Word #2 on this subject: THEMES. I am in love with the idea of throwing a party w/ a color theme. Use the bridal colors, or an offshoot of the brides wedding color choices for your party theme. I have visions of a purple themed affair w/ purple Cosmos, purple wrapped presents, cupcakes w/ purple icing....you get the picture. Don't be afraid to mention this on the invitation. This makes the theme that much more involved for the party guests.
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