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Bridal Shower Party Planning
Bridal Shower Party Planning

Planning A Bridal Shower
Be the talk of the town by having an amazing Bridal Shower!  Are you ready to put together a fun, memorable bridal shower? Hang on, hold tight cause we have got everything right here to help you get organized. From checklists to guest lists, we will help you become the hostess with the mostess. Our only advice? Set aside three weeks for planning, sending invitations, and purchasing supplies.

Week 1: Organizing the Bridal Shower
What is Expected at the Party?
By making sure organization is your number one priority before the party, during the Bridal Shower you will have more time to be a top notch hostess.  Traditionally, a bridal shower takes place during the day time, and brings family and friends from all aspects of the bride-to-be's life together in one place. So one main goal, is to break the ice. Here is a sample format you can follow for your bridal shower that does just that:

  • Greet the guests introducing them making sure everyone know each other
  • An ice-breaker game or printable party activity
  • Serve delicious food or have a buffet service
  • Another party game or fun activity
  • Open the Presents
  • Serve yummy cake

Of course, you can throw in some more games, mix things up, leave things out, it's all up to you! Here are some games to help you get your creative juices flowing:

Printable Bridal Shower Games
And The Bride Wore...

The Bride-to-be is the center of attention today...but how well were your guests paying attention to her? Find out when the Bride leaves the room and you surprise your guests with this pop quiz!

Printable Bridal Shower Games
Bridal Bingo Card Generator

We've taken the Classic Game of Bingo and pre-filled the Bingo card with Wedding items. And with our Game Card Generator, you get a different Bridal Bingo Card for each guest - even if you have 200 guests!

Printable Bridal Shower Games
Who Am I? Bridal Shower Survey

How well do you really know each other? Take this secret survey and have the Bride-to-be read the answers as the guests try to figure out Who's Who! A great ice-breaker, even for groups who think they know everything about each other!

Printable Bridal Shower Games
Bridal Shower Charades

Everyone loves charades! Keep your guests laughing as they act out and try to guess these songs, movies, TV shows, and books that all have one thing in common… the word LOVE, WEDDING, and BRIDE.

Printable Bridal Shower Games
Things In Bride's Purse

Do you know who brought the biggest purse? She could be the big winner! Use this fun checklist to see who has the most - and the most unusual - items in her purse!

Printable Bridal Shower Games
Bridal Shower Raffle Tickets

Having a raffle? Don't miss these fun tickets that make it easy for guests to participate! Raffle off a prize and contribute the proceeds to the couple's honeymoon fund! Start printing as soon as you order

Printable Bridal Shower Games
Sketch The Bride

This humorous activity is sure to make it into the bride's scrapbook! Have each guest try to draw a picture of the bride, then list 5 things they like about her. What a great way to get to know the bride better, and even share some sentimental moments with the girls.

Printable Bridal Shower Games
Finish The Bride's Phrase

Guests compete to find out who is the best mind-reader as they try to finish the Bride's phrase! You'll get lots of laughs as guests try to out-wit and out-guess the Bride when she's given a phrase such as “White _______” Was it White Wedding, White Dress, White Doves? Anything goes in this bridal mind-reading game!

Printable Bridal Shower Games
What Will The Bride Say?

Only the bride and groom know what goes on on their honeymoon night…but we can get a sneak peak as we listen to what the Bride might say!

Crunching the Numbers
Here are the 8 major costs you should budget for when planning a bridal shower:

  1. Invitations
  2. Favors
  3. Pictures and film developing
  4. Food and beverages
  5. Cake
  6. Paper plates, cups, napkins, utensils, etc.
  7. Decorations: streamers, balloons, flowers, etc.
  8. Games and prizes

Create the Guest List
Anyone on the wedding guest list can be included, but if you need to shorten the list, invite close family and friends that are in town - or just the women.

Week 2: Invitations, Decorations and Entertainment
Pick a Theme
A theme can serve as inspiration for decorations and games, even the invitations, favors and nametags. It makes planning and preparation simpler to have one central theme. For some great ideas and inspiration, here are some of our favorites: Bridal Shower Themes.

Plan the Entertainment
As mentioned above, games are a great way to get guests who may not know each other, to interact. They're great ice-breakers and can really set the mood for your bridal shower. About three games for a two-hour shower are just right. Bridal shower games should be the fun part of planning your shower, so don't wait until the last minute to think about them! Here are some of our favorites: Bridal Shower Games.

And what about party favors for the winners and booby prizes for the losers? Here are some fun ideas:

Bridal Shower Party Favors
Printed Votive Cups
Bridal Shower Party Favors
Printed Bud Vases
Bridal Shower Party Favors
Printed Champagne Flutes
Bridal Shower Party Favors
Tea Light Candles
Bridal Shower Party Favors
Parchment Picture Frames

Now is the time to finalize the shower guest list and get those invitations sent out! Invitations to any bridal shower are the guests' first clue to the theme of the bridal shower. Pick invitations that reflect the theme, and don't forget to include any special instructions or requests. Here are some fun invitations you can print out yourself: Free Bridal Shower Invitations

Week 3: Final Details

Extra Tips
* Pay attention to detail.
* Plan ahead - make a timeline.
* Create lists - check the lists.
* Write a menu - make a shopping list.
* Cook ahead.
* Plan the platters by placing notes on them.
* Plan the decorations - make a shopping list.
* Most important be organized!
* Step through the event.
* Personalized Banners are a fun keepsake for the Bride and Groom.
* For the guests, a thank you note with a picture of the guest and the bride is a nice keepsake.
* Picture frames can double as a bridal shower favor.
* Get everyone involved in the party planning process.

Finalize the Menu and Go Shopping
Take a look at your party theme and your plan, and make a list of everything you need to buy. Think about the food and beverages you're going to serve, what you're going to serve it on, what games are going to be played, party favors, decorations, are you ready? A tip on food: set the food up at different spots around the room. This will encourage your guests to mingle.

Confirm Reservations
If you have reservations for the Bridal Shower at a restaurant, go ahead and confirm them. Double-check to make sure you have enough chairs, tables and dishes.

Creating Memories
Snap, snap designate a photographer to capture these bridal shower moments for the bride. Set out disposable cameras at the bridal shower for the guests to snap "action shots" and then develop the film for the bride-to-be. Take a photo of each guest with the bride-to-be as they leave, and include the photo with each thank you note. Assign someone to keep track of who brought what gift, so the bride-to-be will have an easier time writing thank you notes.

Day of Shower!
Now is the time to reap the rewards of all your party planning efforts! Greet the guests with a smile and make sure the bride-to-be gets an opportunity to meet each guest. Have fun and enjoy the Bridal Shower!

Bridal Shower Party Planning

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Guess the Scent of the Candle is a bridal shower game that every woman will love. Get about 5 to 6 candles and make sure the wrappers or tags are not on them. Number them one through however many you have. Give everyone a piece of paper along with a pen. Let each guest sniff each candle to try and guess it. Have them write it down. The person to guess the most right wins.
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Printable Bridal Shower Party Games
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