A Laid-back Open House Couples Shower

Joyful hosting / Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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Together with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, I was privileged to host a couples wedding shower over Easter weekend.  The shower was for my niece, Brittni, and her fiancé, Justin – such a fun couple! It was our pleasure to celebrate with them as they prepare for their big day!

Justin had never met most of Brittni’s MN family and friends, and they flew in from the east coast for the shower. We wanted to ensure they had a chance to really talk to people who made the effort to come.  Also, since it was a holiday weekend, we decided to have an open-house shower so people had the freedom to come and go as their schedules allowed. The loose structure and flow of people in and out at different times allowed the couple to talk to everyone who came.


Invitations for the shower were created using a free online wedding invitation template found on www.WeddingChicks.com.  All text in the template can be changed, so even though it was designed for a wedding, I was able to modify it for a shower. The invitations were printed on card-stock and mailed along with directions and an index card for guests to bring a favorite recipe to the shower.

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Relationship timeline

Because some of the guests didn’t know a lot about the couple, we created a relationship timeline to help guests learn more.  Using white crayon, the timeline was written on black construction paper to create a chalkboard look and bordered by patterned scrapbook paper. The timeline included significant relationship events: how they met, first date, first “I love you, the proposal and wedding details. The timeline was posted on the wall throughout the main room where everyone gathered. As people mingled and ate, they read and learned more about the couple. A few of them are shown below.

Relationship Timeline - FIRST DATE | www.thisgratefulmama.com Relationship Timeline - First I LOVE YOU | www.thisgratefulmama.com Relationship Timeline - THE WEDDING | www.thisgratefulmama.com

What they love about each other

Lists of the things Brittni and Justin love about each other were displayed on the chalkboard sides of two IKEA easels.  They were set up near the entryway to draw people into the house as they arrived. How neat is it that they both listed that they love how the other loves the Lord?

What She Loves About Him | www.thisgratefulmama.com  What He Loves About Her | www.thisgratefulmama.com

Open-house friendly food

Food for the open house was intended to be easy for people to serve themselves, and for us as hosts to keep cold and fresh. We served fresh fruit, chicken salad with croissants, chips with salsa, spinach dip and guacamole, veggies and dip, deviled eggs, popcorn and an assortment of desserts. To keep things simple, we served ice water, unsweetened iced tea with fresh lemons and sugar cubes, lemonade, coffee, and sparkling water.

A Laid-back Open House Couples Shower - Beverages | www.thisgratefulmama.com A Laid-back Open House Couples Shower - Food | www.thisgratefulmama.com  A Laid-back Open House Couples Shower - Desserts | www.thisgratefulmama.com

Other special touches 

In the invitation, guests were asked to bring a favorite recipe. They dropped them off by the gift table. There were some ‘secret’ family recipes in the bunch so the couple got some special recipes. In the main room, there was a place for guests to leave a note of encouragement or advice for the couple to read later. A banner was hung across with their names made from the same patterned scrapbook paper as the relationship timeline. We also framed their Save the Date and Wedding Invitations to display them for guests.

A Laid-back Open House Couples Shower - Gift Table | www.thisgratefulmama.com A Laid-back Open House Couples Shower - Notes of Encouragement | www.thisgratefulmama.com

A Laid-back Open House Couples Shower - Banner | www.thisgratefulmama.com

Since the couple was from out of town, most gifts were small in size, making it easy for them to bring everything home on the plane. Some gave gift cards and money, and some wrapped a photo or description of larger gifts purchased from their gift registry and mailed.

Overall the shower was a success!

We had a great turn out, despite the holiday weekend. This couple is well-loved and people did not want to miss the chance to see them! The atmosphere was laid back and relaxing. Many guests stayed a most of time and were able to spend some quality time with the couple.

Hosting this shower was fun, and was such a blessing to me. Since we don’t live near the couple it was special to get the chance to celebrate before the big day. We had the privilege to finally meet Justin, see Brittni, and watch the respectful, joyful and loving way they interact.  The wedding will be in Maine this June so our family will taking a short vacation to attend. We are also excited that our son Aiden will be the ring bearer (aka. polar bear, if you ask him) in the wedding, so fun!

Congratulations, Brittni and Justin!

We cannot wait to celebrate with you on your wedding day this June.

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Also check out A Couples Wedding Shower for more ideas.

10 Replies to “A Laid-back Open House Couples Shower”

  1. I love this idea. I am assisting with a couples shower that we have scheduled for only a 2-hour shower due to some prior commitments of the bride and groom. Quick and easy will be important given the limited time.

  2. Plan on having a family get together for a couples shower. Was thinking of doing a gift card bouquet but not sure how to ask for those only as a gift. Suggestions?

    1. Maybe “Please bring a gift card and favorite flower to bless the couple with a gift card bouquet”? OR I saw a post on facebook that said ” “contact hostess if you would like to contribute to a group gift” when people called I told them I was doing a Gift card bouquet. So when rye came to the shower they clipped their gift card to the bouquet. Everyone thought it was awesome especially the bride!!” It was on this facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/975Wabd/posts/534632236646270

  3. Can you please tell me where you got the clear cake stands in the variety of sizes that was in your photo’s? We saw them in a cake dispay online and loved them, but we have not been able to find them for sale anywhere. My daughter is wantiing to use them for her wedding.
    I would greatly appreciate the information.

    Thank you

    1. These were borrowed from my mom but I believe she got them at Home Goods years ago. I know that doesn’t help much in finding them! I did find a similar taller stand online from Wayfair https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/darby-home -co-albaric-cake-stand-dbhm7788.html and perhaps this shorter one from Kohls? https://www.google.com/shopping/product/9390334666862541196?lsf=seller:6382239,store:10770339364416260179&prds=oid:3651684015310618884&q=tall+glass+cake+stand&hl=en-us&ei=nmzHWoHQCKq-jwSh-JfQAw&lsft=ci_mcc:ci,utm_campaign:LIA_Kitchen,utm_medium:CSE,utm_source:google,utm_product:39646930,CID:shopping30,utm_campaignid:305037658&lsft=gclid:EAIaIQobChMI6-qGydel2gIVB7bACh0QTAWTEAQYDiABEgK-N_D_BwE

      Hope you find what you are looking for! Congratulations to your daughter!

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