I’ve been invited to a bridal shower/bachelorette party for a 30-something friend getting married this fall.
I haven’t been to a bridal shower since the 1990s, and I’ve only been to showers in the South, so I’m not sure what to expect at one in 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Showers in the South in the 1990s involved your mother’s friends and neighbors sitting around a living room in pastel suits and floral dresses serving petite fours and sherbet punch. (If you grew up in the South, you know the punch I am talking about!)
You played silly games and opened presents – generally recipe books or maybe a nightgown from Victoria’s Secret – nothing super racy.
I have been advised that now it’s all about sex toys but I can’t imagine that’s true. Would I be made fun of if I show up with a Julia Child cookbook? What about a nightgown from Macy’s or a photo album for their first year of marriage photos? Is that too old school? Or should I just go with a gift card to Home Depot?
So what should I be expecting at a modern bridal shower/bachelorette party? What do I wear? (No floral sundress?) What gift does the modern bride in her 30s want?