The lingerie shower has evolved over the years from a radical novelty idea to an all-out phenomenon. For those who don’t know, the lingerie shower is a type of bridal shower in which the future bride is presented with gifts of lingerie. It places a fun and sexy spin on the traditional shower and allows guests -- and even the bride herself -- to step just a few inches outside of their comfort zone, all in the spirit of good fun. And for the bride, it’s an excellent way to stock up for the honeymoon! If you have been graced with the privilege of hosting such an event on behalf of some lucky bride-to-be, here are a few simple lingerie shower ideas to make the party truly unforgettable.
Make the Invitation Stand Out
This isn’t a champagne brunch; it’s a lingerie shower! The invites should make this abundantly clear. Sure, it’s okay to use an elegant script font and lovely frilly accents, but the cards should project the same sense of fun and frivolity that will define the party itself. Drawings of bras and bustiers are extremely popular for events like these, and the language used should bring a chuckle to each recipient. Now is not the time for flowery narratives like, “We cordially invite you to take part in the joyous event that is….” Boring! Now is the time for limericks about G-strings and bad puns about cup sizes.
Here are some of our examples from Pinterest:
*Oh, and make sure to include the bride’s measurements, otherwise your guests are going to be painfully unprepared.
When it comes to lingerie shower ideas, we would be remiss not to mention the lifeblood of any bridal shower: games! One of the oldest and most popular lingerie shower games involves purchasing a piece of intimate apparel and wrapping it for the bride -- all without identifying yourself as the buyer. The piece should reflect your unique personality in some way, because it is the bride’s job to guess who provided the garment. Not only is this a great bonding activity for everyone at the party, but it’s also guaranteed to inspire uncontrollable laughter and hours of enjoyment. See just how well it can breathe vibrant life into your own event.
Another fun and hilarious party game is Pass the Teddy. The host presents a box with multiple layers of wrapping paper, and the box is passed in a circle from person to person while the music plays, similar to Hot Potato. Whenever the music stops, the person holding the box must unwrap one layer of wrapping paper. But here’s the twist: The guests are informed that there is a teddy inside the box, and whoever unwraps the last layer of paper must model the teddy for the entire group. As you can imagine, the game can get pretty frantic, and when the final shred of paper is stripped away, the “winner” is told to leave the room and model the teddy. What they learn upon opening the box, however, is that the teddy is in fact an adorable teddy bear.
But even if the bear is harmless and fun, you don’t want to let your guest of honor completely off the hook. After all, the whole purpose of the lingerie shower is to let loose and even foster a bit of good-spirited embarrassment. That’s why Scratch and Model is another extremely popular game. Guests are told to bring a sexy or naughty pair of lingerie in the bride’s size, along with a $1 lottery ticket. For each piece, the bride starts by scratching off the lottery ticket. If the ticket wins any prize at all, she can decide whether or not to reveal the corresponding lingerie. If the ticket is a loser, she must model the lingerie over her clothes for all to see.
And Then There’s the Food
As with any bridal shower, finger foods typically work best. Fruit and veggie platters are extremely popular, as are small quiches, cookies and cupcakes. If you really want to maintain a naughty vibe, you can purchase lingerie-themed cupcakes and cookies from your local bakery, or make them yourself. Remember, there is absolutely no shame in marching up to your local bakery counter and declaring, “I need 40 bra-and-panty cupcakes.” Additionally, Etsy is filled with shops that specialize in assorted naughty cupcake toppers, so you can customize your party even as you support a small business.
Finally, champagne is an absolute must. After all, your guests want to get tipsy without sacrificing class. So make sure that the champagne is flowing, the glasses are elegant, and the laughter is without ceasing. You’ll soon find that throwing a lingerie party is one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable experiences in the world of event planning, and once the whole thing is over the guests have said their goodbyes, you’ll all have years of priceless memories to cherish.
Don’t Forget the Lingerie
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We have shared just a few of our favorite lingerie shower ideas. What are yours?