There's a reason that bridal showers and bachelorette parties are separate events. Unlike friends-only bachelorette parties, bridal showers include all kinds of riffraff: stuffy great aunts, annoying cousins and mothers-in-law of all shapes and sizes. This is dangerous -- an innocent gift of sexy lingerie (or something more risqué) could send a grandmother into paroxysms. What's a maid of honor to do when planning a shower?
Focus on the bride, of course! A wedding shower is a chance to give the bride a little bit of a rest, to help her have a little fun and to celebrate her as a person. That means sparing her from sipping tea in awkward silence with people she only sort of knows. Need some inspiration? Here are 10 tasteful wedding shower ideas you can mix and match that will keep relatives unruffled and everyone else awake.