My daughter is getting married this year. I would like to give her a shower. She doesn't like a lot of fuss and prefers gatherings to be simple and fun. Does anyone have any ideas for a gathering of about 15 women? I would like ideas for food, games, and decorations. It will probably been in my home.
By Sheila from Ontario, Canada
If she is not wanting a lot of fuss, I would suggest that you do the shower at a local tea house or someplace like Panera. This way you don't have to fuss with decorations and you can have a simple, but elegant afternoon. (04/03/2010)
A lot of what you do depends on your budget, where you live, and what you like. The showers that I have attended just had paper streamers hung around the room, served cake, coffee, and punch. The games were things like how many words could be made out of "wedding" or "bride and groom". Prizes were small kitchen utensils like spatulas, etc. and the winner then presented these items to the bride. I realize now they do things a lot fancier, but it isn't always necessary. Also in this era, balloons are really popular decorations. (04/04/2010)
Also where I am from, the bride's mother never used to give a shower. There is usually enough of them by the time the attendants give one, and usually somebody on the groom's side. I don't know how they do it around here anymore. For the last several years, I haven't known anybody with people in the wedding age group.
Your heart is in the right place but mothers do not give showers for their daughters. It is socially incorrect and looks like another bid for gifts. Inviting the guests to the wedding is enough "asking" from a family member.
A close friend or member of the wedding (not related) is the appropriate host. (04/04/2010)
One of the best things that my grandmother did at my shower was to ask each guest to bring their favorite recipe on recipe cards included with the invitations. They were asked to complete a recipe in several categories. It was nice to finally have some family and friend favorites. She had a lovely recipe box that every put their recipes in to. Two of my aunts gave me a nice laundry basket filled with kitchen and laundry gadgets. It was invaluable.
She made chicken/tuna/ham salad finger sandwiches; carved a watermelon and had fresh fruit on the inside; champagne with a strawberry inside each glass; and she made petite cakes for the cake out of a sheet cake pan and iced them in pastels. It was a beautiful shower. (04/04/2010)
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