Safety Pin or Clothespin Game for a Bridal Shower

Bride To Be
The Knot

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 and you'll give everyone more to talk about after the party than simply the model of blender the bride received at her shower.

Why play a game?

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 icebreaker game that is perfect for such an occasion.

Playing the Game

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 can use other decorative type pins, but safety pins are your least expensive option. 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.

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, straightforward and direct. This is 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.

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.

Examples of Forbidden Words

The forbidden word you choose should be a 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
  • The bride or groom's first name