A bridal shower is a time to celebrate the bride before her wedding. Almost all showers include opening presents, refreshments and some type of games.
However, even with the "rules" of what a bridal shower should consist of, there is plenty of room to plan a creative and individualized party that guests will both remember and enjoy.
Below are some tips for planning a November bridal shower.
November is a great time to throw a bridal shower with a Thanksgiving or fall theme.
- Send out invitations that include photos of turkey, Indians or pilgrims.
- Purchase Thanksgiving decorations at any local party or department store.
- Serve pumpkin pie, cranberry crisp and/or hot apple dumplings with cinnamon ice cream.
- For a party favor, print out your favorite Thanksgiving recipe and wrap it in cellophane with some of the ingredients for the recipe.
- Send out invitations on leaf shaped paper.
- Decorate using fall colors, with real leaves, pumpkins and pine cones as accent pieces.
- As a party favor, give out nicely packaged apple cider, cocoa, tea and/or coffee.
Games are a staple of bridal showers, and every shower should include at least one game. Some fun and usually hysterical games include:
Before the shower, prepare a questionnaire for the groom with about 20 questions about the bride and their relationship. At the shower, ask the bride the same questions and see how their answers match up (or don't). As a twist to the game, make the bride chew gum, put a ribbon on her hair or drink alcohol every time she answers a question differently than the groom. See Resources below for a sample question list.
Provide paper and markers for guests to write or draw a picture of their favorite memory with the bride. Collect all the memories and give them to the bride who has to match up each memory with the correct author.
- Marriage Advice
Go around the room and have each guest give the bride a piece of advice about marriage either from their own experiences or something they have heard. Give a small prize to the person who give the best advice, and a joke prize to the person who gives the worst advice.
November is typically a chilly month, so plan an indoor shower.
If the guest list is small, holding the shower at a home tends to be the simplest and most economical location choice. However, if the guest list is too large to be held in someones home, consider a restaurant or hotel banquet room for the shower.
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