This is a guest post authored by Sophia Smith
Hosting a bridal shower can be tricky if you don’t prepare well. You need to determine the key issues such as the venue, date and the type of party. To avoid dull and ordinary bridal parties, you come up with a theme and make it a lot more fun.
Here are some ideas on making memorable bridal showers.
Whether you’re the honorary attendant or a family member, you should start discussing the bridal shower as early as possible. However, just because you’re hosting it doesn’t mean you have to take it all on yourself.
Enlist the other members of the bridal party and even the families of the bride and groom to help out too. Instead of assigning duties, you can ask what each person wants to help with.
A bridal shower can take place anywhere, at your home, a favorite restaurant, a park, or a banquet hall.
Depending on the guest list and the budget, you can also consider meeting rooms in local villages, galleries, or even a historic homes or school houses. These places might be available for an affordable price.
A bridal shower can be held anywhere from six months to the week before a wedding, but it’s best to start early and pick a date way in advance. Depending on where the guests live, take into account that they may need to make travel plans to come. However, if most people live in the area, you have more options.
It’s hard to pick a date that works for everyone, and some of them may not be able to come, but there are at least a few people in the close family and the honor attendant who need to be there, so make a schedule convenient for them.
Even if most of the guests took part in bridal party planning, you should send out invitations. If a lot of guests are out-of-towners, send them out at least two months before; if most people are locals, four to six weeks should be enough. Keep the invitations simple by choosing ready-made cards or opt for an evite service.
However, before you send out invites, do a quick double-check that everyone who’s being invited to the bridal shower is also invited to the wedding to avoid any hurt feelings. Every detail is important, so make sure that guests know where to sit by providing some nicely-designed place cards.
If it’s not a surprise, ask the bride what kind of celebration she wants. She might already have a particular theme in mind. There are plenty of imaginative ideas for themed bridal parties that will make yours the one to remember.
A help in the kitchen
This is suitable for a smaller group of guests who love to eat and are eager to pitch in. Instead of catering, everyone gets involved by bringing favorite dishes along with the recipe for what they bring. Make or buy a cute recipe box to collect the recipes to give to the bride at the end.
Alternatively, you can set a theme for the dishes, like a particular cuisine, such as Mexican, Thai or French.
A pool or beach party
Throw a casual party by the water with everyone wearing their swimsuits and sunglasses. This is ideal for summer heats and playful guests who don’t mind getting their hair wet. Tropical cocktails with bright umbrellas are a must for this type of party.
A tea party
Add a pinch of creativity to a classic tea party by throwing one with a bohemian vibe and colorful lanterns. Encourage guests to wear hats, gloves and bow ties. Have traditional food like teacakes, cucumber sandwiches, and fruit tarts. To avoid things getting dull, introduce blind tea tasting or throw a murder mystery teaparty where everyone plays a role and the bride has to solve the case.
When hosting bridal showers, there are a lot of things to take care of, but the right theme can make a party standout. Use these tips to make a perfect party everyone will remember.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and wedding decor. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.