Planning for a bridal shower can be a bit stressful. You want to make sure the bride along with all the guests enjoy the party. The bridal shower is meant to get everyone excited for that big day coming up. If your anything like me, you will want all those little details to be beautiful and perfect. From the food to the decor, planning can get a little over whelming. I'm here to help you check off one of those "things to do" off your list.
When trying to please everyone, party favors may seem intimidating. BUT DON'T WORRY GIRL, I got your back! They can actually be really fun. Instead of buying something from amazon and spending a ton; why not make something special? Not only will it be from the heart, but it's actually a fun little project.
So your next question may be "what is something everyone would use/enjoy?" Well everyone showers right? Well at least I would hope so. WALLA, theres an idea. Make some organic soap all the gals will love. It's easy and something that everyone can use.
A dear friend of mine asked me to make some soap for a bridal shower she was planning. Here is what I came up with!
So invite the bridal party to help you, pump up some music, and get creative!
LAVENDER GOATS MILK SOAP BARS
What you will need
- 2IB per 12 guests of melt-and-pour goats milk soap base (Amazon will offer organic or non-organic. It's up to you. Organic will cost a little more.)
- 2 pack of 6 cavity soap molds. You can get just one, but the making process is quicker if you get two. I found a two pack on amazon for just $9. Lay your soaps molds on a pan to keep them stable, so you can carry them to the fridge.
- 2oz bottle of lavender essential oil. Amazon will offer organic or non-organic. It's up to you. Organic will cost a little more.
- Dried Lavender buds. I got a 2oz bag and it was enough for 40 bars of soap. So the amount you purchase will depend on the number of guests. (Also on Amazon )
- Big measuring cup or a bowl. Its easier to pour out of a big measuring cup that has a spout.
- Big spoon for mixing
- Soap coloring. (I used purple.)
Cut your soap into small cubes. Put about half of those cubes into your big measuring cup. This will allow it to melt faster and more evenly.
Put your soap into the microwave to melt. Microwave the soap in 30 sec increments until there are no lumps. I suggest doing half because it will allow it to melt faster. If you have all the cubes in there at once it will take longer to melt. When the soap is in the microwave for a long period of time it could case bubbling, which doesn't make the soap as smooth as you will want it.
Once your soap is melted you can begin adding in the ingredients. As time goes on, the soap will begin to harden; so you will want to do this in a quick manner. Otherwise the soap will get lumpy before you pour it in the molds. You don't have to act like a chicken with it's head cut off; just don't be a sloth when your applying this step.
- Start off with adding about 12 drops of the lavender essential oil. If you want the soap to have a stronger smell, just keep applying drops until you're satisfied. However, the scent will smell stronger once the soap hardens.
- Add your lavender buds. Add as much as you want. Keep in mind that the buds will likely float to the top.
- Add your color. I used about 4 drops, but you can add more if you want it to be more purple!
MIX IT UP!
Pour your soap into one of the molds. I normally pour a little at a time in each cavity to ensure that they are all filled up even.
After you fill them up, place them on a flat surface in your freezer. Leave them to harden for about an hour. After an hour, check on them. If they aren't hard, keep them in for 30 minuet increments until they are hard. While those are hardening you can repeat this process and fill up your other mold. Thats why I said it's smart to purchase two molds.
Take out of the molds and package/ fix'em up! Get out your ribbon and make them look pretty. You can type in "Soap Packaging" or "Bridal Shower Soap Favors" for some cute ideas.
TIP: Soap will sweat if you have them close together unwrapped. Thats just how soap is. If you are making them 1-2 days time before the party then they should be fine. However if longer, it's best to wrap them up just as I did so that they don't sweat.