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    Posted: 3/05/2006 at 11:43am

Hi Everyone

Ok I need some help-My grandma offered to throw me a shower and I can either have 1 or 2 (the second being thrown by my aunts).  If I pick 1 then my aunts will help her throw it.  I am not sure I even have enough time for 2 (wedding is May 27 and every weekend seems to have something going on). 

My questions are:  how mnay people should I invite, does it need to be a theme, what games can we play that arent cheesy, where should we have it, are Sundays ok to throw it on, how long should it last for?  Ok I know that is a lot of questions but I need to give her my answer soon.  So please-any advise would be great!

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**Stacie and Todd**
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That's nice of your grandma and aunts to throw you a shower.  Here are my thoughts on your questions..

- You can invite as few or as many people as you'd like.  A smaller group is probably a bit more manageable.

- I don't think you need a theme.  The bridal shower is enough of a theme already.

- Hmmm...not sure on the game ideas.  I bet you could find some good websites on this.  There are 145 games listed on this website...maybe you can find some non-cheesy ones in here:
http://www.blissweddings.com/library/games.asp

- There is a neat tea house in Old Town you could try.  It's called Mrs. Burton's Tea Room.  They give you hats and boas to dress up in.  I've never been there, but everyone always looks like they are having fun when I walk by.
http://www.mrsburtonstearoom.com/home.htm

- Sundays are fine for bridal showers.  No problem!

- 3-4 hours seems like a good amount of time, but I'm sure whatever you'd like would be fine.

Good luck!  Have fun!
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I think a lot counts on you. I think that one would be sufficiant. Everything SideKick said sounds pretty good! There are some fun games you can play counting on how tame or how wild you want to get. This comes into play as well when you consider how many people you want there. Who do you think you want to invite? What kinds of games would they be WILLING to play? Don't worry I don't mean wild wild...haha just sillier i guess
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Personally, considering it's already March and you're getting married in May, 1 shower would probably be better, but well, that's really up to you and them (how fast they can mobilize and send out invites, etc.)

I had two bridal showers, one in San Diego and one in Tijuana. My one in San Diego had about 30 people invited about about 20-25 attended. My one in Tijuana had about 25 people and I don't know how many attended.

For the San Diego shower we played a few games. Overall, I didn't think they were too cheesy and everyone seemed to have fun. The first was a quiz about my FI and I and our relationship. It was pretty standard and people seemed to enjoy hearing the answers.

The second game we played was the toilet paper wedding gown game. It's a very common bridal shower game, but people got really into it and had fun with it. I'll post some pictures below so you can see. There were prizes for the game winners... (soaps, lotions, etc.) wrapped up.

There weren't any games at the TJ shower.

Both showers lasted about 3.5 hours. The one in TJ definitely seemed long, but that's because I didn't know most of the people there, there were no games and there was somewhat of a language barrier between me and a lot of the guests. The one in San Diego seemed to fly by. With a couple of games, some food, chatting and gift opening, 3-4 hours should be plenty.

Saturday or Sunday is probably best for a shower. I wouldn't say one day is better than the other unless you have a lot of church-going relatives.

My shower in TJ had no theme, but here I had a "citrus" themed shower. It has nothing to do with the wedding, but it was really bright and fun!

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Toilet Paper Wedding Dress game --

Table with candy bar and theme items --

The hostesses had cookies made with our STD pic on them --


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you could do a formal shower then a personal show...iam doing a formal shower....it's an  italian tradition....iam having mine at tom hams light house...iam inviting about 100 ladies for a luncheon...at this shower i will get the majority of my registry which is nice....we dont play games but we do, do door prises all the girls in the wedding party are there we sit at a head table it's a nice time...For a personal shower you would probably invite no more than like 25? then they get you all the fun girly stuff...and you play a ton of games....and it  more than likely would be at someones house...

since you are 2 months out i would go for 1 shower....

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Thanks everyone!

I think we are going to do the Shower in Orange County-this way its not too far for everyone!  I found some games on that link (thanks sidekick) and as far as how many people I think I narrowed it down to about 20.  Now I just need to decide whether to do it at my grandma's house or at a restaurant....

Any other ideas-keep them coming!

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I know of a couple really fun restaurants if you are in south orange county.  They each have a lot of charm.  Check out their websites for more info!

Iva Lee's in San Clemente  http://www.ivalees.com/
This restaurant serves food from New Orleans and everyone gets some festive beads to wear.

Ramos House Cafe in old San Juan Capristrano http://www.ramoshouse.com/
The restaurant is in an old house that was built in 1881.  You eat in the backyard under a large tree.  The food is excellent and the atmosphere is so charming!

Enjoy!
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