It's Bridal Season, and the Forecast Calls for Showers

Bridal showers have been the same for ages. A group of women, including the bride’s mom and great aunt, sit around playing silly games (wrap me in a toilet paper wedding dress, anyone?) and ooh and ahh as the bride opens what seems like an endless pile of gifts. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all sworn that we wouldn’t put our friends and family through the same thing when it came our time to play bride or plan a shower. So let’s reconsider with a couple unconventional, beverage-themed bridal shower ideas.

A bartending bridal shower for the fun-loving bride!

Gather your closest girlfriends for a night of cocktails to celebrate the bride-to-be. Rent a space in a lounge or bar, or make a home bar, and hire a bartender or mixologist to teach you and your friends to make fun drinks. Learn how to mix martinis, Manhattans and other cocktails as you sip and snack and celebrate the bride. You might even find a signature drink for the wedding! Denver’s Indulge Wine & Spirits School offers mixology classes that will have you stirring, shaking and pouring a drink like a pro in no time.

Swirl, smell, sip. A shower for the sophisticated bride-to-be

Nothing says sophisticated like a good glass of wine. And what’s even more sophisticated? Knowing a thing or two about a Zinfandel or chardonnay and the art of a fine bottle of wine. Get your girls together for a DIY wine tasting. Ask each guest to bring two bottles of their favorite wine—one as a gift for the bride and the other for everyone to try. Plan a menu of simple pairings that work well with wines (visit the local gourmet grocer for cheese and meat recommendations) and you’re set. If you have a larger budget, consider hiring a private wine tasting service like A Crushed Grape, which is based in Denver. They’ll do all the work for you and even provide wine education, pairing recommendations and tips for you and your friends. And if you just can’t help yourself from playing a game at the shower, try wine trivia. Give the winner a wine-themed prize like these glasses made from recycled wine bottles.