You know that scene in Bridesmaids where the wealthy girl throws an extravagant bridal shower that is complete with a replica of the Eiffel Tower and puppy party favors? If you've been tasked with planning a bridal shower for a dear friend, then you might be worried that the bride-to-be expects you to throw a party just as elaborate. Don't worry! You don't have to spend an excessive amount of money to host a bridal shower that will impress the soon-to-be bride. Having quality entertainment is the cherry on the cake that will take the bridal shower to a whole other level of delectable.
Contrary to popular opinion, a bridal shower is the only wedding event that actually IS about the gifts! The idea is to "shower" the bride with gifts that she'll need to start her new married life, and opening gifts is one of the main forms of entertainment at a bridal shower. You don't want other entertainment to overshadow the fun event of giving and opening gifts, but plenty of entertainers can top off a bridal shower with even more excitement.
Why not invite a surprise guest, such as Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Madonna or any other celebrity impersonator, to help celebrate with you? Or you could turn your guests into celebrities by having a caricaturist paint portraits that everyone can bring home as party favors. In many cultures, henna art plays an important role in wedding traditions. To add a little flair to your party, you can hire a henna artist to decorate the bride and guests (depending on how close the bridal shower is to the big wedding day). Since they're all about celebrating women, belly dancers are excellent entertainers for a bridal shower. You can hire a belly dancer to teach guests a simple routine so that everyone can break a sweat while bonding with one another.
If the guests don't know each other very well, consider breaking the ice with readings from an astrologer, fortune teller or tarot card reader. Everyone will soon become acquainted with one another after learning about their horoscopes, futures and intuitions. If the shower will later turn into a bachelorette party, bring in some karaoke and cocktails. The music and drinks will fuel everyone for a night on the town.
Whatever kind of party you decide to throw, remember that being a bridesmaid doesn't mean you have to break the bank. With these entertainment ideas, you can easily plan a shower that is within your budget and the bride's style.