Great Bridal Showers

“Sunday” Theme

“Sweet Treats” Glass Sundae Candle in Ice Cream Parlor Gift Box (Set of Four)

Everyone loves to sit and talk about something, whether it’s about their job or whether they’re reminiscing of the past, especially when there’s a shower….and you know everyone loves to have goodies as they do this, such as coffee with cake or ice cream. Have you ever thought about a “Sunday” shower? It’s a shower with a sweet twist…

Have a bridal shower outside with your normal opening of the presents but instead of having normal games such as “Who knows the bride the best?”, why not add a “make your own Sunday” section to the shower….have a Chocolate fountain, fondue, chocolate covered strawberries, things like that at the shower.

In one section of the party, add in a place for the guest to make their own sundaes…you could give out prizes for “Best tasting”, “Best looking”, “Best presentation”, whatever you want…guest love things like this. The prizes could be photo ops, gift cards, or you could buy gifts for prizes.

It’s a nice way for everyone to do something together, have a wonderful time, and have something to eat along with good conversations.

Old Lace Tea Party Theme

White Hand Pearled Alecon Lace Guest Book and Pen Set

Tea parties have changed over the past several years…in the days of the 1800’s women wore long lacy dresses, beautiful bright jewels, and showy hats…the tea parties of today are nothing like they were then, so why not recreate the tea parties of the olden days by hosting an “Old Lace” party.

Get your guest excited about this shower by sending Victorian-style invitations wrapped in a lace handkerchief modeled after the calling cards of 1800s society…a simple white card with the affianced’s name in gold on one side and a handwritten request in fountain pen on the reverse. Make the message concise and alluring but convince the recipient to come to a formal tea in old lace at a date and time and location given. Request everyone bring a copy of a wedding photo from their parents or grandparents as a gift for the bride.

If this is a secret surprise, say so, and ask the ladies to leave things behind that might break the illusion, like cell phones, pets, or children, if possible. The hostess should include her name and number and an offer to answer additional questions by phone.

The basic plan for the party is for the group to sit around large tables talking and laughing while having a fancy tea party with friends and family. Pick a nice space for the event and decorate it with all the grandmotherly formal niceties you can think of… lace tablecloths, fancy napkins, nice centerpiece, china, silver, and crystal. It could be a provincial English High Tea, a hearty Scottish tea, a precise Japanese tea ceremony or even a coffee klatch….you can have biscuit cookies, little cakes and fresh fruits at the party…if you need kitchen helpers, costume them as the assistant/butler/maid and ask that they stay in role for the entire party.

Incorporate low-volume music appropriate to the mood and fresh flowers and prepare a small memento for the guests. Buy a flowery scrapbook to display engagement announcements and letters of congrats to the bride, setting aside a section for a guestbook of the event and another for the thank you notes expected afterward. Add additional pages ahead of time if you have relevant pictures or souvenirs, or just create chapters in this book of love like “First Date” or “The Proposal.”

There are many variations to this type of shower that you can do, but whatever you decide you will feel as if you were living during the 1800’s.

Midwest Bridal Shower Theme

Cowboy Boot Place Card Holders (Set of 3)

Wished you lived in the Midwest? Do pictures of the Great Lakes relax you? Do you like natural settings? How about a Midwest theme?

Invitations could have Great Lakes and Prairie motifs, complete with white pine, cattails, and whitetail deer flora and fauna with the font on the invitations reflecting the ‘Bread Basket of the World’ moniker of the Midwest… special winter invitations for the winter weddings would include deep snow, ice skaters, and falling snow. The room could be decorated with corn shucks, Great Lakes fish nets, maple leaves, and white pine boughs.

Dessert could be whipped cream and Jello with plenty of Midwestern fruit like apples, pears, blueberries and grapes. The napkins would be textured burlap, in the bride’s favorite color…if possible, have the plates and silverware the same color too.

The party games could reflect the curious yet laid back character of the Midwest…playing an updated pin the tail on the favorite pet of the bride to be could be the party starter with a red bandanna as the blindfold.

Party favors for guest could be white pine seedlings, zucchini seeds, and some Hershey’s kisses, which are all favorite Midwest products…also, you could have small potpourri sachets in pine and maple scents that would have a ribbon in the bride’s favorite color or colors.

You’ll forget you’re at a bridal shower with this theme…you’ll think you’re at a Midwest barbecue with all your friends and family.

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