For example, if you're trying to capture the spirit of the islands, such as a wedding in Hawaii or Jamaica, the favors and decorations are easy. Flower leis, seashell necklaces, and seashell candles can all be used.
Be sure to request that your guests dress accordingly, since participation is everything. The atmosphere is likely to be sunny, with fun music and barefoot dancing. The gifts will be lighter too, revolving around vacation. Gift suggestions include:
- Beach Towels
- Canvas Beach Chairs
- Beach Umbrella
You may choose to create an underwater atmosphere, using draped aqua tulle with white lights and a sea-life centerpiece. To make the centerpiece:
- Use a shallow glass bowl and some colorful dried sprays of plants.
- Affix the main spray to the bottom of the bowl at the 12 o'clock position with a florist's frog.
- If desired, use two smaller accent sprays at three and 9 o'clock.
- Cover the frogs with sand and tumbled sea glass, and in the middle of the bowl place a starfish.
There are all kinds of classy ocean-themed foods you can serve, such as crab puffs, lobster spreads and of course, chocolate seashells. Food served at your party could also include Pina Coladas along with barbecued shish kabobs using fish, pineapple, and bell peppers.
Lovely party favors can be made by tying a handmade bar of soap to a seashell soap dish with some gauzy ribbon.
One dramatic way of hosting this type of shower is to make the beach the shower destination. As a collective gift, have the wedding party stay together at a beach house. If you plan to have your bridal shower at an actual beach, you have a bit of research to do first. You will want to take into account the weather. It may be preferable to hold the event later in the afternoon to avoid heat, traffic, and noise, but you will want to be acquainted with the level of the tide and the speed of the wind for that hour. You want your guests to be prepared and you want to protect the food from sun, tide, and flying sand.
Make sure that you have adequate restroom facilities. In certain areas, mosquitoes may also be a factor to contend with as well. On certain properties, there may be regulations against serving alcohol. Ask the right questions now, so that when the time comes, you can kick back and enjoy your beach themed bridal shower.