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Old 01-05-2013, 05:13 PM   #16
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I would actually DO the games if she is shy, to take the focus off of her and give people her a chance to interact casually with new aquaintances.

I'd do really casual ones that people don't HAVE to participate in, but that incourage some interaction. For example, at different areas around the room you could have things like "write advice for the bride and groom." Another station could have something like "guess the spice." (the bride gets new spices) A 3rd station could have some sort of table linen item (like a few cloth napkins or dish drying towels) that people could sign or even decorate.

If you are doing finger food, people could mingle, eat, and particpate as desired.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:24 PM   #17
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Just curious...weird in what way?
Well, not weird-bad, just awkward weird. DH's family lives waaaay far away in a tiny town (800 people), so I have only really met his immediate family. Some of his parents' friends, 5 ladies they go to church with, hosted the shower (but I've never met any of these people). They invited basically all the women in the church and others in town.

Anyway, the shower was held in the church nursery room, and there were probably 30 women there. The ONLY people there I had ever met before were my DH's mom and sister. They had the chairs for the guests set up in rows, like you would for a class or something. So I sat up front in a chair at a table, and they all sat there and watched me open my gifts like I was on stage. My DH came after most of the shower was over so he could say hello to everyone (he doesn't get back home very often living so far away). He said the seating arrangement seemed a little confrontational.

And every time I opened a gift, it was like "Oh, this is from Mary Smith... umm..." and Mary Smith would have to raise her hand because of course I had no idea who she was, and it was just so awkward.

Everyone was nice, it was just bizarre being at a bridal shower where you know no one. And they did have cake and punch.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:42 PM   #18
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I don't think you'd want to do one like mine!

DH and I had rented a house a couple of months before we got married and we needed that much time to clean it and make it fit to live in again.

The previous renters were filthy pigs, and it took the landlady a long time to force them out. So, they left a mess.

Anyway, we were close to being done by the time our wedding was a couple weeks away so my maid-of-honor got the bright idea to "surprise me" by having a shower for me, at OUR house.

We had very little furniture, but someone brought a bunch of folding chairs. There were no decorations, and back then (1975) showers were basically just cake and punch, play a couple games and open the gifts.

I was wearing bib overalls and of course had nothing to change into.

There were about 20-25 people there and the main thing that I remember was a couple of DH's aunts made a really cute gift. They took a mop bucket and filled it with cleaning supplies, in the center was a broom and rolls of paper towel were covering the handle. They had attached a paper plate to the top of the broom for a "face" and her eyes were steel wool scrubbies (don't remember what her nose and mouth were), they tied a red bandana around the top of her "head", wooden spoons were her arms, and they even tied an apron around her waist. It was so unusual that I've never forgotten it.

It was nice being surprised, but I would have enjoyed it more had it been somewhere else.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:54 PM   #19
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I wanted a backyard barbeque but what a fiasco that started. I didn't want to be stuck in some restaurant/hall and then rushed out because time was up. I wanted a laid back, relaxed shower. Figured I'd have it MIL's backyard since she lived in the town where most of the attendees were from (and where I lived). My mother got herself in a tizzy because SHE was the mother of the bride and it should be at her house. Unfortunately that meant everyone would have to travel. It was only convenient for her. MIL, in turn, threatened that no one from DH's side would come. My MOH let me in on what was going on and I told her to tell them all to go to (well you get the idea). Anyway, I told her she was MOH and she should do what she wanted.

They had it in a hall, but was definitely backyard barbeque themed. Red and white checked plastic table clothes, plastic bugs on the tables, plastic water guns, bubbles... the bridal party and I sat in lawn chairs, they had a little plastic kiddie pool for me to soak my feet in, bought a small portable grill and had plastic doggie toys (steak, hot dog, burgers) on it. Everyone was told to wear comfortable, yard type clothing and they brought shorts and a tshirt for me to change into. I LOVED IT! I honestly can't remember whether it was sitdown or buffet style (it was 20 years ago) but I remembered how impressed I was with the whole theme.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:55 PM   #20
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11am on a Sunday morning, had about 10 people in attendance at a diner several of us had thought about trying. My daughter (24) and my now SIL put the shower on. The diner reserved a section of the patio for us, we played a couple games waiting for food to be served and opened gifts waiting for the check and just talking. It was very nice.

Now my daughter (22) is getting married next month and my daughter (24) is throwing her shower, it is a pot luck and a friends house on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone will bring a dish and the recipe for the dish to compile a cookbook. We live in FL, my daughter is getting married in TN, the shower will be in FL. Now her fmil had a shower for her in October, and had made ham, mac/cheese, beans, salad, vegi cups and had ring sandwiches. It was very nice. We played a couple games, ate, opened gifts had dessert.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:58 PM   #21
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My shower was held on a Saturday afternoon in the community center of the small town my my lived in. Relatives, friends, co-workers. My mom, grandma, MIL and bridal hosted. We had hot chicken sandwiches, meatballs and salads. My aunt made my cake. We didn't do any games but each guest was asked to fill out a card with a piece of advice for DH and I. As I opened gifts, I picked cards and read the advice. Some were very funny, some were very touching.

Ironically, we all met exactly one year later for my baby shower!
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:10 PM   #22
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I hosted a bridal shower for my niece two years ago. We did a really fun game that would probably work well for a shy bride because all she has to do is be a judge. Here's how it works:

Divide your group into smaller groups of 3 or 4 people. Have each group designate who is going to be their "model". Give each group a roll of toilet paper and tell them they have to design an entire wedding dress including veil, flowers , etc entirely out of toilet paper for their model to wear. Give each group 10 minutes to dress their bride model. They came up with some creative bridal outfits and the bride picked the winning dress and team. Everyone really had fun and was laughing by the end of the game so it was a nice ice breaker.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:23 PM   #23
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I've only been to two showers, one was held in someone's home and the other was in the back area of a family style Chinese restaurant.

That restaurant one was more fun because I was older. It was for my cousin's bride to be. There were games, mainly about how well you know the bride and groom. That was awkward, I'm not especially close with my family so I didn't know a whole lot.

Personally, I wouldn't mind if mine (if the time ever comes! Prince Charming where the heck are ya?!) was held in a home. I would prefer a restaurant, and the afternoon tea makes me think somewhere at the Grand Floridian would be perfect but way too expensive.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:05 PM   #24
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Mine was 2 months before our wedding at a local restaurant. I don't remember exactly how many people were there, but definitely no more than 20. Most of the guests were close friends and family of my MIL (as were most of the wedding guests - I only have a few female friends, my mother, and her BFF who is like another mother to me). It was hosted by my MIL, DH's sister (my MOH and only attendant) and DH's SIL (our reader). It was in the early afternoon on a Sunday; after lunch and before dinner, so it wasn't packed. We had a room to ourselves and a lovely buffet. The restaurant actually doesn't have desserts, so MIL was able to bring in an outside cake. It was very small and relaxed and wonderful - just like our wedding!

We all liked the restaurant so much that we had our rehearsal dinner there as well - and DH and I went back for our first anniversary dinner
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:20 PM   #25
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I had three showers, and my favorite was hosted by my aunts. They hosted a tea party at my parents' house, and people came and went over a few hours. It was simple, not overwhelming, and I was able to visit with small groups of people. There were no games, thank goodness!
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My shower was held on a Saturday afternoon in the community center of the small town my my lived in. Relatives, friends, co-workers. My mom, grandma, MIL and bridal hosted. We had hot chicken sandwiches, meatballs and salads. My aunt made my cake. We didn't do any games but each guest was asked to fill out a card with a piece of advice for DH and I. As I opened gifts, I picked cards and read the advice. Some were very funny, some were very touching.

Ironically, we all met exactly one year later for my baby shower!
I really like the bolded idea.......that would be quite helpful/amusing for my son and future DIL!
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I really like the bolded idea.......that would be quite helpful/amusing for my son and future DIL!
My SIL put them into a mini scrapbook for us! Whenever I'm feeling like the weight of the world is on our marriage, I pull that little book out and read the loving words our family and friends gave to us. Always helps!
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:17 PM   #28
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My SIL put them into a mini scrapbook for us! Whenever I'm feeling like the weight of the world is on our marriage, I pull that little book out and read the loving words our family and friends gave to us. Always helps!
My future DIL would probably love (and need) something like that going far away from home not knowing anyone but my son come this March. The longest she has ever been away from home was in 6th grade when she went to a 2-week camp. She's 22 but stayed at home while commuting to college.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:20 PM   #29
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I had two showers, one with family and my mother's close friends who I knew rather well. For that one we did a brunch thing at 1030am and we had egg casserole, cinnamon rolls, fruit and mimosa's(coffee, tea and water as well) and after we ate I opened gifts and we talked. I loved it!

The second was more of a lingerie shower with friends. Lots of booze and other things.... haha. I won't go into it more.
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In my experience, bridal and baby showers are a lot more elaborate then those described. (so it may be a regional question). Never any games, never never.
Restaurant, Hall or Hotel banquet room. 50-100 people. catered food, entertainment, elaborate decorations and favors. Semi formal attire (ladies who lunch type suits, dresses, heels, full makeup and jewelry)
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