(Closed) Hosting a 75 person bridal shower need ideas

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 4
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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.

Post # 5
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Wonderstruck:  I was thinking how long the presents would take.

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.

Post # 7
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

Post # 8
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think what you have planned will be fine then. I was reading into your wording when you said she did a really great shower that it was a much more involved party. 

I like @kerensa:  ideas. 

You could also get a board and tack baby pictures of your friend on it so people can look at it and enjoy the history. Just a cute inexpensive personal touch.

Decorate her chair with tulle or crepe paper so its a nice thrown for her since she seems  to like the traditional shower things.


Post # 9
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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!



Good luck!

Post # 10
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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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