Five for Friday: Hosting a Shower

Dear Reader,

I've decided to start a list post each week on different topics, practical (not necessarily profound) ideas.  I think it's safe to say that we are in the season of bridal showers, and having hosted a number of showers in the past few years (bridal and baby versions), here are my top five plans for each event:

One.  Printed invites.  Somehow the occasion feels more planned and special with invites crafted specifically for the bride, perhaps recognizing her favorite color or tying in the theme/color scheme for the shower.  A host of Etsy shops would provide a lovely product, but this is also a great diy project.

Two. Add a banner.  A fabric or paper banner with a "Congratulations <Insert Bride's Name>" is a very cheery decoration.  I have attended a baby shower where the mom-to-be liked the fabric banner so much that it became part of the nursery decor.

Three. Fresh fruit.  Regardless of the menu, fresh fruit always seems to be a hit with guests.

Four. Favors = Fun.  Favors are a great way to thank guests for coming and to tie together the theme/color of the event one last time.

Five. Thank you note prep.  I love presenting the shower honoree with a box of thank you notes and printed labels for each guest that attended the shower.  Hopefully this will make that responsibility a little bit easier for her.

And that's five.  Happy Friday!


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