Post # 1
I’ve been racking my brain and cannot come up with a decent theme for a bridal shower I’m throwing for my Maid/Matron of Honor. She is having a Destination Wedding and it will take place on a beach in Mexico and I want to throw her a shower where the guests are asked to bring gifts of china off of her registry. China gifts plus Mexican Fiesta sounds easy enough right? I have been trying to come up with an invitation that incorporates the china plus Mexican Destination Wedding theme but am having a hard time with the wording. Please help!
Post # 3
Maybe an around-the-world theme, playing "china plates" with China the country, and include Mexico too? You could get very cute with the invite wording… Love around the world- their love for each other, love in Mexico where they are getting married, love for China (china plates) and the shower guests’ love for the bride…
Post # 4
Ha! I’m dying laughing at my desk — what about a "Don’t be a Bull in a China Shop" ???
You can have a mexican bull fighter and then have like a tea cup as the "bull" gosh I’m really losing it, it’s Friday!
Post # 5
Do you have to do a Mexico theme for the shower? Here’s some ideas for you, but not sure if you could use any of them for what you are going for: http://www.hostesswiththemostess.com/themes/bridal_showers
I do love the "Love in Paradise" one and think if you word the invite right it could be really perfect for what you are trying to do.
Post # 6
Why only china items off her registry? How will you specify that the guests should only buy her china? If she really wants the china- can’t you just spread the word about it?
Mexico and china don’t really seem to jive to me. I’m just imagining a ‘shower’ of china and a guy in a poncho taking refuge under a big sombrero!
Post # 7
I’m not sure if Mexica and China seem to go too wel with me either.
But I guess I’m more concerned with requesting people only give her China. That’s not really in good form. It is especially troubling that the request is for China. Even though it’s not polite to ask for even just money, at least money is an abstract amount. China can be very expensive. And it’s not like people can get a tea cup. I know there might be things slightly less expensive like salt and pepper shakers. (But how many will they need?) The nice thing about registries is that there is a balance of things that range in prices. The only people I got China from, were my closest family.
I’m not sure it’s a viable option to say that people can go in on a set of china. What if they don’t really know anyone else? What if they only know 1 or 2 people and splitting the cost among three is too much? (I don’t know how expensive the pattern is.) What if someone already has something special picked out? Or if they simply don’t want to go in with anyone?
If you want a Mexican theme, why not Mexican food? Or buying Mexican themed favors. Buying sombreros or morracas (sp) for everyone to wear. Or mix it with a vacation theme. (Sunglasses, beaches, flip flops).
Post # 8
I’ve been to and heard of several showers where guests are asked to help so and so fill up her kitchen by buying kitchen items off of the registry. Her china registry is for individual pieces with $30 being about the average price of each (some higher some lower). Bringing china is not a requirement but I was planning on making it a suggestion.
Ex. Join us for a shower honoring J. We will be celebrating with a little east meets south of the border. We will dine on mexican fare and shower J with gifts from the east (china of course!). J is registered at ….
Maybe I’ll start a new post and see if it is tacky to have a gift "theme" to a shower. Thanks for bringing up your concerns.
Post # 9
Well I think that if they are averaging $30 in price, that certainly would be a reasonable price range.
I see asking people to bring china as different than having a kitchen theme. Kitchen stuff has a wide range. So I guess I don’t see them as equally restrictive. But I’m sure it will be fun anyway you do it.
Good luck in planning.
Post # 10
I agree with the poster who suggested an "around the world" theme, if you’re insistent upon throwing a shower that is themed with the destination. Though, I would think the bride and guests might get enough of Mexico with the wedding itself. Another option, if you want to stick with the international idea, might be a travel-themed shower. You could have lots of international foods, a photo station for guests to take funny, silly "passport" photos, and even have a prize of a nice travel kit (or something that would be useful on the trip to Mexico) for any shower games you played. You could even design the invites to look like plane tickets or passports!
In your invitation, you could let guests know about the travel theme, and suggest that guests come prepared to share their travel, packing, vacation (etc) tips. When you’re spreading the word about the registries (however you choose to do so), you could say something playful about how if they’d like to bring a bit of international flair to the party, the couple is registered for china at X. I think it’s the most tactful way to ask that guests bring a particular gift, though suggesting a gift theme (like kitchen, travel, lawn & garden, etc) seems fine to me. 🙂
I hope that helps! Good luck!