Post # 1
My lovely aunts are throwing me a shower in April or May. They really want a theme for the shower. I told them when they first brought up the idea of a theme that we already have so much stuff, we don’t really need a ton of, say, “kitchen” items or “bathroom” items. We really just need a few things here and there.
We also are thinking of doing a honeymoon registry, but I have no idea where we can afford to go. We will definitely go someplace warm…but that might be Orlando or it might be St. Lucia, you know? So now they are thinking of the idea of a honeymoon shower. Which could be nice if people donated a lot of money to our honeymoon registry, but if everyone brings towels and sunscreen, well how many of those does one need, really?… and lingerie, um, awkward. Plus, my girls are already planning on throwing me a lingerie shower.
I realize these are good problems to have, hahaha…TWO SHOWERS. But do any of you have ideas for a theme, since my aunts really seem to want to have one?
Post # 3
You mean you want a theme for the gifts and not for the party? When you said your aunt wanted a themed shower I assumed you meant that it would be a theme for the shower itself and not the gifts e.g. a vintage tea party, hollywood glamour, summer picknick or a christmas theme.
I’ve actually never been to a shower where there was a theme to the gifts (exception baby shower of course for understanble reasons).
For the honeymoon registry, you should check out some of the online options that will manage your “honey fund” registry for you.
Post # 4
I also thought you meant a theme for the party, but seems like your aunts actually mean a theme for the presents, correct?
If they want a theme, give them one! And following what you seem to need most, give them a travel theme 🙂
You can find lots of honeymoon travel registries online. Since they can’t bring a present to the shower, you could find a way to make those gifts “tangible” (e.g. ask them to print out all the gifts and put them in envelopes which you can open at the shower).
I think it will be fun to open the “Spa treatment for two” or the “Romantic dinner” at the shower! But do you have enough time to set that up?
Post # 5
Yes, sorry, I don’t know if this is also like, “oh lets decorate like tropical style” too, but I think they are thinking of a theme for the presents. Is that weird?
Post # 6
I would confirm the theme for presents. I have seen wishing wells where people bring a small item such as a spice for a “kitchen theme” and then the real present. Do they mean something like this?
Also I dont think you would get money at a shower. People like to see you open gifts (even if I hate to watch it myself) and the reason for going is to give you a gift. Otherwise they could just send you a check and forget the party. (I know this is not what you are asking them to do)
Post # 7
All my showers had themed gifts–I think it’s pretty common, especially in the South. I went to one wedding where the bride was given a tupperware shower, a pots and pans shower, a linen shower….etc….etc…you get the idea. There were, like, 6 different shower themes. I had one shower that was a honeymoon shower–I got things for my honeymoon. Some luggage, some swimsuits, a few sundresses, flip flops, cute hats, towels, beach bags. My other shower was a pampering shower–I got this to pamper myself with. A pedi spa, a git certificate for a massage, lotion sets, bubble bath, a bath pillow, and things like that. A few people didn’t go with the theme and I got some stuff off our registry at both showers. But mostly I got registry gifts for the wedding. I thought both of them were pretty great!
Post # 8
I think it’s fine to do a travel theme – people will expect you to get too many towels and come up with more creative ideas to get around that. You might be surprised at what they come up with, it could be fun. 🙂
Post # 9
A common one where I’m from is a Honey Do shower, which is mostly where you get stuff for around the house like hedge clippers, edge trimmers, garage brooms, smallish tools, stuff like that. Most people don’t think to register for those things OR give them as gifts, so they really are pretty handy.
Post # 10
I once went to a shower where the house was a general theme for presents. The hosts assigned everyone a room to purchase for.
Post # 11
I’ve been to a few around the clock showers. Each guest is assigned a time and gets you a present that you would use at that time. Ex – an 8am present might be a coffee pot, 10pm might be sheets or pillows, noon could be dishes.
Post # 12
I’ve been to an “A to Z” shower where every guest received a letter of the alphabet and was requested to somehow connect their gift to that letter. You’d think you’d wind up with a lot of random junk that way, but most people ended up being pretty creative and finding something on the registry that went with their letter.
I’ve also been to a “holidays” shower where each person was given a different holiday and the gift was supposed to connect to that holiday. Again, most people managed to tie a registry item to the holiday (e.g., roasting pan for Thanksgiving, certain tablecloths for 4th of July, etc.)
I know some people are really annoyed by themes but I really enjoy them!
Post # 13
I went to an “around the house” shower… They gave each guest a room (bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, etc) so that it spread the stuff out a little.