A bridal shower is held for the bride-to-be a month or two before her wedding. The bride is honored and showered with gifts that will be useful to her in her married life. Bridesmaids are usually responsible for organizing and running these events, which are traditionally all-female but can include men and women. Groups can range from a few close friends to over a hundred friends and relatives. These parties are most commonly held by those living in the United States, Canada and Australia. They usually feature bridal shower themes.
To help make the party fun and interesting, a theme can be chosen for the bridal shower that reflects the interests and needs of the bride. A different theme might be chosen for gifts than from the actual party, such as a Kitchen theme for gifts and a Makeover theme for the party, or the themes might tie in with each other.
For those couples moving into a new house for the first time, kitchen themed showers can be an fantastic way for their friends to help them get set up. Groceries, spices, kitchen utensils and appliances, and gift cards are useful gifts for stocking their new kitchen. Samples of similar-looking kitchen ingredients, such as different types of flours and powders, can be put into clear, unmarked containers as a set-up for a fun game. Guests have to try and identify all the different substances, and the person who can name the most wins a small prize. Another game is ‘Apron Memory.’ An apron is decorated with different kitchen utensils, and the bride wears it around the room for a minute. Then she hides the apron and guests have to see how many items they can remember from it.
Grab your favorite jamies and prepare for a girl’s night in. Score manicures, pedicures, massages and facials from all your friends. Ask your guests for prezzies like bathroom accessories and cosmetics, maybe some sexy nightwear to replace your old pj’s.
The Makeover Shower
Everybody, grab out your makeup supplies and help paint the bride’s face! Take plenty of pictures, because you are going to get some funny results while you test out different colors to wear on the wedding day. For the best advice, you might like to bring in an Avon consultant to give some expert tips.
The Alphabet Theme
If you have around 26 guests, you can do some fun things by assigning each of them a letter of the alphabet. Ask them to shop around and find a gift that starts with the letter you have given them. At the party, ask all your guests to name an attribute of marriage that starts with that letter. See what they come up with for letters like Z or Q!
Bring Your Favorite Memories
For a really memorable occasion, have guests bring a gift or memento that relates to a special memory they share with the bride. A variation of this to get everyone to make up a scrapbook page, then compile all the pages into a book to be presented to her at the shower. It makes for a great conversation starter, with everyone relating different stories about the bride.
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