Planning a bridal shower she won’t forget!
Eliminate some of the stress and last minute rush to get things done.
Here are some ideas to jump-start your planning process.
Choosing a theme is arguably one of the most difficult aspects of the shower. Some popular themes ideas are: Around the Clock, Stock the Bar/Pantry, Wine Tasting, Tea Party and Room of the House. If you are looking for a more unique theme simply start thinking of the bride’s favorites, her favorite color, food, hobby, alcoholic beverage, etc. After a couple of brainstorming sessions and a community pinterest board it will be surprising how a theme will unanimously show up or jump out at you!
The invitation should give the guests an idea of the theme; this helps with gift purchasing and also what to wear to the party! Ask the bride who she would like to attend the shower. Make sure everyone on the guest list is also invited to the wedding. When sending out the invites more notice is always better, especially if it’s a summer shower! It is helpful to include an “RSVP by” date and to also make calls to those you haven’t heard from the week leading up to the shower.
Don’t stress yourself over having the perfect menu. If your theme can be matched with a menu (tea party theme and finger sandwiches) then your worries are behind you. If you are at a loss just remember whom the shower is for. Server the brides favorite snacks, fruits, veggies, and guilty pleasures!
Choose games that focus on the bride and her wonderful relationship. After all, the shower is all about her and her upcoming wedding! Here are some games that incorporate the groom:
- Interview the groom
Before the shower ask him a bunch of different questions. Write his answers down or better yet videotape him saying them. At the shower ask the bride the same questions. If her answer doesn’t match the grooms then have her chew a piece of bubble gum for every wrong answer.
- Proposal story
Have the groom write out the proposal story including as much detail as he can. Then take his story and incorporate the words “left” and “right” in it as many times as possible. At the shower read the so try aloud as the guest sit in a circle. Each time the words left or right come up the guest are to pass the prize one person in that direction. For a fun twist start to read the story gradually with more speed to see the gift fly around the circle! The person with the gift at the end of the story wins the prize.
- Roses of Reason
Ask the groom to give you a list of 12 or 24 reasons of why he loves the bride, can’t wait to marry her, or cute little remember when’s of their relationship. Purchase a dozen or two roses and write out each reason on strips of paper that match the color of the roses. Attach each reason to a stem. Display the roses as part of the shower decor. To bring the shower to a close present the bride with the bouquet of roses. Have her read each reason out-loud. Now the guests have a little peak into the couple’s relationship and the bride will be even more excited to marry her groom!
- Find the groom!
The goal of this game is to find the picture of the groom. Print out different pictures of men, a simple Google search will do the trick. A fun twist is to print pictures of the bride’s celebrity crushes, just make sure there are enough envelopes for all your guests. Don’t forget the picture of the groom! Place the photos in envelopes and have the guest go on an envelope hunt! Whoever ends up with the groom’s photo is the winner.
Party favors are a way to say thank you to all the guests that came to celebrate the bride. A fun and practical idea Is to transform a bottle of nail polish into a bride!
Prizes can be as simple as a cute coffee mug with an assortment of hot chocolate, or a cute tumbler with a lemonade mix. Try to provide prizes that provide guests with a practical keepsake they can use multiple times.