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13 Practical Bridal Shower Tips

Bridal Shower Tips

A Bridal Shower is a special occasion but can be overwhelming for the hostess if not properly organized.

shower buffet

Here are a few tips to help keep a bridal shower running smooth:

  • Always set a budget and make every effort not to exceed it.
  • Make sure you have enough help. By asking close family and friends to be involved you can delegate tasks and spread out responsibilities. For example, you could ask a family member to be in charge of games or to bring the party favors. This will help offset costs and stress.
  • Ask the bride if she has any preferences if you are unsure, but keep questions to a minimum. You don’t want to stress the bride by asking her to make more decisions!
  • Decide how many guests you will have. It is important to include RSVP information in your invitation so you have an idea how many guests to expect. Unfortunately providing RSVP information is not full-proof. You will have many people who will respond at the last minute. This is not a big problem unless you are having a sit-down luncheon versus a buffet with scattered seating.
  • If you have a large number of guests, a buffet luncheon might be your best option.  A sit-down brunch is ideal for smaller gatherings.

buffet treats

  • If planning a food buffet, use attractive finger foods disbursed among your main dishes, like the beautiful macarons featured above, which can add to the decor. Also, buffets look best when food is placed at varying heights. Add flowers and greenery for a final touch.
  • When planning the venue location, keep in mind the size and parking capabilities. A backyard is a nice setting if you can accommodate parking.
  • Don’t be restricted by tradition. Morning, afternoon, and early evening showers are all great choices.
  • Set up a gift area that should include comfortable seating for the bride. Leave a pen, notebook or gift tracker (see below), and trash bag under the chair. This will make it convenient when the bride unwraps her gifts. Make sure you designate someone to throw away the wrapping and to keep track of the gifts.


Party Game Tips and Suggestions 

Be careful not to put your guests on the spot. If you wish your guests to say something in front of a crowd, it’s best to prepare them in advance. You will have a multitude of personalities so be considerate of all your guests. It’s best to use games that are non-intrusive or communicate that guests do not have to participate.
Guess How Many? For this bridal shower, they used marshmallows because it was the grooms favorite snack. 

Advice for the Bride-to-be. Allow guests to write inspiring words of advice, encouragement, or quotes for the bride-to-be.  You can provide a white mailbox as a dropbox. Also, consider using journal pages that can be bound into a keepsake for the bride.

He Said She Said. Ask the bride and groom a series of the same questions. Create a game by printing the questions on a piece of paper and have guests guess who said what. Keep it simple and use a silhouette of a man and woman so guests just have to circle the silhouette. If appropriate, point out that the answer could be both!

Hide a tag under a seat that reads “Congratulations” or something similar. The person who sits in the seat receives a prize.

What’s in Your Purse Game? Print a list of at least 25 to 50 items that could be in a purse and hand to guests. Each item receives points. The more common items would receive the least points and more unusual items more points. Whoever receives the most points wins. (i.e. lipstick, moisturizer, notebook, tea bag, screwdriver, picture of your mother-in-law, etc.)

Printable Gift Tracker

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