I was put in charge of games and activities for my (soon to be) sister in law’s bridal shower! I love a good game, but I really wanted to do something unique and sentimental that would last longer than just the day of the shower itself, so I decided to make up a new sentimental bridal shower activity called the advice jar!
I made the jar at home (scroll for instructions) but I’ll explain how the game works first. At the shower, every one chooses a flower from the jar. Sharpies are passed around and each person writes a couple words on the stem of their flower, sharing what they believe are essential ingredients to a happy marriage.
They can be silly words or sweet, anything that the new bride and groom could learn from and use as a reminder when they are having a rough day! You can see what I wrote on my flower in the picture below. This game could also double as a shower guest-book of sorts, if you ask each person to sign their name on the back of the flower!
I wanted to do something where all the women could share their words of wisdom with the bride to be, but I also know that sometimes you can get lots of conflicting advice when you ask a room full of women for their thoughts on marriage. I thought this would be the perfect way for all the ladies to impart their experience and knowledge with the bride, without getting too complicated and long-winded. Sometimes simple is best!
Want to make your own jar? I personalized ours using the bride’s wedding colors, blue and tan! I also used burlap (which she loves) to accent. You could change the ribbon colors and the types of flowers you use to suit your bride’s taste and match her wedding colors!
What you need:
- Roll of burlap (or thick ribbon of your choice in a neutral color)
- Roll of thin ribbon in main wedding color
- Package of large cloth flowers in wedding colors
- Package of small flowers (I purchased burlap)
- Package of thick craft sticks
- Mason Jar
- Hot glue gun
First, glue the burlap/thick ribbon around the center of the mason jar. Then glue the thinner ribbon on top of the burlap. I chose to do mine close to the bottom of the burlap so that I could add an accent flower at the top. You can play around with the thin ribbon’s placement and choose where you think it looks best.
Next, use the hot glue gun to attach one large flower or several small flowers to the end of each craft stick. Put all the sticks in the jar and then bring it to the shower! I chose permanent markers in coordinating colors as well. We’re using gold to write on the stems, so it’s not something too bright and will look good next to the burlap.
All that is left to do is get every one to share their words of wisdom and give it to the bride as a gift for their new home!
What is your favorite bridal shower game? Are you hosting a shower soon? Would your bride-to-be just LOVE this as a shower gift and game all in one?