Couple’s Shower – planning basics
Why not? Some couples just can’t bear to be apart even when it’s party time. For some guys it’s interesting to be a part of this kind of party, not just a wild bachelor party and hangover the day after, so why not throw a ‘couple shower party’ and host girls and guys too 🙂
A couple shower is closer to a cocktail or dinner party than it is to a bridal shower. Female and male relatives, as well as close friends, are invited. The party still revolves around gifts, but they’re presented to both the bride and the groom, and generally they are a mix of home goods and guy-friendly gadgets. The shower can range from an afternoon barbecue at your parents’ place to a cocktail party at your favorite restaurant or bar. There are no hard-and-fast rules about planning though, so do what feels best.
You might want to limit the guest list to the couple’s contemporaries who consider girl/boy proximity a given. Steer clear of people who may be offended by a co-ed shower, but don’t neglect loved ones who wouldn’t want to miss out on these festivities.
Make Everyone Feel Comfortable.Since the rowdiness factor can shoot sky-high when boys are involved, make sure the girls know that the guest list includes folks of both genders. Include this information on the invitation, or call everyone to clue them in to the fact that this won’t just be an afternoon of girl talk and lingerie-giving.As guests arrive, play a name game so that everyone gets introduced and feels at ease. Have everyone say how they know the couple of honor. When playing games, put the girls on one team and the men on the other to keep physical contact among possible strangers at a comfy minimum. The couple shower is a good choice for couples who have been together for a long time, and everybody knows them as a couple, wherever they go they go together, so they both have the same friends and their families are already close to each other or they are familiar from anniversaries and birthdays 🙂
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