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What’s a Stock-the-Kitchen Bridal Shower? — The Spring Bridal Shower

Bridal showers have come a long way since our moms (or maybe even some of us!) got married. These days, the guest list sometimes now includes the groom and all his buddies. Sometimes the gifts don't even get wrapped (it's called a display shower). And sometimes there are no gifts at all!

There are all sorts of themes, games, and decoration ideas (thanks, Pinterest!). And we love seeing all the new takes on the traditional event, but there's one that's quickly become our favorite: the super-fun — and appropriately named — stock-the-kitchen bridal shower.

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What’s a Stock-the-Kitchen Bridal Shower? — The Spring Bridal Shower

Bridal showers have come a long way since our moms (or maybe even some of us!) got married. These days, the guest list sometimes now includes the groom and all his buddies. Sometimes the gifts don't even get wrapped (it's called a display shower). And sometimes there are no gifts at all!

There are all sorts of themes, games, and decoration ideas (thanks, Pinterest!). And we love seeing all the new takes on the traditional event, but there's one that's quickly become our favorite: the super-fun — and appropriately named — stock-the-kitchen bridal shower.

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5 Food-Themed Bridal Shower Games That Are Actually Fun — The Spring Bridal Shower

Bridal shower games have a reputation for being, well, kinda brutal. There's the one where teams of women have to construct a wedding dress ... on another woman ... using toilet paper. And there's the one where all the guests bring a pair of underpants to ultimately hang on a clothesline and make the bride guess who brought what. (Note: That might be the only time the word "underpants" has appeared on this site.) No, thank you!

These activities don't have to be so terribly cheesy or embarrassing! And they can actually revolve around something that the couple likes: food! Check out these fun bridal shower games that everyone will actually want to play.

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Your 5-Step Plan for Decorating a Tiny Apartment for a Cocktail Party — Birthday Cocktail Party

A cocktail party is one of those parties you can throw in the tiniest of spaces. (We're talking a studio apartment with a murphy bed!) You don't need to fit a dozen people around a table for a seated meal. Heck, you don't even really need to have seats for everyone in attendance (although a few would be nice). And you certainly don't need to go all out with decorations.

Follow this super-easy five-step plan and your apartment will be party-ready faster than you can even ask someone to bring the ice.

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10 Ways to Throw the Most Hospitable Wedding Ever — Ultimate Summer Wedding Guide

For some reason, the second you start planning your own wedding it becomes very easy to forget about what it's like to be a guest. While yes, the day is all about celebrating you — your partnership, and your lifelong union — you shouldn't forget that your guests are some of your favorite people in the world. You guys invited them, after all.

Here are a few ways to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible on your big day.

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Scrabble & Margaritas: The Best Drinks for Any Game Night — Fun and Games

I love playing hostess any night of the week, but my favorite party to throw is, hands-down, a game night. An entertaining and relaxing way to spend time with friends and family, game nights are the perfect opportunity to get together, unwind, and have fun without the pressures of a formal dinner or cocktail party.

Related: A Friday Board Game Night with Friends, Dinner, Snacks & Sangria

All you really need for a successful game night? Games, yes. And some friends. The last thing? Drinks! You can do some simple beers or wine — or you can try to pair a signature cocktail with the night.

Whether it has a vague nod to the game, or it'll just help keep players on track, here are some suggested pairings for whatever board you're unboxing.

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