April 3, 2009

Around the Clock Bridal Shower

Around the Clock themed bridal showers are very popular. Basically, the idea is to assign each guest to represent a certain time of day. The guest then purchases a gift for that time frame. And yes, we're talking all 24 hours of the day! As the bride opens her gifts, have the guests tell her what her assigned time was and why she chose that gift. Here are some ideas to incorporate the Around the Clock theme into the bridal shower.

First of all, let's talk invitations. These fun invites are from My Gatsby.

Clock Mega Topper on Orange/Pink Base

Jewel Clock on Green Slimline Invite

If you're making your own invites, here's a fun way to word them:

An Around-the-Clock Shower
Come celebrate our bride-to-be
Jane Smith
as she prepares to have the time of her life
when she marries John Jones
An Around-the-Clock Bridal Shower and Brunch
April 14th, 2009, 11:30 am.
Your time of day is _____________
Please bring a gift appropriate to that time of day.
For example, 8 am might mean a breakfast tray or a robe.
7 pm might be movie tickets, or whatever else you can think of!
RSVP: Maid of Honor, 555-555-5555 or MaidofHonor@email.org by April 1st.

Now, let's great those refreshments ready!

Something sweet: A chocolate clock cake. Yummy!

Something light: Put together trays representing the different times of day, such as bagel bites with cream cheese for morning, mini-chicken salad sandwiches for lunch, sliced fruit for snacks, etc. Come up with little place cards with a clock representing the time for each tray, ie. 8 am for the bagel bites, 12 noon for the sandwiches, etc.

And the winner is . . .

A fun game to go along with this theme is to come up with a questionnaire and see how well the guests know the bride. Include questions like: What time does the bride get up in the morning? What time of day did the couple meet? What time does the bride like to go to the grocery store? What time of day did the bride go shopping for her gown? What time is the couple getting married? What time did the groom propose?

Another fun game is everyone likes is bingo. Make up bingo cards with different times of the day, (each card should be scrambled differently). Then the guests mark off the times as the bride opens her gifts. Whoever gets bingo first wins the prize!

For the guests . . .

As a guest, sometimes it isn't easy to think of something to go along with your assigned time. Here's a list of suggestions for different time frames:

Early Morning (1-5 am)

A book to read to go back to sleep
Lavendar lotions to relax
Bedside lamps
Bed Sheets
Warm blankets
Alarm Clock

Mid-Morning (6-9 am)

Hot chocolate
Breakfast foods (instant oatmeal, bagels, cereals)
Breakfast cookbooks
Kitchen towels and washcloths
Bathroom towels, washcloths, and hand towels
Scented bath soaps and body sprays

Late Morning (10-12 noon)

Crock Pot
Cleaning Supplies
Laundry Detergent
Cook books
Cooking Utensils
Lunch Plates
Smoothie Machine

Afternoon (1-3 pm)

Cake stand
Serving plates and dishes
Gift cards to grocery stores

Early Evening (4-6 pm)

Pots and pans
Pot holders
Food Basics: oil, sugar, flour, etc
Cute apron
Grill supplies

Mid-Evening (7-9 pm)

Movie tickets
Gift cards to restaurants
Bed sheets
Bath robes
Fluffy slippers

Late Evening (10-12 midnight)

Massage for Couples book
Wine glasses & bottles of sparkling grape juice
Gift Certificate to hotels or B&B

All in all, an Around the Clock shower is a lot of fun and a great way to get the couple started for their new life together. Enjoy!

Happy Wedding Preparations!


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