29 Sept 2010

Bridal shower how to part 3: reverse raffle

My final game at the bridal shower was what I call a reverse raffle.  I learnt this at an Ann Summers party and changed it up a bit to suit the bridal shower. 

I bought some books of pink raffle tickets and then got some of the bridesmaids to hand them out making sure all the guests had a few strips each (they didn't have to pay for them).

Then I put all of the strips in a hat, pulled them out one by one and yelled out the numbers.  When the first number was called, the person with that strip got the chance to choose from one of the following men which each represented a prize.

They were then given the prize to hold, but not to open.  I then pulled out the next number and so on until I had given out all of the prizes.  Now the reason why this is a reverse raffle is that these people were not the winners, I carried on pulling out numbers and the next winners got to steal the prizes from the other ladies!

This was a good laugh as people were stealing eachother's men - David Beckham and Wentworth Miller proved very popular and must have changed hands about 20 times! 

When I got down to the last few strips I let people know to build up a bit of suspense.  You could see some people trying to hide their prize so that it wouldn't be stolen from them!  When the last number was called I announced that anyone still holding a prize was a winner and that they could open them. 

I also did a little cheat and made sure one of the youngest bridesmaids one a prize by calling out a number I could see on her ticket.  I recommended that she stold David Beckham as it was a pair of fairy wings =)

Some of the guests had had a few drinks by the time we played this game, so there was a lot of banter and it was really good fun.  One word of warning, if you're going to let kids give out the raffle tickets, make sure they understand about strips of tickets - the bridesmaids tore the receipt tickets for my hat all into individual tickets, so it made the game a little more complicated as I had to tell people to throw their strip away once a number had been called.  Otherwise we'd have been there all night!

These are a selection of the prizes.  Again I went to good old Primark and I also threw in a few bits and bobs I had but have never used such as a photo frame and a Sarah Jessica Parker perfume set (I didn't like the fragrance for me).

All three games were such a laugh, but they took a lot of work to prepare, so I recommend you enlist some helpers!

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