There are a lot of traditions surrounding showers, but for some people, these traditions just don’t fit with their personality or event vision. Most commonly, showers are held to celebrate upcoming weddings or new children. While some people choose not to host showers at all (which is also a totally viable option!), they can be a great way to socialize and catch up with people before your big life event. A traditional shower isn’t for everyone though, so I have compiled a list of ideas to help you through creating something a little more unique for your event.
1. Make it a couple’s shower!
Showers traditionally only involve female guests. If you host a couples shower there will be more people to enjoy the party, and guests who don’t know anyone else will have someone to tag along with.
2. Host it outside the home.
Often times, showers are hosted from the guest of honor or one of their family or friend’s homes. This is a great option to save costs and make the shower feel cozy and personal, but if you want a more unique option, try hosting it somewhere a little different. The world is your oyster when it comes to choosing a space, but some to think about include arcades, bowling alleys, or the beach.
3. Base the shower around an activity.
This can somewhat involve the previous point, as some activities flow naturally with where the event is held. But even if you don’t want to bring the event outside the home, you can still incorporate different activities than those at a typical shower. Hosting a pool party or craft day or bringing in entertainment like someone to host a cooking class, wine tasting, paint party are all great ideas.
4. If you want shower games, find DIFFERENT options.
If you want to spice it up a bit, try to find games that aren’t your typical toilet paper wedding dress or forbidden words clothespins (if you know, you know). There are endless shower games that you can find online, or better yet, you could make one up yourself.
5. Focus on charity if you have everything you need.
This option is becoming a tad more popular, especially for larger main events like weddings, but it can be a great option for your smaller events as well. Some people already have the things they need to feel ready for their next endeavor, and if so, asking for donations to charity can be a great alternative to gifts. Just be aware that some people will likely still want to give you a traditional gift and that is okay too!
6. Focus your registry on experiences.
There are a lot of ways to add experience gifts to your registry online, or to let guests know that you would prefer experience gifts rather than physical gifts. Guests can then choose the things off your registry or choose other things they think you would enjoy. Some options you might want to consider adding to your registry are spa vouchers, restaurant gift cards, or cleaning services.
7. Request gifts by theme.
Experience gifts are one example of this, but there are tons of different options to choose from when it comes to asking for gifts by theme. This option can also be helpful if you don’t need much, because you can ask for gifts that are focused on exactly the areas you need. For example, you can ask for travel themed gifts, gifts focused on the new mama instead of the babe, books instead of cards, etc.
Hopefully this list gave you a few ideas on how to diversify your shower experience. Remember to make it your own and have fun with it!