Hosting a bridal shower is a big deal but that doesn’t mean it has to be on a big budget. When saying “I Do” to planning a bridal shower, keep the following dos and don’ts in mind to ensure that the special occasion for the bride getting hitched goes off without a hitch. Get our five must-have tips, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Olive Garden.
DO order catering. Let’s face facts – it’s hard to please everyone. Save time, make sure there’s plenty to eat and please the pickiest of eaters by having the bridal shower catered. We recommend Olive Garden because they provide an assortment of delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts that can make for a memorable meal. Choose rustic Tuscan-styled dining by serving tasty updates on Italian-inspired classics like Lasagna Classico, Chicken Parmigiana and Five Cheese Ziti al Forno. Don’t forget to offer salad on the side, served with Olive Garden’s signature salad dressing. Then, leave your guests in awe by topping it all off with a basket of warm breadsticks. Lastly, ensure that no sweet tooth goes unanswered by serving Black Tie Mousse Cake, Lemon Creme Cake or Dolcini, Olive Garden’s “little dessert treats.” No matter what you order, Olive Garden offers something to please everyone!
DON’T try to do it all on your own. It’s very easy to go from hero to zero when putting all that planning and work on your shoulders. Take the time to delegate the responsibilities of preparing the party to your family and friends. Not only will it save you time and stress, but it will be a lasting memory that you all can share for years to come.
DO send a digital invitation. Picking a cake, choosing a dress, deciding on flowers – talk about work! The wedding is stressful enough so don’t let the same thing happen with the bridal shower. Save time, energy and money by using one of Evite’s creative and beautiful invitations to let everyone know about the party. It’s also a helpful way to keep track of all the “yes’s” and “no’s”, while encouraging your guests to upload, share and comment on photos from the day-of all in one place, capturing memories that will last a lifetime.
DON’T be afraid to break from tradition. The wedding should be as unique as the bride and groom and the bridal shower should be no different. Embrace what makes them laugh and smile. Choose a variety of games that best fits their energy; throw the schedule out the window and see where the party takes everyone; decide on an eclectic guest list! Who knows – you could be the one making new traditions in no time!
DO use the catered food as a party favor. Since everyone will be enjoying the meal, why not make sure they can enjoy it after the party ends. Thanks to Olive Garden Catering, you’ll be able to double the catered food as adorable party favors. Add a “thank you” note to a bottle of Olive Garden’s signature salad dressing. Or have your guests take some decadent Dolcini to go. You won’t be the only one talking about your special day when it’s done.