Easily host a shower for a loved one by following this timeline.
Pick a date.
Showers should be held about two weeks to two months before the wedding. Earlier is better.
Compile a guest list.
As the host, you should set the number of guests you're comfortable inviting. If the shower isn't a surprise, consult with the bride about whom to include.
Choose a theme.
But only if you wish.
Determine the location.
It could be your home or a nearby venue.
Buy or make an invitation.
Is the shower a surprise? Be sure to clearly state that. You may also want to include registry information.
2. Four to Six Weeks Before the Shower
Decide on decorations and centerpieces.
One idea: Fill Champagne glasses with jelly beans in complementary flavors (coconut and pineapple, lemon and lime)—edible proof that two together can be better than each alone.
Plan a menu, if necessary.
For a light lunch, try sweet pea soup, tea sandwiches, and lemon squares.
Prepare an activity.
You could assemble a "bow hat," yes, but think about other options. Consider hiring a fortune-teller or a tarot card reader, or even giving everyone temporary tattoos.
3. The Week Before the Shower
Buy a gift.
A good rule of thumb: Spend no less than $30 and no more than $50.
4. The Week of the Shower
Shop for and prepare food, if necessary.
5. The Day of the Shower
Make a gift-opening area.
Under the guest of honor's seat, place scissors, large trash bags, a notebook and a pen to record gifts and their givers, and sticky labels to help keep similar gifts (like platters or glassware) straight.