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Make It Count! 8 Bridal Shower Themes You Might Want To Consider

Make It Count! 8 Bridal Shower Themes You Might Want To Consider

The bridal shower is one of the quintessential pre-wedding celebrations that takes place between the bride and her party. This century-old tradition is typically organized by the maid of honor and bridesmaids, and in recent years, themed showers have become increasingly popular.

The perfect bridal shower theme will take the bride’s tastes into consideration, while leaving her with some surprises along the way. The problem lies in organizing a shower that stands out from all the others while keeping it classic. Here are a few theme ideas to get you brainstorming.

1. Alice in Wonderland

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    This has become a fairly common theme for various parties and special occasions — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be unique. There are infinite ways to decorate and organize an Alice in Wonderland-themed party — from the outfits to the activities to the whimsical decorations. Many of the props for this theme can be found at thrift stores and antique shops.

    Suggested party size: 15 guests

    2. Mod-Inspired

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      This retro, Mad Man-esque bridal shower is all about flowers, old school records, and vintage clothes. When was the last time you saw a jello mold? How about the last time you had an excuse to wear a flowerchild ring of flowers around your head? This festive theme is great for brides who want to reminisce about the old days with a whimsical flair. Vintage items can be a bit pricey, thus organizers will save significantly by refurbishing old appliances and furniture they already have.

      Suggested party size: 20 guests

      3. Valentine’s Day

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        Ideal for any bride that wants an excuse play dress-up, this theme takes an outside-the-box approach to bridal showers, which aren’t often associated with Valentine’s Day. Have guests attend in Marie Antoinette-style attire, indulge in the most decadent desserts, and don’t skimp on the red heart balloons.

        Suggested party size: 5-10 guests

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        4. Pancake Breakfast

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          The pancake breakfast theme takes cute to the next level with a tastefully kitschy outdoor dining setup. Small, carefully chosen details are what make this theme stand out — like simple vintage centerpieces, pale pink table clothes, matching utensils, and name tags. This theme is ideal for any bride who wants a simple, down-to-earth celebration with a few close friends.

          Suggested party size: 5-10 guests

          5. Charity

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            Some couples who have lived together for a while already have all the home essentials they could possibly need. In cases like this, a charity-themed shower may be the perfect way to celebrate without the pressure of searching for appropriate gifts. Guests can bring donations or gifts to benefit the bride’s favorite charity.

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            Suggested party size: 15+ guests

            6. Summer Fiesta

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              There will never be a better opportunity to whip up some icy summer beverages than at an outdoor summer bridal shower. This lacy white and green theme is a refreshing way to welcome the new season with leafy pops of color, fresh flowers, lemonade, and a minimalist table setting. Matching wedding wine labels are a beautiful accessory to customize your creations.

              Suggested party size: 5-10 guests

              7. Tea Party

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                A bride that desires a more traditional theme will be elated by a fancy tea party shower. From the top-notch pastries, to the make-your-own special bath tea stand, each detail of this theme will transform your party into a porcelain wonderland. DIY bath ingredients include epsom salts, lemon verbena, rose petals, and lavender. Guests leave with their own customized party favor.

                Suggested party size: 15+ guests

                8. Arts and Crafts

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                  This theme is perfect for a bride who doesn’t want a big fuss and would rather just have a fun night in (or out) with her bridal party. To pull this off, look for local classes taught on any subject of interest, from cooking to painting to sewing. Some businesses will offer discounts or bulk packages for larger parties or special occasions. Guests will walk away with their own creation and a keepsake to remember your bridal shower.

                  Suggested party size: 15+ guests

                  Keep these unique and inspiring bridal shower themes in mind to create an unforgettable experience for your bridal party.

                  Featured photo credit: DrKelso85 via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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