Thursday, October 28, 2010

10 Tips for Planning a Spectacular Bridal Shower


A bridal shower is a time for the bride-to-be to relax and surround herself with good friends and family. I love to plan and organize parties & showers, especially when it is in honor of someone else! ~wink~ Here are some tips for planning a spectacular Bridal Shower:

1. Choose a theme. Think of things the bride loves, colors for the wedding, etc.
2. Favors There are many ideas out there for cost-effective favors you can make yourself. No time for that? There are also plenty of retail as well as online places to get ready-made favors. Even a simple box of candy will do.
3. Games are optional. You can find lots of ideas online by googling "Bridal Shower Games". Games that can serve as ice breakers for the party are a particularly good idea if a large number of the guests don't already know one another.
4. Invitations! A great place to check out for Bridal Shower Invites is Purple Trail. They have tons of gorgeous & fun designs to choose from. Sometimes I go to a site and can't find exactly what I'm looking for. At Purple Trail you can personalize cards and invitations using the PurpleTrail design center to make them look exactly how you want them to. How cool is that?? You can even download the designs to print at home or print from Purple Trail.

Psstt....For a limited time you can get free shipping on all Bridal Shower invites using the code "freeship" on orders of $50 or more @ Purple Trail!

5. Decorating for the Shower.Oohhh....the fun part! The possibilities are endless! Of course, this goes back to your theme and you can go all out or keep it simple. Either way, have fun w/ it!
6. Choosing a Time. One of my fave shower times is 10 or 10:30am. Brunch foods are so yummy & it is something different! Of course there are afternoon showers that are traditionally for the ladies, evening "girls night out" type showers, and couple showers.
7. Menu. Ahhh, the food. My favorite part. What you will serve will depend on the time of day your shower is. Morning? Brunch muffins, quiche, fruit, etc. would be great. Afternoon? Tea sandwiches, fruit, cake, punch are a few ideas. Evening? Cocktails and appetizers or even a dinner if it's for a small group would be great.
8. Etiquette- The event is usually held within two months of the wedding, up to two weeks before the big day. Don't invite guests to the shower who have not been invited to the wedding. Send out invitations at least 2 weeks before the event.
9. Location Decide whether the shower will be held at a home, a restaurant, or other locale.
10. Thank You Notes Here is a tip I did at a baby shower I hosted that you could do for a bridal shower as well. Get some pretty little thank you notes for the bride. Pass them around and let each guest write their name & address on an envelope so she wouldn't be scrambling for addresses to send thank you notes to.

Hope these tips have helped. Enjoy!! :)

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