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Home Bridal Showers:
Traditionally, most bridal showers have been held in homes. They are warm and cozy, and you generally don't have to worry about making too much noise. The down side is they are often too small for a large number of guests. One of the first things required in planning is deciding how many people the home can comfortably hold. Then move as much furniture as possible so the guests can sit in an arrangement that will allow for pleasant conversation. Allow as much time as possible to notify the guests of the shower date, and keep in mind that you still may have to remind them shortly before the event.

One of the best conveniences for a home shower is disposable party products. Check out our bridal shower decorations and supplies. It's always nice to go with a continuing theme from the invitations, plates, cups and napkins to the decorations and favors. Check with the bride to see what colors she's using for the wedding, and if she has any type of theme planned (western, beach, Victorian, garden, etc.). You may want to follow that theme or go with a completely different one (tea party, barbecue, outdoor picnic, etc.). Keep in mind that the shower may be attended by guests of all ages, and keep the party fun for everyone. Some ideas that may be fun for younger guests may not be appropriate for older ones.

Name tags that also show the guest's relationship to the bride-to-be can be a nice ice breaker. A special name tag for the guest of honor will make her feel especially important. If you are having a luncheon, try and get everyone seated as quickly as possible. Make allowances for any special dietary needs and be sure that everyone is served promptly. Once the meal is finished, decide if you want to play a game or two. There are some easy and cute ideas in our games section. Or, the Internet is a wealth of information for games.

After the games the honoree will open the gifts. Of course someone is designated to record information. Make sure everyone can see the gifts or pass them around if that is feasible. When the gifts have been opened and the guests are departing, it's a nice touch to photograph the bride with each departing guest. Have double prints made and let the bride include one in each of her thank you notes. That's a very thoughtful gift for both the bride and the guest. Most of all, relax and have fun!

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Restaurant Bridal Showers:
Today's hostess is often pressed for time and a restaurant or banquet hall shower provides the space needed in an elegant atmosphere. They handle clean up and food preparation, so the work is minimized. The key to a successful restaurant shower is to make the guests feel welcome and to choose a comfortable atmosphere for conversation and sharing.

Select a restaurant in a convenient location. Plan the event far enough in advance so that you can make the reservations. It may be difficult at that time to estimate the number of guests attending, but try to check with as many guests as possible in advance of mailing invitations, so that you can give the restaurant an idea. When choosing the menu, try the food yourself. It is important to respect your guests dietary needs as well, so you may want to share the menu in advance or ask if there are any special restrictions. See if the restaurant has an alternative available if a guest just can't tolerate the selection. Ask the servers to notice if any guest turns down the meal and have them ask if the guest would prefer an alternative. If you are bringing your own cake, be certain that the restaurant allows that.

If hosting a large group, you may want to use placecards. It is also a nice touch to have name tags for each guest indicating their relationship to the bride-to-be. A special name tag for the guest of honor will make her feel especially important. Decorations add a warm touch, but keep them simple. A cluster of helium balloons and a banner over the gift table add a festive touch. Check out the beautiful themes available from 4Showers.com. Floral arrangements are nice for the table and can also be given away as prizes. There probably will be little time for games, but the lottery style scratch off game cards are perfect for this type of shower. The Internet is a wealth of information on shower games. Favors are an important part of the shower and thank the guests for coming. For an informal shower, the recipe card holders are very cute and the Black and White Wedding Cake Candles are lovely for a more formal event. There are many ideas to choose from. How about a tea party with tea favors?

When the bride-to-be is opening gifts, try to place her in an elevated area so that each guest can see the gift. Have someone announce in advance who the gift is from and show the gift to everyone. Keep in mind your allotted time frame so that all of the gifts can be opened comfortably without the Maitre D' rushing you.

When the guests are leaving, it's a nice touch to have someone photograph the honoree with each departing guest. Have double prints made and let the bride include one in each of her thank you notes. It's a thoughtful gift for both the guest and guest of honor.

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Office Bridal Showers:
The first decision to be made is the location of the shower. Will it be in the office or at a restaurant? Will it be during the lunch hour or after work? If it is going to be held in a restaurant, make reservations far in advance and guarantee a private setting. If it will be held at work, verify that an area will be available and check with the personnel department to be certain there will be no conflict. Deciding who to invite may be difficult in a large business, because some people may feel left out. Check with the bride to be for suggestions. One person should act as the host or hostess to facilitate the process, and that person can delegate other chores. Usually the immediate coworkers contribute to the shower expenses. Decorations and supplies should be easily disposable. Decide in advance if lunch will be part of the program, or only desert. You may decide on something easy like pizza, however, some offices decide to make it a potluck.

Favors are easy and fun for all of the guests, but there probably will be little time for games. An exception would be the lottery style scratch off game cards are perfect for this type of shower. Another idea is to ask each person to write down their suggestions for a happy marriage. Those can be funny or serious and read just before the honoree opens the gifts. Designate someone to take pictures and get doubles printed so the bride can have one set and the others can be posted and shared.

Gifts can be purchased individually, however, usually all the guests contribute towards one or two larger gifts. That is more practical in terms of time and space. Since the guest of honor will be on her own to get the gift or gifts home, that should also be a consideration. Even a gift certificate would be appropriate.

Keep in mind that time is a factor if the party is being held during working hours. The host or hostess should keep everyone and everything on schedule. A clean up committee should be chosen in advance and should be responsible for returning the room to its original appearance. Have fun, but remember, this is still an office environment.

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Couples Bridal Showers:
In the past showers tended to be for women, with women, but times have changed. Since couples usually work hard all week, they treasure their spare time together and like the idea of having a party they can share. Men are also taking a more active role in wedding planning activities and often have definite opinions about the gifts they want and need as a couple. The one most important thing to consider in hosting a coed shower is to make the men feel welcome.

No cutesy decorations or favors for these showers. Food shouldn't be dainty either. Consider a BBQ, pizza, giant sub sandwiches, or a deli style buffet. Structure is much less important because you're all there to have a good time. If you are mixing people who know each other with those who don't, have name tags with the relationship to the bride or groom. Favors can still be given (and will be appreciated), but give something that would be appreciated by a couple. Votive candles are always a good choice.

A theme shower is always fun. Consider an outdoor theme and have everyone bring camping equipment, lawn furniture, BBQ accessories, etc. as gifts. Another idea is a household tool party. Every new home needs tools like fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, shovels, rakes, screwdrivers, hammers, etc. "If you make it a byog party (bring your own glass), and everyone brings the same wine glasses, they can be used at the party and then given to the couple as a gift. Make sure someone brings the wine and a couple of extra glasses for the honored guests. A food basket is always a welcome gift. How about a picnic basket full of goodies? Another fun idea is the A Batch of Romance" Gift Set.

An easy and fun game for couples is the lottery style scratch off game. There are other cute games or try playing charades with characteristics of the couple as the clues. For example "He snores like a buzz saw". "She is a neat freak". By splitting into groups, the women can write the personal habits and history of the men and vice versa. Take plenty of pictures and have someone in charge of video taping the event so that both can be given to the bride and groom-to-be. A couples shower can be a great way to combine a celebration and an evening out with friends.

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Home Baby Showers:
Traditionally, most baby showers have been held in homes. Homes are warm and cozy, and you generally don't have to worry about making too much noise. The down side is they are often too small for a large number of guests. One of the first things required in planning is deciding how many people the home can comfortably hold. Then move as much furniture as possible so the guests can sit in an arrangement that will allow for pleasant conversation. Allow as much time as possible to notify the guests of the shower date, and keep in mind that you still may have to remind them shortly before the event.

One of the best conveniences for a home shower is disposable party products. Check out baby shower decorations and supplies. It's always nice to go with a continuing theme from the invitations, plates, cups and napkins to the decorations and favors. Check with the Mom-to-be to see if she has any type of theme planned for the baby's room (pastel colors, primary colors, animals, blocks, etc.). You may want to follow her lead in the colors you use for the shower.

There are many types of baby showers you can plan ( tea party, barbecue, outdoor picnic, etc.). Keep in mind that the shower may be attended by guests of all ages, and keep the party fun for everyone. Some ideas that may be fun for younger guests may not be appropriate for older ones. A cute favor idea is to make cookies, frost them with the Mom's name, wrap them and put them next to a cute baking favor like the baby shower rolling pin recipe card holder. You could even put a recipe card for the cookies behind the recipe card that's included with the favor!

Name tags that also show the guest's relationship to the Mom-to-be can be a nice ice breaker. It's also nice to identify the guest of honor with a special button. If you are having a luncheon, try and get everyone seated as quickly as possible. Make allowances for any special dietary needs and be sure that everyone is served promptly. Once the meal is finished, decide if you want to play a game or two. There are some easy and cute ideas in the game books that accompany shower themed supplies and decorations. Or, have every guest supply the hostess with one of their baby pictures in advance. She can then copy them onto one or two pages and number them. Each guest gets a copy and must name each of the people pictured. The one with the most right answers wins.

After the games the honoree will open the gifts. Of course someone is designated to record information. Make sure everyone can see the gifts or pass them around if that is feasible. When the gifts have been opened and the guests are departing, it's a nice touch to photograph the Mom-to-be with each departing guest. Have double prints made and let the Mom include one in each of her thank you notes. That's a very thoughtful gift for both the Mom and the guest. Most of all, relax and have fun!

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Restaurant Baby Showers:
Today's hostess is often pressed for time and a restaurant or banquet hall shower provides the space needed in an elegant atmosphere. The restaurant handles clean up and food preparation, so the work is minimized. The key to a successful restaurant shower is to make the guests feel welcome and to choose a comfortable atmosphere for conversation and sharing.

Select a restaurant in a convenient location. Plan the event far enough in advance so that you can make the reservations. It may be difficult at that time to estimate the number of guests attending, but try to check with as many guests as possible in advance of mailing invitations, so that you can give the restaurant an idea. When choosing the menu, try the food yourself. It is important to respect your guests dietary needs as well, so you may want to share the menu in advance or ask if there are any special restrictions. See if the restaurant has an alternative available if a guest just can't tolerate the selection. Ask the servers to notice if any guest turns down the meal and have them ask if the guest would prefer an alternative. If you are bringing your own cake, be certain that the restaurant allows that.

If hosting a large group, you may want to use placecards. It is also a nice touch to have name tags for each guest indicating their relationship to the Mom-to-be. Don't forget a name tag for the guest of honor. Decorations add a warm touch, but keep them simple. A cluster of helium balloons and a banner over the gift table add a festive touch. Don't forget to give the guests a cute favor. For an informal shower you might want to consider a recipe card holder or perhaps you'll want to make the shower a tea party and include tea favors. Whatever you decide, the guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness. Another nice touch is to provide some music, maybe something baby oriented. Check with the restaurant to see if soft music would be possible during the meal.

Games are usually not appropriate at a restaurant, but if the restaurant is quite casual and you have a very private area, a simple game might be considered. The Internet is a wealth of information on shower games, or you can ask the guests to take the letters in the Mom's name and The Dad's name and create baby names. Give a prize for the funniest or the guest who came up with the most names. When the Mom-to-be is opening gifts, try to place her in an elevated area so that each guest can see the gift. Have someone announce in advance who the gift is from and show the gift to everyone. Keep in mind your allotted time frame so that all of the gifts can be opened comfortably without the Maitre D' rushing you.

When the guests are leaving, it's a nice touch to have someone photograph the honoree with each departing guest. Have double prints made and let the Mom include one in each of her thank you notes. It's a thoughtful gift for both the guest and guest of honor.

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Office Baby Showers:
The first decision to be made is the location of the shower. Will it be in the office or at a restaurant? Will it be during the lunch hour or after work? If it is going to be held in a restaurant, make reservations far in advance and guarantee a private setting. If it will be held at work, verify that an area will be available and check with the personnel department to be certain there will be no conflict. Deciding who to invite may be difficult in a large business, because some people may feel left out. Check with the Mom-to-be for suggestions. One person should act as the host or hostess to facilitate the process, and that person can delegate other chores. Usually the immediate coworkers contribute to the shower expenses. Decorations and supplies should be easily disposable. A cluster of balloons and a banner would be appropriate. Decide in advance if lunch will be part of the program, or only desert. You may decide on something easy like pizza, however, some offices decide to make it a potluck.

There probably will be little time for games, but the lottery style scratch off game cards are perfect for this type of shower. You might also ask each person to write down their suggestions for keeping baby happy. Those can be funny or serious and read just before the honoree opens the gifts. Designate someone to take pictures and get doubles printed so the Mom-to-be can have one set and the others can be posted and shared.

Gifts can be purchased individually, however, usually all the guests contribute towards one or two larger gifts. That is more practical in terms of time and space. Since the guest of honor will be on her own to get the gift or gifts home, that should also be a consideration. Even a gift certificate would be appropriate.

Keep in mind that time is a factor if the party is being held during working hours. The host or hostess should keep everyone and everything on schedule. A clean up committee should be chosen in advance and should be responsible for returning the room to its original appearance. Have fun, but remember, this is still an office environment.

Back To Top

 

 

Couples Baby Showers:
In the past showers tended to be for women, with women, but times have changed. Since couples usually work hard all week, they treasure their spare time together and like the idea of having a party they can share. Fathers are also taking a more active role in planning for the new baby and often feel left out in the celebrations. The one most important thing to consider in hosting a coed shower is to make the men feel welcome and comfortable.

No cutesy decorations for these showers. Food shouldn't be dainty either. Consider a BBQ, pizza, giant sub sandwiches, or a deli style buffet. Structure is much less important because you're all there to have a good time. If you are mixing people who know each other with those who don't, have name tags with the relationship to the parents-to-be. Don't forget an extra special name tag for the Mom-to-be. There are also cute gifts for the Dad-to-be, so don't forget about him. How about a "Coach" t-shirt? Favors can be given (and will be appreciated), but give something that would be appreciated by a couple. Votive candles and food items are always a good choice. You could make cookies with baby themed cookie cutters, frost them with the baby's name (if known) or a question mark and the couples last name. Wrap the cookies in cellophane and put them next to a cute baking favor like the baby shower rolling pin recipe card holder. You could even put a recipe card for the cookies behind the recipe card that's included with the favor! (Men love cookies!)

A theme shower is always fun. Consider an outdoor theme and have everyone bring outdoor play equipment for the baby. Gift ideas could include baby bike seats, strollers, playpens, car seats, baby push lawn mowers, etc.. Another idea is a to give the couple a special gift like a baby-sitting coupon and movie theater tickets. Books, videos and toys are always good gifts. (Men love toys!)

Games should be easy and funny. Take the couples first names and see how many baby names can made from the letters. Give a prize for the most names devised and the funniest. Fill baby bottles with a favorite beverage and see who can drink up first. (Chances are the men won't need help burping). Have all of the guests bring their baby pictures. Number them and see who can guess the most correctly. Prizes should be something silly like Frisbees or Nerf basketball sets. Take plenty of pictures and have someone in charge of video taping the event so that both can be given to the new parents. A couples shower can be a great way to combine a celebration and an evening out with friends.

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