Safety Pin or Clothespin Game for a Bridal Shower

Guests Will Need to Watch Their Words in this Fun Ice Breaker Game

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Naturally, the point of hosting a bridal shower is to support the bride-to-be with good wishes, gifts, a fun time, and the company of her closest family and friends. But why not use it as an opportunity for the guests to have fun too? Don't make the only activity be watching the bride as she opens up all of her gifts. Instead organize a bridal shower game or two or three (!) to break the ice among guests that don't know each other well (such as friends of the bride and her family) and you'll give everyone more to talk about after the party than simply the model of blender the bride received at her shower.

In this series we explore games that are actually fun for everyone celebrating the brides big day. Some brides might really enjoy the focus being off them on them at the shower. These games are opportunities for all attendees to get in on the fun.

Not everyone at the bridal shower might be familiar with each other at the table. The Safety Pin Game is a classic bridal shower ice breaker game that is perfect for such an occasion. The object of the game is to be better than the other guests at watching your words! In order to prepare for this game, you'll need to get a supply of large safety pins, one for each guest. You certainly can use other decorative type pins, but safety pins are your least expensive option. Don't feel bad to go the route where you save money. Most people won't even be paying attention to the game pieces and just genuinely will be interested in the game at hand. It's helpful to cut corners where you can with food, drinks and venue often adding up for these occasions. Some hosts play this game using clothespins, instead. If you are feeling festive it's fun to bedazzle, glitter or paint the clothes pins for a special hint of party decor.

Either way, when guests arrive, hand a pin to each guest and have them attach it to a noticeable place on their clothing. Then, tell them what your pre-selected "forbidden" word is to say. If another guest catches them using the forbidden word, they will have to turn over their pin to that guest. The person who has the most pins when the game ends will win a prize. Simple, straight forward and direct. This is a a bridal shower game that everyone can play and no guests will feel left out.

At the beginning of the game, you should tell guests whether they need to turn over all of the pins they have collected from catching other guests with the forbidden word, or only one pin per word. The stakes certainly become higher if you have to turn over all of your pins but it's up to you! Some guests prefer a less competitive game as such a social event. 

You can also make the game more challenging by changing the word mid-party. Watch as guests become confused trying to remember which was the old forbidden word and which is the new one. Also, you'll discover which of your guests are the most competitive as they try to trap the others into saying the forbidden word.

The forbidden word you choose should be a very common word for a bridal shower, making it extra hard to avoid. Some possible words are:

  • Shower
  • Bride
  • Mother
  • Bridesmaid
  • Gift
  • Wedding
  • Groom
  • Kitchen
  • House
  • Cake
  • Honeymoon

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