A Shower of New Party Ideas!
By Carley Lintz
on Monday, April 9, 2018 8:25 AM, updated: April 23, 2018 at 8:26 am
Modern brides are breaking all kinds of wedding traditions, from the dress to the food, so why would she settle for a conventional shower?
1. Weekend Getaway
Pack your bags and take the girls for a night out on a different town with a destination bridal shower. Whether you take a road trip to the beach or a quick flight to Las Vegas, a short trip with your closest gal pals is the ultimate way to plan an extraordinary bridal shower. Pro tip: plan the weekend around an activity or outing like a private vineyard tour, spa day or concert to avoid burnout on each other’s company.
2. Around the Clock
This out-of-the-box theme is one of Noble’s personal favorites. “Each guest is given a time, such as 6:00 p.m. or 2:00 a.m. on their invitation and they must bring a gift that coordinates with that time of day,” Noble says. For example, she knew one guest who had 5:00 a.m., so she gave the bride new dog leashes because that’s when she walked her dogs and assumed the bride did, too.
3. Co-Ed Showers
Breakdown the gender barrier by hosting a wedding shower for both the bride and groom – and inviting both guys and gals. The party can range from a cocktail party to a backyard barbeque and guests should bring couple-oriented gifts, like home goods.
4. Pajama Party
Throwback to your schoolgirl days by planning a slumber party bridal shower. It’s perfect theme for brides who prefer a night in with close friends. Be sure to include all the clichés, including homemade masks, junk food and manicures.
5. Group Class
Rather than planning a run-of-the-mill party, gather everyone together to gain a new skill. Hire a chef to teach everyone to make a tasty dish, attend a private painting class, get a lesson in cake decorating or learn how to taste wine like a pro.
6. Volunteer Activity
If your bride has a heart of gold, consider forgoing the party for a more charitable activity like volunteering together at a local non-profit, food bank or homeless shelter. Or, simply ask that guests donate to the bride’s favorite organization instead of buying a shower gift.