What’s in Your Purse Bridal Shower Games
Supplies: Item list, purses and plate

There are several bridal shower purse games, some give points and others are more active. We review some of the more interactive purse games.

What’s in Your Purse Game Prep & Play – Active Game
This purse game involves being the first to find items in their purses.
Sit everyone in a big circle at a table or on the floor so that there is a center. Basically you want everyone to be an equal distance from the center. If this is not possible we have a variation for this.

Now ask everyone to grab their purse and take a seat. Take an empty plate, (paper plate preferably) and place it in the middle of the room. Inform the guests that you are going to read a list of items and the first person to place the item mentioned on the plate scores a point. At the end of the game, the person who has the most points wins a prize.

Large Group Option – Instead of placing items on a plate, tell guests they must have the item in their hand and held above their head and state I have “___.” This way no one will get injured diving for the plate. Also have a penalty for those people who yell out they have it before they have it in their hand. (Maybe have them do something silly – this will reduce false claims.)

You will need to create a list of items that are found in a purse, you may also want to include a few not so common items too.

Drivers license, pen, receipt, checkbook, credit card, pepper spray, a quarter, spoon, lipstick, hand cream, condom, etc… you can get a little wild depending on the group.

The bridal shower hostess calls these things out one at a time and the first person to rifle through their purse, find the item and put it on the plate gets a point.

FYI – Be sure to remove the object off the plate and return it to the owner before the next object is called. It is important so you get a clear view of whose thing gets on the plate first since it could be a scramble.

Thanks, Adrienne

Variation – What’s in the Bride’s Purse?
In this version of the game, instead of listing racing to get items on a plate. Players score a point, if they have the same/similar item that is found in the bride’s purse.

Before the game, the Host must create a sheet that has each guests name (place on left hand side of the page going down) and have 12 blank columns, 1 column labeled total. We made ours sheet in Excel.

To start the game have everyone including the bride get their purses and let them know you are going to play, What’s in the Bride’s Purse.

In this game, this game the bride will pull 12 items (1 at a time) from her purse and guests have 15 – 20 seconds to see if they also have that item. If yes, they pull it out and that guest earns one point. (Record the points on the game sheet.)

If the bride-to-be pulls out lipstick, compact, credit card at first challenge or dare her to pull out something no one or few people will have as this will help make the game more interesting.

Once the bride has pulled out 12 items, then proceed to add up each players points and announce the winner. If there is a tie ask the bride to pull out another item and the first person to find that item in their purse wins. (If neither has it, do another round until someone wins.)