Over the past few years I’ve had my go at hosting a handful of bridal showers. Bridal showers are one of those events that can be relatively simple to host if you are organized and you don't have a bridezilla on your hands. On the other hand it can be completely chaotic if not planned well - the bridezilla part, well you can't really do much about that.
Here are my bridal shower FAQ’s to help you plan the best shower ever:
Who should organize the shower?
· Typically the bridal shower is organized by a bridesmaid(s), close friends, or family members of the bride.
· If it is an informal shower the host should generally pick up all the costs. For a more elaborate shower the bridesmaids or family members might split the cost, but this should be decided in advance.
· Unless it is a surprise, involve the bride by:
o Getting her guest list to ensure you don’t leave anyone important out
o Figuring out a theme for the party- she might have one in mind
o Ask her to create a gift registry
Where the shower should be held?
· The bridal shower can be held at the host’s home, an intimate event space, or a cute café/restaurant.
· If the guest list is more than 20, I would consider hosting it at an event space.
What should I do for décor?
· If there is a theme – stay on theme with the décor.
· Before you go out and buy décor, see what you already have around the house. Also ask around to see what types of supplies the other ladies helping you plan can bring. Dividing and conquering is the best when it comes to décor.
· Find a local supplier who rents out foldable tables and chairs – this can really make all the difference, especially for a shower that is being hosted in the backyard.
· Helium number and letter balloons are always a good idea.
· If you are a DIY queen then this is your time to shine. All those Pinterest crafty projects you have saved up, bridal showers are a great place for DIY décor. Check out my DIY paper flowers below:
· It's also a good idea to have some kind of photobooth or pretty backdrop guests can take pictures in front of. It can be as simple as draping fabric over this:
What should I do for food?
· If there is a theme – stay on theme with the food selections.
· Assess the time of day you are hosting the shower. If it begins at 11am – breakfast food is fair game as well as a few “filling” lunch items. This may be better because it works out to be cheaper. However, if you are hosting an evening shower, it may require you to serve dinner which can be a lot pricier. So be aware of timing/budget.
· Guest count will also play a big role in the food you serve. I know anytime you Pinterest “Bridal Shower Food” the cutest finger food comes up. The truth is, nicely presented finger foods can be a lot of work if your guest count is more than 20. If it is a big group – buffet style may work best.
· A good tip is to keep it as simple as you can. Have a variety of finger foods – some cost savers like: dips, fruit/veggie trays, and meat and cheese trays. Pick one or two main items to spend the majority of your food budget on.
· You can make the shower a potluck and have every guest bring a dish on theme. Ensure everyone knows what other guests are bringing to avoid duplicates.
· A dessert table is always a good idea.
· I always make a non-alcoholic punch and have a few bottles of white wine/champagne laid out so guests can spike the punch if they wish.
What should I do for party games?
· It’s not a shower without party games. It is definitely the thing I look most forward to when I attend a bridal shower.
· It is a way for guests to get to know each other before the wedding and interact in a fun way.
To wrap things up, if you get asked to host a bridal shower, don't freak out. It is only as complicated as you make it. Keep it simple and stay organized and you will definitely throw a kick-ass bridal shower.