Throwing a Bridal Shower

If you’re thinking of throwing a bridal shower for a friend or loved one, there are a few things you’ll want to think about.

The guest list: Who do you want to invite? Better yet, who would the bride-to-be want to be there? You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the bride’s relatives and friends. After all, you wouldn’t want to leave out her favorite dear Aunt Agnes, who has remembered every birthday since the day she was born! If you’re throwing a surprise shower, this might be especially difficult. Find a trusted relative and get a complete list of family from them. Or, if you’re a member of the bride’s family, make sure to talk to her friends so you don’t leave out her best buds or favorite co-workers.

Theme: What kind of party do you want to throw? Will it be traditional? Will there be a theme? If so, what? Some great theme ideas include a Hawaiian theme, a tea party (especially charming), or anything that represents who the bride “is” and what she likes.

Food: What will you serve? Will it be a cake and punch shower, a buffet lunch, or an appetizer party? Whatever you decide, stick with one idea. It’ll make planning and preparing much easier. Remember to choose food that you either cater in or purchase, or that you can make ahead of time. That way you can minimize your own stress and enjoy the party, too! After all, you wouldn’t be throwing the shower if you didn’t love the bride-to-be! You don’t want to miss it fussing over the details on the special day.

Games: Is your bride-to-be wild and wacky or shy and subdued? Try games that’ll fit her personality and don’t worry, the guests may need a little prodding, but they’ll play along.

With a little planning, you can throw a fun bridal shower any month of the year.

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