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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 October 16, 2018

                  The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                  The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                  It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                  If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                  One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                  Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                  In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                  Why you can’t sleep through the night

                  The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                  Stress

                  If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                  Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                  We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                  While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                  Eating close to bedtime

                  Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                  Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                  Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                  Medical conditions

                  In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                  The vicious sleep cycle

                  The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                  Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                  You get a bad night’s sleep
                  –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                  –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                  –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                    Here are a few suggestions:

                    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                    Sleep better form now on

                    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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