Post # 18
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
You ask everyone for their address BEFORE the shower, that’s how they get their invitations.
If the bride needs that list to send thank you’s that’s fine but addressing an envelope is part of sending thank you’s. And I’d assume she’d have those addresses for her own and your use because those people are also getting wedding invitations.
To me it would feel like, walking into a shower and the host says “here write your address on this envelope otherwise you won’t get a thank you.” If you want to do a drawing for a prize, there are better ways to do it.
Post # 19
- Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa
Don’t know why this had all of a sudden turned into an argument about the pre-addressed envelopes. Go for it! Don’t know why anyone would take that as insulting, and it will save the bride lots of time when she’s busy finishing up wedding stuff! She’s still hand-writing a thank you note, who cares who addressed it?!
@Gemstone: we did this game for my shower with the questions for the groom, then bride, except I had to chew a piece of gum for everyone I got wrong. I like your idea better though with the canned goods! (mainly because I had soooo much gum in my mouth I couldn’t talk anymore, but fun none-the less), and guests got a good laugh. 🙂
My only concern about the gifts is that if everyone brings gifts related to their recipe she may get a LOT of repeats, like wooden spoons, measuring cups, spatulas. I would’ve suggested she register solely for the shower so she gets things she wants/can use.
For prizes I won one like this and got a bucket full of utensils, but didn’t need any of them and gave them to goodwill (the bride didn’t need either as there were 2 identical and the other was left). What about scented candles that are food related, like pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, etc.? Or I guess if you were giving nice utensils, stainless steel so they will match any kitchen, common items that they would use. Mine was a bright neon green bucket of cheap utensils so was totaly discarded. 🙂
For food what if it you had a homemade desert table with little mini receipe cards for each that guests could take if they liked it? Or each table could have a plate of deserts with the recipe cards… would encourage conversation/socializing to see what is at each table?
Post # 20
I didn’t read all of the responses but my favorite game has been the purse scavenger hunt. Get together in groups of 2-3 (preferrably people you don’t know well), and a list is revealed of a number of items (including whacky stuff like a rock or fruit) and different points assigned to them, and you all have to go through your purses and try to get as much stuff as possible. Funnest game ever!
I like the idea of cute spatulas as gifts because everyone uses spatulas! Another idea for gifts is to hunt through the Winners/HomeSense food section. They have really cute mixes in adorable bags or boxes for things like cookies, cupcakes, brownies and other stuff.
Post # 21
- Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa
Here are some ideas from martha stewart – used food in your centerpieces, that guests (or the bride) can take home…
Or use kitchen bowls as vases for flowers:
Something we did at a friend of mine’s shower also was to have a copy of the ‘good wife’s guide’ on tables for guests to read: http://j-walk.com/other/goodwife/index.htm
At the end of the shower ask a question from the guide, and whoever gets it right wins.
Post # 22
Great ideas Bees! I’ll go through them and figure out what will work for us. Decor was something I hadnt even thought of yet. It’s an afternoon apps and treats kinda deal so no formal place settings but we do still need to decorate the food table anyway and I love the little recipe card at the dishes idea! Thank you!!!
Post # 23
That sounds cute. My shower was the traditional shower but we did do the recipe thing where all the guests wrote down a recipe. I had top read the recipe (just th ename) and try to guess whose it was. One of my bridesmaid out all the recipes in a super cute booklet:
We played a word scramble (words were all things found in the kitchen, like: letap (plate), etc. And we also plyaed a game that had questions with the answers being names of women (the northern lights: Aurora, the women saint: Mary, etc.)
We had guess the spice game where each person was blindfolded and had to guess what the spice was: cinnamon, black pepper, salt, etc.
We played the purse game where my bm would call out an item that a woman would have in her purse, 1st person to get to her with the item gets a point, most points win. This was super fun.
We also played the game where each table had to make a wedding dress out of tissue paper:
We had marshmellow topiary centerpieces and tissue pom poms for decor:
Prizes were: mini purses, handhel makeup mirrors, oil bruner and decorative picture holders:
Favors were hersheys kisses in mini favor bags with a thak you tag. Everyone loved them.
The shower was hosted by my fmil and 3 bms and it was a HUGE hit. Everyone had fun and it was an amazing day.
Post # 24
For my sisters shower, I included that the guests bring a package of toilet paper, paper towel, napkins, or kleenex and they would be entered into a drawing for one big grand prize. I thought a few people may do it but I have never seen so many household paper products. I don’t think my sister had to buy any of this stuff for like a year and the guests were cracking up carrying their paper goods in.
I understand this isn’t for everybody, it just depends on what your guests are like. Our family is really down to earth, so this worked out really well for them.
Post # 25
I love the favor idea, I’m going to go to bulk barn and see what treats they have!
I think this would go over great, its a small town, no stores to register in and its more of a welcome to the family than a elaborate gift kind of thing. Thanks for the idea!