My twin sister, an indie publisher, founder of Lake Claremont Press, avid reader, and kick-everyone's-butt-at-Scrabble player, got married a couple of years ago at age forty. An independent thinker who had been intentionally avoiding marriage, was actually getting married! We wanted to throw her a couple of smart pre-wedding parties that reflected her interests and style.
Our first event was a Scrabble-themed shower at an Irish pub that served a beautiful, tasty brunch. Instead of playing silly games, we placed Scrabble boards, cut into quarters around the tables, with Scrabble letter tiles and wood glue. Groups of four guests worked together to spell out messages for the bride and groom in crossword Scrabble form. When they were finished, guests glued the tiles onto the board and signed their artwork. I was going to bind the boards into a book, but they fit perfectly into one of the game boxes, which is how she preferred to keep them.
Preparation for this main activity of the shower was easy….
My other sister and I went on Ebay and bid on used Scrabble games and extra letter tiles. Who knew? There are a lot of people out there selling bags of 200-400 extra Scrabble tiles. With a heavy duty paper cutter, we sliced the game boards into quadrants. Before this, we had also tried a ruler and exacto knife, but the cutter was easier, faster, and left a cleaner edge.
As favors for the party to reflect my sister's love of reading, a friend glued a tile with the first letter of each guest's name onto hobby wood to create bookmarks. People loved them!
They really got into making the Scrabble messages, too…