Host a Better-for-you Bridal Shower
Don't let throwing a Bridal Shower stress you out. We've got tips on tips on tips to make this a party to remember. Hooray for romance!
If you're feeling anxious about hosting a Bridal Shower, you aren't alone. Even a seasoned party host can feel nervous about a big event like this one. The secret to successful parties is to make people feel welcome and special.
Bridal showers are a time-honored tradition, bringing together friends and family to celebrate the soon-to-be-wed couple. While these events are typically filled with sweet treats and indulgent cocktails, times are changing.
It's a great idea to consider low sugar options that are lower in sugar and better-for-you. In this post, we'll explore tips for hosting a memorable bridal shower to fit with a low sugar lifestyle that the bride and her guests will love.
Bridal Shower Basics
Unless this is a surprise shower, consult the bride about potential party themes. Showers can be anything from kitschy to classy, depending on the bride’s style. If you don't have a strong direction, consider using color and decor as the theme.
Every bride is unique, so tailor the bridal shower to reflect her personality and preferences. Find little ways to personalize the experience using her favorite colors, flavors, hobbies, etc.. The bride will feel truly special and even guests who don't know her as well will be delighted by the insight
When deciding who and how many to invite, the bride will have input. Will she have a separate shower for each of her circles or one shower that includes friends, family, coworkers, and her fiance's guests. You'll want to have a plan for how much you can afford vs. when you need to ask for help.
No matter what the bride's guest list looks like, there will be one guest who is a VIP to you. Because you’ll be busy hosting the day, it’s a good idea to have a tried and true #2. Whether that deputy assists with planning, execution, or financing, being able to talk through ideas and delegate from the to do list will help you ensure that you manage to have a good time, too.
If your goal is to host a better-for-you bridal shower, the food and drinks you serve are going to be pivotal in your success.
Consider setting up a self-service drinks station for your guests so you aren't taking orders while also being the emcee for the day.
Mimosas or Bloody Marys are excellent choices for any time of day and also work well with modestly-priced liquor.
Another option is to serve one signature drink along with water and coffee or tea.
Cocktails may be traditional for some families, but not for others. A specialty coffee bar or a lovely mock-tail will have the same impact on the decor and festive atmosphere.
Whichever direction you go, Miss Mary's low sugar cocktail mixes and sugar free coffee syrups will help your drinks menu shine.
Check these Cocktail/Mocktail Recipes for a Better-for-You Bridal Shower
- Paloma Mimosa/ Herbal Fizz (non-alcoholic)
- Strawberry Mojito/ Strawberry Mojo (non-alcoholic)
- Gin Fizz/ Sparkling Lemonade (non-alcoholic)
- Old Fashioned Slush/ Par Tea Refresher (non-alcoholic)
- Blushing Paloma/ NA Blushing Paloma (non-alcoholic)
Better-for-Your Bridal Shower Bites
Traditional bridal shower food is often lighter and fresher than typical "party" food. Think finger food, mini sandwiches, big salads, and light appetizers. These are easy to make in bulk and to replenish.
- Thinlicious Low Carb Party Food Recipe Roundup
- Low Carb Appetizers from Sugar Free Mom
- Baked Salads from Justine Doiron
Let your party and the guest of honor shine by neutralizing distractions. Clean and declutter, select a neutral playlist, and avoid heavy fragrances that mask as air fresherners.
Depending on the vibe of the party and the particularness of the attendees, pets and/or littles might enjoy a field trip so you can focus on the fun of the event.
If you have the eye for it, take pictures throughout the day – especially of the people and the bride – but also of your buffet and bar. A few artistic shots of the invite, flowers, and gifts table are always sentimental favorites. If that's not your thing, delegate to your #2 or a guest who is known for her photog skills.
PRO TIP: Bake in enough time to get the party AND YOURSELF ready. Many first-time hosts (and who are we kidding, long time hosts) spend all their time on party prep and then rush to dress. You'll feel better if you feel confident so set a timer for yourself!