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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to bridal showers
Author:
Barr, Jennifer R.
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Publication Information:
New York : Alpha, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xviii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"Also includes information about baby showers!"--Cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780028631837
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Book

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Summary

Summary

A guide with ideas and advice to throwing a bridal party.


Author Notes

Jennifer R. Barr is an expert on showers, having thrown four in the past year alone. A freelance writer, she lives in Pennsylvania with her husband.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Deciding to Host a Showerp. 1
1 Why Throw a Shower?p. 3
History: Who Started All of This?!?!p. 3
Who Made You the Key Player?p. 5
What Is Your Goal?p. 5
Shower Elements from A to Zp. 7
Timing Is Everythingp. 9
2 What's Your Type?p. 15
Frugal Versus Extravagantp. 16
Shower #1p. 16
Shower #2p. 17
Surprise!p. 18
Couples Showersp. 19
Long Distancep. 19
Second Marriagep. 19
Family Beliefsp. 19
Adoptionp. 19
High Riskp. 20
Ask Yourselfp. 20
Size Mattersp. 21
And Now for a Little Quality Timep. 21
Lots of Guests x Food = Beaucoup Bucksp. 21
Be My Guestp. 22
Oh, the Things Kids Say!p. 23
Suggestions for Entertaining Kidsp. 24
A Thong Bikini from Great Aunt Nelly?p. 25
3 Family Ties: A Chapter for Friends of the Bridep. 27
Breaking Down the Communication Barrierp. 27
A Family Traditionp. 29
Religion and Culturep. 29
Please Keep in Mindp. 31
One Big Brady Familyp. 31
Remarriagep. 31
Same-Sex Marriagesp. 32
Adoptionp. 32
Elopementp. 33
4 Check, Please!p. 35
Figure Out Who's Chipping Inp. 35
What Is Important to the Guest of Honor?p. 37
Cutting Costsp. 38
Entrees Neededp. 38
May We See the Menu, Please?p. 39
A Dollar a Dayp. 41
Track Your Spending!p. 42
May I Have the Envelope Pleasep. 42
Impulsive Spendingp. 43
The Budget Breakdownp. 43
5 Location, Location, Locationp. 47
Home Sweet Homep. 47
Don't Cramp Your Style--or the Guestsp. 48
Eating Comfortablyp. 48
Her Majesty's Thronep. 49
Renting Equipmentp. 49
Special Issuesp. 50
Can We Have Some Service Over Here?p. 52
Unique Locationsp. 54
The College Campusp. 54
Parks and Recreationp. 55
Uncommon Sitesp. 56
Part 2 Details, Details, Detailsp. 59
6 Making the Arrangementsp. 61
Ready, Set, Go!p. 61
Don't Be Selfish! Take All the Help You Can Getp. 62
Natural Resourcesp. 63
Put Things into Perspectivep. 63
The Law of Murphyp. 64
Invitation Infernop. 65
But It Feels Dryp. 65
A Comedy of Errorsp. 66
7 Getting the Word Outp. 69
And the Finalists Arep. 69
What You See Is What You Getp. 70
Time Framep. 70
The Pleasure of Your Company--The RSVPp. 70
Registryp. 71
Where in the World?p. 72
Miles of Stylep. 72
8 Incredible Ediblesp. 79
Pardon Me, What Time Do You Have?p. 80
May We See the Wine List?p. 81
Alcoholic Beverages and Punchesp. 82
Alcohol-Free Beverages and Punchesp. 83
Java Manp. 84
Recipes Galorep. 85
Festive Morselsp. 85
Sidewindersp. 89
And for the Main Dishp. 92
Shhhhhh...There's a Cake in the Oven!p. 95
The Total Menu Makeoverp. 96
9 Little Things Make a Big Differencep. 101
Flowers and Spice and Everything Nicep. 101
Petal-Perfect Floral Arrangementsp. 102
Blossoming Inspirationsp. 103
Savory Spicesp. 107
Picture Perfectp. 108
Girls on Filmp. 108
Point, Shoot, Tossp. 109
The Professional Photographerp. 109
The Sound of Musicp. 110
Designing Womenp. 110
Fit for a Bridep. 111
Baby, It's Youp. 112
Park It, Babyp. 113
What's in a Name?p. 114
10 It's All in the Listp. 117
Part 3 Bridal Showers Only!p. 125
11 Everything (and Everyone) in Its Placep. 127
The Usual Suspectsp. 127
The Bridep. 128
The Wedding Partyp. 128
Immediate Familyp. 130
The Groom's Rolep. 130
Finding a Place for Each Personp. 131
Timing Is Everythingp. 131
The Busy Bridep. 132
The Four Seasonsp. 132
12 Shower with Giftsp. 135
Creative Offeringsp. 135
Mrs. Cleanp. 136
Body-Soothing Wine Rackp. 136
Tasteful Toolsp. 137
Picnic Date for Twop. 138
Personal Pillowcasep. 138
Gifts Under $20p. 139
Wedding Time Capsulep. 139
Wedding-Day Survival Kitp. 139
Framed Wedding Invitationp. 140
Chocolate-chip Sensationp. 140
Cloth-covered Picture Albump. 140
Romantic Picnic Mealp. 141
Favorable Folklorep. 142
The Wishing Wellp. 144
Model Designsp. 145
Unique Alternativesp. 147
13 Matrimonial Motifsp. 151
Why Themes?p. 151
The Danger of Being Too Cornyp. 152
Oldies but Goodiesp. 152
Time After Timep. 153
Personal Showerp. 154
Kitchen Conceptsp. 154
A Bathroom Ballp. 155
A Room with a Viewp. 156
The Four Seasonsp. 156
Victorian Teap. 157
Holiday Happinessp. 158
How About a Nice, Refreshing Shower?p. 159
For the Adventurous Typep. 162
Scavenger Gift Huntp. 162
Stock the Cellarp. 163
Personalizedp. 164
14 Can You Do Me a Favor?p. 165
A Token of Your Appreciationp. 165
Theme Favorsp. 166
Soiree Presents at a Reasonable Pricep. 169
Extra-ordinary!p. 171
Choice Giftsp. 174
15 Bridal Games Galorep. 177
What Will Work for You?p. 178
Bridal Jeopardyp. 178
Those Intimate Detailsp. 180
Word Libsp. 181
The Price (Isn't Always) Rightp. 182
Spice Worldp. 183
This Is Your Lifep. 184
And the Oscar Goes top. 184
The Real Worldp. 185
A Bit Risquep. 186
A Love/Hate Relationshipp. 186
Sneak a Peakp. 187
16 A Little Something Extra for the Bridep. 189
A Shower a Dayp. 189
The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonyp. 190
Don't Rip Those Bows!p. 190
The Ribbon Bouquetp. 191
Let Me Give You Some Advicep. 191
Memories to Last a Lifetimep. 192
The Big Picturep. 193
The Bridal Shower Film Festivalp. 194
Don't Worry, I'm a Professionalp. 194
A Home-Grown Productionp. 194
A Special Thank Youp. 195
Part 4 Baby Showers Only!p. 197
17 Oh Baby, Baby!p. 199
The Primary Participantsp. 199
The Expectant Motherp. 200
The Shower Hostp. 200
Family Membersp. 200
Other Childrenp. 201
The Expectant Fatherp. 201
It's Time! It's Time!p. 202
Maternity Leavep. 202
Pregnancy Complicationsp. 202
Surprise???p. 203
Multiples (Showers, Not Babies!)p. 203
Multiples (Babies, Not Showers!)p. 204
Nine Monthsp. 205
18 Having Fun, Baby Stylep. 209
You've Seen Them Beforep. 209
Rooms of the Housep. 210
It's Like Clockworkp. 211
Personal Shower and Day Spasp. 211
Gift Basket Showerp. 212
Refreshing New Ideasp. 214
The Baby's Digsp. 214
Teach Mep. 215
Alphabet Soupp. 216
Ozzie and Harrietp. 216
Through the Yearsp. 217
Inquiring Minds Want to Knowp. 217
The Advice Columnp. 217
The Editorial Pagep. 218
19 Favorable Favorsp. 221
Theme Favorsp. 221
A Motley Crewp. 222
Baby Bottles: Time Showerp. 222
Personal Items for a Personal Showerp. 224
Minibaskets: Gift Basket Shower Themep. 224
Decorative Wreath: Baby's Room Themep. 224
The Apple Orchardp. 225
ABC Magnet: Alphabet Soup Themep. 226
Journal: Through the Years Themep. 226
Certificate of Excellence: Newspaper Column Themesp. 226
You Can't Go Wrongp. 227
Padded Jarp. 227
Diaper-Pin Cookie-Cutter Magnetsp. 228
Puff and Stuffp. 229
Stampingp. 229
Specialty Tea and Honeyp. 230
Personal and Inexpensive Baby Favorsp. 230
Family Treep. 230
Dated Doilyp. 232
20 Toys for Totsp. 233
Practical Matters: Presents with a Purposep. 234
Baby Gifts from A to Zp. 234
Seeing Double: What to Get When There's More Than One Bundle of Joyp. 235
What a Great Idea!p. 236
Birth Announcementsp. 236
Baby Time Capsulep. 237
The Gift of Timep. 238
The Not-So-Ordinary Baby Blanketp. 239
My First Yearp. 239
Professional Picturesp. 240
Parenting Magazinesp. 241
Don't Forget Dadp. 242
The Tool Manp. 242
The Sporting Newsp. 243
Not That Pesky Stork Again!p. 243
21 Baby Games Galorep. 245
Our Main Objectivep. 245
Mythical Diversionsp. 246
A Needle in a Haystackp. 246
The Dreaded Morning Sicknessp. 247
A Penny for Your Thoughtsp. 247
A Fidgety Fatherp. 247
Do You Recall?p. 247
Edible Temptationsp. 248
Let's Get Physicalp. 248
Family Feudp. 249
Baby Jeopardyp. 251
What's in a Name?p. 252
The Mad Hatterp. 252
Whisper Down the Lanep. 252
Celebrity Profilep. 253
The Security Blanketp. 253
Ice Breakersp. 254
The Photo Galleryp. 254
It's a Stretchp. 254
Words, Words, Wordsp. 255
22 A Little Something Extra for the Momp. 257
A Special Thank Youp. 257
Group Guidancep. 258
Mindful Memorabiliap. 258
A Shower a Dayp. 259
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Wordsp. 260
Those Darling Little Ones!p. 260
A Matineep. 260
Sensitive Subjectsp. 261
The Most Minute Detailsp. 261
Flower Powerp. 261
Milk Moneyp. 261
Hip, Hip, Hooray!p. 262
The Forbidden Fruitp. 263
A Whole New Worldp. 263
Part 5 It's Showtime!p. 265
23 The Party Must Go On!p. 267
Planning Your Schedulep. 267
The Curtain Callp. 268
Law and Orderp. 269
A Sample Agendap. 270
Making a Listp. 271
A Lump of Coalp. 271
Checking It Twicep. 272
All in Good Time, My Dearp. 273
What Surprise?p. 274
24 Responsibilities of the Hostessp. 277
Too Many Cooks in the Kitchenp. 277
A Little Respectp. 278
Set Your Watch!p. 278
Dress the Partp. 279
Welcome Friends!p. 279
Queen for the Dayp. 280
A Step Ahead of the Restp. 281
All These Gifts!p. 282
Tip, Pleasep. 283
Quick Remindersp. 283
Many Thanksp. 284
25 Ask the Experts: Practical Tipsp. 287
The Real World: Baby Showersp. 287
The Real World Part II: Bridal Showersp. 292
One More Person to Thankp. 296
Appendices
A Excellent Resources for Folklore, Myths, and Legendsp. 299
B Using the Internet to Your Advantagep. 301
Indexp. 305

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