If one of your closest friends is going to be a bride soon and you have that special role of the maid of honor, besides helping her organize the wedding, being a constant support and dealing with all the dilemmas she may encounter along the way, one of the most important tasks for you is to organize a bridal shower to remember. Although this assignment may seem a big responsibility for you as a host, it shouldn't be stressful at all. We'll give you a couple of tips on how to organize a memorable shower for your dearest bride-to-be.
Choose a venue
The simplest solution would be to host a bridal shower at your place. This option will certainly save you some money, but it may be a bit difficult to pull off if a bride lives in a different city or if the guest-list is too big for your living room.
In that case, you should choose some restaurant, a bar or a night-club, depending on the theme of the shower, and make a reservation as soon as you can. This way you won't have to prepare food and beverages. Since you are close to the bride, you probably know where she would like to have the shower. Before you set the date, consult with guests you're planning to invite and make sure that everyone is available, including the bride-to-be.
Make a guest-list
Make a list of all bride's closest girlfriends. Don't forget to include her friends from work, school, book club or yoga-class and also her female relatives you know she would be glad to see. Just make sure that they are also invited to the wedding, to avoid an awkward situation - if you're not sure who's invited, check with the bride or groom. Send them invitations and ask them to confirm their attendance.
If you're hosting the shower somewhere that is not your home, make a seating chart and prepare creative and personalized place cards to put on tables, so the guests can organize easily.
Set a theme
Themed parties guarantee the most fun, so pick one the bride will love. Once you choose the theme for your bridal shower, it will direct its decoration style, suggest some games you can play and it can even set a matching dress code for guests. If you're planning some extreme activities, like bungee-jumping or maybe a weekend getaway, it would be good to discuss it with the bride first.
Here are some suggestions for bridal shower themes:
Wine tasting - If you need one, this will be a good excuse for drinking. You can also learn something new about wine and vineyards. In order to make it more personalized, taste the wines made in the year that the couple started dating, or wines originating from the country which the newlyweds are planning to visit on their honeymoon.
Happy hour - You all probably love cocktails and happy hours, so why don't you make a happy shower instead, by serving only cocktails all night long. You can also hire a local bartender or a pro who can teach the guests how to make fun cocktails by themselves.
Costume party - Find inspiration in the bride's favorite movie or book and use it to set the theme for the shower. Guests should wear costumes and the theme will determine the decorations for the venue.
Tropical heat - Organize the venue as a casual pool or beach party. Swimsuits, sunglasses and fresh cocktails decorated with little umbrellas are a must for this kind of shower. This will be a simple, but refreshing theme for a summer shower everyone will enjoy.
If you find yourself stuck on organization, don't hesitate to ask for help from other bridesmaids or guests. They will probably be more than happy to contribute in making the best last party a single girl could have. After all, if more people are working together, more great ideas are sure to come up.