledge about the bachelorette and her spouse-to-be. After downloading the free design, you can personalize it with your choice of color cardstock and patterned washi tape. This is a stellar game because not only does it help loosen guests up, but it also allows them to learn some interesting facts about the bride and groom they may not have known before. Once everyone’s had a certain amount of time to fill in their answers, share them and award a prize to whoever got the most correct.
4. Single-No-More Scavenger Hunt
Everyone loves a scavenger hunt. They’re simple, can be customized to any location and inspire a sense of adventure as well as competition. So why not plot out a hunt for the bachelorette bash? There are many ways to go about this, depending on where you’re hosting the party. For example, if a night on the town is the agenda, you could plan a bar-themed hunt. Or if you’re staying in, you might do a hunt that involves finding certain things or people in photographs around the house. If you plan to spend some time outdoors, you could get creative with a nature-focused hunt. Simply draw up a checklist of what each guest is supposed to find, set an allotted amount of time for the hunt and then decide whether the ladies will compete individually or as teams.
5. Marital Mad Libs
In terms of games that get people giggling, there’s hardly a better choice than Mad Libs. Recreate the hilarity with this special edition of the game: the Before She Says I Do Bachelorette Game Libs. The best part? It’s an instant download and all you have to do is print out the number of copies you need. Obviously, whoever comes up with the most ridiculous sentences about the bride-to-be wins.
6. Bridal Bra Pong
All you need is a bra, 10 ping pong balls and a cork board to create this competitive bachelorette game suggested by Wedding Forward. Guests will take turns trying to toss the ball into the bra that you have fastened to the cork board with pins. Each time they manage to get it into one of the cups, they earn a point. Keep in mind that this game will be easier with a larger bra. And don’t forget to set a time limit for each player, as well as keep track of the score on your phone or with pen and paper.
The purpose of a bachelorette party is to give the bride-to-be a chance to let loose with her girlfriends before she transitions into marital life. All these boredom-busting games provide the perfect opportunities to learn more about one another, engage in some friendly competition, make some new memories and most importantly, have a whole lot of fun.