If you’re getting ready to host a bridal shower for a special woman in your life, then a little planning is in order! The kind of bridal shower you plan will depend on the personality and preferences of the bride. Ideally, a bridal shower should be planned and hosted by someone close to the bride that knows what her idea of a good time is. A shower is a time for the bride and her close friends and family to get together. Not only does she receive gifts that are traditionally suited for a new bride starting a home with her husband, she gets to spend quality time with loved ones. Bridal showers can be times of female bonding, with the sharing of food, laughter and fun. When to host: Be sure to plan the bridal shower at the right time. It’s appropriate to host a shower anywhere from three months to two weeks before the wedding. There are several factors that comprise a successful bridal shower, and they are as follows: The Guests: Traditionally, bridal showers are for girls only. However, in today’s modern society there are more and more bridal showers where both men and women are in attendance. How you plan the bridal shower will depend on who is coming. Make sure you do not invite anyone to the shower that is not on the guest list for the wedding. The Gifts: If the bride has registered already, then gift giving is a snap. Otherwise, appropriate gifts include anything that a newly married woman may need — everything from lingerie to kitchen ware. If the shower has a particular theme, then gifts can be chosen to match that theme. Lingerie themes, spa themes and holiday themes are all popular choices. The Games: There are tons of different games that are appropriate for a bridal shower. Games can be a fun way for guests to get to know one another. A quick search on the Internet can lead you to countless games you can choose to have at your bridal shower. The Food: Great food is a vital part to any successful bridal shower. The food you choose to have should first depend on what you think the bride will love. Finger foods and appetizers are popular choices for shower fare, as are delicious deserts and beverages such as punch and champagne. The cuisine can also reflect any certain theme you may have chosen for the shower. There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to throwing a great bridal shower. The best thing to remember is that it’s all about the bride, and the shower you plan should be centered around her likes and dislikes. With a little thought and planning, you can host the perfect shower that is tons of fun for both the bride-to-be and her shower guests!