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Tips for Throwing a Couples Shower

If you’re looking to host a less traditional bridal shower for your friend’s upcoming wedding, consider throwing a couples shower for both the bride and groom.

Let’s face it: sometimes going to a bridal shower at the bride’s stuffy country club sipping on champagne and playing PG games because Nana may get offended isn’t as fun as you’d like it to be. But what could make a party even more fun? Boys!

So, invite the groom and his groomsmen for a dose of testosterone at the shower and skip the traditional bridal shower. Follow our advice for hosting a couples shower that both the bride and groom will equally enjoy.

Who to Invite?

Invite the couple’s closest friends and family who won’t find this kind of event to be a little offensive. So if there are some people who may be a little old fashioned, skip them on the invite list.

Tip : In your invitation, make sure it’s clear that both sexes will present at the event so invited guests don’t show up and be surprised.

Cocktails and Games Are Still A-Go

Just because you’re not having a girly brunch complete with mimosas and wrapping each other in a toilet paper, doesn’t mean a couple shower is boring. Mix up a signature cocktail that blends both the bride and groom’s favorite drink for guests to sip on. 


Martinis are generally loved by both men and women and this delicious blue lemon martini recipes pack enough punch for everyone to relax and enjoy the event.

And just about any typical bridal shower game (OK maybe not the toilet paper game) can be given a groom’s spin and be played by all guests at the shower.

Consider a Theme to Amp Up the Fun

When having both men and women at the shower, it gives you an opportunity to plan your couple shower around theme. Some fun ideas include:

Having guests show up as famous couples: guests can come dressed as Victoria and David Beckham, President Barack and Michelle Obama and Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Consider a casino theme: you can combine classic gambling games with bridal shower games for a little competition and friendly bets.

Outdoor/backyard shower: since the shower will have both men and women, a relaxing outdoor BBQ or picnic is probably the easiest and low-key party you can host. It gives guests a chance to be outdoor and mingle in a stress-free and relaxing environment. 

So don't shy away from breaking tradition just a little by planning a couples shower. These days, both the bride and groom are deeply involved in planning their wedding. We're certain some couples would love the idea of having a couples shower for them to both attend and celebrate their upcoming wedding with. 

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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