Considering purchasing an Original Panty Pinata for the bridal shower you are planning? But maybe you are thinking the game may be great for the bride-to-be, but what about the other guests? How can I get them more involved?
Here are a few bridal shower favor options to consider:
You can stuff your Original Panty Pinata with other small items for guests, not just panties for the bride-to-be. Watch this short video to learn more and gain ideas for bridal shower favors based on popular shower themes.
You could also include bridal shower favors that guests get to create on their own. Here is an example where wine glasses were used, the bottoms dipped in chalk paint to write their names and guests get to take the glass home with them.
Or you could always offer goodie bags or pre-made favors. Here are some more unique options...maybe seed packets as bridal shower favors if you are having a spring or garden theme?
There are lots of options out there to create customized favors, such as soaps, wine, matches and more...how about lip balm as a bridal shower favor?
Or you could always use small candles are bridal shower favors, here is how to present them to guests, with a unique twist.
Rhubarbarita? YES, please!
Do you follow The Splendid Table? It is a public radio show that details culinary culture and lifestyles that celebrate food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. If you haven't hear of it, be sure to check it out online or via Facebook. They often share great recipes, like this one for a rhubarbarita.
Perhaps you should add this one to your spring bridal shower drink menu?
It sounds delicious, has a great pink color and you could easily make a non-alcoholic version for your bridal shower drink menu.
You may also live in a part of the country where spring is also the start of strawberry season. So maybe you want to try this fresh, homemade recipe for strawberry lemonade for your bridal shower drink menu.
Do you have an herb garden? Maybe try out this fresh strawberry and basil margarita for your bridal shower drink menu.
There are many recipes out there using fresh, seasonal ingredients in cocktails and most can easily be made non-alcoholic by using sparkling water or seltzer as a mix-in alternative. Some other favorites that I look forward to adding to bridal shower drink menus...frozen peach bourbon mule and blueberry gin sour cocktail. Share your favorite recipes here too!
Looking for a creative and unique way to have your guests share bridal shower messages with the bride to be?
Shower them with love and bridal shower messages. The bride can always reuse the umbrella!
Another unique idea - memory stones! Your bridal shower messages can also be a centerpiece.
And a favorite of mine that I have found so far...have guests write their bridal shower messages on a teapot, like the one below, and maybe include some matching mugs.
I think we can all use a bit more history in our lives, so I when I was thinking about bridal shower cupcakes again recently, I decided to use my old pal Google to learn the who, how and when the cup cake was first made.
From Wikipedia: The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of "a light cake to bake in small cups" was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. The earliest documentation of the term cupcake was in "Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats" in 1828 in Eliza Leslie's Receipts cookbook.
In the early 19th century, there were two different uses for the name cup cake or cupcake. In previous centuries, before muffin tins were widely available, the cakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins, or molds and took their name from the cups they were baked in. This is the use of the name that has remained, and the name of "cupcake" is now given to any small cake that is about the size of a teacup. While English fairy cakes vary in size more than American cupcakes, they are traditionally smaller and are rarely topped with elaborate icing.
Sure, you may never really use this knowledge again, but hey - you never know. It may come in handy some time at trivia night!
The fun thing about using bridal shower cupcakes versus just one large cake is that you get to offer a few different flavors, decorate them differently, even match a theme. You can stay with the more traditional route, chocolate, vanilla or almond for your bridal shower cupcakes or there are many unique flavor combinations out there.
How about trying creamsicle for your bridal shower cupcakes?
Have a bride that loves root beer floats? Here is the answer to what bridal shower cupcakes she needs!
I think I just found the recipe I am going to test our for my bridal shower cupcakes, yum!
Bake on everyone and don't forget to get your Original Panty Pinata for your next bridal shower or bachelorette party!
I know for awhile photo booths were all the rage at events. As I look for bridal shower props, I am finding that frames for quick photos seem to be the new fad.
What do you think, photo booth or simple props?
My bridal shower planning budget isn’t much, but if it was, I think I would have to try and re-create this bridal shower prop / photo booth set-up. I want to go hang out in this photo or have this in my backyard!
The options for bridal shower props are really endless - from pre-made to personalized and do-it-yourself, such as printables you can create yourself like these:
And don't forget, like in that comfy couch photo earlier, and in the shots below - be sure to include a special seat for the bride-to-be on your bridal shower props list!
Are you a list maker? I am. More than actually making the list, I find odd satisfaction in crossing things off the list when they are complete – no matter the project.
As I continue to work on planning my friend’s bridal shower this summer, I seem to keep adding more to the bridal shower checklist versus crossing things off. The ideas out there for planning a bridal shower are endless.
The shower I am planning is will be in May. What I have crossed off my bridal shower check list is the date, venue, guest list and invitations. We also know the color scheme and the basic garden party theme we are going for, including the menu. What else is on the bridal shower checklist? I liked this checklist I found at PopSugar to be sure I didn’t forget anything.
Now I need to get to work on the games – oh, wait! I already have some of that covered with my Original Panty Pinata!
If you need more tips for planning a bridal shower, be sure to check out our FREE download – 14 Indispensable Tips for Planning a Bridal Shower
I always wanted to be a graphic designer, or I at least thought it would be fun to make pretty cards, posters and brochures all day. Unfortunately, sometimes translating a vision you have in your head into a program on a computer screen is a bit more complex.
Luckily for us less techy design folks, who also don’t have hours to spare, there are plenty of companies out there that offer really beautiful and creative design templates for bridal shower invitations. Anyone can just log-on, find your favorite design and go for it.
There are also many companies that offer alternatives to paper waste – everything from eco-friendly inks, to recycled paper, to paper with seeds embedded that can be planted to grow wildflowers and more. You can really create a bridal shower invitation that the bride and guests will love.
As I have been exploring invitation options, here are a few favorites I have found…
If you are looking for unique designs, check out minted.com. They offer invitations for many events, not just bridal shower invitations. Toss a flower on something and it usually catches my eye like this one.
But I don’t think it really ties into the yellow / garden theme I have been planning for the shower, so I spent more time with my friend Google.
Wedding Paper Divas offers a great search tool, you can filter by color, search for a template where you can add your own photos or more. As they say in the technology world, “it is very robust”, and it at least helps you narrow your search quickly to see if they have want you are looking for.
Here was one of my favorites from their site filtered by “yellow” and “Flowers & Nature”:
If you are looking for more classic, trendy designs check out Beacon Lane. From searching it looks like the ticket type of invite is a hot trend.
You can be really creative with your bridal shower invitations. Of course, the first option would be to not send a paper invitation at all. There are many e-vite services out there, some are free depending on how many guests you have or certain management services. You can save paper and resources on stamps, while still having a nice invitation to share.
Some other creative options are sending a small gift with the invitation. Here is one option offering a bar of handmade soap with the invite…offered via Etsy of course, but you could certainly do this yourself. Head to the local farmers market, print your own invitation wrapper and there you go.
Another option would be plantable invitations. I used the company Foreverfiances for my wedding invitations. I didn’t go for their plantable / seeded version, just another eco-friendly paper, but it would fit with the garden theme for the bridal shower I am planning. You can also request samples, which is nice if you want to see/feel the paper before making a decision online.
The options are really endless for bridal shower invitations. And don't forget to include the details on the invitation! Have fun with the wording – and don’t forget to mention the Original Panty Pinata. You will actually receive details and Panty Invitations when you order!
I was checking out bridal shower invitations for my friend's upcoming shower. It's tricky, because I want to throw her a rustic bridal shower, but I don't want it to feel like a hoe-down. She's an outdoor enthusiast, but she also has this softer side that loves wildflowers and fine fabrics. Rumor has it she plans to fill Ball Jars with store-bought flowers and I like the way this bridal shower invitation hints at what's to come.
Remember those heart-shaped cookie cutters I used in a past blog post to make the panty cookies?
Well, how about we use them again for some yummy sandwiches to add to our bridal shower food menu?!
I likely shouldn't be writing this post on a empty stomach, but let's talk food!
I am planning an outdoor garden party, so these cute tea sandwiches I found are perfect. Just cut them out with that heart-shaped cookie cutter, or maybe a flower shape, and there you go...easy elegance.
All of the food items I chose for my bridal shower food menu can either be made ahead or will be super easy to make the day of the shower.
After all, I am sure there will be lots on the to-do list the morning of the event. You don't really want to be worrying about baking quiche or some other complex concoction minutes before the party. I would much rather spend time with guests or focus on the fun stuff - like stuffing your Original Panty Pinata!
Who doesn't love food on a stick? Ok, maybe we should be more classy and say kabob or skewer!
Love these super easy caprese kabobs made with fresh mozzarella, basil leaf and a little nugget of cherry tomato. Before your bridal shower guests dive into the cupcake bar, these fresh fruit skewers would be refreshing on a hot summer day.
And you can't go wrong by adding a fresh, summer pasta salad to your bridal shower food menu! Just maybe find a recipe with a different dressing if keeping something with mayonnaise cold is an issue.
What is on your bridal shower food menu?
Of course, I'm biased, but I think The Original Panty Pinata is the best bridal shower game ever. It's fun to play the pinata all by itself, or to combine it with classic bridal shower games, like The Newlywed Game (when you purchase a pinata, we include a couple of game ideas in your shipment.)
I really like the games suggested here on The Inspired Bride's website, especially Bridal Shower Jeopardy. You could combine Bridal Shower Jeopardy with The Original Panty Pinata and have a hilarious time laughing with the bride and her bridal shower guests.
For more ideas, check out our download 8 Great Games for Your Bridal Shower Pinata.