A Christmas Bridal Shower

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I know, it's not even Halloween and I'm talking about Christmas. But it's for a good reason!!

I can't remember if I've mentioned it on here before, but my best friend is getting married next summer and has asked me to be the maid of honour! :D

The bride-to-be is currently living in the UK, but will be back for Christmas so we're planning a Christmas bridal shower/party. I've been googling ideas and etiquette all morning, and I think we're going to be breaking most of the rules haha We'll be inviting people who aren't invited to the wedding, since the wedding is going to be quite small. And because she'll be living in the UK after the wedding, she won't be able to take anything big back with her (or risk incurring massive shipping charges!).

I know she won't mind skipping some of the traditional shower activities, but I do still want it to be a lovely afternoon for her & the guests. Above are a few of the ideas I've been gathering from Pinterest, but I'd love to hear from those of you who've thrown showers or had one thrown for you - what did you do/love? Any special ideas or games that turned out really well? Anything a definite must-do or don't?