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As the Maid of Honor it is your responsibility to organize the bridesmaids and plan the bridal shower. This can be very time consuming and expensive, use these great suggestions and ideas to throw a memorable bridal shower.

Bridal Shower

Creative Ways to Save on The Bridal Shower

A great bridal shower doesn't have to drain your bank account. Enlist help from the Mother of the Bride and the Bridesmaids and divide the expenses appropriately.

Host the shower at home....

Restaurants can run up a hefty bill, unless you ask each guest to pay their own way, and a caterer can also cost you a small fortune. Hosting the shower in your home, or the bride's mother, or a close friend, will cut the costs dramatically, and provide a casual yet festive atmosphere for the party.

Alternately plan the shower for a public place....

If your city is known for its gorgeous parks or beaches, you could call your local parks department and reserve a location to hold the bridal shower.

Choose an earlier time of day....

Evening parties tend to be more expensive, especially on the week ends - dinner food and alcohol can run into a lot of cash fast. Instead, have a Sunday brunch with a delicious egg dish and punch, or an afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and lots of cake. Better still, if you want to avoid a meal altogether, choose a time when you know everyone has eaten (say, 2:00, which is usually past lunch), and then you can offer some snacks and a slice of cake instead. A dessert party after dinner is another way to avoid an expensive shower.

Get creative with the decorations....

After choosing the theme, use your computer to create invitations, use beautifully colored balloons for centerpieces (they're more affordable than flowers), and design your own place cards out of pretty printed paper.

Ask the bridesmaids to chip in with the food...

You can spread some of the preparations around without having to shoulder all the shopping, chopping, and cooking yourself. Gather together the bridesmaids before the shower, and delegate a few dishes or drinks for them to bring on shower day - a talented baker takes care of the cake; the bride's cousin makes her famous sweet pea salad.

Create your own bridal shower favors....

A memorable favor doesn't have to cost a lot of money and homemade are always treasured more than store bought. Chocolates or candies in the brides favorites, wrapped with cello and a bow makes a great favor, and something sweet to munch on. For a brunch or lunch, put one at each place setting to double as a decoration, or fill up a pretty basket with your favors and let guests help themselves.

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