You know that scene in Bridesmaids where the wealthy girl throws the extravagant bridal shower complete with a replica of the Eiffel Tower and puppy party favors? If you've been tasked with throwing a bridal shower for a friend, you might be worried that something similar is expected of you. Don't worry, it isn't. But, having quality entertainment at a bridal shower can make a huge difference.
Contrary to popular opinion a bridal shower is the only wedding event that actually IS about the gifts! The idea is to "shower" the bride with the gifts that she'll need to start her new married life, and opening gifts is one of the main forms of entertainment at a bridal shower. You don't want other entertainment to overshadow the gift giving and opening, but plenty of entertainers can compliment a traditional shower while giving it a more fun vibe.
Why not invite a surprise "guest" such as Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Madonna or other celebrity impersonator to help celebrate with you? Or turn your guests into celebrities by having a caricaturist do portraits as party favors while the bride is opening presents? Henna plays an important part in wedding traditions for many cultures. You can bring some of that flavor to your party by hiring a henna artist to decorate the bride and guests in discreet, or not so discreet locations (depending on how far before the wedding the shower is). Because they're all about being a woman, belly dancers make excellent entertainers for a bridal shower. You can hire a belly dancer to teach a simple routine to you and your guests, working off that cake and providing some fun bonding time.
If you're looking for an ice breaker for a group that doesn't know each other well, consider readings from an astrologer, fortune teller, or tarot card reader. For a shower that's going to move from shower to bachelorette party, bring in some karaoke and cocktails. This will give the hosts a chance to straighten up while you all prepare for a night on the town. Whatever you decide to do, remember, being a bridesmaid does not require you to go broke! Plan a shower that's within your budget and within your bride's style, and everyone will be happy.