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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 March 25, 2020

                  How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                  How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                  When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                  So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                  1. Exercise

                  It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                  2. Drink in Moderation

                  I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                  3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                  Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                  4. Watch Less Television

                  A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                  Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                  5. Eat Less Red Meat

                  Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                  If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                  6. Don’t Smoke

                  This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                  7. Socialize

                  Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                  8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                  Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                  9. Be Optimistic

                  Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                  10. Own a Pet

                  Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                  11. Drink Coffee

                  Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                  12. Eat Less

                  Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                  13. Meditate

                  Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                  Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                  How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                  14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                  Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                  15. Laugh Often

                  Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                  16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                  Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                  17. Cook Your Own Food

                  When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                  Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                  18. Eat Mushrooms

                  Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                  19. Floss

                  Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                  20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                  Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                  Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                  21. Have Sex

                  Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                  Reference

                  [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                  [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                  [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                  [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                  [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                  [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                  [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                  [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                  [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                  [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                  [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                  [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                  [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                  [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                  [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                  [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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