How To Host A Great Bridal Shower

When most girls think of attending a bridal shower, they sort of cringe. They imagine eating wilted salads and drinking lemonade, prattling on about boring topics. Everyone stares while the bride opens box after box filled with pots, spatulas, and slightly risqué lingerie. Once the pastel colored bows have filled up a paper plate large enough to make a hat for her, there is a trivia game and everyone goes home. It is all very old-fashioned and not usually all that much fun unless you are the bride’s 84 year old aunt. If you are are the host of an upcoming shower, there are plenty of ways to make it modern and fun. You can focus on three major areas of the shower to create something that has some traditional elements, but also comes over as modern and chic. Create a menu that features foods that are more popular today. For a lunch time shower serve loose leaf tea or organic black tea. You can incorporate tradition with a modern twist and add finger foods with a modern twist, or choose the bride’s casual favorites and serve bar food or veggies. You can really mix up the menu to create something unique and personalized, but still has a bridal shower quality to it.

Next, make sure you schedule activities that are fun for all. You can still gather around the bride to open gifts, but create a basket of bows instead of making a hat. Encourage guests to give the bride a themed gift. Many brides today are either living on their own in their own homes or sharing a space with their fiancé. They will already have towels and crockery, but may need some help with a particular product or event. For instance, there are honeymoon registries that allow guests to give donations to the honeymoon. This way, the trip of their life can be had shortly after their marriage.

Finally, add a modern twist to the guest list by inviting men. Many of today’s showers are co-ed. It may be similar to the engagement party, but it is a great way to celebrate the happy couple. No one is excluded and there is fun for everyone. This might be fun if the wedding is going to be very formal. The shower is a casual chance to celebrate. You could still play a few games or have an outdoor barbecue. Determine how many people will be attending and make your decisions based on the guest list. There are many ways to create a fun, modern bridal shower.

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