I’ve read quite a few books on the topic—fun activities for a bachelorette party—and settled on the fact that I may be one of the few women in the world that finds most of them quite interesting. The general consensus from those I’ve consulted with is that games often feel forced and aren’t usually fun…argh... ( I’ve been advised that, in general, the formula for success is—booze + chatting .) The thing is, in the past, when I’ve introduced a game to any event—most recently it was a baby shower—hesitation is the most common initial reaction, but once it starts, and everyone gets involved, everyone seems to have a blast. Which leads me to believe that maybe I’m just that good at arranging a good game night…ha!...or maybe that we’re all kids at heart and enjoy a good game—but only after the cool kids chime participate. Okay, not really. It’s more like once the group has a bit of booze taking part in a game isn’t as much of an imposition. With that outcome in mind, I am and forever will be, a proponent of organizing one or two games at most intimate gatherings. Yes, I said it—“at most intimate gatherings.” The key is to keep a few bits in mind:
1. Keep the rules of the game simple.
2. Have a prize on the ready!
3. The game should not be an afterthought.
An example of a game that doesn’t follow this criteria is the “Don’t say ___” game throughout the party or you’ll lose (i.e. not being able to say the word “baby” at a baby shower). I find it quite irritating to be in the middle of conversation and have someone ecstatically interrupt because I’ve just lost…argh.
One of the books discussed the possibility of creating a scavenger hunt—so-to-speak. Where you separate your guests into groups and provide each with 1) a list of video/picture ideas to be taken around town, 2) a camera, and 3) a set time frame in which they should take these pictures/videos. As these things go, the group that comes back first wins! I love everything about this idea—except 2 little bits: 1) the running around town bit (I think it'd be too time consuming), and 2) the one that comes back first winning, instead I would have the group with the most creative pictures win. The author notes that this is a great activity for breaking the ice among guests, which will certainly be needed as my not so extensive group of attendees come from an expansive number of circles—work, school, work… (I’ve had a lot of jobs…)—and an activity like this would certainly boost the evening’s spirit.
So, with this idea in mind I came up with a scavenger picture/video hunt idea of my own with the theme being:
1. “_______ lassos the moon” - It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
2. “Dance with me” – Dance with Me (1998) (I know—quite original!)
3. “Royal flush” – What Happens in Vegas (2008)
4. “Love, actually, is all around” – Love Actually (2003)
5. “Badass group shot” – Bridesmaids (2011)
6. “P.S. I love ____” – P.S. I love you (2007)
7. “Mamuska!” – The Addams Family (1991)
8. “To infinity & beyond!” – Toy Story (1995)
9. “I believe that is my ____” – Office Space (1999)
10. “Snarfblatt” or “Dinglehopper” – The Little Mermaid (1989)
Notably, pictures from a party may not be as lovely—if I do say so myself. If my sister choses this idea I would suggest having everyone take a combination of picts and video as I think that would make it easier to judge and pick the winning team.
The pictures feature myself and my little sis. She took part thinking this was part of an Instagram tag. I’m quite certain she’ll be surprised when I tell her the truth. (Admittedly, I don’t like to have my picture taken very often, so this was quite out of my comfort zone.)
Do you have any scavenger themes/picture ideas? Please let me know if you which pict was your fave! I’d love to know!