Every bridal shower has a couple of similar goals: bring all the women who have supported you over the years together to eat platters of delicious food and toast to the big day with a couple of bottles of bubbly. Mixed into that, there are the traditional games, opening of presents, and a surprise fiancé appearance. Want to make your shower (or a friend's) feel a little more unique? Try these simple and fun ways to personalize a bridal shower.
1. Handmade Accessories
Save some money and get crafty by doing DIY centerpieces and decorating the room with items that you and perhaps even your bridesmaids helped to make. You can incorporate your favorite candy, fabrics, or flowers.
2. Personalized Gifts for Guests
If you're looking for a party favor for your bridal shower guests, consider doing something personal like writing them a handwritten letter or printing out a picture of the two of you and putting it in a frame.
3. Food With Meaning
Consider having a theme for your bridal shower where the appetizers and finger foods you serve are some of the food you and your fiancé ate together on your first couple of dates, or food that you both have grown to love together.
Get all of the guests involved by asking each one to give a little toast on what they believe the secret to a happy marriage is, based on what they love the most about you and your fiancé together.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.