This 'Stock the Bar' Theme Is Here to Turn Your Bridal Shower Into a Party

And it all started in the South.

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Bridal showers are a fun pre-wedding tradition. But the thing about traditions is that they repeat, bride after bride. As times change, customs can become a bit dated. Take bridal shower gifts: These days, couples are getting married later, meaning they have less of a need for what were once practical presents.

Enter the stock-the-bar bridal shower. Instead of that slow cooker you already own, why not let guests buy you a and fill it with and to last your first year as a married couple?

"This new-to-the-scene trend started in the South and is emerging among millennials as a fun and practical alternative to the traditional bridal shower," says Jacki Strum, founder and CEO of , a registry service created specifically for this purpose.

Leave it to Southerners to come up with a clever, non-stuffy spin on the standard shower. We've heard of stock-the-bar parties before, but we love that the trend is catching on. The best part? If someone goes off-registry but stays on-theme, chances are they'll still get you something you'll actually use. Here's how to host your own.

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Register for Wine, Sprits, and Decor
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Whether you register on ThirstyNest or another site, Strum recommends including a variety of vintages—some for weeknights and others for special occasions (hello, anniversaries!). Naturally, select liquors you like (what spirits are in your go-to cocktails?), versatile mixers like vermouth and bitters. And don't forget decor. Consider things like , cocktail recipe or , and the cherry on top of your stock-the-bar bridal shower registry.

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Include Cocktail Tools and Storage, Too
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Go beyond the booze to consider which containers will hold your liquors (a , , etc.?), and how you'll concoct your cocktails (think such as shakers, jiggers, stirring spoons, and muddlers). You can also register for big-ticket items such as a or , which make great group gifts.

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Invite Friends and Family
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Let them in on the theme from the very beginning with special stock-the-bar-themed invitations from .

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Set the Scene
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What better decor for a bar-themed party than an ? Make sure whoever hosts has a suitable setup.

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Keep It Simple
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A vase of carnations here and there can make a big statement, as proven by these blooms from . So can funny cocktail napkins, like these  designs that say, "You're the wine that I want."

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Serve Savory Bites
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You can't beat cheese and charcuterie trays, especially when the spread is as stunning as this one by .

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Cheers with Signature Drinks
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What's a stock-the-bar party without a couple of beautiful, refreshing cocktails? We have dozens of drink recipes worth toasting to.

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Make It a Couple's Shower
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This type of fête is fit for guys and gals alike. You can even offer his-and-hers concoctions.


Credits for all (except invitations image):

Photography:

Styling:

Wine, Spirits, and Barware:

Flowers:

Napkins and Stir Sticks:

Cheese & Charcuterie:

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