Throw a "Good Advice" Bridal Shower

Share words of wisdom with a bride-to-be in this simple and sophisticated bridal shower.

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  • Share the Wisdom

    Weddings are the perfect time to share advice with a bride-to-be, so why not incorporate it into the shower? From the invites to the perfect gifts, check out this one-of-a-kind bridal shower.

  • Simple Invites

    Spread the word of the shower's theme through your invite. This invitation was made using a bi-fold envelope, lined in a pretty paisley paper that will set the scheme of the shower. Tuck a blank card inside and tell guest to write down a bit of wisdom to go with her gift.

    How to Make It: Check out the Paper Source's (www.paper-source.com) pocket envelope. Pair it with a flat card invitation that you can simply print from your computer. Use ribbon to attach the card to the envelope.

  • Picking the Perfect Gift

    Giving the bride the practical gift paired with the sentimental advice can be tricky. Here a few creative ideas to get you started:

    Advice: Celebrate every day.
    Gift: Champagne flutes or a beautiful cake plate.

    Advice: Take turns cooking for each other.
    Gift: Favorite cookbook and kitchen tools.

    Advice: Experience new things.
    Gift: Travel accessories.

  • Gift Time

    To put a personal touch on each gift, read aloud the advice card before the bride opens the present.

  • Treasured Keepsake

    In a pretty album, gather the advice cards from each guest to create a keepsake the bride will always cherish.

  • Floral Effects

    Small vases filled with bouquets of single flower types add a simple but elegant feel to the shower. Scatter the vases throughout the room to set the mood and color scheme. Here, pink peonies paired with pretty lavender roses provide a springtime feel.

  • Decorating with the Past

    For easy party decor, copy old newspaper clippings on large paper (www.newspaperarchive.com). To highlight the dessert bar, spread the large clippings as a table cover. Continue the vintage theme by displaying the desserts on vintage cake plates and dishes. Add pops of pink with single flower arrangements framing the dessert bar.

  • Simple and Sweet

    Old and new books wrapped in coordinating paper and stacked on a cake stand add to the theme.

  • Stylish Salad Bar

    Fill pretty glass vases with colorful veggies and let your guests make their own salads. For a festive alternative to bottled salad dressing, try our homemade vinaigrette.

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    Fabulous Finger Food

    These irresistible bread sticks are filled with flavorful seeds and spices and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve them with your salad bar -- they're delicious with fresh veggies.

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    "Confucius Says" Noodle Salad

    Light and fresh, this salad features vermicelli and crisp veggies. For a creative twist, serve individual portions in take-out containers with chopsticks.

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    Spring Chicken Salad Bites

    These Sage (Advice) Biscuits taste delicious with our fresh Spring Chicken Salad. Serve them on a footed cake plate lined with a sheet of vellum that coordinates with your flowers and other decorations.

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    Dessert Bar

    This "Pearls of Wisdom"-themed dessert bar spotlights dainty petits fours, pearl-studded cupcakes, and white chocolate oyster shells filled with dark chocolate mousse.

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    Dessert Bar

    Store-bought yellow cake mix, pink icing, and tiny edible pearl sprinkles are all you need to create this pretty party treat. Tie in the theme of your celebration by attaching a clever quote to a toothpick topper.

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    Leave with a Treat

    Send your guests off with a chocolate-dipped fortune cookies featuring customized messages inside ($50 for 50 cookies, www.tankinz.com). For a creative twist, package the cookies in cellophane bags sealed with ribbon and an vintage wedding announcement newspaper clipping.

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