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Our Favorite Bridal Shower Ideas

The best showers go way beyond just small talk and opening gifts. A great bridal shower speaks to the to-be-wed's personality and gets all of the guests involved while talking, laughing and sipping. These themes do just that, and there's one for every type of group.

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Cooking School Bridal Shower

What it is: A chef-led culinary learning—and eating—experience. Call in a chef to give a lesson on making quick, delicious appetizers.

Best for: The bride who considers herself a real foodie or who eats out all the time but wants to get better in the kitchen (and actually use all those pots and pans she registered for).

Planning tip: Look around for restaurants that have cooking classes or chefs that make house calls.

Potential pitfall: Oftentimes only evenings are available. Guests will most likely have to stand for the demos, so if the bride has a lot of older relatives, consider setting up a few tables and chairs for those who don't want to watch the whole demonstration.

Photo: Marisa Holmes