So, i’m my best friends matron of honor for her wedding next summer, she was mine this summer and planned an awesome bachelorette and bridal shower for me, so I have to do the same for her. Only issue is well, she has a guest list of 75 people for the shower, because she only wants one, so all her family, the grooms family, and all his/ her friends (girls only of course) will be invited, so we need to plan on 75 people though her estimate is 40-50 will come. So I need help/ ideas to make this fun, manageable as 75 people is a lot to try and all have play the traditional games like pass the present, toilet paper dress, etc. I plan on renting a meeting room or something at a church/ community center hopefully for fairly cheap 50-75ish for a couple of hours and then just doing cake and punch to save some money, and i’m doing the decorations cheap too. I’m just trying to find a way to make it nice and fun, yet not kill myself on a budget for a 75 person shower. PS I am asking all the bridesmaids to help host/ financially help out with the shower to save myself some work, as I will be also be moving 7.5 hours away a few months before the shower and I won’t be coming back until the day before the shower most likely. So any thoughts or ideas are helpful.
Oh PS my bridal shower was awesome, but we had about 10 show up, estimated about 20, because I had 2, the other probably had about 20 show up, so I don’t really know what to do with so many people as i’ve never been to this large of shower, hence my post.
That is a ton of people, hopefully some people pitch in together for larger gifts cuz it will take a pretty long time to open 50-70 presents! But the good thing about that many people is that there will be so much mingling and talking going on that you probably won’t need to worry too much about entertaining people. How many other BMs will be pitching in? You could always do like a party sub or something like that to feed people inexpensively. Sounds like you already have a pretty good idea for the space.
I also like the idea of something more than just cake and punch, especially if people will be there for several hours.
Pasta and potato salads are easy and cheap to make and add something of substance if people want it.
As for fun, showers are never really “fun”, especially since most of it is spent watching someone open presents. So I would focus more on the little details. Pick a theme and see what you can do to carry it out in the decor.
That is quite a few people to play a game so I would avoid that unless it was a team activity.
Ok thanks for the suggestions, though I still think i’m going to just stick with cake and punch, as that’s what she did for mine and there is no way I can cook or afford to cook a meal for 75 people plus the bride has a gluten (wheat) allergen so i’d have to be really picky with the food. I might be able to do a couple appetizers or something little but in no way a meal.
I doubt the bridesmaids (3 other bridesmaids) will donate more than 20 bucks towards this and I really need to keep it low budget (they had a hard enough time paying $20 for mine as they’re all broke college students) and it covered shower and bachelorette party) so i’m really hoping to keep it cheap or i’ll be shelling out a ton of money on this and will still have more to spend on bachelorette party.
I know presents will take awhile, but what can I do about it, I need suggestions. I know her pretty well so I know she’s going to want to open all of them. Just like I know her well enough to know that she will NOT be happy with a shower that doesn’t have a lot of games, she loves bridal shower games (crazy huh).
Sorry for all the wordiness, I’m kind of freaking out about this and feel like i’m planning a wedding all over again which is scary. I’ve never been to anything other than a graduation party with this many people, so I’m kind of afraid.
At my sister in law’s shower we played a fun game where the bride read three statements and only one was true (or one was false, whatever you prefer). Three stories, like the bride broke her nose figure skating, the groom’s favorite class in college was pottery, the groom once won a pie eating contest and won a pet pig, etc. Then each table had to decide the true or false story. At the end, there was a prize for table with the most righ answers. It was fun for each side of the family as they knew diffent things about the bride or groom.
the dollar section at target (or five below) always has cute stuff to give as prizes. also, if the shower is after christmas, hit up the clearance section at target for some awesomely cheap decor and przes.
consider having all guests bring something -a quote, a poem, a recipe and making a guest book out of them.
With so many people coming and so many gifts, you can probably play bridal bingo with the gifts. That way the guests will have something to do whil she’ss opening gifts. Otherwise, the toilet paper wedding dress game is cute and would work with a large party. Have fun!
Along the lines of the photos of the bride on a board, put numbers on them and have the guests guess her age. Run the photos on a projector later to review the shots and than use the projector to make a fun video about the bride. Here is the one my MOHs made for me. Its personalize and shows thought and forsight. And its free since we all have cameras, etc!
I would do the gifts as an open house. In all honesty the opening of the gifts is the worst part of any shower. I was just at a baby shower and ick that was horrid. With an open house the bride stands at the entrance and greets each guest as they enter. Opens the gift and personally thanks the person. The gift is than put on display on a table with a nametag on it stating who it is from. If it is something out of the ordinary or handmade the bride can always hold it up and say “Look what so and so got for me!” I’ve done it several times and guests always than me for that!
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