Guest Blog Post By: Shannon Lochwood
While wedding showers are a long-held tradition, they are often times regarded as boring, corny, or drawn out in today’s world. Guests are known to complain about the cheesey games or length of time it takes the bride-to-be to open her gifts in front of the crowd. Luckily, there are simple and fun ways to spice up these affairs, and we have compiled a list of ways to get creative with bridal showers for your benefit below.
Throw a “cookbook shower” - for a bride or couple that loves to cook, this is a fun theme that everyone is bound to love! Guests can gift their favorite cookbooks to the happy couple paired with fun kitchen accessories. To make the shower an all-around yummy affair, turn it into a potluck and ask guests to bring a dish along with the recipe written down for the couple to add to their personal collection.
Have a fondue bar - no one wants to leave a bridal shower hungry, so ditch the light appetizers and give guests what they really want! To stimulate your guests’ taste buds, include a cheese fondue bar or a chocolate one - or even better, both! Be sure to stock up on all the fixings so that your guests can dip, dip, and dip fruits, pretzels, breads, and marshmallows to their hearts content.
Make it tropical - do something outside the norm for your shower and make your guests feel as though they’ve entered a tropical paradise! In an outdoor setting, serve drinks in coconuts, have everyone wear leis, and light some tiki torches. This is a relaxed theme that will have your guests feeling at ease and will make them feel like they’ve escaped on a little getaway. Grass skirts are indeed encouraged in this dress code!
Throw a tea party - give your guests a chance to attend an elegant party! Set each place setting with vintage-inspired teacups, invite your guests to wear pearls, fancy hats, and a sundress, and put out your favorite tea selections for a day to remember. This will be a fun day for the bride-to-be and an unforgettable shower for guests that will leave them feeling anything but bored. Pinkies up!
Make it glamorous - everyone loves to add some sparkle to the aesthetic of a party, so why not add some to your bridal shower for a pop of pizzazz? Use centerpieces that incorporate glitter and sprinkle sparkly confetti on the tables. Use champagne flutes that have glitter adorned bottoms, which guests will love and that can double as favors or a take-home gift.
Have a photo booth - photo booths are a great way to give guests something fun to do during the event and allow them to take home a fun momento, too. You can even make some DIY props for guests to take advantage of in the booth - they are sure to be a hit!
Create a candy bar - everyone loves something sweet to snack on during a party, so why not set up a candy bar during your event? Let your guests fill up their own personal buckets or bags as a take home gift, stocking your candy table with unique and high quality sweets that they will love snacking on. Chocolates, gummy bears, and jelly beans, oh my!
Instill a casual dress code - who says that bridal showers have to be a stuffy event, anyways? Let your guests dress down or even make it a pajama party to ensure everyone is as relaxed as possible. Believe us, your guests will thank you!
There you have it! Your bridal shower doesn’t have to be a snooze for you or your guests. Instead, it can be lively, fun, and a totally unique experience. Make it a memory you’ll cherish and something your friends and family won’t stop talking about by going out on a limb with some of these fresh and fun party ideas.