Friday, June 26, 2009

Time for a Shower?

I love showers. Bridal or Baby. It doesn't matter. I just love the idea of celebrating the happiest of life's moments with good friends and family. This weekend I'm helping host a bridal shower for my daughter. She's getting married in August and she's home for the weekend, so we are taking advantage of that time and having a partay!

I've been put in charge of the games for the shower, which is right down my alley. Sometimes I hear people groan when they talk about shower games. I'm a bit competitive by nature so generally games of any type elicit a positive reaction from mwaaa, but I understand the negative connotation a little. Often times the same shower games are played ad nauseam, with little thought of change or variety. I'm going to post a few ideas for bridal shower games over the next few days. These games can easily be adapted to baby showers as well. Hopefully, these will add a little diversity to some of your favorites.

First though, I want to let you in on what I believe is the best part of shower games ... the prizes! (Yup, I'm that shallow.) I find it really disappointing when someone works really hard to win a game, only to be tossed a piece of gum as a reward. There's no thought in that. This is what I like to do when I plan the prizes for the shower games. I like to wrap the prizes nicely in bags or paper that reflect the bride's colors. My daughter has chosen black and white for her wedding colors, so I bought wrapping papers and bags in black and white. Then I like the prizes to reflect "What Women Love" -- especially if it is a bridal shower. (If it's a baby shower, then the prizes reflect "What Mothers Love.") For example, women love diamonds, so I might purchase some cute "diamond" (crystal) earrings for that prize. On the outside of the package I will make a little tag with the word "diamonds" on it. That way the women in the group will have a hint as to what is in that package. Another package might say "affection" -- and I'll have Hershey's kisses inside. All the prizes and tags will fall under the catagory of "What Women Love."

Here are some more suggestions of "What Women Love" and some prizes that might be associated with each category:

"Men" - CD of Il Divo
"Get Aways" - small travel case with toothpaste, body fragrances, and lotion
"Memories" - picture frame
"Romance" - favorite chick flick with 'theater' candy
"Day Spa" - small case with manicure/pedicure items
"Chocolate" - you guessed it
"Flowers" - packets of flower seeds
"A Night Out" - gift card to a restaurant
"Perfume" - fragrances
"Soft Glow" - candle

The list could go on and on. Obviously, the sky is the limit with creativity here. What's important is that the prizes look like you've spent some time and thought on them. Making the prizes "special" is one way of letting my guests know that their attendance is appreciated.

In the next few days, I'll share some ideas for shower games...


Kristen said...

Oooo! I so wish I had been invited! Beautiful!

Kristi said...

I remember that I won a CD in the "men" prize at Shannon's shower. Case in point, I remember and it was fun, so people are going to remember it later. Thanks for that great shower!

Marci said...

Those are such cute ideas. You are a very creative women. Tell Jill congrats on the engagement, and give Shannon and Dallin a hug for me. I miss them.

Anonymous said...

Lovely ideas! Also looks like a professional planner!!

RURAL magazine said...

Congrats on your daughters engagement.

Everything looks so beautifully coordinated, you have put a lot of creativity and work into this, and it shows.

Have a great time.


Becky said...

Black and white, that will be beautiful! Sounds like you had quite a week. The shower will be loads of fun I can tell. Have a wonderful weekend!

Mia said...

Man I wish I were there!!! I love your showers :)

Renee said...

You are the best shower coordinator/giver ever! I might have another baby just to talk you into giving me a shower.

Julie said...

What beautiful packages, Suzanne! I like the idea of black and white for a modern! I always liked fun games at showers...something new and innovating!

Jan said...

Fun, fun, fun! Love the ideas - -they are keepers for me. Thank you!

Kristine said...

Oooh you are super creative! I like playing games too, but sometime they can get old or dull. It looks like you've done a great job!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

all great ideas! thanks girl!