Friday, February 22, 2013

What Do You Do at a Bridal Shower?

When I receive an invitation to a wedding shower, I sometimes experience a sense of dread about attending. All too often, wedding showers end up being nothing more than a meal and some cake, a couple of awkward games, and acting as a spectator while the bride opens her mountain of gifts. To be fair, the point of the shower is for the bride to receive presents, but that doesn’t mean the experience has to be a drag for the guests! If you are planning a wedding shower, consider spicing things up a little with these twists and activities.

Make the wedding shower meal interactive

Get the wedding shower guests involved in a customizable meal. Hold the wedding shower during the brunch hour and offer a build-your-own Belgian waffle bar. If you have access to an oven, have the wedding shower guests put together their own calzones or personal pizzas and serve them fresh out of the oven. You could even offer a make-your-own cocktail (or mocktail) bar and host a contest – the bride’s favorite recipe will become the featured drink at the wedding.

Get wedding shower guests involved in an art project

As wedding shower guests watch the bride open her gifts, ask them to work on a group art project. Provide felt squares and fabric paint and ask the guests to decorate a quilt for the bride. Give each table a page of a calendar or scrapbook and ask them to fill it with their favorite inspirational quotes, wedding advice, memories with the bride, and photographs. If you’re not particularly artsy, invite a local business to facilitate a craft project such as jewelry making or knitting – make-your-own favor!

Get creative with your wedding shower games

Rather than playing BINGO or the purse scavenger hunt, try to get creative when planning your wedding shower games. In this post, I suggest some wedding shower games that will be sure to give your wedding shower guests a laugh. Alternatively, team guests up for a contest such as a taste testing or bake-off. Take it one step further and host a themed shower such as a casino night, mystery dinner theater, or improvisational comedy show. These ideas might get guests a little more involved than your average wedding shower, but your unique party will keep them entertained and build memories that will last long after the cake is gone!

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