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The latest trend in bridal showers is planning a theme party. Following are some fun ideas for shower themes. We'd like to thank All About Showers for contributing "Culinary Delights" and "Romantic Gestures". Check out their site for more ideas and helpful tips.
Some brides already have kitchen utensils and bathroom towels. For these women, a normal bridal shower may not suffice. If you have or have access to a number of jar with lids, this might be the theme for you.
When inviting the guests, use the jars and put the invitation inside. Instruct them to give the bride anything they like, as long as it fits in the jar. Some items may be rice, beans and other non-perishables for the new couple's food storage. Perhaps books of matches, spices, staple food items, etc. Candies are nice and still fit in a jar.
For the cooking-impaired bride, invite guests to the shower, asking them to bring their favorite recipe and some sample of it. Guests can cook up main courses, tasty side dishes or mouth-watering desserts. Not only will the bride have the recipe, she will also know what is tastes like and how the end results are supposed to look. You could turn this theme into a game by awarding ribbons for best dishes.
3. Night at the Movies
In the invitation, give each guest a different movie title to use as a gift idea. Some examples are: Notting Hill, Scent of a Woman, Pillow Talk, Lady and the Tramp, The Mummy, Breakfast at Tiffany's,Toys, Runaway Bride, The Princess Bride, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Beauty and the Beast. Pass out bags of popcorn, theater candy and soft drinks. Decorate with movie posters.
4. Mystery Dinner
The menu will include the following items but not what they are:
Killer Kelp: Salad
Squid Ink: Salad Dressing
Planks o' Plenty: Breadsticks
Jellyfish Tentacles: Spaghetti
Oyster Offering: Sauce with Meatballs
Seafoam on a Sandbar: Lemon Meringue Pie
Halibut's Habitat: Water/Blue Koolaid (symbolizing the ocean)
Poseidon's Power: Fork
Swordfish Snout: Toothpick
Give each guest a menu listing all the items in their codenames, out of order, and have them pick three items (appetizer, main course and dessert) to be served in that order. They might end up with toothpick as the appetizer, pie as the main course and breadsticks for dessert! For more ideas, visit http://members.tripod.com/laugh_lines/activitease/dinner.htm
5. That's Entertainment!
Newly married couples usually don't have a lot of money to budget for entertainment. Help them stock up! Gifts could include:
This is similar to "That's Entertainment!" but can be expanded. Gifts could include:
Stocking a kitchen is a huge job. This theme is designed to help the bride get a good start. Ideas include:
That first trip to the grocery store can be expensive. This theme is designed to stock the bride's pantry. Gifts may include:
Each guest is given an hour of the day and brings a gift that corresponds with that time. For example:
This shower allows for a lot of creativity and flexibility on the part of the guests. Each gift should come in a basket. For example:
Sometimes a bride just needs to be pampered. Help her feel extra special. Gifts may include:
Often, a couple receives a lot of things they could do without and never get the necessities. This theme is designed with this in mind. Gifts include:
This theme is centered around an evening of romance. Gifts may include:
Each guest is assigned a country and asked to bring a gift that corresponds with the country. For example: