(Closed) Bridal Shower theme when there’s no registry?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m doing a travel theme for my friend because she’s backpacking through Europe and she’ll need some supplies. She didn’t want any home goods, either, so it was the best we could think of. She said her family generally doesn’t give gifts at showers, though, so I guess it’s kind of a moot point? 

Post # 4
16 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

My friends are throwing me a honeymoon shower – ie, things to take on a honeymoon, or money to put towards one 🙂

Post # 5
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What about an around the clock shower?  Basically, the idea is to assign each guest to represent a certain time of day. The guest then purchases a gift for that time frame. And yes, you can do all 24 hours of the day! As the bride opens her gifts, have the guests tell her what her assigned time was and why she chose that gift. 

For example, early AM gifts could include bed sheets, blankets, alarm clock, etc. 

Mid-morning – breakfast cookbooks, toaster, bath towels, etc.

Late morning – laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, lunch plates, etc.

Early evening – cocktail stuff (perfect for whoever gets 5 o’clock), dinnerware, etc.

Late night – lingerie, wine glasses, etc.

Post # 6
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Why does there have to be a theme? Isn’t bridal shower enough?

Post # 7
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

A recipe shower could be useful for all the odd kitchen gadgets that she might not have. Everyone brings a recipe with something needed to make it. If she has all the kitchen stuff she needs, then do an ingredient (non-perishable) instead.

Another option is to do a date-night theme. Gifts could include wine & glasses, a picnic basket, movies, gift certificates to restaurants or all kinds of things.

I like the idea of the around the clock showers, but don’t like when it’s pre-assigned. It would work if you had a facebook type group or something where people could pick from what’s still available. If you’re assigned a certain time you don’t always have too much choice for the gift. I have the same issues with the around the house showers (where someone is assigned a room).

Post # 8
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It would be helpful to be able to give guests *some* sort of direction for the kinds of gifts she might need… (eg, don’t have a “kitchen” theme if she already has a stocked kitchen, but do have on if she doesn’t…)

so, what sorts of items does she need? alcohol-related would be fun if she already has a lot of stuff. If she doesn’t have a lot of stuff, then I don’t think you even need a theme, cuz then she is more likely to get stuff that is useful if people know they can buy *anything* to help her stock a house.

Post # 9
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

The ‘Around the Clock’ shower theme we did was really the best one I’ve ever been to or seen, and the guests loved it. We didn’t limit it to times of day, tho, as we thought it was too restrictive. Instead we did things like:

Barbecue Time, Yardwork Time, Deck the Halls Time, Breakfast in Bed Time, Beach Time….

We had great fun with how creative everyone was, and the gifts were wonderful!

I also don’t think you really need a ‘theme’ but can do a shower based on the wedding colors that will be used. Are they doing any home projects? Why isn’t she registering?


Post # 10
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Does she cook or bake?  How about having people bring their fav recipies?

Post # 11
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No theme.  If your friend’s not registering it’s probably because she prefers cash but it’s not at all expected or required – so let people bring that if they’d like.  Or you could throw her a Toronto (or wherever she lives) themed party, and she’d receive gift cards and/or items that have to do with Toronto.

Post # 12
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

if she likes to read, why not a book shower?

Post # 14
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

we have a honeymoon registry, so there’s not really anything to “open” for a shower.  My Maid/Matron of Honor came up with the great idea of having a pampering theme for the shower- massage certificates, manicure and pedicure stuff, facial stuff, etc. 

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