My sister just got married this past weekend! It has been crazy wild over here and just starting to settle down. I’m so excited to finally have one of my sisters join me in the ranks of married gals! My sister-in-law and I, with the help of a few other gals, had a blast throwing my sister a personal shower a few weeks back with an Around the Clock Shower theme. It was so much fun! I wanted to keep it special but not overly focused on the standard intimate attire focus. This theme was so much fun to work with. I had so much fun, I had to share the pictures with you all!
We hung an assortment of clocks around the room with puffed balls. I printed out a free clocks printable and assigned different hours to different stations around the room. I put the printable into an old frame. At each table, I indicated the time period and had food items that related to that time period. We made little sticks with the different numbers that were during those hour period to stick in the food items. As guests arrived, they placed their gifts at the assigned time period table that they had received in their invitation.
I was able to find a cheap Groupon deal and get some cute printed invitations from an online store. I used the following text:
Tick Tock, Tick Tock
Dan & Christa’s love goes ’round the clock
Your gift for the shower
Should be something right for the hour
As Christa approaches the big day,
We’d like to celebrate her in a most timely way!
Join us for food and fun at Christa’s Personal Shower!
Around the Clock Shower
Date & Time
Please bring a gift they can use at ______________________.
Christa is registered at …. Her clothing size is … and bra size is …
On the back side of the invitation, I included various gift ideas for the different hours (see below). Since the size of the guest list was small, we stuck with 5 different periods: Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner & Bedtime. You can also do hour by hour if desired.
Breakfast time – coffee mugs, french press, toothbrushes, shower accessories, fluffy towels, cute bathrobe, slippers, a toaster, or a shower curtain.
Lunchtime – cooking utensils, bakeware, serving tray, a butter dish, picnic basket, or a magazine subscription.
Happy Hour – wine glasses, teas, appetizer plates, books, Netflix gift certificate, movie theater tickets, fun board games.
Dinner - Candles, aprons, pots, pans, knives, restaurant gift certificate for the couple, dish towels, food staples, spices.
Bedtime – sheets, pillowcases, movies, duvet cover, cozy blanket, massage oils, nightwear. (I also added my sisters lingerie preferences here as to color and style so that we could really get her things she would like.)
Here’s the food that we served. I delegated the load so it was more doable.
Breakfast: coffee, muffins, apple slices
Lunch: Tortilla wraps (I just bought these at the store for convenience sake), deviled eggs
Happy Hour: Cheese platter, Bruschetta
Dinner: Stuffed mushrooms, veggie tray
Bedtime: Dessert – Around the Clock themed cake
I am not really a very creative person, but the Lord inspired me with a fun idea just a day before the shower. I assembled 25 different random household items and put them in a pile. I picked out 5 items that could fit into the 5 different time periods.
We put the bride-to-be to the test and gave her 3 minutes to figure out how to attach all the items to her body. The goal was to test her multi-tasking abilities in a humorous way. If she could do it successfully, she would be the “Ultimate Happy Housewife”. If not, she would be “Martha Stewart want to be”. It was hilarious. She managed to get it all on her body in some way in 2.5 minutes. If I were to do it again, I think I’d make it more challenging my setting some specific qualifications (i.e. pot must go on head, towel must be tied around body, etc. .
Following this, I let the guests observe for 30 seconds all that she was wearing. Then we played a game where everyone had to write down what they remembered she was wearing and categorize it by the time periods we had selected for our party. They had 3 minutes to do so. I made sure not to let anyone know we would be playing this second game until after the Bride had finished dressing herself and then I removed the items out of the room quickly.
You can download my printable “What Was the Bride Wearing?” game here.
We concluded the shower by sharing various advice and tips for marriage for my sister and it was such a fun time sharing encouragement and wisdom from those who had gone before her.
This shower ideas was tons of fun and I highly recommend it if you are in looking to throw a bridal shower in the future!