Wedding season is just around the corner. If you’re like us, you can’t wait to party with the bride-to-be. To help you celebrate, we paired popular parties with perfect presents (say that three times fast!) to give you ideas to shower the bride from the time she says “yes” until the day they say “I do.”
The Party: Engagement Soireé
The Gift: An "Engaged" Mug
She's got the ring, now it's time to have a little fun. You can keep it low-key with a gathering of girls at your house or a favorite restaurant. Have several bottles of champagne, a few wedding magazines for inspiration, and nibbles for all the guests on hand to get the celebration going. Surprise her with a coffee mug made just for the bride-to-be. After all, she's going to need to stay caffeinated to plan her big day.
The Party: A His and Her Shower
The Gift: Mr. and Mrs. Ring Dish
The bride shouldn't get to have all the fun. Get the groom in on at least one of the showers with a couples' gathering complete with his and her gifts. For example, you might get them matching bathrobes, or give her kitchen tools and him garage tools. Our pick? This sweet-as-can-be ring dish with a side for each to place their bands at the end of the day.
The Party: Bridal Tea
The Gift: Give Many Blessings Clay Cross Box
Bridal teas are often community-wide gatherings. Invitees include everyone from a bride and groom's elementary teachers to their parents' best friends. If you're planning to host one, choose a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for the occasion and make sure to send out formal invites at least two weeks in advance. Since it's a tea, you'll probably want to have several tea selections on hand as well as punch, coffee, and traditional petit fours or a cake. Sweet, treasured gifts rule the day at a bridal tea. We suggest a memorable keepsake such as the blessings box shown here.
The Party: Bachelorette Party
The Gift: Happy Wife Hat
It's officially party time! If you're the lucky host of a much-acclaimed bachelorette party, you get to map out the fun for the bride's last fling with her girls. First and foremost, consider the bride's personal taste and who'll be attending before you make any big plans. This party should be an intimate gathering of girls, doing the bride's favorite things - whether that's a night out on the town, a spa day and dinner at a restaurant, or a trip to a carefree destination. We like this Happy Wife Hat for keeping the sun off of her face at the pool or covering up post-massage hair. Plus, it's something she can use for years to come.
The Party: Friends and Family Shower
The Gift: One Special Person Plaque
The people gathered at a friends and family shower really (we mean really) know the bride or groom (or both!). That's one reason why these showers can be a little more fun and mischievous. Gifts like the humorous sign shown here are all in good fun and will likely have your group laughing and sharing stories before you know it.
The Party: Wedding Morning Brunch
The Gift: In Case of Cold Feet Socks
The big day has arrived! A pre-wedding brunch complete with doughnuts, mimosas, and all the bridal party's favorite morning treats is a great way to kick off the day. If you want to host a quick brunch for the bride, keep the focus on keeping her cool, calm, and collected. While gifts might not typically be given at an event like this, throw in a pair of socks to cure any last-minute cases of cold feet!