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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 January 21, 2020

                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                  your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                    Why You Need a Vision

                    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                    How to Create Your Life Vision

                    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                    What Do You Want?

                    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                    Some tips to guide you:

                    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                    • Give yourself permission to dream.
                    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                    Some questions to start your exploration:

                    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                    • What qualities would you like to develop?
                    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                    • What would you most like to accomplish?
                    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                    A few prompts to get you started:

                    • What will you have accomplished already?
                    • How will you feel about yourself?
                    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                    • What does your ideal day look like?
                    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                    • What would you be doing?
                    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                    • How are you dressed?
                    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                    Plan Backwards

                    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                    • What important actions would you have had to take?
                    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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