and towels? Bridal showers aren't just about kitchen and
bath items anymore. And, they often aren't just for the
bride anymore. Themed bridal showers and couples-themed
showers are increasingly becoming a fun and hot new trend.
unique couples-themed showers to the tried and true "room of
the house" shower, here are just a few bridal shower
themes to consider.
BBQ - Host a backyard barbecue for the couple and ask guests
to bring items for backyard entertaining from shish kebob skewers
and tiki torches to volleyball sets and patio lights. Guests
could even pool resources to purchase an outdoor patio table and
chairs with a screened in gazebo. Then host the party with
the new gifts!
& Cheese / Stock the Bar - Host a wine and
cheese party and have guests bring gifts such as a
corkscrew, martini glasses, a wine rack or a nice bottle of
Honeymooning - Choose gifts based on the couple's honeymoon
destination or travel related items such as matching beach towels
that the couple can use on their honeymoon.
at Home - If the couple isn't taking a honeymoon right away,
guests can bring items to enhance a honeymoon at home - candles,
lingerie, romantic mood music like Barry White's greatest hits,
Shower - Gifts can include tickets to the movies or sporting
events, dvds and or/a dvd player, gift cards to the local movie
rental store, etc.
& Garden - Guests bring tools and gadgets for use around
the yard and garden - hose, lawn mower, etc.
Improvement - This is a great themed party for couples who may
already own a home or who have been married before and have all
the kitchen/bath items they need. Guests can bring home
improvement items &/or gift cards to a local home improvement
store such as Home Depot. Does the couple have a room in
their home with wallpaper that makes them crazy? Guests can
arrive for a room makeover party - paint or remove wallpaper,
etc... Then, toast the finished product with takeout food and your
favorite beverages of choice.
the Cook -
If the couple loves to cook, host a dinner or fondue party
for the couple and ask guests to bring gifts that center
around food - cooking utensils, aprons, gourmet cookware,
cookbooks, herbs and spices, etc.
& Fitness - If the couple loves exercise and the outdoors
how about a camping trip with friends. Gifts can range from
exercise equipment to a parasailing gift certificate.
the Beach - A fun theme for a couples shower can focus on a
day at the beach. Fishing, or volleyball on the beach, can
be followed up with dinner on the beach. Many oceanfront
towns in South Jersey have restaurants that deliver to the beach.
Guests bring gifts with a beach or outdoor theme - fishing
gear, sunscreen, portable radio, frisbees, beach towels, salt
water taffy, etc.
Bridal Shower Themes
of the House - Each guest is assigned a room of the house and
brings a gift appropriate for that room.
of Day . Around the Clock - Each guest is asked to bring a
gift appropriate for a specific hour such as midnight or a
specific time of day such as "breakfast" or
Shower - You guessed it, a is for apple, b is for
bedding - each guest is assigned a letter and brings a gift
that begins with that letter. A is for apron, b is for
bakeware...T is for Toaster.
Shower - Sexy lingerie parties or items made of silk, satin
and lace are the gifts. There are companies that specialize
in "naughty nightie" parties and these can often replace
a traditional shower or bachelorette party.
Recipe Shower - In addition to a traditional bridal shower
gift, guests are asked to write down one of their prized recipes
to share with the bride-to-be.
& Spicy - If a couple likes hot & spicy food gifts can
include a gourmet gift basket of hot & spicy foods, cajun
recipe books, chili pepper pot holders, etc.
Shower - Do the bride and groom both love fuschia? Have guests
bring gifts that have at least a hint of fuschia in them.
Shower - Guests can be assigned a specific month or time of
year such as Halloween and gifts should go with the time period.
A Tree Shower - For couples that already have many household
items, a Christmas ornament shower can be a great way for the
bride and groom to remember their close friends at Christmastime.
Brunch Shower - Serve Sunday brunch to your guests.
Gifts can be themed to a certain meal such as breakfast, lunch,
dinner, dessert, cocktail hour, etc.
Mama Party - invite all your girlfriends to a pajama party and
shower the bride with gifts while watching a favorite dvd.
of Beauty /Relaxation Shower - the bride and bridal shower
guests convene for a day of beauty at a local beauty salon.
Or shower the bride with gift certificates for a facial, yoga
classes, massage, etc.
Basket Shower - Assign each guest a theme for their basket.
For example, Breakfast in Bed, Bath & Body, Mexican or Chinese
Food, Tools & Gizmos, etc.
/Media Shower - Each guest brings a favorite book, magazine
subscription, movie or cd to add to the couples home library.
A classic Honeymooners DVD, a book on how to boil water or one of
your own favorite movies or cds can be a unique and meaningful
gift for the newlyweds.
the Pound Shower - Each guest brings one pound of a food
item and a gift that can be used with that item. A
pound of coffee and a coffee maker, a pound of flour and
non-stick gourmet cake pans, a pound of maple syrup and a
waffle maker, etc.