Baby or bridal shower question game

pink-and-blue-balloonsWhat it is: A great game to play at showers (baby or bridal), my mom’s favorite shower game. With good reason. I love it, too: it’s fun, entertaining, informative, helps you get to know each other, and gives all the guests (not just the guest of honor, though we all love her, too) a chance to share.

Best for: A shower! You could adapt this game to birthday parties too, I’m sure, but the free printables I have below are for bridal and baby showers.

What you need: You need a printed-out questionnaire for each guest to fill out (use mine below, or make your own). The questionnaire should have a few get-to-know-you questions on it (we’ll get to those later). Each guest also needs something to write with, and that’s it!

How to play: Basically, this shower game involves giving each of your guests a set of questions to answer. Then you read the answers out loud.

So first, on creating the questionnaire. Basically you just want three to five questions that guests can answer about themselves. Because everyone loves hearing all about the guest of honor, but people do love talking about themselves, too. And if you craft the questions carefully, they can tie in to your shower perfectly. You can have questions about advice, you can have questions about honeymoons, you can have just fun get-to-know you questions that would be fun to answer and read aloud. For example, for a bridal shower you could use questions like these:

  • Where did you or would you like to honeymoon?
  • What is one of the best gifts you’ve ever been given?
  • What is something you wish you had right now?
  • What is your favorite dessert?
  • If your love life were made into a movie, which chick flick would it most resemble?
  • In eight words or less, what is your best advice for the first year of marriage?
  • What is your best advice for getting through a wedding day?

And for a baby shower:

  • In eight words or less, what is your best advice for having a new baby?
  • What’s one story your parents tell about you as a baby?
  • What size were you when you were born?
  • For mothers: How long was your longest labor? And how long was your shortest?
  • What’s one of the best creative mothering tips you’ve done or seen?
  • What is one distinctive feature about the way you looked as a baby?
  • What is one baby boy/girl name you love?

So create your questionnaire, keeping in mind that you just want a few questions; it doesn’t need to be long.

When we played at my sister’s bridal shower, we set the questionnaires and a jar of pens by the front door, with a sign telling everyone to take one and fill it out. You could also hand them out after the shower has started.

Give your guests time to go over the questionnaires and answer them. This can be done all at once or in the background as the shower is going on. After everyone has had time, start collecting the answers. Once you have them all, have one person (like the person throwing the shower) stand up and read the answers aloud. A fun way to do it is to read the answers, but not the name, and have all the guests guess which guest filled out that questionnaire.

It’s just a fun way to hear from everyone, get to know each other, and talk about weddings or babies. After the shower, you can give the stack of questionnaires to the bride/expectant mother as a keepsake and a way to keep track of advice (make sure everyone wrote her name down). If you’re really on top of it, you could put them in a little photo album or something. :)

Variations: There’s some other things you could do with the answer sheets. Instead of just reading them all, you could have someone pre-read them and choose one or two answers (the funny ones) to share from each guest’s questionnaire. Then have someone stand up, announce the guest’s name, and read her selected answers out loud. If you want to make more of a game of it, you could choose a “winner” for each question, or the few best answers (like the longest labor, the most elaborate honeymoon, etc.). Read the winning responses aloud, and you could even give out prizes.

Printables: Here’s the printable list of questions I mentioned. Just print, copy, and cut and you can have a stack of questions to give to your quests. Feel free to make your own to fit your specific situation, too! For example, for my sister, who was proposed to on a trip to Europe, we had some questions about European vacations. You could easily fit this shower question game to the theme of your shower.

Printable-markerBridal shower questions

Printable-markerBaby shower questions

Get-to-know-you scramble

What it is: Essentially a get-to-know-you version of the game fruit basket.

Best for: A large group, probably at least 10 players. The game is designed to get to know things about strangers you might not know at all, but that doesn’t stop you from playing with a group of people who know each other well, either.

What you need: You’ll need a circle of chairs, one for every player in the game minus one. (So if you’re playing with 16 people, you’d need a circle of 15 chairs). Couches and other seats can work, too, as long as there are 15 distinct places to sit.

How to play: Start off with one player, like Matt, standing in the middle of the circle. He starts out as It. Everyone else sits around the circle. To start the game, Matt says a trait or characteristic out loud that might apply to one or more people in the circle. For example, he might call out, “Anyone who’s been on a ride in a hot air balloon.”


Other things he could call out:

  • Anyone who’s tasted octopus
  • Anyone who’s lived outside of the United States
  • Anyone who really loves to read

Once Matt says “anyone who’s been on a ride in a hot air balloon,” everyone in the circle who’s been on a hot air balloon immediately jumps up and tries to run and claim a new seat. Matt runs along with them, trying to find a seat, and the new person left standing without a seat is the new It. (If it’s Matt, he just goes again.)

Say Julie is the new It. She would say something new: “Anyone who can do a cartwheel.” Immediately everyone who can do a cartwheel jumps up and must find a new seat, including Julie. Play continues until you want the game to end.

A couple of rules and pointers. You may be thinking, but people could lie! Yes, yes they could. If Julie called out, “Anyone who owns a season of Fraggle Rock on DVD,” and no one else seemed to be jumping up and you were a little ashamed to admit that you actually do own Season 1 (as I may or may not…), you could stay put and no one would be the wiser. But, come on, where’s the fun in that? It’s a get to know you game, no one will judge, and everyone will be happy to know each other better. So don’t be afraid to be honest. :)

Also, you’ll realize that the more people the statement applies to, the more people will jump up. So it’s fun to kind of vary the statements from things like “Anyone who has synesthesia” (my husband does, by the way) to “Anyone who’s flown on an airplane.” That way some rounds have tons of people jumping up, and some rounds maybe just have a few or one. That’s OK; all are fun ways to get to know the other players.

Also, in the original game fruit basket, there’s one special round you can call where everyone has to jump up. I think that’s a fun way to play, so you could set a special trait that applies to everyone in your group, and the player who’s It would have the option of calling that at any time. So for example, if you’re playing at a company party and you’ve got a lot of workplace pride, the apply-to-everyone call could be, “Anyone who works for the best company in the world.” Other examples:

  • Anyone who’s related to me! (for a big family reunion)
  • Anyone who loves Fraggle Rock! (for a Fraggle Rock fan club meeting)
  • Anyone who’s sitting down!

Just find something that everyone has in common and have that be your standard everyone-gets-up call.

Alternately, players in the middle could have the option to come up with their own applies-to-everyone phrases if they wanted to.

Variations: I’ve already linked to the normal version of fruit basket. This is also a kind of similar game to newspaper. And finally, you could take out the running and competition and just say these types of traits or experiences out loud and have people stand or raise their hand if the statement applied to them. It would take out a lot of the fun, but it would still be a relatively unique way to get to know each other and could be played easily in any situation (on a bus, in an auditorium, etc.)

Printables: If you need help coming up with things to say, I made a printable list for you! You could look at this ahead of time for ideas, or the person in the middle of the circle could always have it to look at for reference; however you want to play.

Printable-markerGet to know you traits

Happy playing!

Sardines (or backwards hide and seek)

sardinesWhat it is: A reverse game of hide and seek where, instead of one person seeking while everyone else hides, you have one person hiding while everyone else seeks.

Best for: At least 6 players or so, up to a group maybe twice that size.

What you need: A place to play. This is an ideal indoor game, but could also be played outside in a yard or park as long as there are lots of good places to hide.

How to play: First, set the boundaries for your playing area. Then choose one player to be It. We’ll call him Tim. Everyone else but Tim closes their eyes and counts out loud together to a predetermined number, like 50. (The larger your playing area is, the higher the number can be.) While everyone is counting, Tim goes and hides. He can choose anywhere he wants, like inside a blanket closet, for example. Then he sits quietly and waits.

After the rest of the players are done counting, they call out, “Ready or not, here we come!” And then they start to seek. The seeking is done every-man-for-himself style: no teams, just individual players looking for Tim by themselves. Everyone tries to find Tim first.

Say Anna is the first player to open the blanket closet and find Tim. First of all, she’ll want to make sure no other player is watching her. Then as quietly as she can, she slips into the blanket closet and hides along with him. Now Tim and Anna both are as still and quiet as they can be, still trying to avoid being found.

Maybe Louis is the next player to happen along and find Tim’s hiding spot. Now he squeezes in, too, and the three of them hide until they’re joined by a fourth, and a fifth… And everyone hides right along with Tim. If the blanket closet runs out of room, players do their best to hide close by, but it’s best if everyone can fit into Tim’s original hiding spot. (Are you seeing why the game is called sardines now?)

The last person to find Tim is the new It, and a new round starts!

It’s a fun game and (good for adults needing some peace) a quiet game. It’s kind of eerie in a way, too, which I guess is part of the fun. But when there’s 10 of you and you’re all searching for one hiding person and you’re looking and looking and start realizing the other players searching with you are dwindling and dwindling, and you have no idea where they’re all disappearing to, and you keep searching, and finally you open the blanket closet to see all 10 of your friends crammed in there – yeah, all part of the fun.

It’s also kind of hilarious, trying to fit as many people as you can into what’s usually a small hiding place. Sometimes the hiding place is larger, though, like in a walk-in pantry, and that’s perfectly fine too (and a little easier). It’s always, fun, too, to hide along with a group of your friends and cover your mouths and try not to giggle. It takes some of the lonely suspense (which I’m not a fan of) out of the normal version of hide and seek.

Variations: For some other games along the theme of hiding and seeking, check out the classic hide and seek, as well as kick the can, hit the dirt, and capture the flag.

Man, typing all of this up is making me want to go and play! I haven’t played sardines in far too long. :)

Happy hiding!


psychicWhat it is: An easy time-killing game where players test their psychic abilities…or at least pretend to have them.

Best for: A group of about 6 or more. I think the bigger the group, the easier it might be.

What you need: Nothing!

How to play: Psychic is pretty simple. Everyone plays together as a team. Players count from one to as high as they can by saying numbers out loud, one player at a time. If two players say one number at the same time, everyone has to start over at one. The catch is, there’s no order in which players speak.

Here’s an example. Say Adam, Bridget, Caleb, Dan, Ethan, and a bunch of their friends are playing. Everyone’s sitting in random order around a circle. In fact, they don’t even have to be sitting in a circle.

When they’re ready to play, someone will say “go.” Then Adam says 1 out loud. Dan, across the circle, says 2. His friend next to him says 3. Bridget, three people down, says 4. Adam says 5. Someone else says 6. But then by chance both Caleb and Ethan say 7 at the same time. That means the whole group has to start over at 1. Pauses are allowed, but if two people speak at once, you have to start over. The goal is to see how high you can count to as a group.

I don’t think we’ve ever gotten higher than like 15 or so, the times I’ve played it. My husband played it in a really big group once and got into the 30s.

It’s a great game for killing time because you don’t need anything to play with. But if you did have a large group and wanted to organize a big game, I think it would be a fun challenge for everyone.

Oh, and I just couldn’t resist writing a post about fake psychic abilities without throwing this in:


Photo scavenger hunt

cameraWhat it is: A version of a scavenger hunt where you take pictures of things (and often yourself doing fun things).

Best for: A small to large group, maybe 4 to 10 people.

What you need: A camera and a list of things to take pictures of! (see bottom of the post for my free printable list).

How to play: Just like other scavenger hunts, the goal is to go down the list and cross off as many items as you can. Other than that basic rule, the game is super easy to customize however you’d like. Let me show you an example.

Photo scavenger hunt mall thumbnail

This is a scavenger hunt list I made for the mall. I might use it for a birthday party for a group of 13-year-old girls. If the group is smaller (say 5 girls), I’d give them all one list and set them loose in the mall to take their photos, telling them to meet back at the foot court in two hours or something like that. If the group were bigger (say 10 girls), I’d make two smaller groups of 5 and give each team a copy of the list. Then I’d make a contest out of it. The team who crosses off the most items in the allotted time period wins (with quality of the photos taken into consideration).

A great way to end a photo scavenger hunt is a photo slideshow at home. With technology today, it can be relatively easy to show pictures on an iPad or a laptop or even a TV, and then everyone can watch all the pictures and laugh and comment.

So basically, you need a list of things to take pictures off. Slightly embarrassing photo setups are always fun (like take a picture of your group dancing in the middle of the food court). Use my printables below or get creative and make your own! Then you set your ground rules, including things like:

  • Duration of the game
  • Boundaries
  • Teams
  • Whether you’re going for quality or quantity

Then play and have a blast! I think photo scavenger hunts work great for date nights or youth activities. Ha, actually, one of my and my husband’s first dates was a photo scavenger hunt that was such a phenomenal success, we realized how much we liked each other and ended up where we are now. :)

Happy photographing!

Photo scavenger hunt listPrintables: The photo scavenger hunts I’ve included are for different settings: at the mall (designed for teens or older), at the park (designed for kids or older), at home (designed for younger children), and an alphabet hunt (suitable for anyone). If you have a requests for another list, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do!

Oh, P.S., for the alphabet scavenger hunt, what I was thinking is you take pictures of objects that happen to look like letters of the alphabet, either objects that you set up or that you just find (like two sticks crossed to make an X, or a door handle that looks like an S).