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Wedding Shower Hostess Guide

We love wedding showers!  For over 20 years, The Kitchen Store & More has helped brides, grooms, and hostesses alike.  Honoring that tradition & More, here are some of our favorite tips and tricks we've learned over the years.

Steps to Planning a Wedding Shower

1. Pick a Date
Consult with the bride or groom to pick a date that works for them and fits the wedding timeline.  We find most showers are typically a couple of months before the wedding.  Keep in mind other events of the wedding like the bachelor/bachelorette party and out of town guest availability.  Also, remember to notify us each time a shower is scheduled so we can coordinate gift delivery and the wedding display shelf.
2. Create a Guest List
Get a must-invite list from the bride or groom and work with them as you create the full party guest list.  Have the bride or groom double-check and approve the list before you send out invites.  We often find a parent, aunt, uncle or close family friend to be a huge help with the guest list.
3. Select a Theme
A classic wedding theme is timeless, but we find many couples these days enjoy a modern take based on a hobby or common interest.  Does the couple love to travel, a wine connoisseur, or perhaps a die hard Razorback fan?  You might consider a theme that follows suit to honor the couple.  A solid theme will help guide your planning decision for the rest of the
process.
4. Choose a Location
We find that most hosts offer their home to hold a shower or at their church.  If this isn't an option, check with another guest or family member of the bride or groom for a potential space.  You can also choose a venue that reflects the theme you have chosen such as a spa or local restaurant.
5. Send Invitations
Give guests as much notice as possible they'll be able to attend the shower and purchase gifts.  This should be done about four to six weeks before the shower date.  We love a classic mailed invitation, but many hosts are choosing online invitations for a quick and easy RSVP.  Remember to give us a shout once you have sent out your invitations so we can confirm shower details for gift delivery.
6. Plan the Menu
The food will depend on the shower's theme and time of day.  Hosting a brunch?  Perhaps an afternoon tea?  Need a cheeseball mix?  How about Almond Amaretto coffee?  We can help!  Whatever the menu, make sure it's something the bride or groom will like and include options for any dietary restrictions the guests note on their RSVPs.  
7. Plan Shower Decor
We LOVE decor!  Whether you've chosen a theme or not, think about what kinds of personal touches you can make for the couple.  We love pretty elegant florals or greenery that coordinate with your serving pieces.  And make sure to ask us about our wide array of paper napkins.
8. Plan the Games and Activities
Games are a great way to break the ice when guests first arrive if they are not already acquainted with one another.  There are so many traditional shower games we love, but make sure you allow time for food, gathering, and gifts.
9. Create a Shower Playlist
A fun selection of music can help set the perfect tone especially as guests are arriving.  Ask the happy couple for some of their favorites to include to add a special touch.
Above all - Have fun!  This is a special time to celebrate.  Need more help?  Ask one of our wedding registry consultants.  

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