Your bridal shower invitations are the first hint that you give to your guests about the theme of the bridal shower that you are hostessing. Your bridal shower invitations can be handmade, computer-generated or ordered from a local or online printer, but it’s important to make sure that they are unique enough that guests will be excited about attending the shower.
The theme of the bridal shower will set the mood for the party and will give guests an idea of the type of gift they will bring for the bride. Here are some favorite themes to consider:
o Kiss the Cook – Every new bride will need to know (or learn) how to cook. Your bridal shower invitations could be in the shape of a kitchen utensil or favorite food. Enclose a blank recipe card in the invitation so that guests can share their favorite recipe with the new bride. Gifts can be anything kitchen-related.
o Pamper Yourself – Your bridal shower invitations can be scented with lavender. Gifts can be bath and beauty items, luxurious towel or sheet sets, or gift certificates for manicures, pedicures or day spas. The hostess can arrange to have masseuses at the party to give back or neck massages to all of the guests.
o His and Hers – A picture of the soon-to-be-married couple can be on the bridal shower invitations, and it can be a shower for couples. Gifts can be geared towards items that the new couple will use, bedroom gifts, or gift certificates for restaurants and entertainment. Guests will be friends of both the bride and groom. You can have some raucous “couples” games that will be the hit of the party.
o Gift Baskets – The bridal shower invitations can be in the shape of a gift basket. Guests can be encouraged to bring a gift basket for the bride. There are any number of gift baskets that can be put together rather inexpensively. For example, a bath gift basket can contain soaps, a nice bath towel and a loofah sponge. A spaghetti gift basket can have the pasta, spaghetti sauce, French bread and a bottle of wine. You can have gift basket centerpieces that can be given away as prizes to the guests when you play games.
o Go Green – Make handmade bridal shower invitations of recyclable paper. Ask each guest to bring her 10 best ideas for sustainable living. Gifts can be “green gifts” that will help the bride and groom to live ecologically responsible lives from the beginning – gardening items and seeds to start a vegetable garden, rechargeable batteries, composting supplies, energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs.
o Books, Books, Books – For the bride and groom who “have it all”, this theme can be fun. Gifts, of course, will be books to fill the library of the newly married couple. Each guest should be asked to bring a new book and to inscribe it with a thoughtful handwritten note on the inside cover. They may also choose to add a new bookmark or bookbag. Bridal shower invitations could be made to look like the cover of a book.