Lets get real for a second... bridal and baby showers sometimes aren't very fun. They're great for the lady of honor, who is surrounded by her closest friends and is receiving fantastic gifts. All she has to do is show up and have a ball! However, for the attendants and the host, showers often blend together and can end up feeling like real-time Saturday Pinterest binges, plus lame games. If you want to throw a shower that doesn't suck, toss all the obligatory traditions out the window.
How to pick shower games that don't suck:
Do things the lady of honor is into. In other words, if she isn't into bingo, maybe don't play "baby words bingo" at the shower. Chances are her closest friends and family aren't into bingo either. If she's not into games at all, then maybe take a hint.
Here's a secret:
Guests at a shower don't want to play games, they just want to win that sweet prize you'll give the winner. So, if you're going to give out a gift, pick a cool (read, short) game, or just give out gift bags to everyone.
Keep up the pace:
Hosts, make sure the party starts and ends on time. It can seem pushy to keep the party flowing at a brisk pace, but it's really sad when hour three roles around, and the grandma has to leave, and her family heirloom present hasn't even been opened yet.
Honor the lady, and honor her guests too:
We know this post may seem a bit cynical, but it's actually rooted in respect. All the guests at the shower showed up to share their love, support, and respect for the lady of honor. They have spent their money and rearranged their schedules to go to the shower. Make sure to respect them in the games, activities, and schedule that you plan.
We hope this doesn't sound too harsh, and chances are you've at least thought some of these things. Women are rad, so the "women only" parties they throw should be extra rad. Bridal and baby showers should be a blast! Bake some cupcakes, turn on Beyonce, and get ready to celebrate! Leave all the traditions and DIY Pinterest peer pressure behind.