Are you the kind of bride, or do you know a bride who would adore a bridal shower filled with mind, body, and soul activities? Does an afternoon of healthy treats and inspiring games sound better than playing toilet paper wedding dress and eating bacon-wrapped anything? Not that those things aren't awesome...to some...but to others, these healthy bridal shower ideas are a better fit.
A fruit cocktail (or mocktail) serves up a dose of refreshment. You could even break out the juicer and create your own signature concoction. For some ideas, see these healthy fruit cocktail recipes which include an acai berry mojito and and gingered pear cocktail. Yum!
If you want a warmer drink that will give your gals an antioxidant boost, consider the matcha latte.
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond/soy/rice/cow milk
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder (powdered green tea)
- agave syrup
- Bring 3/4 cup unsweetened milk to a bare simmer in a small pot over medium-high heat.
- Place 1 teaspoon matcha powder in a heatproof cup. Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup boiling water, then milk, tipping cup slightly to help create more foam. Sweeten with agave syrup.
To keep guests satiated, serve feel good snacks like platters of local fruits and vegetables, cheeses, and maybe even a salad topped with greed goddess dressing.
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Set the Mood
A great way to set a healthy mood and help people relax into the day is to perform a meditation. Have everyone sit in a circle and put on either an instrumental meditation or guided meditation, both of which YouTube has in abundance.
If you're in the bridal party and planning the shower, you could also include a ritual to honor the bride-to-be. Something like a Blessing Way ritual is perfect! Although traditionally practiced to honor a new mother, this beautiful ritual can be adjusted to fit a bride.
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For example, have guests sit in a circle. Light a candle and as each woman takes the candle, she offers a word or wish for the bride, like "wedded bliss," or "everyday joy."
For more ideas, read Mystic Mamma's article on Blessing Way traditions.
No healthy bridal shower would be complete without some kind of activity to get guests engaged. Think DIY with something like a Create Your Own Essential Oil Blend bar, flower crown workshop, tea blending bar, fabric dyeing (perhaps something everyone could wear during the wedding), flower-pressed paper making, scrapbooking, etc.
If you want to take the party outside of the home, there are plenty of healthy activities to choose from: spa day, yoga class, massages, hiking, or simply relaxing poolside. Don't forget the sunscreen!