By Jordan Gore

It’s time. It’s time people stop thinking of wedding showers as an obligation instead of a celebration. It’s time to transition away from an event with finger-sandwiches and pastel color palettes because those trends are tired and totally outdated.
Themed showers lend themselves toward a cocktail or dinner party ambiance, leaving the stuffy shower vibe behind. In addition to the setting, expanding the guest list will immediately modernize the shower. A wedding shower should be a time for all of the couple’s friends to celebrate, not just the bride’s close friends and family. A co-ed wedding shower is a great way to mix up tradition and amplify the fun. Here are some themes inspired by the Classic City.

Inspired by GameDay… Flag Football Theme

Home of the Georgia Bulldogs, Saturdays in Athens revolve around the game. For the football fanatics, plan ahead and plan around the game. A little friendly game of flag football breaks the ice and allows everyone to be a big part of the shower. Just like the classic Georgia/Florida rival, creating a rival between the sexes will make everyone want to get involved.

hot dog photo booth

Photo by Hostess with the Mostess

To thank everyone for coming to celebrate, give your guests personalized jerseys or t-shirts to wear for the game and to remember your shower. After the game, the winners should kick back and relax while the other team grills hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill. Set up a cookout bar with decorations and topping options in a tailgate display to tie the theme together.

Inspired by the Food… Top Chef Themed Shower

pizza cook off

Photo by On to Baby

With so many locally owned restaurants, the food culture in Athens is extremely fascinating and diverse. For the couple that enjoys cooking and trying new things, throw a kitchen shower with a cooking competition. Request the guests bring gifts for the kitchen, and entertain them with their own recipes. Provide them with ingredients for pizza or hamburgers and let everyone create a masterpiece to be judged by the couple. Have awards for the most creative and the couple’s favorite.

pizza 2

Photo by Catch My Party

Inspired by the Music… Celebrity Cocktail Shower

Athens is constantly producing up-in-coming artists, and always welcoming seasoned artist to our popular music venues. Famous musicians are the inspiration for this celebrity cocktail party. For a fun icebreaker, have the guests dress up like a celebrity, and join the couple for classic cocktails. Provide His & Her cocktails at the request of the bride and groom for everyone to enjoy. For a fun element and a party favor, create a photo booth with a fancy backdrop for the famous couples to take pictures in front of.

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Photo by Jake + Necia Photography

A Jack and Jill shower is the perfect opportunity to switch things up, and provides an excuse for close friends and family to gather and celebrate during the crazy season before the wedding. So send out the invites, and plan a theme for your mixed wedding shower!

Jordan Gore is a Magazine Journalism Major at the University of Georgia. She enjoys blogging, spending time at the beach, and reality television. Follow her on twitter: @jordanbgore

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