Ah, the kitchen tea! It always sounds so innocent. If you’re a bloke reading this, you probably imagine a kitchen tea as something that involves afternoon chitchats, scones and a whole bunch of, yep—you guessed it—tea!
While this may have been the case when the concept originally came about, the modern reality couldn’t be further from that. Chances are you’ll find a lot more wine and champagne than tea, accompanied by raucous laughter. It is a celebration for the bride-to-be and while it’s not exactly a hen’s party, it can still get pretty loud.
Games are the key aspect of any successful kitchen tea and we’ve put together a handy list to help you plan, with everything from bridal bingo to Mad Libs. You’ll also find a section on planning a virtual kitchen tea for these rather strange times that we live in.
There are a few ingredients that make the best kitchen tea games: They need to involve everyone, they should be wedding-themed, straightforward, and most importantly, they must be fun. With that in mind, here are our favourite games for you to choose from:
As you probably already know, we’re suckers for a good ol’ run of bingo games, so why should this occasion be any different? It’s the perfect way to settle into the party and get people chatting. You’re going to need a bunch of blank bingo cards and pens to hand out to the guests. They then need to fill out the blank spaces with possible bridal shower gift guesses. When the gifts are opened they must tick off the ones that they get right. The first person to get five in a row, in any direction, wins.
Before the guests arrive you must hide a few nice, yet not too expensive, gifts around the house. It could be kitchen stuff, underwear, photo frames, anything you like really. Then you split the guests into pairs and give them riddles as to where they will find these gifts. Once found, the gifts will be given as a present to the bride. The winning team is the one that finds the most objects on the list.
Just watch a few “Mad Libs” videos on YouTube and you’ll see how hilarious this game can be. You can find templates online to easily download. Split the guests into a couple of groups and have them fill in the blanks on the card (which includes vows) with their own funny, and often dirty, words. At the end of the game, simply read the cards out and the bride can pick the funniest team as the winner.
These two are about to get married, so now’s the perfect time to check whether they know everything about each other. Give the groom some questions to answer before the tea and then ask the bride the same questions to see what she thinks the answer is. Depending on what the vibe is, if she’s wrong she can have a shot or perhaps complete a ridiculous task like twerking.
Hand out a blank card and a pen to each of the guests. They must write down a particular memory that they have with the bride, that shouldn’t be too obvious. The bride then needs to read out the memories and try to guess who wrote it down.
We live in a modern world where women are no longer confined to the kitchen and as such, some of us go into a marriage a bit clueless in the cooking department. Print matching cards for all the guests and get them to write out their favourite recipes for the bride and groom. This means that they have something fun and new to experiment with when cooking as newlyweds, and it will also remind them of their loved ones while they cook.
Luckily for us, technology has made planning a virtual kitchen tea a reality. Almost everyone has friends and family scattered across the globe that may not be able to attend and a virtual kitchen tea is a wonderful way to connect and include those that can’t be there in person. Of course, the most important thing to keep in mind when planning this is to make sure that the bride feels special.
You won’t all be in the same place, so it’s important that you have some sort of consistency in the decor. A great idea is to still buy the balloons and decorations that you would have used, take a picture of it and then use it for everyone’s background. Then send the decorations to the bride for her to feel like she is actually at her kitchen tea.
Just because you’re not in the same place, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same snacks and tipples. There are a couple of things you can do here: If you’re on a tight budget, then you could just ask everyone to buy the same stuff to have at home. However, if you have a little more wiggle room then you could get some snacks and champagne gift baskets delivered for everyone to enjoy. You could also give everyone the recipe for a particular cocktail that you’ll all make together virtually.
Luckily, the games really don’t have to change much and most of the ones we suggested, other than the scavenger hunt, can be played virtually. So keep these in mind and make sure you are prepared with everything you need before the virtual kitchen tea begins.
Bingo games aren’t only for special occasions and they can provide a heap of entertainment during these trying times. At Lucky Pants Bingo, we have a huge array of fun and exciting games on our bingo site, such as traditional bingo, Slingo bingo, and slots. Give your T.V. a break and try your luck with us! We can’t wait to get started.
Lucky Pants Bingo / 23 December 2020