My cousin is getting married this year, and on Saturday I had the pleasure of toasting the bride-to-be at a bridal shower in her honor. Hosted at a restaurant, the venue was perfect for a ladies luncheon with a few games and great wine.
If you're looking to host a similar event, here are a few tips:
- DO consider having your event at a restaurant. It makes the party feel extra-special, and you'd be surprised at how affordable it can be! Make a phone call to some of your favorite local spots to see if they have a private room that will accommodate your crowd. The bonus of having your party at a restaurant? YOU don't have to do the cooking and cleaning!
- DON'T invite guests who haven't been invited to the wedding (Exception: if the bride and groom are having a very small destination wedding, you may want to invite some people who were not on the guest list).
- DO plan a few games. They don't have to be overly cheesy, but it will allow your guests to interact and mingle. Plus, a game like Registry Bingo can help the gift-unwrapping go a little faster.
- DON'T be afraid to combine the bridal shower with the bachelorette weekend. Out-of-town guests will appreciate the opportunity to participate without having to make multiple trips.
- DO plan ahead. Invitations need to go out 4-6 weeks in advance, the menu will need to be set prior to the date, and you'll want to prep any games and decor the week-of so that you're not stressing on the day of the event.
- DON'T feel the need to go over the top with your decor. If you have a budget, keep it simple. Candles are great for providing ambiance, and you can pick up fresh flowers the day of to create some beautiful DIY centerpieces. For my cousin's shower, we borrowed gold trees from a friend and used them to create the centerpieces in an already-beautiful space.