Looking for a fun game to play at your upcoming bridal shower? Read on!
Bridal showers can be really enjoyable to plan, from the fun, bright pink decorations, to the amazing and thoughtful gifts that are put together by your family and friends. However, while you may have your color scheme picked out and your table decorations ordered, there is still the task of choosing what to do once everyone at arrives at your shower!
One trend that has become very popular for bridal showers in the last few years is playing games as a way to entertain your guests and have some fun at your shower. Some games are designed as a way to get to know the bride and groom better or learn more about them as a couple, while others act as a fun way to give everyday housewarming gifts to future brides in a unique, creative way.
If you are planning a bridal shower this summer, here are a few of our favorite shower games that you can be sure will be a hit at your upcoming party:
Two simple, yet romantic bridal shower gifts for the new bride.
Now that wedding season is just a couple of months away, you may find yourself with a handful of wedding shower invitations for all of the Summer 2014 brides in your life. While bridal showers are a great way to kick off wedding season and get excited about the nuptials that you have ahead of yourself this summer, it is also a great chance for family and friends to give helpful gifts to the new couple in order to help them prepare for their new life together.
However, if you are struggling to find a gift on the couples registry that is romantic and personal, why not craft a gift of your own? DIY bridal shower gifts are a great way to show how much you care for the couple, and also to express your excitement for their wedding in a much more personal and heartfelt way than a regular registry gift.
To help give you some DIY bridal shower gift inspiration, here are two easy, DIY bridal shower gifts that are both very romantic and sweetly personal.
Duplicate some of your favorite Pinterest looks, minus the high cost!
It is nearly impossible to plan a party these days without first going to Pinterest for a little decorating inspiration. From DIY crafts that will make you the envy of all of your crafty friends, to extravagant, high-quality decor that leaves you drooling on your keyboard, Pinterest has a little bit of party inspiration for everyone, no matter what the occasion!
However, one of the downsides of Pinterest is that you don’t always have the time or the money to recreate some the detailed, intricate themes that many of these professional party planners share on their pages each holiday season. Lucky there are many low-budget ways to recreate some of your favorite Pinterest looks, but still maintain the high-quality design that you are looking for at your event! To get you started, here are three easy ways to recreate popular Pinterest party looks, all without breaking the bank.
Animal prints are still popular themes for bridal showers and bachelorette parties. I wanted to share some adorable pictures from a zebra print bridal shower that took place a couple weekends ago. One of our girls planned and decorated for the party. It was a success to say the least. I think she has a happy bride on her hands so far, which is great. We don’t want any bridezillas on the loose!
Zebra Print Dessert Table. - Silver Foil Curtains, Black Plastic Table Skirts & Black Plastic Serving Trays were all used to put this look together.
One of my best friends and coworker got married in Cabo last week! She planned her wedding in only four months and it turned out phenomenal. She had, of course, been planning to be married for some time, but the idea to make it a destination wedding was a bit more last minute. Her sister-in-law, another one of her friend’s and I had to quickly scramble to put together a beautiful bridal shower in only a few weeks. The bride was insisting that she did not want to trouble anyone, but she is so amazing and totally deserved a special gathering with close friends and family before her big day. Not all of us were able to be there so we felt it was important that we have a pre-celebration here. We made sure to send her off with tons of love and well wishes.
Wedding planning only becomes more and more stressful as the event nears. Not only is the deadline fast approaching, but the wedding budget has to be kept in mind the whole time. Many times, brides will obsess over the wedding favors that most guests will either forget at the table, hide away in a display case, or throw away after whatever amount of time they have established is decent. So, seriously. Don’t sweat it and go with chocolate or candy, your guests will appreciate the sweet treat at the end of the night. Continue reading →
Since this recession is not going anywhere and a vast majority of brides or newlyweds-to-be are more than likely to be on a modest budget, I thought it might be nice to share some new alternatives.
Over the past couple of years, many of you have called to inquire about the disposable cutlery that looks like real silverware. We are finally offering Metallic CutleryandPre-Rolled Metallic Cutlery with a White or a Black Linen Like napkin. Nice, right? Unless your venue includes the silverware with the rental, it’s a nice money saver both because you don’t have to pay the rental fee or take the time to have it cleaned afterward. When people would describe it to me before, it sounded alright, but I wasn’t intrigued or anything. I apologize for judging too quickly. This product is really nice and definitely keeps that air of elegance most wedding planners tend to create. Continue reading →
I’ve experienced first-hand the pressures of being a bridesmaid. Yeah, yeah, it may sound like it’s all make-up and flowers, but ten deep breaths later, you come to find that it can turn into one big passive-aggressive gala.
All stressful memories and pressures seem to fade when you see your good friend glowing with happiness. It may sound completely cheesy, but being a friend’s bridesmaid is a trivial task that shows your genuine friendship and happiness for the journey she is about to undertake. The job may sound simple—get in the dress, look less pretty than the bride, walk in a straight line, join her for the last wild night, etc.—but, it’s important to make your girlfriend’s last months as a single woman, as memorable as possible.
I remember my close friend’s bridal shower and I’m sure made some great memories. The shower doesn’t need to be crowded with people—it’s the close, loved individuals that matter. So, if the other bridesmaids aren’t stepping up to the plate, grab a notebook and take initiative. Bridal Showers are the chance to have a nice dinner, play some games and really just sit back through the trip to memory lane.
Summer weddings, for the most part, tend to feature a wide assortment of vibrant hues and colors. This year, yellow seems to be one of the most popular shades in the wedding department as well as the clothing department. Celebrity gossip magazines are my occasional guilty pleasure and it seems they’ve captured quite a few female stars donning beautiful yellow dresses—casual and dressy.
A couple years ago, I attended a wedding and the placecard holders were actual lemons—fresh, citrus-y, yellow lemons! The decorator or the wedding coordinator made a slit across the top and popped the placecard right in. It was simple and it coordinated rather nicely with the color scheme of the wedding.
See, bridezillas! There is no need to be frantic. There are quick fixes as close as your backyard.
It seems like there are those months just crowded with annual events like birthdays, weddings, and baby showers. All happy occasions are welcome, but sometimes they can take a toll on your wallet. Big families and social circles are great and overwhelming at the same time.
My parents’ 25th wedding anniversary is in December; however, planning milestone events like these should earn slots on your desk calendar as soon as yesterday. There are lists to make, people to call, food decisions, color choices and the list becomes a huge headache. I’ve found that the key thing in special moments like these is to keep it simple. Why invite your uncle’s-grandpa’s-aunt’s-kids when you can limit the guest list to the company of the people your guest(s) of honor actually enjoy?
Celebrations don’t need to be huge and over the top to be memorable and significant. There are so many economical ways to pay tribute to accomplishments like marriage anniversaries. I’ve found that my father is a major cheese-ball and my mother is all about not being in the spotlight. Dad loves personalized gifts with pictures and names – he adores t-shirts and ties with his children’s names on them. I’ve decided to incorporate his cheesiness in his anniversary decorations by making picture collages of him and my mom in a slide show or even possible under a glass top on tables.
Mom’s therapy is her rose garden. That woman’s happy as a clam with a huge bouquet—no need for lavish things. Simple centerpieces can add a very elegant touch to any table. There’s no need to hire anyone to make overpriced table decorations – anyone can go to the arts & crafts store, pick up some nice vases or glass bowls and candles. It really is all about just having the general idea and just going from there. Begin your brainstorming sessions with the basics –what lights up your parents’ faces?
“Set the mood for the food,” my boss always says. He’s right. The atmosphere and the party decorations definitely give your guests an idea of what kind of party to expect. If you’re aiming for something more sophisticated, but you don’t want to dip too far into your pocket, try disposable tableware that looks like real china. My Paper Shop’s 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary party supplies make the perfect faux-china collection.
Remember. You’re not just throwing your parents a party. You’re acknowledging their determination and love for each other. Nowadays, when the divorce rate could quite possibly be so vast that it could be labeled an epidemic, it’s even more important to celebrate a marriage that is longer than a year. So, pop open a fine bottle of wine/champagne and remind them to be thankful for each other.