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Bridal Shower Basics

There's no better way to honor a bride-to-be than with a bridal shower, but where do you start? Here's your step-by-step guide to everything you need, from picking out the bridal shower invitations to making sure all of the guests have a blast. First, think themes! Whether you host a bartending tutorial or a trendy retro luncheon, we have plenty of bridal shower ideas to inspire you. Even the guys are getting in on the act with coed bridal showers. If that's your plan, here's how to plan a Jack and Jill bridal shower. When it comes to keeping everyone entertained, there's nothing like a few bridal shower games to create a festive mood. Another upside to planning a few bridal shower games is that they're a great way to get everyone to mingle and to introduce out-of-town family and friends in a low-key setting. And, last but definitely not least, make a plan for the food! Again, your bridal shower theme will be key in figuring out your menu. Is it a finger sandwich kind of event, or is a backyard BBQ more appropriate for your bridal shower theme? And if you want a little help with the cuisine, consider a potluck bridal shower to get everyone involved. Finally, it's time to send out bridal shower invitations! We have all the answers for your bridal shower invitation etiquette questions (do you invite out-of-town guests?), as well as gift suggestions to give the bride (how much should you spend?). Want more bridal shower ideas? Check out our slideshows of real bridal showers to get decor, theme, and favor ideas. And just to make sure nothing gets overlooked, our Bridal Shower Checklist will help you stay sane while you plan.

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