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Bridal Shower Door Prize Ideas

Send guests home with a small token of the joyful event

By Alan Kirk

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Guests come to a bridal shower to help the bride celebrate her upcoming marriage. As a sign of appreciation for their time and friendship, offer door prizes for your guests. Choose prizes based on your bridal shower budget and the number of guests you expect.

Variety

When hosting a bridal shower, purchase a variety of items to give away as door prizes. Feel free to include inexpensive items such as lottery tickets along with more substantial gifts such as coffee mugs, picture frames. Award door prizes at various times during the bridal shower, allowing the winner to select any prize she wishes.

Share with the bride

Offer door prizes that allows the bridal shower celebration and sisterhood to extend beyond the party itself. Purchase gift certificates -- for lunch or spa services -- as door prizes. The twist here is that the winner of each gift certificate must invite the bride to go with her when she uses the certificate. This will encourage the bride and her friends to socialize even after she is no longer single.

Make a game of it

Purchase one prize per person, each in the price range of $5 to $10. Select small items such as soap, candy or gift cards. Wrap the items in boxes that are similarly sized. Start with six gifts on the table; number them from one to six. Have your guests take turns rolling a single die. The number rolled on the die is the number of the gift that guest receives. Replace that gift with another gift box. Once you are down to fewer than six gifts on the table, allow each guest to continue rolling the die until she rolls the number of one of the remaining gifts.

About the Author

Alan Kirk has been writing for online publications for several years and is a contributor to DexKnows.

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The maid of honor will likely head this up, though some brides have multiple showers thrown by people from different walks of their life. Your hostess may request a list of invitees from the bride. Be sure to express any preferences you have -- from including the boys to game requests or omissions.

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