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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Shower Themes: From Lingerie to the Great Outdoors

Filed under: Guest Authors,Wedding Etiquette,Wedding Showers — Larry James @ 8:00 am
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Anna Post, Guest Author

One common approach to bridal showers is a theme shower, which determines the kinds of gifts guests give and offers a fun way to personalize the shower. A few suggestions follow; of course, you can go with any theme that fits the bride and the shower’s hosts – or no theme at all, other than having a good time.

Wine and … (cheese/beer/music/cigars, etc.): This shower can round out the couple’s collection of wines and whichever add-on they like best. Guests should bring a bottle of wine and/or whatever else is requested – fine cheeses, a case of microbrew beer, a favorite CD, or a box of cigars.

wedshower2Tea party: This shower is great for helping the couple stock up on goodies for their morning coffee, afternoon tea, or evening mug of cocoa. Presents might be nice teas, coffees, mugs, coffeemakers or coffee grinders, packages of fancy cookies, serving trays, teapots, or teacups.

Around the world: For world gourmets or travel enthusiasts. This party lends itself well to a cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres from all around the world. Gifts might be international foods or wines, travel accessories, CDs of world music, or beautiful books on travel and other cultures.

The great outdoors: This shower supplies the adventurous couple with presents to help keep them moving in the wilderness. The invitation should indicate what activities they like to do but, as always, should not suggest gifts. Depending on what the couple enjoys doing, guests might bring them camping equipment, fleece blankets, matching ski hats, or golf clothes, to name a few.

How does your garden grow? For the gardening couple, this party will nurture their green thumbs. The garden shower theme makes for a nice garden party or tea party. Guests can bring gifts like tin watering cans, garden tools, packets of flower and/or vegetable seeds, bird feeders, or sets of his-and-hers garden gloves.

wedshowerTools and gadgets: Especially great for coed parties, this shower supplies the couple with fun tools and gadgets for the house. Think Brookstone meets Home Depot: gifts might be a travel alarm clock, a mini blow torch for crème brûlées, or an all-in-one toolkit.

Entertainment: The idea here is to provide the couple with entertaining things to do. Gifts might be DVDs, CDs, movie tickets, museum passes, restaurant gift certificates, puzzles or games, books, journals, or magazine subscriptions.

Room of the house: Guests are asked to bring a gift for a specific room of the house. Most rooms are fairly self-explanatory, although I did once get stumped by the home office; a nice desk set, a cool paperweight, an assortment of beautiful note cards, or a pair of picture frames could all see you through.

Hours of the day: Guests are given an hour of the day for which to buy the couple a present. 8 am guests might give a set of egg cups or a juicer, while 8 pm guests might give a CD of dinner music or a set of beautiful candles for the dinner table.

Months of the year: Guests are assigned a month of the year and buy the couple a present appropriate to that month. Guests with January might give cocoas or matching cashmere socks; a guest with July might give a picnic basket or croquet set.

Letters of the alphabet: Guests are allotted a letter of the alphabet and buy the couple a present with that letter. Guests given the letter S might bring presents such as a collection of gourmet salsas or a gardening spade and seeds.

Bed and breakfast: Guests are asked to bring gifts for the kitchen or bedroom. This is a great shower to throw as a brunch! Gifts should be for use in the bedroom or kitchen but can go beyond the obvious items if you’re feeling creative, such as a set of books for bedside reading or a poker set for playing a game around the kitchen table. Just be sure your explanation makes sense, so it’s clear you’re still playing along.

Lingerie party: Not for the faint of heart! The idea here is to keep the spark alive in the bedroom. A word of warning: Choose your audience carefully with this one. All kinds of lingerie, from negligees and bra and panty sets to chemises and camisoles, slips, garters, and fancy stockings. If you’re not comfortable buying the lacy stuff, cozy pajamas, robes, or slippers are always a welcome alternative. Then there are other sexier parties that offer tools and gadgets of the naughty kind. Home Depo doesn’t sell that kind. 😉

Spa shower: A shower to indulge and pamper the senses. Gifts should pamper the bride and groom, such as bubble bath, scented candles, massage oils, or robes.

weddingpartiescoverSource: From Emily Post’s Wedding Parties: Smart Ideas for Stylish Parties, from Engagement to Reception and Everything in Between by Anna Post.

Larry’s Note: Did you know that the custom of a bridal shower is said to have originated in Holland? Legend has it that one man refused to provide the then-essential dowry for his daughter because he didn’t approve of the marriage. The bride-to-be’s friends then banded together to provide the dowry by “showering” her with gifts. Thus the Bridal shower was born. (Source: YouAreTheBride.com)

Anna Post
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Copyright © 2011 – Anna Post. Reprinted with permission. Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and the author of Emily Post’s Wedding Parties. She speaks at bridal venues across the country, providing wedding etiquette advice. She also conducts business etiquette seminars for major corporations. A columnist for Brides.com and Inside Weddings, she lives in Burlington, Vermont. Visit their Website and Blogs. Click book cover for more info!

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wedding and Honeymoon Gift Baskets for the Bride and Groom

Filed under: Gifts,Wedding Showers,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Diane Peterson, Guest Author

giftbasket2Wedding season is in full swing and that means shopping for wedding gifts. A registry gift is nice, but predictable. If you want to give a surprising and delightful gift, pick out a gift basket that will keep the bride and groom toasting to their big day!

Wedding gift baskets are a perfect indulgent gift for the bride and groom to receive. There are so many options for gift baskets that are suitable as a wedding gift; which makes this such a great gift to give.

Since there isn’t any one specific type of wedding gift basket, choosing one can be a little tricky. Get some help from gift basket sites that review some of the best gift baskets. Generally speaking, a gift basket containing wine or champagne is probably your best bet for a wedding gift. These types of gift baskets are accompanied by gourmet snacks that pair well with the wines. It’s like a mini cocktail party in a basket!

Another great characteristic of a wedding gift basket is the presentation. Amidst a sea of white and silver wrapping paper, a gift basket is sure to stand out on a gift table.

giftbasket1If you are trying to think of a gift that breaks tradition, give the newlyweds a gift basket they can take with them on their honeymoon.

A bride and groom beach tote is a practical and fun way to say congratulations and kick start their much needed beach vacation after months of stressful wedding planning.

This fantastic cotton canvas beach tote gift gives you the option of embroidering the couple’s names and wedding date on the bag. Every time they use it they will think of their wedding day. It can be filled with some beach towels, sunscreen, flip-flops as well as a bottle of wine. A spa themed gift basket is also appropriate as a honeymoon gift.

A honeymoon should be relaxing and a gift basket filled with slippers, bubble bath and scented candles will pamper the newlyweds in luxury. Whichever type of gift basket you choose for the bride and groom it is sure to say congratulations and show them how happy you are for them.

BONUS Articles: Several articles about “Honeymoons!”

dianePetersonCopyright © 2011 – Diane Peterson. Reprinted with permission. – Diane is “The Gift Basket Gal.” She is the owner of Gift Basket Reviews and services the Greater Phoenix, AZ area. She custom-makes all kinds of gift baskets. Visit Diane’s Website and Blog.

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