There’s no doubt that many a Gloss reader has attended a perfectly lovely bridal shower. But how many of us can say that we’ve thrown one, and a successful one, at that?

Well, you can now add this blogger to the latter list. That’s right, readers, yours truly threw her first bridal shower this weekend, and suffice it to say, I got drunk. And at the same time, a party was had. Here are a few tips so that you may one day do the same:

  1. Enlist help. Bridal showers are best thrown in teams of 2-4. More than that, and you are tits-deep in too many cooks in the kitchen territory. Try to throw it on your own and you are immediately $300 out (at least), angry and in way over your head.
  2. Make a schedule for the event. This may seem overly controlling, but bridal showers shouldn’t last much more than 3 or 4 hours. They aren’t all-night ragers, you know. In order to keep it short and sweet, you will need a schedule.
  3. Plan a game that vibes with the people who are coming. I know, I know, games are cheesy, but you will find that — unless you are hosting a luncheon, in which case you have a lot more money than me — you need a game to keep people talking, keep things moving and make the party more than just an afternoon chat-fest with gifts. Make sure that it will be appreciated by the attendees — if you have a lot of cynical folk, something like “how well do you know the bride” is nice. If you’ve got a group of joiners, go for the gold and make toilet paper dresses.
  4. Don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money. You can make favors, for instance, out of candy wrapped in tissue paper, or seeds in pots with a ribbon. All good ideas, all well under $5 a person.
  5. You can’t start preparing too early. Sometimes, when I’ve gone to bridal showers, I haven’t really considered how much work goes into the details of making it happen. But hear this: that shit takes planning. So start thinking about themes, decorations, food and games a month or so on advance…and you will be well on your way to throwing the shower of your friend’s wildest dreams. Mazel tov.