Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shower the Men too!

A fun alternative to the traditional shower with finger foods and dainty napkins, a a couples shower, it can feature hearty food and drink and loads of fun. Just remember to make it Guy Friendly!

Step 1

Ask for the bride's and groom's input before planning their couples shower. Develop the guest list with their help, remembering that all shower guests should also be invited to the wedding.

Step 2

Select a date and time that will be convenient for couples. A Friday or Saturday evening affair or a Sunday afternoon barbecue may be the best bet.

Step 3

Consider a location other than your home. Restaurants and public parks are good choices, especially if you cannot accommodate a lot of people in your home or backyard.

Step 4

Choose a theme. While an elegant tea is not out of the question, create an atmosphere in which men will feel comfortable and have fun.

Step 5

Decide whether you want formal or casual dress. Bear in mind that most people enjoy dressing down, especially on a weekend. Indicate "casual" or "dressy" on the invitation.

Step 6

Plan a menu. A party with wine and appetizers may be appropriate, or you can arrange for a catered dinner, deli sandwiches or a full-scale outdoor cookout. A potluck affair will be easiest for you and will allow everyone to contribute.

Step 7

Decide whether you want to play games or not. If so, try to come up with games that will involve the men without seeming too corny.

Step 8

Consider the gift-opening segment of the party. While men might be interested in the groom's gifts, they might also become bored. Provide alternatives such as a sports event on TV or an outdoor activity.

Step 9

Try to limit the shower to a couple of hours. To avoid people lingering far beyond your expectations, include both a starting and ending time on the invitation.

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