Gift Basket Shower:
Have each guest bring a basket, box or container
filled with imaginative goodies for a designed area of the home. This
allows the guest to be creative in their selection of items for the
bride and groom. It is a good idea to have the guest "label"
the theme of her basket with a little card enclosed listing all of the
items in the basket. This will also be very helpful when it is time
for the bride to send her thank you notes. (examples of basket fillers:
laundry basket filled with clothes pins, fabric softeners, soap, bleach....
or a picnic basket filled with items used for a picnic.) Use your imagination.
home should have a well stocked kitchen to help things run smoothly.
Present each guest with a magnet as a party favor. Wear an apron during
the entire party and give one to the bride to wear. Have each guest
bring an item that could help to stock the bride to be's kitchen. (examples
might be, cookie sheets, egg slicer, carving board, ice cream scoop,
salad bowls, measuring spoons)
Lace and frills or whatever the brides taste in
lingerie is, set the atmosphere to her style. This could be done as
a "kidnap the bride" party when you have it first thing in
the morning and all the guests should arrive in their own night clothes.
Or make it a pajama party. Here are some ideas for gifts: teddies,
slips, slippers, robe, bras, panties, jewelry bag for traveling, sachets.
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This type of shower is done usually in the mornings
however it can be adapted to anytime of day. Have each guest prepare
the dough for her favorite cookie recipe and bring it to the shower
on a cookie sheet ready to pop into the oven. (don't forget to have
them bring their recipe on an index card or print out several copies)
Then as each batch of cookies are done, sample each one along with a
suitable beverage. Since each batch takes about 12 minutes this will
be just enough time to marvel on the flavor of each persons cookie recipe.
Tie in gifts with this theme and have the guests give baking sheets,
muffin pans, cookie cutters, etc.
My Valentine Shower:
can be more romantic than a Valentines Day wedding? You can play this
one up since you will have no trouble finding decorations. Stress the
romance and sentiments of love and have the guests bring something that
is romantic. Perhaps some candles and wine or champagne with some wine
glasses, or sparkling cider for the bride and groom that do not drink.
Give the dishes to be served cutesy names like.. pretzels can be love
knots, or a casserole can be a love pot. Have heart shaped cake for
dessert. For the invitations consider stocking up on children's valentine
and using them. More gift ideas could be.. certificate for dinner for
two at a local restaurant. You get the idea.
It is easy to think of various foods (eggrolls,
sushi, taquitos, etc.) and, as far as gifts, each guest can be assigned
a country & then buys the bride a gift reflecting that country.
For example, Italy might buy a pasta maker, pizza stone & cutter,
or an Italian cookbook; England might buy a set of teacups, etc. Submitted
by: Amanda Maynard
Each guest was asked to bring an unusual can good
for the bride and groom (lima beans, etc). The hostess had a basket
prepared for the can goods and as each guest put the can good in the
basket the hostess removed the label. The blank can goods were then
given to the bride and groom. They were sure to have some unusual "first
dinners"! (thank you Kerry
Yawn for submitting this theme idea)
is where everyone gets to prepare their favorite dish and bring the
recipe on an index card for the bride. Have each guest write out the
recipe and the list of ingredients and the rest of the instructions.
The gift that the guest brings should have something to do with the
prepared dish. (Blueberry muffins, perhaps you could wrap up two muffin
pans with an oversized kitchen towel: Lasagna, give the serving dish
to the bride with a serving spoon.)
the Clock Shower:
very traditional type of shower where you assign each guest a time of
day on the invitation and informed that the gift that they choose should
correspond to that time. Instruct the guest to write the time of day
on the outside of the package somewhere so that when it is time to open
the gifts, they can be opened from morning time to night time.
it or not, in some places friends and families have opted to forgo the
stag/bachelorette parties simply because they are opting for more practical
things. Hardware stores are gold mines of widgets and gadgets that everyone
always needs and never gets as a gift. This is the simplest of showers
since the type of things you buy are scissors , batteries, lamps, flashlights,
brooms, hammers, nails. You get the idea. Have the guest bring the gift
in the original bad with the hardware logo on it and tie it with a pretty
This type of shower can be given for the bride
to be in a spiritual setting, service group, or any other group that
meets regularly. The idea is to give the bride a tangible, lasting,
from the heart gift. Have each invited guest make a quilt square at
home and bring it to the shower where the entire quilt will be completed.
Each square should be accompanied by an album of short notes explaining
the significance of each piece and the best wishes and signature of
the giver. During the shower the quilt is stitched together over good
conversation. It would be best to tie together a theme for the quilt
such as "flowers, antiques, what is love". It is a good idea
to have everyone try to decide on the theme though.You should begin
planning this type of party well in advance since it takes quite awhile
to put a quilt together.
Everyone is instructed to bring one ornament for
the couple's first Christmas tree. You can buy single ornaments at many
places now and the are usually not very expensive. This also lets you
hold a traditional bridal shower at a later date, but this is a great
way to have a shower the the bride and groom during the holidays
(thank you Virginia Floyd
for this great idea!)
In one of my planners when I was getting ready
for my own wedding. This shower each guest brings a tea cup that they
feel expresses their own personality. This is a fun intimate shower
which can be altered to Coffee Mugs, depending on the brides preference.
After the shower, the bride has a unique collection to remind her forever
of her closest friends. (what a lovely idea for a shower! Thank you
(aside from the list above here are some other ideas - more to come)
My husband and I recently went to a shower for
some friends of ours with the "Stock the Bar" theme. They received not
only beer, wine, after dinner cordials, and alcoholic mixers, but also
bar accessories such as wine racks, snifters, martini glasses, and drink
recipes. I was in the evening so as to make it a bit social also.
2 games we played focused on the bride and groom only. Each of them
had been video taped separately with various questions and when the
tape was played at the shower, each had to guess what the other had
said before the answer was to be revealed on the tape. It was a rough
version of the Newlywed Game almost. My husband and I thought of a different
twist on this game to include all of the guests present. For a shower
we're giving next October we plan on sending out various questions to
the guests invited, including the bride and groom, and have them return
the responses to us. At the shower we will present the questions to
our honored guests in multiple choice form and each much choose the
correct answer for the future spouse. We will then reveal which guest
at the shower offered each answer. We feel this will provide more involvement
other game played at the shower we went to recently was for the bride.
She leaves the room and is blind folded. All of the men at the shower
are asked to remove their shoes and socks, for the bride is to grope
the feet of the men to find her future hubby. Some of the comments from
the bride can be hilarious. At the shower I was present for, the bride
chose the wrong set of feet. (A BIG THANK YOU to Stacey
Sinclair for sending this great party theme idea, and games in!)
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