February 05, 2009
10 Bridal Shower Suggestions
You're the hostess and it's up to you to plan the activities for the bridal shower. Don't sweat it. The day should be memorable for the bride-to-be and enjoyable for the guests, whether that be 15 or 150.
Here are 10 ideas guaranteed to make your bridal shower a hit.
1) A good party starts with good food. At your bridal shower make sure there are plenty of tasty treats to keep your guests full. One healthy option is a fresh fruit tray which can be purchased premade at any local supermarket or you can do the slicing and dicing yourself to save a few bucks. Whipped cream for the strawberries and caramel for the apples are sure to delight your guests.
2) For those looking for an unusual bridal shower appetizer, try sushi. It's a dish that can be purchased at your local supermarket or you can order from a number of restaurants in the area. It's a treat that will certainly make the afternoon more memorable for all.
3) Once your guests have settled in, it's time to start playing some games. Everybody loves to keep an eye on Hollywood, so the celebrity dating game is always a winner. Simply go to your local bookstore or magazine stand and buy a few of those entertainment magazines. Cut out pictures of Hollywood's hottest couples, or former couples, and put all the men one side and the women on the other. Then have your guests try to pair up each couple.
4) Bridal shower Bingo is a fun twist on the traditional game. Create cards based on possible gifts the bride may receive and the first to get a "Bingo" wins a prize. Bingo cards can be picked up at your local party store or can be made at home.
5) Organize a theme party to add some flavor to the shower. Pick an era and have your guest come dressed in that timeframe or, if weather permits, host a luau with guests donning Hawaiian shirts and have a pig roasting in the backyard.
6) Host a cooking class shower. Face it, not every bride-to-be is as skilled in the kitchen as grandma. A good way to give the bride a few pointers and have some fun at the same time is to host a cooking class shower. Have each guest bring a recipe card for one of their favorite dishes along with a gift that will help prepare the item. Pots, pans and appliances are easy gift choices.
7) If you're looking for a relaxing place to hold your shower away from home a trip to a nearby spa is a great alternative for those smaller parties. Guests can be pampered with a massage or receive a new 'do at any salon or day span. Just be sure to phone ahead to make sure your party can be accommodated.
8) At the conclusion of your party, you will want to send your guests home with something other than just memories. Candies are the standard, but for something a little more unique, offer your guests fragrant handmade soaps. If your shower is during the summer these soaps can be purchased at most Farmers Markets. If not, a trip to a bath and body store will do the trick.
9) A great party favor for those on small budgets are personalized bath salts in glass jars. Simply printing the names of the bride and groom and then affixing it to a jar filled with fragrant bath salts is a gift your guests will remember and no doubt use. The jars can be purchased at www.bridebingo.com.
10) One final gift to make your party a hit is to create compact discs featuring the favorite songs of the couple. Hosts who are computer savvy can even print out a picture of the couple to use as the label for the CD. The disc is a gift guests will enjoy and an inexpensive party favor sure to be enjoyed by all at the shower.