BY MADISON SKAKLE
Throwing a bridal shower can be quite the undertaking, but once you land on a theme or feel of the shower, you can roll with it and create a truly unforgettable experience for the bride-to-be!
Here are several ideas to help you prep for your next bridal shower:
Brunch and Bubbly
Throwing a brunch bridal shower is a great option because brunch food is truly easy, can be made (or picked up) ahead of time and most everyone loves brunch food. Hello, Bacon! Options other than bacon include egg casseroles, mini cinnamon rolls, French toast casserole, fresh fruit kabobs and sausage biscuits. If you really want to add some fun to the day, create a “bubbly” station with different types of champagne and prosecco. People can choose their bubbles and then mix those with an assortment of fruit juices and fresh fruit, or enjoy it straight up! Make sure the bride-to-be has her own special cup that stands out.
Potluck Bridal Shower
A potluck bridal shower is another easy option because the guests help the host with the food! Each guest brings a dish and also brings the recipe printed out on a cute recipe card. The host should provide each guest with a recipe card included in the invitation to keep it consistent and chic. Brides will love this because each guest is showing his or her love by bringing a favorite dish and sharing the recipe, too! If you’re the host, find out what each guest is bringing ahead of time, so you can make sure there are no duplicates.
A wine-tasting bridal shower is a really fun experience! As the host, do research online for wines that are good to taste and what foods they pair well with. Purchase small, plastic tasting glasses (or small shot glasses) at your local party store, and ask the guests to vote at the end on what wine was their favorite. Get everyone to write their names down on a sheet of paper and, at the end of the bridal shower, draw a name or two to win a bottle of the winning wine!
Honeymoon Bridal Shower
Whatever country or destination the couple is headed to for the honeymoon inspires the theme for this shower! Guests can bring gifts that can be enjoyed on the honeymoon or to prep for the honeymoon. Examples are massages, dinners at the honeymoon resort and gift certificates. For food and decorations at the shower, have fun with the destination. If the bride and groom are headed to Paris, have croissants and Brie as part of the food spread. Or, if they are headed to Mexico, serve mini-tacos and margaritas and get the bride and groom to wear sombreros.
Cooking Class Bridal Shower
Contact your local kitchen store to see if they offer cooking classes or private events, and host the bridal shower there. It’s always fun to include an activity at a bridal shower because sometimes guests can get bored watching the bride open up gifts. Guests can bring kitchen gadgets and all items on her kitchen registry to this shower.
If you’re hosting a bridal shower for a friend who really does not want any gifts, think about offering to host a charity bridal shower. Instead of bringing gifts to the party, guests can donate to the bride and groom’s charity of choice. That way, the party isn’t centered on gifts but instead on the cause of the charity. Encourage the bride or groom to inform the guests of what this charity means to them.