Planning a wedding can be very stressful for the bride-to-be, so I can't think of a better bridal shower theme than a relaxing spa day! Suited for more of an intimate party, you can hold the event at a nearby salon, put on an "at home spa day" or invite a consultant into your home that hosts at-home spa parties. Create invitations that set the mood by using cool colors and misting them with a light aromatherapy scent. You can even arrange for a professional masseuse to provide neck, hand or foot massages during the shower for a nominal fee (if you do this, make sure to mention it on the invitation).
Create an atmosphere of comfort by having soft chairs for each guest to sit in. Dim the lights and surround the room with flickering candles. Brew a pot of chamomile tea and prepare a serene menu that includes finger sandwiches, cucumber slices with creamy dip, fruit salad and a chocolate fondue fountain. With this type of setting you will probably keep party decorations to a minimum, but you may want to include a bouquet of fresh flowers or a basket of gourmet chocolates on your guest book table.
When the bride-to-be arrives, hand her a glass of sparkling champagne, give her a relaxing foot massage and then slip her toes into a pair of monogrammed spa slippers like those shown here. Appropriate shower games for this type of relaxing party include "How well do you know the bride" or a wedding themed word scramble. Perfect prizes are scented bath salts, and aromatherapy candle or a gift certificate for a manicure or massage.
If guests would like to give a gift that relates to your spa theme, here are a list of suggestions:
A Bottle of Fine Wine
A Soft Spa Robe
Gift Certificate for Spa Services
Deluxe Manicure Set
Massaging Foot Bath
Give guests a memento of this special bridal day by purchasing an appropriately themed shower favor. Examples include travel manicure or pedicure kits, personalized travel sized shower gel, compact mirror, lip balm, nail file set or miniature perfume bottle.
See a number of other suggestions on our "Unique Bridal Shower Favors" page.