Eco-Friendly Bridal Shower Theme

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What it is: A shower that's good for the environment. Consider hosting your soiree in a garden courtyard and let nature be the main decor.

Best For: The eco-conscious bride who wants to give back with her shower. Or, for the bride and groom who want to re-vamp their lifestyle to be more green. Hot registry items: stainless-steel pots and pans; organic cotton bed and bath linens; bamboo cooking utensils.

Planning Tip: Send email invitations (done by a graphic designer) to save on waste, or use recycled paper and have your invitations printed with soy ink. Give tree saplings, lavender sachets, or soy candles as favors. Hire a caterer that specializes in organic cuisine or cooks with locally grown ingredients.

Potential Pitfall: Just because you're going green, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Think eco-chic (not crunchy). Ditch the burlap and go with crisp, white organic cotton tablecloths teamed with matching napkins tied with twine. Ask you local baker to make trendy vegan cupcakes -- your guests will never know the difference!

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