Couples Showers are Growing in Popularity
More and more brides and grooms are asking their Best Man and Maid of Honor to give them a Couples Shower. The trend seems to be based on the fact that friends are spread out all of the world and the couples shower gives them a chance to meet and get to know each other before the big day. In fact, my own daughter met her husband at a Couples Shower!
Looking for a new idea for a couples shower?
Finding a theme for the party is usually the first and the hardest part of the planning. A great idea is to base your theme on a Hollywood movie and/or celebrity. This theme creates a way for your guests to mix so they all meet and get to know each other before the wedding. Stores carrying costumes or memorabilia have life size cutouts of characters like Marilyn Monroe or Batman, plus accessories to match. So use your imagination for your invitations, decorations and, even your food.
How about an Indiana Jones party?
Invite your guests to dress for the party based on the movie's characters like Indiana Jones. and give each of them an Official “Indy Hat " to get them in the spirit. If you are adventurous, you can dress up as “Indy" himself. You can find an Indiana Jones Costume and party goods at many online stores.
Use one of the great online printing stores to create an inexpensive, personalized invitation or make one yourself. Couples Showers are usually on a weekend evening and can be for Cocktails Only or for Dinner. Sunday Brunch is another option that is becoming popular because it eliminates the costly expensive of alcohol and is filled with wonderful foods.
Bring famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana" Jones as your guest uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. You can create your own Kingdom of The Crystal Skull by decorating your party room with Indiana Jones paper and party goods and be sure to use some Indy's favorite party favors, like satchels, knifes and whips, as props and table decor. The decorating options are endless, including life size cutouts of the two heroes, Indiana Jones and Mutt Williams.
Try a Treasure Hunt:
Your guest will search for the treasure in a Treasure Hunt filled with fun clues that include information about the bride and groom.
- Divide your guests in teams (making sure to mix the teams with people who do not know each other) and
- Send each team on a search for the clues you have pre-planted at your location or make it a Road Rally with locations based on the movie. For example, try to find a restaurant called “The Indiana" or a bar call “The Canteen". Send your guests to a “desert" or “The Boulder". Most business owners will be glad to join in the party, or you can base the clue on the business name.
- The last clue should bring your guests back to your location where you have “buried" or “hidden" the treasure which, of course, is not a Crystal Skull, but is your gift to the Bride and Groom!
- Since the plot takes place in the Russian jungle, be sure to provide plenty of drinks for the tired treasure hunters after their harried adventure! (If this is a Road Rally, remember to serve drinks only AFTER the guests return.
There are hundreds of other films on which to base a party theme. You might want to find out what the bride's and groom's favorites are and plan a party around their favorite movie.
Don't be afraid to let go and have some fun. . . the bride and groom are going through an exciting but stressful time, so they'll probably ready to just relax and have a good time.
Laurie Cohen is the mother of three daughters, has planned three weddings and is the former owner of Kreative Parties Event Planning in Northbrook, IL. Today, when she isn't playing with her six grandchildren, she is busy working on her websites, http://www.ForBrideAndBaby.com a guide to help women through marriage, maternity and motherhood and is packed with informative articles and products.
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