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Great Find: Big Dot of Happiness (plus a giveaway!)
categories: cakes and sweets, entertainment, Giveaways and Contests

Planning a bridal shower can be super fun and when you shop a one-stop party planning & supply site like Big Dot of Happiness,  the fun factor grows exponentially. What we love about this site is that they have a large variety of mix-and-match party theme ideas that can be customized to make your bridal shower exactly what you want it to be- it’s quite the time saver!

From banners to cupcake wrappers, candy bouquets to favor boxes and pretty much everything in between, you’ll be bridal-shower-ready in no time.

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We asked the party experts at Big Dot of Happiness for a their best advice regarding bridal showers- here’s what they had to say:

What is the best plan for a bridal shower as far as maximum number of guests, time of day, and food/beverages?

It really depends on the Bride-To-Be’s wishes. From brides that dream of a huge event that includes family, friends and co-workers with decorations galore and a formal meal, to brides who want a more intimate setting with immediate family members and only the closest friends, the bridal shower should be perfectly suited to her unique style. Once you have a guest list, choosing the time of day with food and beverages will be easy.

Besides typical bridal shower games, what other fun activities are you seeing at showers?

Wine tastings and winery tours are definitely at the top of many Bride-To-Be’s lists. Hostesses can create the wine tasting themselves with a little bit of research on wine and cheese pairings; they can have it catered in along with the food as most food services will provide a bartender; or they can have the entire celebration hosted at a winery where they can taste local wines and artisan cheeses.

We also see many hostesses offering their guests a “Helpful Hints” card at each place setting. Guests can offer up words of advice to the happy couple. These cards are a fun way for the Bride-To-Be to share some of her shower with her groom and they make a great addition to her scrapbook.

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What are your top 3 do’s and don’t for hosting a successful shower?

DO make it about the Bride-To-Be. Her Shower – Her Style.

DO have her approve the guest list. You would hate to forget someone special.

DO have a budget and try your best to stick to it. The bride shouldn’t have to pay for anything but you don’t want to break your own bank either.

 

DON’T wait until the last minute – mail invites, book a party space and plan the menu early.

DON’T tell the Bride-To-Be how stressed you are. She might seem calm but she is mentally checking off her to-do list, counting down to the big day.

DON’T take on the event all alone. Gather bridesmaids, sisters or closest friends to plan – and pay – as a group. It’s more fun hosting with others, anyways!

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Does a bridal shower hostess need to provide guests with a favor?

Bridal shower favors are always appreciated by guests. From custom party favors wrapped and ready to gift to sweet treats and homemade goodies, every guest loves taking home a small memento of the celebration. You can easily make coordinated bridal shower favors with custom craft tags and stickers – the personalization will add that extra special touch everyone will remember.

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What is one emerging bridal shower trend that you love?

Hand lettering paired with foil accents is the newest invitation trend for bridal showers – brides are absolutely loving the bling. From shiny, foiled invitations to glittered centerpieces in gold and silver, the shimmery shining party supplies are instant favorites. We love how easily a little bling is incorporated into the bridal shower colors to create an impressive event. 

We are also seeing a trend of destination bridal showers. Typically, in small groups of best friends, ladies are going Glamping – a long weekend away at a cabin or cottage on a lake. Bringing along mani/pedi supplies, delicious food and drinks, and all the fashion magazines a girl could read, it’s camping but in style. Putting relaxing at the forefront of the celebration, we absolutely love this idea to help connect a group of girls and make some memories before the big day.

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Thanks Big Dot! You can also get lots of bridal shower planning tips, decor inspiration, and how-to’s on their blog– it’s chock full of ideas.

Before you start planning your bridal shower on Big Dot of Happiness, enter for your chance to win  a $100 shopping spree! Enter here by August 31, 2014.

Good luck and happy shopping!

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