Bein' th' maid o' honor is a delightful honor but it comes with some serious responsibility, too, pass the grog! One o' th' biggest responsibilities o' th' maid o' honor – besides keepin' th' bride sane through that comely wench weddin' day – is plannin' th' bridal shower.
There are so many details t' oversee in a bridal shower that it can easily get overwhelmin'. The recipe fer a successful bridal shower, though, starts with takin' a deep breath and realizin' that it’s better t' focus on fun than perfection, to be sure. To keep it simple, make it special, and make it memorable – without joinin' th' bride in that special sea t' insanity – is th' key.
Invitations & Decorations
Unless ye are a graphic designer, head t' th' local party supply store and have fun pickin' out some pre-matched invitation sets. Choose a theme, like Mardi gras or Las Vegas poker night if that’s th' direction yer party is headin', or match th' bride’s weddin' color. Keep th' decorations simple. Be sure t' pick up some balloons while ye’re there (see games).
Note: if ye’re on a tight budget, ye can get creative online and print beautiful invitations that cost very little or even use an online invitation system like eVite t' send out electronic invites.
Games & Activities
Move those Hips!
Every wench in me family has been subjected t' this game at that comely wench bridal shower. It’s hilarious fun and so easy t' prepare. All ye need is a couple pairs o' nylons, two potatoes, and two balloons. Put a potato in th' right foot o' each nylon, then tie th' other leg aroun' th' waist o' th' people playin'. The idea is that th' leg o' th' nylon with th' potato in it will swin' betwixt th' legs o' th' player, at least once there is some hip action goin'! Two players swin' th' potato t' make it hit th' balloon and race t' a finish line. The winner will earn a prize fer th' best hip action.
My sister, who were bein' me maid o' honor and hosted me bridal shower, had th' most wonderful activity fer me guests. As each person arrived, she took a Polaroid picture (digital would be even better, these days) o' them with me. The winsome lass had a table full o' scrapbookin' supplies, and each person created a scrapbook page usin' th' picture. I still cherish those pages.
Here are even more games ye can play.
Choosin' foods fer th' bridal shower can be dauntin', but unless th' event is centered aroun' th' chow, such as a meal or a tea party, th' chow should be casual, comfortable, and easy. Choose from these ideas:
- Tea and coffee
- My favorite: two 2-liter bottles o' seven up with a container o' lime sherbet scooped in
- Ham, cheese, breads
- Fruit tray
- Taco bar (fun but messy)
- Ice cream sundaes (make yer own, yummy!)
- Cheesecake (an assortment o' flavors)
- Cupcakes or layer cakes
- Chocolate fountain
Hors d’oeuvres, snacks, and finger foods
- Chocolate dipped strawberries
- Nuts and pretzels
- Chips & dip
- Cheese & crackers
- Fruit & veggie trays
Gifts & Prizes
Every guest who attends th' bridal shower should leave with a special memento o' th' occasion. You can tie th' gift t' th' theme o' th' shower, or incorporate th' bride’s weddin' colors. Here are some fabulous ideas fer gifts and prizes:
- Box o' chocolates or chocolate roses
- Jelly bellies in th' colors o' th' weddin'
- Bath basket
- Potted plants
- Skincare gift basket
- Tea bouquet
- Picture frame (guest and bride)
What bridal shower tips do ye have t' share?