Bridal showers- surprise or no surprise, choosing the perfect outfit, will someone have the outfit in advance, and bring it, if the shower is a surprise? Ugh, seems like a lot of high expectations, maybe even too many. And. why? Why does a bridal shower have to be so stressful, and so "stuffy"? It's called a SHOWER for crying out loud. As far as I know, when I take an actual shower it's relaxing (as long as my kids are already asleep, but that's a whole other story), a time to think/reflect, (maybe sing a little), and ultimately I finish my shower feeling motivated to tackle (at least one) of the many things I thought about during my shower.
So how is this not translatable to a wedding shower? One would think it should be a relaxing event, a time to let loose a little (maybe by enjoying a mimosa or glass of champs), and amp you up to celebrate your big day!
When planning a shower, consider some relaxing, more personal components.
First of all, what's more relaxing than a nice glass of champagne or mimosa?! And not for nothing, a little champagne can easily "take the edge off" if you're feeling a little nervous about the shower (why though, really? Just enjoy it!) Check out these Mimosa and Bellini recipes for some fun ways to spice up the traditional OJ and champs combo!
And then there's the venue. Don't shy away from a place that feels comfortable. If you're hosting a smaller, more intimate group, investigate restaurant options that offer private rooms, to provide you with that more cozy, relaxing vibe. And if the opportunity is there, opt for a family member or close friend's home.
Finally, now for what REALLY matters. The invitations. Ha! No but really, this is a perfect place to have fun! Wedding invitations set the tone for the event, and may hold a little more of a formal feel, but the shower invitations can be fun, bright, and why not even a little sparkly!?