When it comes to weddings today, old rules no longer apply. We can wear mismatched gowns, have an uneven number of bridesmaids than groomsmen, and your “maid of honor” can be a guy or the “best man” a woman. So of course when it comes to the shower, mixed-gender parties are a given. But if you’ve never thrown one, what makes it different than any other party? The answer can range from nothing to everything, depending on the style of the bride and groom.

Whether you are planning a party for your friends or yourself, think about the couple’s personal style. If space is a concern, an outdoor party is always enjoyable, and food can be laid out banquet-style. People can eat and mingle, or sit in small groupings. But is a casual barbecue the right note to strike? Or does the occasion call for something a bit dressier, like a garden party? Either way, you can decorate the outdoor scenery with festive paper globes and string lights. Fill mason jars with wild flowers and place them strategically. From fancy tea parties to cozy camping trips, here are 100 wedding shower ideas.

Will you be playing games? Some people find games corny, but there is no denying that they can help break the ice among a group of family and friends who may be meeting for the first time. And the games don’t have to make anyone feel silly. Some wedding-tradition trivia is always a winner. You’d be surprised at the history behind certain traditions — the garter toss, for example. (Hint, hint.)

If you are looking for something less traditional, more off-beat, here are 16 unique ideas, from flower arranging to cookie painting to a mad hatter’s ball and more. One is sure to be best for you or your bestie.

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