the kind of party you can do best. Accept your time, budget, and equipment
you do decide to have a theme, coordinate your invitations, decorations,
party favors, and food. Create a mood!
your guests with aromatherapy.
you invite guests that know each other or at least one other person,
there will be less pressure on you and the bride.
your supplies way ahead of time. Linen, silver, tables, dishes.
unique party favors. They will be more memorable.
time consuming dinners. Choose a menu with which you are familiar.
and cook ahead of time. Do not wait until the last minute.
you going to give the bride a corsage or flowers? They must be ordered
ahead of time.
out where the bride is going to sit to open her presents. This should
be a place where she can easily see all of her friends and family.
seating that will encourage lively conversation.
serving buffet style, be sure you have enough tables or lap trays.
attention to your guests. Know when they are ready to move on to the
next phase of the party.
not wait until the last minute.
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Shower Survival Guide
ELEVEN EASY STEPS FOR A GREAT SHOWER
Showering the bride with friendship and love is the purpose of a bridal
shower. Use our eleven tips below, and you are on your way to
lovely shower she will remember forever!
Typically, the host of the party is the bride's maid. The bride's
maid and bride work the details together. If it is a surprise shower,
then the bride's family helps out.
The bride's maid is traditionally responsible the expenses. The
bride's family often helps by providing the location and/or invitations.
Determine how much the shower can cost.
Organize your guest list by asking the bride and groom who they
would like to have at the shower. Usually the bride and groom's
mother will have a list of who they would like to invite. Get address,
phone numbers and email addresses. Decide if it will be a "girl's
only" shower or "couples".
Invitations Invitations can range from the casual (a phone call)
to the most formal (printed invitations). You decide what will work
for your shower. Be sure to include all necessary information on
you may feel intimidated about choosing a theme, just consider the
couple. If they have lived together, they may not need a kitchen
shower, but the bride would love pretty lingerie. If they are moving
right after the wedding, cash will allow them to choose what they
Selecting the menu
Although your menu should reflect your theme, the time of day is
as important, as well as the number of guests. Do not try to outdo
the last shower you attended. Make this a day of relaxation for
the bride, her guests, and yourself. Consider the amount of time
and room available for the shower, as well as any special dietary
needs of the bride and her guests.
Choose a location that is easy to get to and will accommodate the
needs of the party. If you are planning a theme, consider matching
the location. Have an idea of how many people you expect before
arranging any final details.
Select the date
The bridal shower is normally around eight weeks before the wedding.
Showers are held on weekends and during the week. Try to make the
time and day convenient for everyone including any out-of-town guests.
Folklore:"marry in July..."
Selecting the time
If most of the guests attending the shower work, then an evening
or weekend shower will probably work best. Consider a weeknight
for a change of pace. This will give everyone a night out, rather
than a weekend day away from their spouses or boyfriends. If the
weekend is the only time that will work for you, try to plan your
shower early enough in the day for all who must travel to attend.
Every fun bridal shower includes at least one game. And don't
forget the prizes!
Make sure as guests arrive, they are introduced to one another.
One way to break the ice is to provide name tags with a small note,
such as, "I attended grammar school with Susie". This is a sure
way to start conversations. Make sure to offer your guests liquid
refreshments and whatever else you have provided. Set the mood with
lighted candles, flowers, and decorations. You want your guests
to enjoy the day (or evening) as much as the guest of honor.
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