Bridal showers don't have to be a huge deal. "Classy" and "elegant" are good words to throw around, but at the end of the day, the party is about the bride. Let her know how much you love her by planning a shower that's uniquely her. This is the time to pick the perfect, most personal gift for your betrothed friend. After the wedding, she'll be buried under a pile of practical but boring gravy boats and decorative picture frames from the registry.
So, you know the bride has a geeky secret. Would she rather be playing a massive Settlers of Catan tournament? Does she lust after "Lost"? Does she hyperventilate when she hears the words "Katamari Damacy"? Keep the bride's taste in mind when casting around for themes -- holding a great bridal shower can be as easy as getting friends together to pop a few bottles of red wine and dig into a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" marathon.
Bachelor parties date back to the time of the Spartans. HowStuffWorks dives into the history of these testosterone-filled bashes.