Arts and Crafts Activities
Have a supply of papers, pens, paints, etc. and ask guests to write and illustrate either their favorite memory of the bride, their best marital advice, or a recipe. After present opening, ask each guest to read or explain their project, then have the maid of honor gather the pages into a scrapbook.
Spas are becoming increasingly popular for pre-wedding get-togethers. The maid-of-honor or organizer finds a spa nearby and usually books a private room, or sometimes the whole place! If the maid-of-honor is feeling generous, she may pay for small treatments for everyone. More common, however is for each guest to pay for her own treatments, and pitch in for the bride's treatments.
If you are on a budget, there's no reason not to create a spa at your home. You and the other bridesmaids should bring whatever fun creams, nailpolishes, and beauty products you have at your home. Have a big stack of clean fluffy towels available, and a large plastic basin for every guest to soak their feet in. Make sure you have nail polish remover for old polish, good eats, and some pretty music on the stereo. Get everyone to chip in for a spa gift certificate as a present for the bride. (Hint: to find a spa near you, visit spas.about.com.)
Learn a New Skill
If you know how to knit, arrange flowers, make jewelry, or paint pottery, why not teach it to the guests? They'll spend a fun afternoon learning a new skill, and leave with a project or give one to the bride. If you're not confident in your teaching abilities, look to local stores for group one-day classes that can be booked for the day. A favorite one of mine is the paint-your-own-pottery idea. Instead of bringing a gift, each guest paints a piece for the bride in her wedding colors.
My Favorite Memory
Along with your invitation, include a printed card that says, "Please write your favorite memory of the bride or groom". During present opening, each guest stands and reads the card she brought. Typically some are funny, some are sentimental and all are enjoyable to hear. Purchase a photo album to collect the memories and photos of the party.
Sure your guests may not want to play involved games, but who doesn't love a present? As your guests enter, have them write down their birthdays and wedding anniversaries (if applicable). The guest whose date is closest to the wedding date wins a prize. The hostess can then copy down the birthdays and anniversaries in a nice birthday book for the bride, so she'll always know when to send a thoughtful card.
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