Q. My younger brother who is studying abroad in France recently eloped with his girlfriend in Paris. They are moving home to Florida next month and I am wondering do we need to have a bridal shower for the bride? We have never met this woman and I am not sure if a shower is appropriate. My brother said they don’t expect any party or gifts as his wife is shy. However, I think I should give her something. Any gift ideas for a crafty, artsy person?
A. I think a small get-together would be a wonderful way to make the new bride feel welcome and to introduce her to your family. Rather than having a bridal shower you can have a girls luncheon in her honor at a local restaurant. Keep it small and intimate with only close family and friends so you do not overwhelm the shy bride. No need to send out formal invitations as you don’t want guests to think they need to bring gifts.
If you want to give the bride a gift, I would suggest you give it to her before the luncheon as some guests may not bring gifts and will feel awkward for not doing so.
Since you mention the bride enjoys arts and crafts I would suggest a handmade gift for her home. As you all know, one of my favorite places to shop for handmade items is Etsy. So after an Etsy search I found a shop called Cathy’s Craft World which sells charming scrapbook frames.
Here are a few fun frame ideas…..
Since the couple was married in Paris this Eiffel Tower Frame Set would be a cherished gift. The set includes a Paris theme scrapbook frame, a boxed Eiffel Tower necklace, Paris theme stationery cards, and two floral arrangements.
This Smiley Face Scrapbook Frame Set is sure to make any bride smile. The set includes a bride and groom smiley face, a teddy bear wedding card, and a wood scrapbook frame adorned with lace and butterflies.
A pink Floral Love Scrapbook Frame would be perfect for any shabby chic decor. The word love opens up on a little hinge.
This Wedding Beach Frame Set would be fun for the couple who loves the beach.
The set includes a scrapbook frame, cute Mr & Mrs. beach chairs, sea shells, champagne glasses, picnic baskets, and a large sea shell gift box.
You can view the entire line of Cathy’s Craft World here.