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The “Big Day” has a little sister
And that day is the bridal shower.
Whether it is a surprise party or one that you have planned together with the guest-of-honor one thing is certain, the day can be stressful. It doesn’t have to be. And when it is planned right it won’t be.
Why would it be stressful? For one as the hostess you may have more coming your way than you expected. Through proper planning and an understanding of your duties things will go much smoother. For the guest-of-honor it can mean stress depending on the day’s schedule and whether your friend is out going or not. Keep this in mind when you sit down and begin laying out the activities.
What to expect
When you’re expected to take over the hosting duties there are a few things that you need to keep in mind.
Plan in advance
Regardless of the type of party, advanced planning can mean the difference between fabulous and flop.
There is still wisdom in the saying: “work done today is time saved tomorrow.” An easy way to put this into effect is to prioritize. If it is something that can be done in advanced find a time to work it off your TODO list. You’ll thank yourself later!
Here are a few helpful items to check-off as soon as possible:
Send out the announcements as soon as possible. The sooner your have your invitations out the door the better. The reason is simple. If you don’t know how many guests will be attending it is hard to plan accordingly. A good rule or thumb is so plan to have them sent at the latest, four weeks before the event. Request that they RSVP one to two weeks before the party. Expect stragglers though so planning a little extra is prudent.
- Party supplies. You have a theme. Great! Planning the decorations, games, etc. is a snap. And it is something that you can do weeks or months in advance.
Please the majority, not everyone
The old saying, “you can’t please everyone,” is true. And attempts at the contrary should be avoided. But here is a little trick you might find helpful: “aim to please the majority.”
There will always be grumblers among us. That is a fact as old as time. You can’t please them. Don’t try. And in truth you don’t need to. When the majority of your guests are “oohing” and “ahing” the grumblers are hardly even audible.
This means picking food that a.) fits with your shower theme, but at the same time appeals to most peoples palettes b.) the games and refreshments are acceptable for the audience attending c.) activities are optional not obligatory.
Relax, you’re doing fine
Whether this is your first time or your tenth, planning a bridal shower is a lot of work. It may get easier but it is never going to be effortless. The details you might feel make or break the party in truth play a smaller part that you realize. The only detail that might be a deal breaker is that you completely forget about it and come to the door in your pajamas when the first guests arrive. But even under those conditions things could be salvaged with a quick, “it’s a pajama themed party. Wasn’t that on the invitation.”