Great Bridal Showers

Arabian Nights Theme

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You close your eyes and hear the music…thump thump thump from the sound of the drum…you hear the sweet sound of a lute and the slight sound of finger cymbals. You open your eyes and you see beautiful colored fabrics surrounding you and the dancing of belly dancers. You swear you’re in Arabia but you’re not…you’re at your bridal shower. If this seems too good to be true, it’s not with an Arabian Nights theme…

Invitations for this theme are bright colors, such as fuchsia, gold, and burnt orange…you could have simple invitations in the colors described or you could go fancy and use a scroll as an invitation. You can decorate with silk drapes, sheer curtains, and hanging lanterns…you want a bohemian, in another country feel to the room.

Food could be traditional items found at a shower…finger sandwiches, veggies, fruit, cakes, etc. or you could have Arabian food, such as Kabsa (meat mixed with rice), Arabic bread, and Ataif (small pancakes filled with nuts or cheese and doused with syrup). Games could be played, such as bingo and stump the bride…for entertainment, you could have a belly dancer and after the performance, the belly dancer teaches the bride to be and guest how to belly dance.

If you enjoy the colors, dance, and atmosphere of Arabia and have always wanted to go, then try this theme.

“First Year Of Marriage” Theme

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Marriage is a big step in one’s life…moving from girlfriend and boyfriend to husband and wife. The first year of marriage is a nice one for newlyweds, as everything seems new and fresh…want to have a shower that the couple will always remember? Then have a “First Year of Marriage” theme. The basis of this theme is for the couple to have a gift for each month of the year.

You don’t have to have extravagant invitations for this theme…a simple white invitation will work or if you want, you can have the invitations in the color(s) of the wedding. In the invitation, give each guest a specific month; if you know there will be more than twelve guest at the shower, try to get the gift list so there are not any duplicate gifts (if the bride to be has a wish list, this will work even better).

Decorations can be simple or if you want to do something more, then do so…flowers and balloons will work or if you could decorate with something from each month to set the theme, that would be even better. Food can be finger sandwiches, meat, cheese, and veggie trays, some cookies, etc. If the weather is nice and you can have your shower outside, you could barbeque or you could have your food catered. If possible, have a cake made into a calendar to represent the first year of marriage.

Games of all sorts could be played at this theme…you could have the bride guess how old the groom was when he did certain things (i.e. ride a bike, first kiss, tied his shoes, etc.). For party favors, you could give each guest a small gift for the month that they had.

If you want to have a theme that whenever the couple looks at a certain item, they remember where they got it, then try this theme.

“Paper Doll” Theme

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Do you remember playing with paper dolls when you were a kid? You know, the dolls that you cut out from magazines that had different outfits, such as a wedding dress, summer outfit, fall clothes, etc…Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a paper doll and have other people dress you up? Well now you don’t have to wonder with a “Paper Doll” theme.

Since this theme revolves around paper, so should your invitations of course…if it’s possible, handcraft your invitations with cut outs of paper dolls. If you can’t do this, then regular invitations will be okay (if you can find some with a picture of a doll or silhouette of a woman on them would be great). For decorations, have all types of paper products…paper streamers, bells, machete, anything you can think of that’s made out of paper (don’t forget the plates and napkins).

You could have “paper thin” treats, such as crepes, thin mints, lettuce wraps, anything that could be considered “paper thin”. For games, you could have the guest go into teams and have them create the bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses out of shredded paper (the type you can get from offices, banks, etc.) and have the bride wear it.

This theme is creative, different, and fun and that’s what a bridal shower is supposed to be right? Enjoy yours with this theme!

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