Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Five Essential Ingredients for a Successful Bridal Shower

Do you know how to throw the perfect shower?

Your bestie asks you to throw her a bridal shower. What is the first thing you do?

A. Immediately look into booking some rooms at a posh Las Vegas hotel.

B. Check to see whether the local teahouse is available on the date you need.

C. Call her mom to find out her ideas for the bridal shower.

D. Ask your bestie out for lunch to find out what kind of bridal shower she would like.

If you answered D, then you are headed in the right direction. Unless your bestie has already told you that she would like to have her bridal shower in Las Vegas or at a teahouse, you shouldn’t assume that you know her idea of what makes for a perfect bridal shower.  Remember, her bridal shower is an event that she will remember for years to come. The key to remember about throwing a successful bridal shower is that the event should be a reflection of the bride-to-be and what she likes.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of five essential things we think you should do to ensure that the bridal shower you throw will be a joyous event that the bride will always remember fondly.

1. Consult the bride-to-be. First and foremost, you should have a long chat with the bride-to-be to determine what she envisions. She may leave it up to you to decide the details or she may want to share her ideas on a location, colors for the decor, games she would like to play, etc. This is the perfect time to determine how formal and elaborate the event should be or whether it should be a low-key celebration without too much fuss.

2. Determine a theme and stick with it. Make some basic decisions at the outset about colors, food, and entertainment. You will save yourself money, time and a lot of headaches later if you know from the beginning what you’re striving to achieve.

3. Don’t set yourself up for trouble regarding food. If you’re not much of a cook, don’t be afraid to buy pre-made food or have the event catered if your budget allows. Or go ahead and channel your inner Sara Lee to strike a balance between made-from-scratch and store-bought. The shower can still be an elegant affair if you find some pretty serveware and dishes to dress up the food. The truth is that no one will care if the food is homemade or not as long as it’s good.

4. Keep events on track at the bridal shower. You should plan on the bridal shower lasting about 90 minutes. You will likely go over that time limit but two hours is a good length. Anything over that may mean that some guests may need to leave before the shower ends. Make sure the time allotted to opening gifts isn’t overly long. There should be three people helping the bride-to-be as she opens gifts: someone who hands her the gifts, a second person to take notes to make it easier for her to later write thank you cards, and a third person cleaning up the discarded gift wrap.

5. Do dote on the bride-to-be. That’s right, even brides who insist they are uncomfortable with the extra attention enjoy the limelight sometimes. There are few women who don’t like feeling like the belle of the ball every once in a while and her bridal shower is one of the few times in life when friends and family are happy to lavish her with lots of attention and love.

Bonus ingredient: It goes without saying that we think you should choose a great cake from our bakery to top off a memorable bridal shower.

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