AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Whether you’re having a hen party, bridal shower or kitchen tea, it’s a good idea to have a few games up your sleeve. They not only make the celebration unique, but also help guests get to know one-another, have a laugh, and create fantastic memories.
However, tracking down the perfect games for your particular celebration can be quite a time-consuming job; hence the reason I’ve put together this article. With this list of bridal shower and hen party games, your job of finding activities to play will be done in no time! In fact, you’ll probably have another issue: that of cutting out games from your list because there won’t be enough time to play them all!
Heads up: This article is LONG! If you would prefer to view some games at a glance, click here.
BRIDAL SHOWER & HEN PARTY GAMES INSTRUCTIONS
A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
Each guest writes down a special memory they have with the bride-to-be. When everyone is done, collect the memories and place them in a bowl. One by one, your hen reads them aloud to the group; trying to guess who each memory belongs to as she goes. If you want to up the ante, have your hen drink or do a pre-prepared dare for every wrong guess she makes.
Tip: Stick the memories into a special book or photo album for your hen and they will become part of a beautiful keepsake that she can look back on for many years to come!
Before the party, write down 10 questions (up to you how embarrassing they are!) and place them in 10 separate balloons. Throughout the night, have guests pop the balloons; with your hen answering whatever question happens to come out. If she fails/refuses to answer, give her a punishment (e.g. drink a shot, sip her drink, do a dare, etc.)
These are the basic instructions for ‘Balloon Pop’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
Remember: place all balloons in the bin after use!
Select a few words that can’t be mentioned throughout the party (that’s right, for the WHOLE duration!). Make sure you choose words that are definitely going to be said frequently (e.g. popular catch phrases within your group, the groom’s name, the wedding, etc.). Every time one of these banned words is used, that particular guest must pay the price (i.e. take a shot, answer a truth question, complete a dare/fine, etc.).
Tip: At the beginning of the party, hand each guest one fun prop (such as a dress up accessory - you can find a variety of awesome options at second-hand stores!). If someone catches you saying a banned word, you must hand over your prop to the person who caught you out. The guest with the most props at the end of the party wins (and will also look amazing in their get-up)!
BEFORE & AFTER
As guests arrive, take them to a dedicated photo area (you could even create your own DIY photobooth backdrop!) and ask them to hold a blackboard with the word ‘BEFORE’ written on it. Take a beautiful photo of the beautiful guest. Once everyone’s arrived, take a photo of ALL guests together (with your hen front and centre holding the ‘BEFORE’ sign).
When people are getting ready to leave, take the group back to the dedicated photo area and, once again, take a photo of ALL guests together (with your hen front and centre, this time holding an ‘AFTER’ sign). If you can manage, take individual shots of guests’ with their ‘AFTER’ sign before they head home as well.
Following the party, print off the photos and place them in a scrapbook/photo album and gift to your hen!
Tip: Upload the pics to your secret Facebook event or email so that everyone can have a giggle at the BEFORE’s and AFTER’s (and reminisce about the good times had that night!).
Ask each of the girls to bring along one (new) pair of underwear as a gift for the bride. On the day, set up a piece of string or twine with cute wooden pegs – ready to hang the briefs on as guests arrive. At some point during the celebration, have your hen guess which guest brought which pair of underwear for her. Every wrong answer results in a drink/fine for your hen; whereas every right answer results in a drink/fine for the guest who was caught out!
Tip: This game will provide you with some (hilarious) bunting! Perfect brief bunting positions include above the drinks table, above the food table, at the entrance to the party or as a decoration outside the bathroom/toilet!
Whether you're after classy hen party games, or something a little bit cheekier - Capture This has all bases covered!
Prior to the event, write down a list of categories that suit your bride and groom (‘The first time I saw you’, ‘our first date’ and ‘our first fight’, for example). On the day, break guests into small teams containing at least 4 people each. These teams are then assigned one of the categories from your list (whether you decide to give ALL teams the same category or each team a different category is entirely up to you). On ‘Go!’ teams then have 2 minutes to create a photo or selfie that relates to the category they were given. When the time’s up, teams get another 30 seconds to choose their favourite photo, which is presented to the bride-to-be. Your bride then chooses the winning team and presents them with their prize!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Capture This’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
Tip: set up a Facebook group or email thread and ask guests to send all of their images through. This way your hen will have PLENTY of hilarious memories from her special day and/or night!
Write down a few words or phrases that are hen/wedding related (such as ‘The wedding night’, ‘strippers’, ‘the first kiss’, ‘walking down the aisle’, etc.). These words and phrases can be as risqué or PG rated as you like (think about your guests’ and hen when putting your list together, you don’t want to embarrass anyone!).
Now, split the girls into two teams. Each team takes it in turns to have one person randomly pick a word/phrase from a bowl and attempt to act it out. The object of the game is to have the girls in your team guess the answer with gestures alone (i.e. the person who chose the word/phrase is not allowed to talk). Make it harder by setting a time limit.
Each guest writes down one date night idea (anything from dinner and a movie to a relaxing day at the spa). When everyone is done, collect the date night ideas and place them in a photo album, scrapbook, box, etc. that can then be gifted to your hen.
If you want to up the ante a bit on this one, consider naming the game ‘Bucket List’ rather than ‘Date Night’, and have guests write down activities/challenges instead. Set up a table with a cute tin bucket or pot for all of the cards to be placed into and gift to the bride at the end of her celebration.
Tip: after the party, your bride-to-be can use the tin bucket or pot to plant flowers - which will become a living reminder of the fun she had at her hens or bridal shower!
On a computer, paste a picture of your hen’s face at the top of a blank A4 page. Print off enough of these as there are guests’ attending the party. On the day, have the girls design bridal gowns by drawing a dress, veil, shoes, etc. onto the page with your hen’s face at the top (this means they have to draw arms, legs, bodies, etc.). Drawing skills and dress-sense make this game hilarious – best dress wins!
Tip: Play DIY Gowns (instructions below), but surprise guests by saying they have to re-create the bride’s favourite dress from this game. Team to do it best wins!
Split your guests into groups (with at least 3 team members per group). Each team then creates a designer wedding dress within 10 minutes using ONLY toilet paper (you can find bamboo and recycled toilet paper here). This is achieved by dressing one of the team members (a.k.a. the model) by wrapping, throwing, twisting, etc. toilet paper over their body.
Once 10 minutes is up, the models put on a special catwalk show (prepare some fun music for this! My favourite track to use? ‘I’m Too Sexy’ by Right Said Fred). As they strut their stuff, guests can ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over the ‘beautiful’ craftsmanship of each team. Now is also the time to have your judge select and announce best dress of the night!
Tip: Add to the fun by having a ‘speaker’ from each team describe their designer dress to the crowd as their model walks the runway. Hearing the descriptions whilst watching the poor girl attempt to move in her toilet paper getup can be quite hilarious!
Have each guest anonymously write down an embarrassing/funny story or experience they’ve had (you can narrow it down to embarrassing/funny dates, sex stories, etc. if you wish, depending on how risqué you want the game to be and how comfortable your guests are playing). When everyone is done, collect the stories and place them in a bowl. One by one, your hen will then read them aloud to the group; attempting to guess who each story belongs to as she goes.
If you want to add some bevs to the mix, change the rules so that the hen must drink for every wrong guess; whilst every right guess results in the person whose story was uncovered drinking. Whether you include drinks or not, this game is a funny way to break the ice and get to know others!
GETTING TO KNOW THE NEWLYWEDS
A few weeks before the hen party, ask the groom to fill out/answer some questions about himself, his soon-to-be bride, and their relationship. At the actual party, sit your beautiful hen down and, one-by-one, ask her those very same questions. The twist? She has to try and guess what her man answered. For every wrong answer she must complete a pre-determined punishment (e.g. drink, truth/dare, etc.). If she’s not a big drinker/into dares, have a funny dress-up/item of clothing that she has to put on for every answer she gets wrong!
Tip: Film the groom answering each question. You can then play each question back on the TV after your bride has answered to see whether or not she was correct!
GIFTS FROM THE GIRLS
Ask each guest to bring along a gift for the bride-to-be that either symbolizes their relationship or brings back memories they have with the bride (e.g. a bottle of sour monkey brings back memories of festivals with my best friend). These gifts can be wrapped or unwrapped, that’s up to each individual guest. On the day of the party, your hen can open/look at each gift one-by-one, trying to guess who brought it and why as she goes.
I’m sure many of you have played this game before! Simply ask the girls to sit in a circle and have your hen (or the organizer of the party – which is you, my friend!) pull out pre-made ‘I Never’ cards from a bowl and read them aloud to guests. The guest who HAS done the action before can then decide between telling their story to the group (after some liquid courage) or selecting a truth/dare from another bowl and completing that instead.
KNOWING YOUR BRIDE
Hand out pre-made questionnaires about your beautiful bride-to-be (include questions such as ‘Where did [bride] meet [groom]?’, ‘What is [bride] most afraid of?’, etc.). Ask everyone to fill them in before having your hen answer each question herself. For every right answer, a guest receives one point. The person with the most points at the end receives a prize.
Ask guests to stand in a circle; nominating your bride-to-be to get the dancing started. How does she do this? By making up one simple dance move (anything from a star jump to twerking)! For this example, let’s say she went with twerking.
Starting with the person to her left, each guest takes it in turns to repeat the bride’s dance move. Once the entire circle has had a turn, the next player (person to the left of your bride) twerks before adding in their own move (e.g. a star jump). Each guest then has to twerk and do a star jump.
Continue playing until every person has added their own move. The game finishes with the whole group performing their entire routine together!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Let’s Dance’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
At the top of a blank piece of paper, write the following sentence:
‘Once upon a time, a girl named xxx met a boy named xxx’ (insert bride and groom’s names where required).
Starting with the first guest to arrive, ask her to write down two or three sentences that follow on from this first statement. Once she’s done, fold the paper down and cover everything but the final line of her writing. When the next guest arrives, have them write down two or three sentences that follow on from the previous guest’s uncovered line. Continue until everyone has had a turn.
Now for the fun part! Pick a suitable time (such as when everyone is sitting down for lunch, during a bus ride to your activity, etc.) and read aloud the bride and groom’s true love story. Not only will it be hilarious at the time, it will also make a great keepsake!
Before the celebration, write down as many different male characteristics as you can think of onto separate pieces of paper (enough for at least two per guest). These are your playing cards. Some examples include ‘man with red hair’, ‘man riding a bike’ and ‘a married man’.
Hand the cards out on the day – making sure each person is given at least 2 characteristics. Explain that these playing cards are their ‘Ideal Men’, and it is their mission to hunt them down! The first person to find both of their ideal men wins!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Man Hunt. For more fun ways to play, click here!
Ask guests to write down one piece of advice for your bride-to-be (e.g. try to have date night at least once a month). Then either have your hen read out each piece of advice to the room or make it into a beautiful keepsake by placing the pieces of paper into a scrapbook.
Tip: Ask guests to write their advice on wooden spoons (or something similar, such as wooden popsicle sticks) and place them in a jar labelled ‘Recipes for a good marriage’. Cute keepsake that your hen will adore!
PASS THE BALLOON
Split the group into teams. Ask each team to line up and, starting with the person at the very back, grip a long balloon between their knees or thighs; passing it up the line WITHOUT using their hands! First team to get the balloon to the front without dropping it or popping it wins!
Fun addition: incorporate the game 'Balloon Pop' into this game - then the team who wins can make everyone else answer the question that comes out! Find instructions for Balloon Pop here.
PASS THE PARCEL
Select a special gift for your hen and wrap it in wrapping paper. Now, wrap as many other layers as there are guests attending (e.g. 10 guests = 10 more layers) in a different colour (newspaper or kraft paper are both great options). Make sure you place some sort of prize in each layer before it’s sealed. This can be anything from an organic pamper product, chocolate, drink cards or dress up accessories (sourced from a local second-hand store), to a truth/dare questions.
On the big day, have everyone sit in a circle. Play music whilst guests pass the parcel around in a clock-wise direction. Stop the music; the person who is holding the parcel at that moment gets to unwrap one layer and receive their prize. Continue the game until all guests have unwrapped one layer each (making sure your hen receives the FINAL gift!).
Handy hint: If you're looking for some great prize/gift ideas, check out this blog!
Grab out some fun kitchen utensils that can be used for carving up a cucumber/zucchini (at least one per guest). Think anything from butter knives to peelers or skewers.
To play, hand a carving utensil and cucumber/zucchini to each of the girls. On ‘Go!’, they must start sculpting their vegetable into the perfect penis! The catch? Each utensil can only be used for 30 seconds. Once this time is up, everyone must pass their utensil to the person next to them. Once each guest has used every utensil available, it’s time to judge the peckers!
Tip: Have a number of winning categories – such as ‘Prettiest Penis’, ‘Biggest Penis’, ‘Ugliest Penis’, etc. It all adds to the fun! You can also make this game a little more PG by choosing to carve the bride or a shape that compliments your hen’s party theme (such as an ice-cream for a sweet tooth party, for example).
Split guests into pairs (except for your hen) and give each twosome a special wedding word (such as marriage, stripper, party, ring, honeymoon, etc.). Explain that each pair is to come up with a poem that includes the bride-to-be, the two people in the pair AND the special word. This is to be done within 10 minutes. Once the time is up, have each pair read their poem aloud. Your hen then gets to choose the winner!
PICK THE LIE
An easy game that will result in some great stories and lots of giggles! To play, simply sit in a circle and, starting with the hen, take it in turns to tell two truths and one lie (e.g. 'I went skinny dipping after my 21st', 'I snuck out of the house at least once when I was younger', 'I grew up in the circus'). It's then up to the rest of the group to guess which statement is the lie! You can turn this into a drinking game by having everyone drink if they guess which story isn't true, and having the lier drink if they're caught out.
PICTIONARY (WITH A TWIST!)
As with charades, write down a few words or phrases that are hens/wedding related (such as ‘the wedding night, ‘strippers’, ‘the first kiss’, walking down the aisle’, etc.). These words and phrases can be as risqué or PG as you like (think about your guests and hen when putting your list together, you don’t want to embarrass anyone!). Now, split the girls into two teams. Each team takes it in turns to have one person randomly pick a word/phrase form a bowl and attempt to draw it. The object of the game is to have the girls in your team guess the answer with pictures alone (i.e. the person who chose the word/phrase is not allowed to talk). Make it harder by setting a time limit.
Alternative: rather than drawing, play this game with playdough!
PIN THE PECKER
Print off a LARGE photo/poster of your hen’s crush (for example) along with enough cartoon peckers for each guest. On the night, guests take it in turns to be blindfolded and spun before tying to ‘pin’ the pecker in the correct position. Make sure you write each guests’ name on their particular penis so that you can keep track of who is winning!
Tip: For my hens party, the girls photoshopped a HILARIOUS picture of my husband’s face onto another man’s body. I couldn’t stop laughing whilst playing! If you don’t like the idea of ‘Pin the Pecker’, other alternatives include ‘Pash the Poster’ (use lipstick and ‘kiss’ the poster in the correct position), ‘Bouquet on the Bride’, ‘Ring on the Finger’, etc. You can get creative with this game – so use something that will be personal/make your bride-to-be laugh!
This game can be played in teams or as individuals (make your decision based on how much playdough you have!). To play, each team/individual is given some playdough and asked to mould a penis within a certain time-frame. Give prizes to the best shaped pecker, the biggest pecker, etc. (get creative and have some hilarious prizes to go with your hilarious categories)!
Don’t want to mould a penis? Have teams mould a man, mould parts of a man, or mould the bride instead!
Tip: Take LOTS of photos! Hen do games such as this are so much fun (especially after a couple of drinks); it’s definitely worth keeping physical memories!
PUMP THE PECKER
Ask all of the girls to get into pairs. Each pair is given one balloon pump and one of those LONG balloons. One person from each pair then sits on a seat, with the balloon pump held tightly between their thighs; hands behind their back. On your word, the other person in each pair must place the balloon over the top of the pump, before kneeling down and pumping it up as fast as they can! First team to either pop or inflate their balloon wins!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Pump the Pecker’. For more fun ways to play, click here
RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY
Ask guests to arrive at the hen party in an outfit that resembles an incomplete Rubik’s cube (in other words, they arrive wearing the six different cube colours – red, blue, white, orange, green and yellow). The aim of the game is for guests to swap articles of clothing until they have ‘solved’ the cube (basically, until they’re wearing one colour only). Great fun - especially when additional rules are incorporated!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Rubik’s Cube Party’. To view more information (including clothing swap rules) click here!
Have a pre-made list of items and tasks that the girls must collect/complete during the hen party (such as ‘Make and wear a toilet paper veil’). You can either play this for fun (so everyone joins in each of the tasks) or make it a competition (by splitting guests into teams and assigning points to each item/task – with those receiving the most points by the end of the party being the winners).
SLIP IT IN
Before the party, write down enough phrases for at least one per guest. Some examples include ‘I went sky-diving last week’ and ‘I want to sail around Australia on my own’. Make sure the phrases are suitable for your particular group (i.e. if there’s grandparents in attendance you probably shouldn’t have any raunchy topics!).
On the day, hand each person one phrase as they arrive, explaining that they are to try and ‘slip it in’ to conversation at some point throughout the day/night. The catch? They have to wait at least 5 MINUTES after saying their phrase before claiming victory! You’ll love watching as they try to keep the story going during this time without getting caught out.
These are the basic instructions for ‘Slip it In’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
Before the celebration, type up a checklist that includes different group shot and portrait items. ‘The hen and her bridesmaids’, 'funny faces', ‘laughter’, ‘dancing’ and ‘a selfie’, are all great options. When guests arrive on the day, hand each of them a checklist and ask that they capture (photograph) as many items from the list as possible. The person who ticks off the most is the winner!
Hens night games such as this aren't only fun, but also mean LOTS of great memories will be captured for your bride-to-be!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Snap That’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
SPIN THE BOTTLE
Set up a circle of shot glasses, each filled with some sort of beverage (anything from straight alcohol such as vodka, to non-alcoholic drinks such as water or prune juice). In the middle of the circle, place a wine bottle (or something similar). To play, each guest takes their turn to spin the bottle; drinking the particular shot it stops at. Extra points for those who can drink with a straight face!
THEY DID WHAT?!
This game will leave you with some HILARIOUS stories! Before the party, write down headings such as the following on pieces of paper:
How did they meet?
How did he ask her out?
Where did they have sex?
Who caught them doing it?
On the day, split everyone into groups and, one by one, have guests write their answers to the questions - folding the paper over their particular question before passing it on to the next person. Once all groups have finished, have one 'spokes-person' read out the bride and groom's story to everyone! Make it a competition by having your hen pick her favourite story (and/or stick them all into a scrapbook for your hen to look back on!).
Grab a couple of A3 sized pieces of paper. To play, place one piece of paper on the ground and, one at a time, ask the girls to trace around their hands WITHOUT bending their knees!
The best part? Your job. Write down EVERYTHING the girls say whilst they attempt to trace their hands (such as ‘This is so hard!’). Once everyone has had a turn, have the girls sit down and tell them something along the lines of: ‘Thanks to all of you we now know what our beautiful bride will be saying on her wedding night!’. Follow this by reading each of the statements out loud (putting the example from above into context, ‘this is SO hard!’). Your party will be in hysterics!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Tracing Truths’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
TRUTH OR DARE
Each guest writes down a truth or dare for the bride-to-be to complete. When everyone is done, collect the cards without your hen seeing what’s written. One by one, throughout the night, provide your hen with a truth or dare (stagger them so that she’s not copping it all at once!). Give her a special prize once she makes it through them all – she’ll deserve it!
Tip: Ask guests to write their names at the bottom of each truth/dare they’ve written. Once you’ve collected every card, announce to the group that they are actually completing the truth/dare they wrote down WITH the bride-to-be!
WHAT AGE WAS THE BRIDE?
Print off at least 5 photos of your hen from different points in her life (make sure you write down the correct age on the back of each photo or in a safe place). Bluetack the pictures to the wall (or pin to a pinboard) and ask the girls to guess what age the hen was in each photograph. The person who gets the most right wins!
Tip: This game could also be played with photographs from the bride and groom’s relationship. The girls can then guess where the lovebirds were when the picture was taken (bonus points if they can guess how far into the relationship it was).
WHO'S YOUR MAN?
Before the party, ask the groom and each of his groomsmen to take pictures of body parts: nose, eye, foot, hair, hand, chin, bicep, etc. (I once attended a bridal shower where they also included bum shots!). Print each of these photos off at a fairly large size.
On the day, make your way through the body parts; asking the bride-to-be to pick her husband’s photo from the rest (i.e. if the groom has three groomsmen, hold up the four pictures of noses and ask her to point to her groom’s nose. Do the same for hands, chins, etc.).
Every wrong answer? Your lovely hen must drink!
YEP... THAT'S MY MAN!
Before the hens night, find the worst photo you possibly can of your hen’s soon-to-be husband (or wife!). It can be when he was very drunk, waking up, surprised, generally looking weird, etc. Print this picture off and have your bride-to-be carry it around with her for the duration of her celebration.
Because every time someone from the group mentions the code-word (e.g. ‘Man, I’m itchy!’), your hen must go over to the nearest stranger, show them the picture of her partner and proudly tell them how excited she is to be marrying him!
These are the basic instructions for ‘You’re Marrying That?!’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
HAVE AN AMAZING TIME!
I hope this list has provided you with LOTS of game options, making your planning that much easier. I'm constantly on the lookout for fun, new, interesting and unique kitchen tea, bridal shower & hen party games, and every time I come across a new one it will be added to this list. So, if you have any you would like to share, please do so via the comments section below or social media! (Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram).
Cheers to an AMAZING party where the games are an absolute HIT!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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