Some years ago my sister asked me to throw a bridal shower for her. I was clueless. I knew she and her friends weren’t going to have much fun playing bridal bingo or trying to remember 20 objects on a tray (you’ve done that one, right?), so I copped out and we just had lunch. Nice, but not only was it lacking in panache, we missed out on a crucial bonding opportunity by skipping the bridal shower games.
Enter SmartsCo. You can easily pull together a snazzy wine tasting party with their WineParty kit—which includes cool wrappers to cover up the wine bottles, stem tags to keep track of everyone’s wine glasses, and a tip guide. They also have card games based on wine, chocolate and beer—giving you an excuse to turn indulgence into a bridal shower game. Now isn’t that better than playing with toilet paper?
And down the road, remember their BabySmarts game, so you won’t need to play the old game of identifying melted candy bars in diapers. (I don’t ever want to see Mr. Goodbar that way again. I’m begging you.)
p.s. Use promotion code TIMES to get a 25% discount.
What do you do after your green wedding? Green honeymoon, of course. Love, Honor, Leave No Carbon Footprint from the New York Times talks about the popularity of eco-friendly honeymoons. The article discusses options like travel with volunteering opportunities, “wwoofing” (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), travel to eco-destinations (some of which are quite luxurious) and of course (very green!) local honeymooning. California couples are especially fortunate in this regard, as there are many honeymoon destinations especially geared to the eco-traveler, such as the Historic Sand Rock Farm, or Bear Flag Farm.
And if you want to honeymoon locally, check our Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Monterey and Carmel, and Palm Springs sections.
Are you just so flipping crazy about Here Comes The Guide that you tell everyone you meet about it? Personally, I know I probably talk a little too much about how Trader Joe’s saves my keister every day. They should have the cute pink ringer tees like Here Comes The Guide does—and I might be proclaiming my love for them in 100% cotton, too.