Episode 60: It's Raining Babies And Brides: How To Shower Your Friends With Love
It's that time of year when you look down at your calendar and realize that every weekend between now and July is booked with a shower or a wedding for someone in your life. And for some of you, you've been elevated from guest to hostess. But what's a girl to do when the planning process feels overwhelming and there are so many do's and don't's? Listen to The Kitschy Kountdown, that's what. This week we're diving into all things showers- from invitations to attire to menus, we're giving you the run down on how to shower your friends with love and truly be the hostess with the mostest.
- Consensus: we both agree we want REAL food. None of that petit fours or Jordan almonds nonsense. If you don't plan on serving food, don't host your shower during a meal time. Some of our favorite menu options are:
- Apple juice and jalapeño pork + mac and cheese + greens
- Build your own bars (think: chili, baked potato, salad, coffee, mimosas, the options are ENDLESS)
- Celebrity Bakery Cranberry Pecan Rosemary Chicken Salad
- Consensus: we both agree that games that add to the overall experience are a yes but if you're going to stop and make us figure out what crushed up candy bar is in a diaper, that's a hard pass. Here are some game ideas we agreed are generally crowd pleasers:
- Couple's shower: the couple sits back-to-back holding one of their shoes and one of their partner's shoes. Someone reads a question ("who is more likely to _____?") and they raise a shoe for who best fits the description.
- Lingerie shower: name the lingerie as the bride opens each gift and she picks the name she likes best.
- Bridal shower: have her fiancé answer questions prior to the shower (think: "what's her ideal Saturday? What's her dream job? When did you first know you loved her?") and pause after every few gifts to read some questions and answers. Perfect to invoke a few laughs and a few "ahhhh's".
- Consensus: 3-4 weeks in advance. Any shorter and you don't give people enough time to plan, any longer and they end up becoming fridge decor and lose their meaning.
- We also decided we're anti e-vite for showers, unless you're hosting a virtual shower (you'll just have to listen to the episode for more on that).
- Consensus: no to jeans for a bridal shower, yes to jeans for a couple's shower. When in doubt, wear a dress. Here are a few other rules/considerations to abide by:
- Look to the invitation for how dressy the event will be
- Don't upstage the honoree with your outfit
- For the love, DON'T WEAR WHITE TO A WEDDING SHOWER.
- Wear gender corresponding colors to a baby shower/wedding colors to a wedding shower
- Consensus: any good hostess knows the key to a successful event is adding personal flair. We had different interpretations of how this could look:
- Take your dessert as an opportunity to add a personal touch. Maybe your bride loves donuts so you serve Krispy Kreme instead of cake.
- If the mom-to-be has some really specific pregnancy cravings, incorporate those into the menu.
- Have a station for writing out wishes for the baby/couple.
- Other station ideas (which we highly suggest, as they give people a task right when they walk in. Think of it as a cocktail hour, but for a shower):
- Baby predictions
- Advice for the couple/mom-to-be
- Write a personal note for the mom/couple to read on certain occassions