1. Send invitations
When sending invitations, be sure to include the date, time, and location of the shower, as well as who is invited. It's a good idea to send out invitations at least a month in advance to give guests enough time to RSVP.
2. Plan the menu
The menu for a bridal shower can be simple or elaborate, depending on the host's preferences and budget. Some popular menu items include finger foods, salads, desserts, and cocktails.
3. Plan the decorations
Decorations can add a lot of personality to a bridal shower and can be as simple or elaborate as desired. Some popular decoration ideas include balloons, streamers, flowers, and banners.
4. Set up a gift registry
A gift registry is a great way for guests to know what the bride and groom need or want for their new home. Most major retailers offer gift registries these days.
5. Have games and activities planned
Games and activities can help to keep things fun and entertaining at a bridal shower. Some popular ideas include giving out prizes for the winners of games, making wine or champagne pong tables, and playing Newlyweds or Mr./Mrs. questions quiz games.
6. Print out thank you cards
It's always nice to send thank you cards after a bridal shower to show appreciation for all the gifts received. Cards should be sent out within two weeks of receiving gifts.
7. Buy party supplies
Party supplies like napkins, plates, cups, and cutlery can help to make the event more festive. It's best to purchase these items ahead of time so there's no last minute rush.
8. Make a list of who to invite
The guest list for a bridal shower can vary in size depending on the host's preferences and budget. It's typically best to invite close family members and friends of the bride and groom rather than people they don't know too well.
9. Decide on a date and time
The date and time of a bridal shower should be decided upon by the host committee well in advance so that everyone can mark it on their calendars. Saturday afternoons are typically the most popular times for showers but it's ultimately up to the host committee when it is held.
10. Finalize details
Once all of the above decisions have been made, it's important for the host committee to finalize all the details so that there are no surprises on the day of the event. This includes sending out invitations, ordering party supplies, and making sure the menu is finalized.