With summer coming up, chances are you'll have a friend or two getting engaged in the months ahead. So if it's your responsibility to plan a bridal shower, you don't want to be unprepared. Luckily, there are number of people, places and things that can serve as inspiration while coordinating a bash for the bride-to-be.
1. The Fourth of July. The holiday is smack dab in the middle of the summer, so you'd be remiss if you passed up the opportunity to celebrate both the birth of our nation and your good friend tying the knot. Along with typical Independence Day fare, you'll definitely want to have plenty of decorations, such as color nylon parasols and oval paper lanterns.
2. Wine. It's more of a lifestyle than a theme, but it's perfect for the summer. Kicking back with a few of your friends and indulging with a few (or more) glasses of a fine vintage can be the perfect way to unwind. It also gives you a great idea for parting gifts for your guests. Open heart wine bottle stoppers and butterfly bottle stoppers are excellent ways to commemorate your soiree.
3. The weather. It's the summer, so of course you have to take your bridal shower outside! Hanging out on the deck and just relaxing is a wonderful way to celebrate the occasion, just don't forget to load up on bridal shower supplies. Pick up some personalized frosted plastic cups and custom printed napkins to be sure your gathering goes off without a hitch.
4. Games, games games. Having a fun activity is a must for any bridal shower, but make sure you choose wisely. There are a number of options at your disposal, but a bridal shower trivia game might be the way to go. With fun questions about weddings, love-themed facts and statistics, not only will you have fun but you might just learn something too!
5. Dudes. Co-ed showers have become increasingly popular lately, and after all, why should guys be excluded? They can be as exclusive or inclusive as you want, and can take place anywhere from a fancy sit down restaurant to a backyard picnic.