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      For a shower, first, ask if the other bridesmaids would be willing
      to pitch in towards it, even just $10 from 3 or 4 bridesmaids will
      help cover the cost. Tell them it’s not neccessary, but that you are
      financhially tight at the moment, and any help would be appreciated.

      For food, just do a few finger foods, and a couple of desserts.
      Cakes are popular, obviously, but they don’t need to be a bakery
      cake to be eaten.

      Make up a batch of brownies, two small cakes, and maybe something
      like a pudding pie. I’ll post a recipe for a cheap, easy pudding pie.

      for finger foods, have some chips, pretzals, crackers, and maybe a
      small veggie tray with things like carrots (baby carrots are about
      $1.99 a bag, two bags should be fine for 30 people. Buy a pack of
      celery, cut it into baby carrot size sections, and provide some
      veggie dip to dip them in.

      Here’s the pudding pie recipe:
      1 graham cracker crust ($.99 at Save-A-Lot)
      2 packages pudding or 1 large package pudding ($.29 at save-a-lot
      for a small pack, so $.58 total)
      1 tub of whipped cream ($.99 at Save-A-Lot)
      1 package sandwhich cookies ($1.29 at save-a-lot)

      I use chocolate pudding and chocolate sandwhich cookies- Save-a-Lot
      has some identical to Oreo’s that work perfectly.

      Mix the pudding up with only HALF the milk required in 2 seperate
      bowls. Mix 1/2 the whipped cream in 1 bowl of pudding. Pour the NON
      whipped topping pudding into the pie crust.

      Next, break about 10 cookies into 4’s, and mix them into the whipped
      topping/pudding mix, and pour that over top of the plain pudding in
      the crust.

      Lastly, smooth the left over whipped topping onto the whipped
      topping/pudding/cookie mix, and put it in the fridge. If you use
      canned whipped topping for the top, do not put it on until serving-
      it will melt. before serving, break some more cookies in half, and
      insert on the top in a circle.

      total cost? $3.85- this goes over
      GREAT with chocolate lovers!

      For party gifts, go to the dollar store. Get some pretty candle
      holders and candles, things like dish towels & pot holders, etc. Use
      those for gifts both to the bride and the prize winners.

      Some people
      do parties where the gift goes to the bride no matter what, others
      do it so that the winner & the bride get a gift. That’s up to you to

      Do something like gift bingo. Give the people each a blank bingo
      grid, and tell them to write in the boxes different gifts you think
      the bride will get. First bingo gets a prize.

      You run this
      simultaneously as the bride opens her gifts. You can also just do
      this for the only game, since it takes up no time outside of gift
      opening, and several people can win.

      Another game which works for both baby showers and bridal showers is
      to get baby pictures of both the bride and the groom, and mix them
      in with baby pictures of other people (yourself, other bridal party
      members, etc, and post them on a peice of poster board. Have at
      least 3 baby pictures of both the bride and groom, and scatter them
      all around the board, then fill in the space with baby pictures of
      other people (use boys and girls!). Number each picture, and have it
      set up through out the entire shower.

      Then, after people have had a
      chance to look at it (maybe pass it around?), have them write down
      the numbers they think are the bride & groom. Whoever guesses the
      most numbers correct gets a prize.

      You might want to make certain to have enough prizes on hand for at
      least 2 winners per game, just to be safe.

      Also- for the dress issue, does she have a specific bridal party
      dress picked for your daughter? If not, ask if you can buy a nice
      party dress off the rack at a clothing store. You can find them
      cheaper usually, and most often match the bridal party color.

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