Brides-to-be, and their grooms, often lack fully stocked kitchens with all the appliances and tools necessary to cook for one another. A kitchen-themed bridal shower provides the new couple with the items they'll need to start their marriage off on the right foot. Hold the event in a kitchen and encourage guests to select gifts that fit the theme.
Invitations for kitchen-themed showers should, naturally, be inspired by items found in the kitchen. Print postcard-sized recipe cards with information about the shower on heavy card stock and send them to guests. Design a card that includes pictures of common kitchen utensils and details about the shower or make homemade invitations shaped like kitchen appliances. Enclose a recipe card with all the shower invitations. Encourage guests to write down a favorite recipe to share with the bride during the shower.
Games and Activities
Games and activities are the highlight of any shower. Find a bunch of strange or uncommon kitchen utensils and play a game where guests guess each utensil's purpose. Award a prize to the guest who makes the most correct guesses. Play a similar game by putting common household powders and spices into plastic bags; have guests guess what each bag contains. Pass around a scrapbook page with the heading "A Recipe for a Happy Marriage" and ask guests to write an "ingredient" as it's passed around. Hire a chef and hold a cooking class for the bride-to-be and her guests.
Favors and Prizes
Provide guests with kitchen-themed favors. Buy inexpensive, decorative teacups. Place a few bags of tea inside each one and wrap it in tissue paper for guests to take home. Provide guests with a candy-filled coffee mug or a homemade treat wrapped in cellophane. If guests provided recipes for the shower, create a book of all the recipes and send the guests a copy. For game prizes, hand out small cookbooks, soup mixes, a collection of high-end spices, herb-growing kits or a packet of recipe cards.
Gifts for the Bride
Provide guests with a theme to follow for giving gifts to the bride. For example, for the theme "my favorite recipe," guests bring a gift that includes the materials and non-perishable ingredients required to make their favorite recipes. As part of a "stock the pantry" shower, guests bring spices, powders and other non-perishable essentials the bride will need in her kitchen. Create a cook book for the bride containing recipes from all the shower's attendees. Solicit the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom to write down the couple's favorite dishes while growing up.
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