Friday, September 30, 2011

Bridal Shower Ideas for a Happier Hostess

Hello again!
Now I don't want to give anyone the idea that I don't like bridal showers after my thoughts on Bridalette Showers. To prove it- this post is solely dedicated to bridal shower ideas.

Getting the chance to host a bridal shower means the pressure is on. I mean EVERYONE has gone to a bridal shower with rather lame games that seem to last forever and you certainly don't want to throw a party like that.  But you have to give the hostess some credit; it's not easy coming up with fun ideas and themes for the shower. 

Hopefully this post can help. 
Here are a few ideas I've complied to get those creative juices flowing:

ABC Shower: Each person is assigned a letter and they bring a gift that starts with that letter. 
Always a Bridesmaid:Invite the guests to wear a bridesmaid's dress (or prom dress) from another wedding. Have all guests vote on the most ugliest, out-dated, obnoxious, etc. 
Can't Live Without It: Each guest should bring something that they have found that they just can't live without as a gift for the bride. It can be really fun and interesting to see what other people think they can't live without. 
Centerpiece Giveaway: If you have centerpieces at the shower and don't want to keep them all, here's an idea. Get everyone to fill out their name and address on some thank-you note size envelopes. Put them in a bowl and have the bride draw names at the end of the shower to give the centerpieces away. This way door prizes are given and when the bride goes to write her thank-you notes they will already be addressed! 
15/20 Recipe Shower: For this shower, everyone brings with them a recipe that will not take more than 15 - 20 minutes to prepare. This helps the newlyweds get off to a good starting spending romantic dinners together after a hard day at work, with little effort! 
Shower by Mail: If family and friends are spread across the country, this "shower" works well. Think of a theme, and send shower invitations to friends and relatives. Include extended family (i.e. aunts and grandmothers) as well. Send them in advance and specify a weeks period of time in which to mail the gift. During that week, the bride will be showered with gifts via the mail. Usually the bride will be very surprised, not expecting a shower at all. She will feel very much loved by the end of her shower week! 
Travel/Honeymoon Shower: Ideas for this shower might be luggage, a travel alarm, camera, binoculars, maps, travel guides, travel clothes, etc. 
Wedding Album: Have all the guests bring their wedding albums to the shower. It's fun to look at the old photos and see people in funny hairdo's and dresses, etc. It's a could way to get the guests to mingle and meet each other. 

Whether the theme is spa greens and blues....


or flower blues, pinks, and purples...

your party can be fun for the guests and (more importantly) the bride.
Because lets face it....when the bride is happy EVERYBODY'S happy :)

These are just a few ideas I liked that seemed a little different than most bridal shower themes and games we usually see. 
For more shower themes and ideas you can visit Weddings Galore.

Now ladies I really want to know....what has been your favorite game or theme at a bridal shower you've attended? 


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