Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower Party Advice

Throwing a bridal shower can leave you wondering exactly what should go into your planning. You might have questions about the specifics of throwing a bridal shower. Here is some advice for having a successful bridal shower party.

Any party is more enjoyable when it is held in a place where guests can relax and enjoy the privacy of the party. For this reason it is usually best to hold a bridal shower party in someone’s home. If there are too many invited guests for that to be a comfortable option you can always book a party room at a local restaurant.

When it comes to whom to invite to a bridal shower party the full guest list depends on how big the wedding is expected to be. A small wedding calls for a short list of guests but a larger more elaborate wedding calls for a longer guest list. The general rule of thumb is that only people that will be invited to the wedding itself should be invited to the bridal shower. There are must-haves on any bridal shower guest list, and they include the bride’s female relatives, but the groom’s female relatives as well.

To add a unique aspect to a bridal shower one alternative to having everyone sign a guest book is to instead have a memory jar set up. This can be a clear plastic or glass jar. Set out enough card stock and pens so that each guest can write down one memory they have with the bride and put it in the jar. This makes for a great activity for the guests and a great keepsake for the bride to be.

For a colorful food table, guests can be served bowls of chilled soups in flavors like cantaloupe, strawberry, cucumbers and more. This is one option for serving healthy food at any bridal shower. Dessert can include anything heart shaped, such as brownies, cookies or a cake.

To accompany the food table, a beverage bar is the perfect choice. Carafes of any size can be filled with drinks such as lemonade, orange juice, sangria or mimosas. The best way to display the carafes is in a large bowl filled with ice.

If you want to throw a more out of the box bridal shower it doesn’t have to follow the traditional rules. To get creative consider booking a cooking class to serve as the bridal shower. Provided you have the budget for it, you may be able to get a professional chef to come to you. If not, grab the guests and head to the nearest public cooking class. Worried the bride will find this offensive? You can still plan a non- traditional bridal shower by booking a wine tasting for the party.

This advice is valuable in helping you to plan a bridal shower whether you want to throw one with a traditional style or a more unconventional one. Whichever you choose, the important thing is that the bride enjoys the party.

Properly Storing Sparklers

Properly Storing Your Sparklers

Though we are primarily a company that sells sparklers for weddings, we are also aware that many people use sparklers for other holidays and occasions. Since the most popular one that comes to mind has just passed (Independence Day), we thought that now would be a great time to cover some of the basic procedures regarding the proper storage of sparklers.

Contrary to popular belief, sparklers will remain good almost indefinitely as long as you store them properly. Many people are under the impression that sparklers and other types of fireworks will only stay good for a short amount of time, but the very nature of sparklers allows them to remain useable for many years as long as they don’t get ruined on your shelf. Whether you are buying sparklers ahead of time for an upcoming wedding or you just want to keep some in good condition until next year after your latest Independence Day party, here are some tips to help you properly store your sparklers.

Safety First

First and foremost, you need to make sure that you’re storing your sparklers in a safe location. That means you want to keep them out of reach of any young children who may stumble upon the box, and you also don’t want them near any source of extreme heat or open flames. This means that storing them above your stove or next to your furnace should obviously be off limits. Nearly everyone who has an incident while storing their sparklers caused it themselves by storing them somewhere inappropriate, so make sure you use good common sense when deciding on a location.

Garage is Preferable

Though you can certainly store sparklers inside your home safely, in my personal experience the best location to keep them is in your garage. Your garage likely sees less activity than other storage areas in your home, and usually there is ample room for them to remain undisturbed until you actually need them. The caveat here is if you live in a very humid climate because you don’t want to have your sparklers exposed to too much humidity. There are ways to work around that issue as well, as we’ll discuss below, but sometimes your climate will require that you move them indoors.

Water is the Enemy

To keep your sparklers in good condition for long periods of time, the key is to keep them away from water. As soon as you get your sparklers wet, you might as well throw them in the trash (not literally). The best way to avoid this from happening is to store them in a plastic container or tote that has a lid that seals properly. This will keep out any excess water and allow your sparklers to remain dry in even the most humid conditions. Also, try not to store your sparklers underneath things like piping or water storage containers. Even if they aren’t leaking now, you’ll have big problems if you spring a leak or sometimes even from the condensation alone during the summer months.

As long as you keep your sparklers dry and away from ignition sources, you can safely store them for many years without them degrading in quality. By properly storing your sparklers, you can ensure they will be good to use for as long as they’re in your possession.