Showers & Parties
8 Tips for Planning a Bridal Shower
Hosting a bridal shower is such an honor to do for the bride to be. Though it can be very stressful to coordinate between what the bride wants and what the bridal party may suggest, there are simple steps you can take to make it the best shower ever!
Use the wedding colors. If you’re struggling to come up with a theme, take advantage of the bride’s chosen wedding colors. For example, if her colors are blush and white, incorporate the colors into the flowers, decor and dessert area for a soft, romantic theme.
Make it a potluck. Showers can get very pricy and unfortunately, one person usually ends up taking on the sole responsibility of hosting. Instead of burdening yourself with more work and expenses, have each guest (or each bridesmaid) bring a dish. Avoid repeats by delegating everyone to a different component of the meal. This way, you can concentrate on providing cocktails and creating beautiful décor!
Have fun games prepared. Not all the guests know one another, so playing a fun game that revolves around the bride (the one thing you all have in common) is a great way for everyone to interact. It also makes for a fun way to break up the shower and make the bride feel special. Keep it classy, though! Quiz games about the bride and groom or “he said she said” are always a good laugh!
Light bites and cocktails go a long way. Looking for food ideas? Have a bruschetta bar with different fixings on crostini. Meat and cheese plates are always popular (and for good reason!). Throw down some bartending skills and create an appropriately themed signature cocktail to pass out to each guest when they arrive.
Shower your guests with cute favors (that they can actually use!). Bath salts, nail polish, jars of honey or jam… anything small and genuinely useful will make for a nice party favor.
Splurge on florals. If you go big on anything in your décor, I highly recommend having beautiful floral arrangements. It will make such an impact on the set-up and you can always send them home as a meaningful party favor for the bride and MOB.
Pass out dessert when presents are being opened. The unwrapping of gifts can usually take over the shower, so it’s the opportune time to hand out your delectable desserts.
Have a cocktail bar! As mentioned, a signature cocktail is always a fun touch. You can also do a mimosa bar or cocktail bar. Provide the alcohol and little fixings for everyone to make a fun drink to enjoy!