Bridal Shower Games - Bingo!
Bridal shower bingo is a fun variation on traditional bingo that's an enjoyable way to pass the time at bridal showers. Like regular bingo, bridal shower bingo uses a card with five rows, each of which has five boxes. But instead of numbers, in bridal shower bingo each box has a wedding-related word or words, such as newlywed, honeymoon ... or even bridal shower.
Playing bridal shower bingo is a terrific, easy-to-play bridal shower activity - everyone knows how to play bingo, so there's no need for any complicated instructions. Pre-printed or blank cards for bridal shower bingo can be purchased as party stores or ordered online. Many websites offer free printable cards for bridal shower bingo, or you can make customized bridal shower bingo cards on your home computer. By making the bridal shower bingo cards yourself, they can include the names of the bride and groom and other personalized words, like the wedding location and/or theme.
Another way to customize bridal shower bingo is to give each guest a blank card when she arrives, and ask her to fill in the boxes with shower gifts she thinks the bride is going receive. (Since it's unlikely that more than 24 totally different gifts - the number of empty boxes on each card - will be given, especially at a small party, it's okay to write the same gift in two separate boxes.) When it's time to open the gifts, each guest will cross off her own bridal shower bingo card, and the first one to get five in a row wins a prize.
Bridal shower games - bingo basics:
Bridal shower bingo is played just like regular bingo. In advance, the hostess will have compiled a long list of wedding-related words and written each one on slips of papers, which are then folded and put in a paper bag. Every guest is given a marker and a bridal shower bingo card with 24 of the wedding-related words printed on it in random order - like conventional bingo, the middle square is "FREE". When bridal shower bingo is played, the slips are drawn out one at a time, the hostess announces the word on each, and guests then look for that word on their bridal shower bingo card and cross it off if they have it. The winner is the first guest who gets five marked-off squares in a straight line, either horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
Depending on the number of bridal shower bingo cards that are prepared in advance and how long it takes to play the game, bridal shower bingo can be played more than once during a shower. If the first game goes very quickly and the guests seem really into it, play a second game of bridal shower bingo right away. Have the winner of the first game be the one to call out the words in the second game of bridal shower bingo.
Here's a sample bridal shower bingo game card from bridalshowerbingo.org, which provides free printable cards and instructions on putting together your own customized version of bridal shower bingo: