How to Choose Bridal Shower Prizes

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Choosing bridal shower prizes is a fun part of hosting or assisting with a bridal shower. Depending on the formality of the event, prizes can range from expensive gifts to inexpensive mementos. If you have bridal shower games at your event, you'll need a prize for each game and a couple of extras in case of ties.

  • Tie the prizes into the bridal shower theme or wedding theme. Whether it's hearts, elegance or a beach wedding, find ways to carry the theme into the shower game prizes.

  • Consider the amount you have to spend and the number of prizes you'll need. For frugal showers, you can offer some simple scented soy candles decorated with metal press-in designs. Wrap tulle around the candle and tie with an elegant bow for presentation. For more elaborate gifts, find or make gift sets in a theme basket, such as a bath set to pamper the recipient. Essential oils and carrier oil with an aromatherapy guide book make another delightful set.

  • Match the bride's chosen wedding colors with your bridal shower prizes. This can be as simple as finding candles or stationery in the wedding colors, or you could put together a color-themed gift basket.

  • Offer prizes that relate to the bride's hobbies and make themed baskets to reflect them, such as a gardening basket or knitting gift set. You can relate all of the gifts to one hobby or use different gifts if she has many things she's into.

  • Create a party theme that is separate from the bridal theme and offer gifts that match. For example, if it's summer you might throw a Hawaiian luau as the bridal shower, so gifts could be anything from pineapples to leis.

  • Gift wrap the bridal shower prizes. Simple white bags with tulle inside instead of tissue look very wedding-worthy. Try wrapping the gift in blue paper, as a nod to the "something blue" included in most brides' formal wedding attire.

Tips & Warnings

  • Think of the bride's hobbies and make themed baskets to reflect them as bridal shower prizes, such as a gardening basket or knitting gift set.
  • Avoid off-taste gifts. It might be funny if one of your girlfriends wins the bridal shower game, but what if it's the groom's grandmother?

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