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Steps For Planning A Bridal Shower

Jul 20, 2008
If you have the important honor of throwing a bridal shower, or if you're just looking for ways of making your own shower fun and memorable, give yourself enough time to plan a great bridal shower that will be fun for everyone.

Choosing A Theme

Planning a shower and wedding around a theme is becoming very popular. This goes beyond planning around one or two colors. Planning a specific them gives the bride and groom a chance to express themselves in a fun way.

The time of year for the wedding and shower may have something to do with the theme. An autumn shower would be beautiful with vibrant colors of the fall. Besides the four seasons, bridal showers can also be planned around a specific holiday or event.

Some other bridal shower themes to consider include:

-An English tea party-Fancy tea cups, roses, an assortment of teas, tea sandwiches, and desserts such as scones and tea cakes will make for the perfect tea party themed bridal shower.

- Garden party: A garden party with many flowers and plants is ideal for the spring bridal shower.

- Hawaiian Luau: Include leis and Hawaiian flowers along with Hawaiian inspired food.

- Las Vegas: For a completely different twist on the usual bridal shower, have a Las Vegas themed event complete with card games, a roulette wheel and dice. Held in the early evening, this is a fun way to combine a bridal shower with a ladies night out.

- Pajama party: Have guests come in their pajamas and serve foods such as pizza, popcorn, soda, ice cream and plenty of other snacks.

- Spa party: This works best for smaller groups. Pamper everyone and treat them to an afternoon of manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, and lots of relaxation.

Shower Invitations and Party Favors

Bridal shower invitations should include the following bits of information:

- Bride's first and last name - Date and time - Where the shower is being held - Who is hosting the shower - RSVP date and contact phone number - The theme, if any - Where the couple is registered - Maps and directions, if necessary

Shower favors are the perfect way for the bride-to-be to say thanks for coming and that she appreciates everyone sharing in her special time. Instead of the usual few pieces of candy wrapped in tulle and tied with color coordinated ribbon, take the time to think of something truly unique, something that will stand out, but also be useful to guests.

Bridal Shower Timeline

- Two months before: Set the budget, decide on the style or theme of the shower, set the date, choose and reserve the location, create a guest list, plan the menu, choose the games, delegate tasks to other members of the bridal party, purchase the invitations.

- One month before: Mail the invitations, order the cake, plan your menu and shopping lists, purchase the decorations, party favors and prizes.

- One week before: Order the food, chairs, linens, and tableware if necessary, purchase the bride's gift and confirm reservations.

- One day before: Begin decorating, pick up the cake, wrap the bride's gift and game prizes, prepare street signs if needed, and prepare any food items that can be made in advance.

- The day of the shower: Arrange the food, drinks, finish any decorating, have a tablet handy to record a list of gifts received, and finally, relax and have a good time at the shower!
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