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Let's face it — most bridal showers are alike. A group of your favorite women, tasty treats, a fun game, and gift opening. But that doesn't have to be the case! Incorporating a group DIY into your wedding shower can be a fun way to bond with guests and — in many cases — have those guests make their own party favors. Here are a few ideas to add a creative spirit into your shower:
This one will take the bride and her friends back to their sand art days. You can buy DIY kits for everyone to use, or just a collection of various shaped vases, colorful sand, succulents, and fun props like toy dinosaurs, and let your guests go at it! They don't need a green thumb to make this terrarium come to life.
If your bride is having a vineyard wedding, consider theming the shower in the same vein. Along with healthy pours of wine throughout the party, set up a wine glass painting station. All the supplies you need are standard wine glasses and glass paint. If you want to go the extra mile, include some wine charms that guests can incorporate into their artistic designs. Pro tip: Have everyone finish painting their glasses before gift opening — by the time the bride's done unwrapping, their glasses will be dry and ready to go home!
Perfume or Candle Bar
This one might require hiring a professional or going to a storefront that hosts classes, but it's a must-do for anyone with a bride that loves a good scent. Bridal shower guests will walk through bottles of oils and create their own signature scent, and either pour the blend into a beautiful perfume bottle, or add some soy wax to the mix for a candle. Watch out — the bride might fall in love with your scent and want it for her big day!
We get it — this one may feel like a kid's sleepover party, but hear us out. Instead of some string and beads pulled together into DIY charm bracelet, consider leather wrap bracelets instead. Along with the bracelets, which you can buy in various colors, you can purchase leather stampers and wood mallets, that each guest can emboss their own design into. Think initials, fun symbols, or a certain special date for the bride.
Don't whip out the popsicle sticks just yet! Instead, buy white or black picture frames — any size will do — some colorful paint, and a collection of flat-backed metal charms. Guests can paint their frames or add their medallions (use a hot glue gun to really make them stick) to their own tastes. Then give them something to fill the frame with: Set up a selfie station where each guest can snap a pic for their frame with the bride!
And one just for the bride... A Wedding Quilt
You've probably been to a baby shower or two that included puffy paint, fabric markers, and a blank onesie to decorate. Take the same idea, but throw it onto a quilt. Hand out patches of fabric to each guest at the shower, along with the above tools — and maybe beads, or string. Have each member of the party create their own patch in honor of the happy couple. After the shower, collect all of the patches (send ones ahead of time to guests who can't make it!) and sew them together into a newlywed quilt.
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