How to Host an Alphabet Bridal Shower

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Alphabet Bridal Shower is a classic theme that your grandmother will fondly recall. Each guest is given a letter of the alphabet, and they are then asked to bring a gift that corresponds to that letter. Guests can get especially creative with their letters of the alphabet, and come up with very unique bridal shower gift ideas. The Alphabet Bridal Shower is a great bridal shower idea for a large group of people.


Things You’ll Need:

* Blank cardstock
* Alphabet rubber stamps
* Terra cotta planters
* Newspaper
* Flowers
* Monogrammed notecards

Step1 : Decide on a guest list and arrange a date for the alphabet bridal shower. Once you have decided these two items, you are ready to find the perfect location for the bridal shower.

Step2 : Find a great location for the alphabet bridal shower. A community hall or popular restaurant could be an excellent choice, so could an at-home shower at a friend or family member’s house.

Step3 : Select invitations that compliment the alphabet bridal shower theme. Invitations that have letters of the alphabet would be ideal; you could also make your own with rubber stamps and blank cardstock.

Step4 : Decorate the room for the bridal shower. One great idea is to sit ladies who have certain letters (A through E) all at a certain table.

Step5 : Make pretty centerpieces for the tables. Carry over the theme of letters by decoupaging terra cotta planters with newsprint and placing pretty flowers in them.

Step6 : Play an alphabet bridal shower theme game. The host begins the game by describing a wedding item, ritual or tradition that starts with the letter "A" and guests continue throughout the rest of the alphabet.

Step7 : Give out lovely bridal shower favors that compliment your theme. Monogrammed notes for each guest could be a nice idea.

Tips & Warnings

* Encourage guests to get creative with the alphabet shower theme. Be sure there are items on the registry that they can purchase that begin with lots of different letters.
* Children’s wooden blocks can also make a charming centerpiece. Add Mylar balloons to the center to make these look pretty.
* An alphabet shower theme is best with at least twenty-six guests, the number of letters in the alphabet. You can always duplicate letters in the alphabet among guests.

By eHow Weddings Editor

How to Make a Bridal Shower Spa Set

If you've been invited to a bridal shower, you can expect an afternoon spent watching a bride-to-be unwrap blenders and dish sets. Many people purchase the bride and groom traditional houseware items like towels, baking tins, and salad bowls. Though she and he may need these products, it's nice to change things up and give the bride something a shower spa set you make yourself. Learn how to make your own spa set for her without breaking bank.

Things You’ll Need:

* A bamboo or wicker basket
* Two towels
* Two washcloths
* Shower gel
* Bath salts
* Bath soap
* Nail file and pedicure set
* Candles
* Relaxation CD


Step1 : Purchase a medium-sized basket from your local arts and crafts store or houseware store. Try Bed, Bath & Beyond. Great spa set choices are wicker baskets or bamboo baskets.

Step2 : Pick out two fluffy towels and washcloths to match. Roll them neatly and stand them up in the spa basket. If you wish, purchase two sets in colors like cream and navy blue for an aesthetic effect.

Step3 : Buy a spa relaxation CD. You can try Barnes and Noble or even Linens and Things. Pick out a CD that has tranquil nature sounds or other calming tracks.

Step4 : Buy matching bath salts, shower gel, and body soap to insert in the spa set. If you don't have alot of money to spend, head over to Target where you can pick out spa essentials that don't cost an arm and a leg. But, if you go with lavender body soap, attempt to get lavendar shower gel and bath salts.

Step5 : Buy a wooden paddle nail file and pedicure kit. They're very convenient and look great in any spa gift set.

Step6 : Pick out one or two candles that match the towels you've placed in the basket. Arrange the candles neatly around the other spa gifts.

Tips & Warnings

* For a nice touch, write "relax" in calligraphy on a little notecard. This can act as your greeting card, as well.
* If you have the extra money, include a gift card from a department store.

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