Best Baby Shower Ideas For A Brilliant Baby Bash


A baby shower is one of the most thrilling parties that a mother-to-be will ever have!  The excitement is mounting for the imminent birth of a precious life into the world. My goal is to give you some great tips and considerations for throwing a super successful baby shower!

First, consider the expectant mother’s feelings in your planning – This is a very emotional time for the mother-to-be. She will be feeling elated, excited, anxious, or exhausted…moods subject to change at a moment’s notice! With that in mind, decide what type of shower to host. Select a theme with baby shower table decorations to start your planning and baby shower party supplies. It is perfectly acceptable to include the father-to-be and his friends. Make sure the baby shower activities planned are a blend for all invited, and most of all, comfortable for the guest of honor.

When to hold the baby shower? The choice between a “pre-birth” baby shower (generally best if held before the 8th month) or a “post-birth” baby shower (4 to 6 weeks after the blessed event) should be left to the guest of honor. Where there is a history of complications or if an adoption is involved, it is most appropriate to have the shower after the baby’s birth. A post-birth baby shower party also allows the guests to “shower” the new bundle of joy with love!

Who should host the baby shower party? A good friend, sister or sister-in-law is an appropriate host for a baby shower.

Who to invite? Create a baby shower party guest list. Check with the mother-to-be to see if she wants to invite family, friends and co-workers. She may want to keep this a “family and friends” only affair if she will be having a baby shower party at work as well. Send out baby shower party invitations at least 4 weeks in advance of the shower…in keeping with the theme of course! Once everyone is at the party, assign one or two responsible guests to help with the gifts. Your guest-of-honor will need help unwrapping her baby shower gifts, so be sure to have someone at her side with a garbage bag ready. Assign another baby shower guest to record the gifts so the mother-to-be can send her baby shower thank you notes after the baby shower party.

What to serve at a baby shower? Feel free to serve anything that suits your baby shower party theme and budget. Cake and punch, a hardy meal, an elegant catered offering, a potluck plethora, finger foods and munchies…the choice is yours! For a couple’s baby shower party, serve heartier fare–perhaps a brunch (check out my breakfast Shindigz Party recipes). If you choose to serve a full, sit-down meal, be sure to limit the number of baby shower guests to the amount you can seat comfortably around tables. It’s no fun to balance a full plate on your lap! For a “cutesy” touch, serve little “Twinkie booties” on baby shower tableware. You will need 1½ Twinkies per guest bootie. Place one Twinkie on a baby shower tableware plate and secure the second piece with a frosting color that matches your baby shower table decorations. Attach the half Twinkie to the back of the first one. Using a small decorator star tip, fill the bootie with frosting stars. Using a small writing tip, pipe a contrasting bow on the front of the bootie and outline the entire bootie. Serve them on baby shower tableware dessert plates. If you choose to serve a more traditional cake, use them as adorable cake toppers. You can easily accessorize these “Twinkie booties” with our baby shower deco set found with our other baby shower tableware products. Be aware of diet restrictions of the mother-to-be and the rest of the baby shower party guests. Check with the mother-to-be to see if she has any allergies, or is unable to eat certain foods during her pregnancy. If you do plan to serve alcohol, be sure to inform all guests (especially if it is in a punch and not clearly identifiable). Have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available, as well as caffeine-free drinks for the mother-to-be.

How should a baby shower be decorated and what about gifts? Use gifts and party favors for the baby as decorative pieces. Teething rings or pacifiers can be used as napkin rings, and baby bottles make perfect serving pieces for nuts and candy…the baby shower guest of honor will be delighted! Group gifts such as a treasury of best-loved books with a personalized bookcase, a basket filled to the brim with much-needed items that a new mom might not know about, a baby stroller, a highchair, or a giant stuffed animal from FAO Schwartz™ make wonderful group gifts. Engraved calling cards, baby blankets, a supply of baby diapers, or baby clothing would also be appreciated.

Don’t Forget Dad—Have a Couple’s Shower!

  • Baby shower games should incorporate diapers. Give each couple a baby-sized doll, a cloth diaper, two diaper pins, and a watch with a second hand. The objective of this baby shower activity is to see which couple can diaper the doll the fastest with each person only able to use one hand. The fastest couple wins one of the prizes used for your baby shower games. As a variation on this game, and what will probably be the hardest of all of your baby shower activities, is to have the couples try to assemble a port-a-crib instead of diapering a doll.
  • Some baby shower party games can use items that can be given to the mom-to-be after the baby shower. For example, give the mom-to-be the baby bottles used for this most creative of all baby shower games activity. Give each guest a baby bottle filled with juice. The first to finish their bottle of juice drinking through the nipple wins. After all of the baby shower games are over the bottles can be sterilized and given to the new baby!

With ideas like these, the mother-to-be and new bundle of joy will be showered from head to toe and love every minute of it!

Bridal Shower Favors, Activities, & Games


Bridal Shower Favors

Most hostesses wish to provide all of the bridal shower guests with a small bridal shower favor for attending and honoring the bride. We offer a couple of choices for simple yet special wedding shower favors that make a perfect way of saying, “Thank you”.

  • Our Personalized Bubbles are adorable and a great reminder of the upcoming special day!
  • Fill frosted boxes with small candies in the colors of the wedding. These favors look great on the table at each place setting. You can attach a small card with the guest’s names on each one and use them as placecards for assigned seating if desired.
  • Give your guests a nice scrapbook to record all their memories of the shower and the wedding.
  • Another bridal shower favor idea that serves as a very nice keepsake and place to store precious memories are keepsake boxes. Your guests will be thrilled with these simple yet elegant boxes.

Bridal Shower Party Activities & Games

Play the Bridal Shower Game

  • A fun game that allows your guests to become familiar with the groom as well as the bride, is the “How Well Do You Know The Bride” game. Here’s how you play: Before the day of the shower, ask the groom several questions about the bride. For example, “What is her favorite flower?” or “What is her dream date?” Videotape his answers to each of the questions. At the shower, ask the same series of questions to the guests and have them write down their answers. After all the questions have been answered, ask each one to the bride and have her give her answer. Next play the videotape of her fiancee’s answers – just for fun. The one that gets the most answers right wins! Not only is this a fun way to include the groom, you learn more about the guest of honor!
  • Playing “Bridal Gift Bingo” ensures that the guests will pay close attention to the gifts as they are opened! Before the bride opens any presents, have each guest create their own bingo card (to make it easier, print up blank cards before hand for them). They must fill in each square with a shower gift that the bride might open that day. For example, one box would be bath towels, another box might be pots and pans. As the bride opens her presents, the guests can mark off a box if they wrote down that particular item. The first person to get bingo wins!
  • For this “Think Fast” game, everyone sits in a circle. The bride begins the game by throwing a garter to someone. While attempting to catch it, she must name something found in the wedding ceremony (i.e. flowers, alter, camera). Once the garter is caught, it is quickly tossed to someone else who must name something. If she cannot answer quickly enough, that person is out of the game. Play until one person is left!
  • “The Mystery Spice Game” is always fun. Before the shower, take the labels off of 10 spice jars and number them. Pass the spices around and have the guests guess what they are by sight and smell – but no tasting! The guest with the most correct answers wins!
  • For a funny yet meaningful moment, play “Name That Advice”. Go around the room and have the guests give the bride a piece of advice on marriage. The fun part of this is that the advice must be something that starts with the first letter of their name. For example, Jodi could tell the bride that “Jell-O is easy to make for a quick meal!”, or Laura could tell the bride to “Love him every moment”. At the end of this game, you could, as a group, award the bride with wedding favors.
  • This game works best if the attendees are good friends or all relatives. It brings a little embarrassment and lots of laughs! First, pass out 10 pieces of candy to each person. The object of this game is the keep your candy while making everyone else eat theirs! The guest of honor starts by stating something true about herself. For example, “I never dated two guys at the same time”. Any one that has done that must eat a piece of their candy. The game continues to the next player who makes a true statement about herself. After everyone has had a turn, the person with the most candy left wins.

Couple’s Shower Party Activities

Playing some games (no matter how silly they seem) will really liven up any shower. Here are some tried-and-true hits to really keep things going during your party!

  • Play the newlywed game! You’ll need four couples to play this game. The men leave the room and women are asked questions. (For instance, who is his favorite sports player? Who is her favorite male movie star? What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to him/her?) Be sure to record all of their answers! The men are brought back in and asked the same questions. Then reverse the whole process and have the women leave. The couple with the most matched answers wins!
  • For this “Ring Toss” game, choose as many couples that want to play. One person sits in a chair and holds a wooden spoon in their mouth with the handle sticking out. The partner stands 6-8 feet away and tosses 10 large rings, one at a time, attempting to hook them on their partner’s spoon. The person with the spoon can help to catch it by maneuvering their head, but cannot get out of the chair. The couple with the most rings wins!
  • See how many guests know their partners with this fun game! Hang a clothesline across your room and place a couple of sheets over it. Have the men stand behind the sheets, exposing their legs and feet only. The women need to identify their partner by his legs only. They must stand in front of the legs that she believes are her partners. When the sheets are removed, the prizes go to the women that were correct. You would be surprised by how many women cannot identify their partner’s legs!
  • Ask trivia questions about the bride and groom throughout the party — how they first met, color of their eyes, first date, likes, dislikes, etc. Give out small prizes for correct answers, or the person with the most correct answers wins.
  • Take a kitchen junk drawer and ask a specific person to walk around the room with it, allowing each guest to view the contents only for a few seconds (don’t tell them why they are looking at it). Then take the drawer away, pass out paper and have each person right down all the contents that they could remember. The person with the most correct wins. Or, you can add a twist to this and have the person that has passed the drawer around leave the room with the drawer. Then ask your guests to describe the person that was holding the drawer instead of the contents. This will really throw everyone off!
  • Host a karaoke competition! Have each person write down two famous songs about love or marriage on a piece of paper and put in a basket. Then have each person pick a slip and sing as much of the song as he or she can remember.
  • Create your own “Mad Lib” story by writing a story that tells the couple’s history as well as predicts the future. Leave out all of the important information and then, before reading it, ask the bride and groom to fill in the blanks. Remember, you ask them for an action, number, or noun for each of the blanks but they don’t know the sentence. When you read the story out loud (with the blanks filled in) it is hilariously funny!
  • Have each couple write something significant about themselves and the bride or groom. The bride then has to read each slip of paper and guess which couple wrote it.

 Share your favorite bridal shower games and activities.

Corporate Invite-Only Parties Need Not Be Boring!


Corporate invite-only parties are a perfect way to entice other businesses to use your services at conventions or local soirees, but they don’t have to be boring! The best way you can persuade another company to use your services is to choose a party theme to jazz things up. Your employees and attendees will feel relaxed and enjoy themselves while mingling for business. I’ve included several corporate event ideas that will have business eating out of the palm of your hand.

Fifties Party
Start your event with a catered dinner for guests to enjoy. When guests are finished, they will follow the 50s drive-in sign into the next room which has been transformed into their very own sock hop!

Poker Party
Host a poker party so your guests feel like they’re really in Vegas! Whether you choose a formal dinner, a buffet, or cocktails to be served to your guests, I’ll bet they have a blast!

You can create the perfect theme party that fits your company’s style, genre, or product type. When you have fun & get creative, your business guests will be so pleased to mix business with a little pleasure!

Your Wedding Shower Planning Guide


 

Shower the Bride & Groom

Traditionally, wedding showers followed a predictable pattern in nearly all situations. Today, although some broad rules still apply, there is much more flexibility and room for creativity in hosting a bridal shower. The most important thought to keep in mind is that the purpose of having the party is to “shower” the bride or the couple with affection and a show of support for their decision to marry, and to provide them with thoughtful gifts.

Typically, the maid or matron of honor or other good friends of the bride or groom host the shower. It is also perfectly appropriate for anyone with a strong connection to the guest of honor (for example, the best friend of the mother of the bride), a co-worker, or a family member (aunt, cousin, etc.) to host the bridal shower. Historically, close relatives, such as the mother of the bride or siblings would not host a shower. However, there are some parts of the country where that has become an acceptable custom. It is also perfectly acceptable for the mother of the bride to open her home to be used as the location for the bridal shower, to involve the families of the bride and groom in the planning, and to accept offers of help with food/activities/etc.

Many brides/couples are fortunate enough to have several different circles of people who want to host a shower for them…attendants, church friends, co-workers, groom’s out-of-town relatives, old family friends. While there is no limit to the number of showers that can be held for a couple, it is most considerate not to invite any guest, with the exception of immediate family, to more than one bridal shower.

Another increasingly popular option in hosting wedding or bridal showers today is to throw the party with a co-host or a group of co-hosts. The advantages to sharing the responsibilities include:

  • Share the expenses…much easier on the budget. Purchase a bigger gift for the bride, or make the shower unforgettably spectacular with favors, great decorations and wonderful food!
  • More options for the party location.
  • Time saving for everyone with responsibilities divided equally.

Wedding Shower Location

Traditionally, the most popular location for a wedding shower has been the home of the hostess. That remains a popular option for the following reasons:

  • Least expensive option – no rental fees
  • Easy to prepare for if your time is limited (no scouting, negotiating fees, contract signing, etc.)
  • You won’t have to transport your shower goodies (gifts, decorations, favors, etc.) to another location
  • Decorating and cooking can be done in advance
  • Regardless of what the invitation says, whoever’s home the party is held at will receive the majority of thanks for the party.

The following factors have caused some busy hosts to consider alternative locations to their own home:

  • After the party is over, the mess will be yours to contend with
  • Amongst all the other preparations, your home will have to be cleaned and tidied
  • For a few hours, you will need to empty your home of children and pets
  • Guest list may be limited by size considerations
  • Someone else can see to all the fun details (for a fee)

If you are co-hosting a bridal shower, choose the home that will be most practical in terms of convenience for other guests, and space requirements.

For some of the reasons listed above, and also because so many wedding showers are built around a theme today, more and more hosts are choosing alternative locations for their party. Consider one of the following, but don’t blow your budget on the location!

  • A hotel tearoom
  • A favorite restaurant (many have private rooms, and don’t add a surcharge for using them)
  • The home or grounds of the parents of the bride or groom, or a favorite aunt
  • The beach
  • A park
  • A zoo
  • A community center or reception hall
  • A church hall
  • The Country Club
  • An art gallery or museum
  • An athletic facility or field
  • A building on campus at the bride or groom’s Alma Mater
  • A barn (great for a Western theme – complete with bonfire)

Consider the interests, hobbies, honeymoon destination, careers, or family heritage of the bride and/or groom, and tie the theme and location together to honor the couple.

Wedding Shower Planning Timeline

TWO MONTHS PRIOR:

  • Determine a budget, and stick to it
  • Select a date (make sure you clear this with the bride, or the mother of the bride or the groom if the shower is a surprise)
  • Determine location and time (especially critical if your shower will not be held at a home)
  • Select a theme
  • Begin to gather a guest list
  • Make or purchase invitations
  • If co-hosts are involved, meet and divide responsibilities (put everything in writing to avoid overlapping duties or forgetting a key factor)

SIX WEEKS PRIOR:

  • Mail invitations
  • Select a menu (if your event is to be catered, finalize the menu with the caterer)
  • Purchase decorations, paper goods, and favors
  • Order cake from the bakery if you won’t be making one
  • Select a shower gift for the bride

ONE/TWO WEEKS PRIOR:

  • Start purchasing non-perishable food/beverage items
  • Confirm the caterer, cake, florist, photographer, location, etc. (These confirmation calls will help you avoid last minute panic!)
  • Make calls to guests who have not RSVP’d yet
  • Select games/activities and gather the tools/props/copies you’ll need, along with prizes for the winners

THE DAY BEFORE THE BRIDAL SHOWER:

  • Decorate as much as possible (including the gift table and a special chair for the bride)
  • Prepare as much of the food as possible
  • Bake the cake (cover it with clean, damp kitchen towels and it will remain moist and fresh)
  • Purchase perishable food items
  • Make sure that you have plenty of film and fresh batteries in your camera
  • Gather serving dishes and utensils
  • Purchase plenty of ice…plan on one pound per guest
  • Gather pad and pen so that gifts can be documented (this will make preparing “thank you notes” much simpler for the bride)

THE DAY OF THE BRIDAL SHOWER:

Toast to Successful Wedding Shower Planning!

  • Finish decorating (wait till the day of the party to inflate helium filled balloons)
  • Decorate the cake
  • Finish all food preparations
  • Set the tables (paper goods and serving dishes)
  • Clean the guest bathroom, and make sure there is plenty of toilet paper available
  • Simmer pot pourri, light the candles
  • Give yourself plenty of time to dress, apply a little make-up, and relax for a few minutes before guests arrive
  • Start the background music before guests arrive

Wedding Shower Guest List

  • The guest list for a bridal shower typically includes the bridesmaids, close friends of the bride, and family members (both bride and groom’s female relatives). If you are hosting a shower for “work friends”, or a “church” shower, you would not be obligated to include anyone outside that circle of friends. This is especially true if the paths of the different groups of friends do not often cross each other.
  • Today, more and more wedding showers are co-ed events that honor both the bride and the groom. Some people refer to this type of shower as a Jack & Jill Party, and it really is much more like a party than the traditional bridal shower. If you are hosting a co-ed wedding shower, the groomsmen, ushers, friends of the groom, and male family members would also be included. Gifts are still the hi-light of the event, but this is also a fantastic opportunity to gather families and friends together prior to the wedding…the reception will be all the more fun for everyone!
  • How many people should be included? There are no rules as to the number of guests that should be included. The bridal shower hostess really is the one who needs to define the number that she feels comfortable with, and the location and/or budget may be determining factors in the decision.
  • In order to assure that mistakes are not made, consult with the bride about the guest list. If the shower is a surprise party, consult with the mother of the bride, or the honor attendant as to the makeup of the guest list.
  • It is generally considered to be in good taste to include only people who will be invited to the wedding to a bridal shower. There are some exceptions to this rule. If the couple is getting married in the bride’s home state of New York, and they reside in California…invite everyone to the shower held in California…chances are 95% of them wouldn’t make it to the wedding even if they were invited. Other exceptions include: acquaintances or colleagues who might be included in a church or work shower, but who aren’t close enough to be invited to the wedding; if the couple are having a small intimate wedding with only family members; or if the couple has chosen to marry at a location away from their home town (exotic destination weddings have become extremely popular).

 

“Girls Only” Wedding Shower Theme

Shower & Bachelorette Party Ideas & Supplies

Hosting a wedding shower for a special bride is a wonderful way to demonstrate your love, and to show her just how important she is in the lives of those she holds dearest. Not everyone loves huge parties, so consider your guest of honor’s preferences when putting together your guest list. In fact, unless the shower is a surprise, the bride can be called upon for help with the guest list. The party should be as upbeat as possible, and should show the bride that her decision to marry is being supported and celebrated by those she cherishes.

While the traditional bridal shower will never go out of style, it has become increasingly popular to build a shower around a specific theme. We recommend that you center your theme around the bride’s interests, hobbies, passions, hopes and dreams for the future, honeymoon destination, family heritage, occupation or favorite era. To get your creative juices flowing, we have outlined a few theme ideas.  Choose one of the ideas that follow, or come up with something that feels just right to you. After you make your selection, choose invitations, decorations, favors, cake, and games/activities that match your theme.  We’ll be happy to provide you with help on the details!

Host an “Around the House” shower. Each guest is assigned a specific room in a home (it’s okay to duplicate assignments)- bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room, garage, or laundry room.

Gift Certificate Shower:

If the wedding couple already has all the necessities for their home, or has had several showers, host a Gift Certificate Shower. This type of shower is perfect for a second marriage, or a more “mature” bride. Gift certificates can be either “store bought”, or can be for “services” redeemable from the giver of the gift. Gift certificates could be from a sporting goods store, a department or specialty store, a fancy restaurant, a hotel, a spa, a house cleaning service, a professional decorator, dry cleaning certificates, or theatre tickets.

Honeymoon Shower:

Let guests decide what the bride will need for her honeymoon…hopefully she’ll leave the shower with lots of silky, sexy lingerie…fun stockings, teddies, lace panties and bras, and negligee sets. Be sure that the bride approves the theme, or that she is a good sport, and include her size in the invitation. For grandma and straight-laced Aunt Martha, the bride can also use luggage, scented lotions, perfume, or a camera and lots of film. Center your theme around the couple’s honeymoon destination. This theme is a favorite of brides everywhere!

Slumber Party:

If you have been friends with the bride since childhood…relive some of those fun moments by hosting a slumber party bridal shower. Recreate the slumber party of your adolescent days…sleeping bags, nail polish, curlers and home facials, popcorn, midnight pizza, truth or dare, revisiting old crushes and embarrasing moments, and watching her favorite movie from her teen years! Ask guests to bring a gift that the bride can use for her “overnights” with her new husband. For invitations, attach a computer generated or hand written tag to a toothbrush (decorated with Tulip™ paint…little dots or stripes are adorable), a miniature teddy bear, or a satin sleeping mask. Use your imagination! Use curling ribbon, satin ribbon, yarn or pipe cleaners to attach.

Harried Homemaker Shower:

For the beautiful young blushing bride who has every intention of remaining perfectly groomed and perfumed 24 hours a day for her handsome groom, host a harried homemaker shower! This theme is also great for the determined career woman! Encourage guests to arrive dressed in curlers, housecoats or fuzzy bathrobes, shower caps, mudmasks, slippers, or frumpy aprons. Treat guests to cleaning product favors. The bride can leave the shower with all the necessities she will need for becoming the perfect homemaker…cookie sheets, mops, brooms, an iron and ironing board, coffee maker, etc. For a fun themed centerpiece, gather a bouquet of kitchen utensils or toilet bowl brushes and place them in a small cleaning bucket. Send kitchen sponges, scouring pads, wooden spoons, spatulas, or potholders with a tag attached as invitations. Ask each guest to bring along a favorite recipe so that a cookbook/memory book can be assembled for the bride after the party. Take a picture of each “harried homemaker” at the party, and add the photos to the memory book beside each recipe.

Family Treasures Showers:

This shower is intended for family members only. Invite mothers, sisters, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, cousins, aunts, great-aunts, godmothers, etc., on both the bride and groom’s side of the family. The general idea of the party is that each family member will pass a small piece of herself, in the form of a family heirloom, antique or special memento on to the bride as a gift. In addition to the special gifts, send out a card with each invitation that says “You will always be special to our family because…” or “We are so happy you are joining our family because…”. Ask each guest to complete the card, and share a funny or heartwarming story, family legend or tradition, or ways they feel their family has been richly blessed. Request that they bring the completed card on the special day. At a specified time, possibly before you eat, have each person read the message they have prepared. Videotape each guest as they deliver the message to the bride, and then present the guest of honor with the videotape as a memento of the party. She will be moved by the gesture, and you will have created a priceless family treasure. As an alternative to videotaping the messages, you can collect the cards after they are read and compile them into a scrapbook. You could add a photo of each person to her message, and the scrapbook will be an instant family heirloom for the bride.

Bridal Tea:

For a charming and elegant bridal shower, host a proper afternoon tea, complete with tea sandwiches, petit fours, chocolate dipped strawberries, scones, jam, clotted cream, and a variety of flavored teas served in real china tea cups (borrow from friends, or scour thrift shops). Ask guests to dress for the occasion…romantic dresses, white gloves and hats. Use lace tablecloths, good sterling, and lots of fresh flowers. Arrange a display of family wedding hierlooms including enlarged photos of the bride’s parents’ and grandparents’ weddings. Ask each guest to come prepared with advice for a “prosperous marriage” for the bride. This theme is ideal for a guest list filled with multi-generations of family and dear friends. A harpist or string quartet would make the setting picture perfect.

Along the same lines, you could host a Champagne Brunch for the bride. Incorporate a “romantic” theme by asking guests to bring romantic gifts like bottles of wine, CDs of romantic music, velvet pillows, cashmere blankets, candle holders and candles, and gift certificates to hotels and nice restaurants.

Couple’s Shower Themes

We recommend that you center your theme around the couple’s interests, hobbies, passions, dreams, honeymoon destination, family heritage, occupation or favorite era. To get your creative juices flowing, we have outlined a few theme ideas. After you make your selection, choose invitations, decorations, favors, cake and games/activities that match your theme . . . we’ll be happy to provide you with help on the details!

Around the Clock Theme

For this shower, your guests (typically by couple) will be assigned a certain hour of the day. Guests then bring a gift for the couple appropriate to their designated time. If you have 24 guests, you could assign each one a different hour. If you have less, divide the day up so that you have morning, afternoon, evening and night covered. More than 24 guests? Double up on a few afternoon or evening times.

A few examples are a sexy nightgown and silky boxers for 11:00pm, a coffee maker for 7:00 am, and a gift certificate to a restaurant for 5:00pm. For invitations, use either toy watches (set to an assigned time) with a tag attached to provide all the details or have an invitation imprinted with custom wording.  Remember that each one will need a blank space for a time assignment.

Another popular variation of this theme is a “Through the Year” shower. Couples are assigned a particular month of the year or a season, and gifts are centered on the calendar. For April, the couple may receive gardening tools or patio accessories; for July, a picnic basket filled with goodies; for December, ski lift tickets or a snow shovel!

A third alternative is to host an “Around the House” shower. Each couple is assigned a specific room in a home (it’s okay to duplicate assignments)…bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room, garage, or laundry room.

Location Theme

Throw a party at the bride and groom’s favorite place to hang out (this could be a restaurant, bar, entertainment center, amusement park, college union, etc.), or the spot where the couple met or shared their first kiss. Reserve the entire place (unless their favorite hangout is Disney World!) for about three hours and invite all of the couple’s friends and family. Serve a meal, or just cake and appetizers, play the couple’s favorite music, and encourage friends and family to say a few words about the upcoming event. Ask both the bride and groom to share their own version of the courtship. The variations in who-did-what-first will provide great entertainment! A very fun evening together…and a nice trip down memory lane for the couple!

Luau Theme

Because Hawaii is the #1 honeymoon destination, this is a terrific shower theme! If you can throw the party in the spring or summer (or if you live somewhere with a year-round warm climate), host your party outside.  If the weather doesn’t cooperate, move the luau party supplies inside! Let all the guests feel like they are enjoying a little bit of honeymoon magic with this warm and balmy destination shower!

Hobby Theme

To make a wedding shower very special for the couple, center your theme around their shared hobbies or interests. For example if they are avid golfers, host a golf shower…”Teeing up for McKenzie and Jake’s wedding!” Play a round of golf, then gather at the 19th hole for mingling, munchies, and gifts!

For inspiration, here are a few additional hobby ideas: sports, traveling, nature, music, motorcycles, crafts, horseback riding, photography, art, sci-fi, or acting/performing/dancing. A theme can be built around any hobby . . . be creative, and know that your effort will be much appreciated!

Gift Certificate Theme

If the wedding couple already has all the necessities for their home, or has had several showers, host a Gift Certificate Shower. This type of shower is perfect for a second marriage, or a more mature couple. Gift certificates can be either “store bought”, or can be for “services” redeemable from the giver of the gift. Gift certificates could be from a sporting goods store, a department or specialty store, a fancy restaurant, a hotel, a spa, a house cleaning service, time with a professional decorator, dry cleaning certificates, tickets to a sporting event, or theater tickets.

Hard Hat Theme

 This theme focuses on the couple’s new home and the fix-up adventures that usually come with it! Ask each guest to wear clothing to match your working-around-the-home theme (hard hats, jeans, work boots, tool belt, etc.). Use hard hats to decorate and give to guests as favors. Guests should bring gifts that are home improvement related – tools, lawn care equipment, a stepladder, and brooms. A hardware store is the perfect shopping spot for this one!

Other very popular themes for wedding showers include:

Hawaiian Luau (Hawaii is the #1 honeymoon destination)
Beach Party
Hollywood Shower (for the bridal “star”)
Casino Night (Great if the honeymoon destination is Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Monaco…gambling on love theme!)

Above all else, relax and enjoy yourself and know that the bride and groom will appreciate the loving effort you have made on their behalf. Because we believe that life should be more fun, we want to help make all your celebrations special. The party planners at www.Shindigz.com will be happy to assist you!

What are some of your favorite wedding and bridal shower ideas?

Fabulous Father’s Day Festivities


Finding the perfect gift for your father can seem like a daunting task, so don’t spend that precious time on the decorations and supplies for the big party!  We here at Shindigz want to make your Father’s Day festivities a breeze so you can focus your time on what’s important—your family!

Start by making a list of your father’s favorite things and hobbies—some might include golf, sports, reading, swimming, or cooking! If you’re having a party for your entire family which includes several fathers, pick one of your themes that will “cover” the mix of the crowd. Depending on the theme you choose, you have several options:

Golf Themed Father’s Day Party

Cooking, Barbeque, or Backyard Fun Party

No matter what them you choose, Shindigz has the party supplies you need to make it happen quickly and affordably!

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