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Shower Suggestions

I have been engaged for almost ten months, during which time I have had five wedding showers. Yes I think this is more than usual. I am not sure what the national average for wedding showers is, but should someone have a figure I woudl be happy to see it! I credit this shower surplus to two factors:

1) My fiance and I are not from the same hometowns (me: Louisville, him: Baltimore)
2) We both reside in Chicago

Therefore we have multiple home bases with folks who want to help us celebrate. We have been very lucky.

I had Kitchen Shower in both Louisville and Baltimore (well, Ocean City to be exact…)

(can you guess which one was at the beach?)

My parents friends threw us a Stock The Bar Shower. I HIGHLY recommend having one of these :)

My knowledge of showers is limited but I had indeed heard of Kitchen Showers and STB Showers. However the next two were shower ideas I had not heard of and wanted to share with you all. Perhaps you do not want a “traditional” shower or maybe you too are having multiple and need some ideas.

1) A Christmas Ornament Shower: I collect Christmas ornaments and was thrilled with this idea. I cannot wait to decorate my tree and recall all the family who attended our shower. It will certainly be a gift we can enjoy for years to come. A favorite ornament I received was a pickle, yes a pickle. It is an old German custom to hide the pickle in the tree and whoever finds it first wins a prize. A shower that is educational and sentimental! Love it!

2) My most recent shower is by far the most original. It was thrown by a dear friend of mine here in Chicago and was loved by all who attended. A “Book and Board game Shower.” We gathered at a bar, ate pizza, drank and played games all night! It was so much fun and a really wonderful way to pick up some new books and great ways to entertain. I highly recommend this one should you be into such things as books and games (and really who isn’t?)

The fantastic thing about both of these showers is both are very affordable. In light of the times and considering many of the guests had already attended at least one of my showers this was a great way to give us a meaningful gift without breaking any banks!

Have you had any unique showers?

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8 comments on “Shower Suggestions

  1. No showers yet, as we’ve only been engaged for 10 days, BUT I had to mention that I actually bought three of those pickle ornaments! My fiance is 100% German, so I got one for us and one for the in-laws, and one for a friend. I thought they were hilarious!

  2. I once attended an “around the clock” shower where each guest was assigned a specific time of day and their gift had to correspond with something that the couple would be doing at that time. I saw some very creative gifts!

  3. Ooh, I have been to a STB party, but never considered it for a shower! I love that idea! My fiancee and I have lived together for awhile, and we’re both nesters by nature, so we really have all that we need in the kitchen department. Our liquor cabinet, on the other hand, could certainly use some upgrades and variety! I foresee having a few showers (similar situation as you!) and will definitely suggest this for the shower with the most, uh, youthful attendees!

  4. of all the things you spoke of above, the primary thing i can recall is that you had a shower in OCEAN CITY MARYLAND!! while i live in kansas, i am originally from cumberland (3 hrs north of b-more) and went to OC every year until i was 19 years old. unintentionally, you just brought back a swell of memories for me of my favorite summer past time.

    in answer to your question; no unique showers for me yet. i’m five months engaged, but who knows what 2009 holds!

  5. I can honestly say that nothing delights me more than the idea of a rousing game of “hide the pickle” :)

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