A Gala Event
Complete with caterer and rented location, this is an elegant, tasteful, classy party for your chic bride-to-be. Hosted at a local hotel, this party includes men, champagne, a sit-down dinner, and a super cake. Lots of fun, rather pricey, but worth it. Have your guests dress formally or semi-formally. See if you can get a band or a harpist to provide live music for the event.
For a really clever and elegant invitation, try buying some glossy black paper from the art supply store. With a thin line of glue, write the bride's name or the words “Wedding Shower” on paper you've cut and folded in half. Sprinkle the wet glue with gold glitter. Or get a fancy stamp and a gold glitter stamp pad and stamp the fronts.
On the inside, insert a piece of tissue paper in the colors of the shower, or ask the bride if she has leftovers from the invitations. Print the words of the invitation on the inside.
Send each female attendee home with a long-stemmed rose from the table bouquets, or a fancy sachet filled with Jordan almonds in a veil bag tied with gold curling ribbon.