Some good ideas for a bridesmaids' luncheon include a light lunch of salads, fruit, sandwiches and desserts the day before the wedding, inviting all the significant women in the wedding, including mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts, or having a day event, such as a movie or mini golf. Some other ideas are to take the bridesmaids to a makeup chain store and let them choose their bridal party favors or treat them all to an afternoon of manicures and pedicures.
Many brides choose to throw a dinner instead of a luncheon. Some rent a room at a local restaurant, set up an intimate dinner at home, or go to a pizza parlor and purchase gaming tokens for a night of fun. Some brides throw a formal catered party, while others take the bridesmaids out to a dance club. Some other ideas are to throw an outdoor picnic, enjoy an art exhibit, have a menu-tasting party or host a movie binge-watching session of wedding-themed movies, including snack and drinks.
One tradition of the bridesmaids luncheon is a special cake for the bridesmaids. Traditionally, the cake has a coin, thimble or ring baked into it, and is decorated with pink icing or trim. Just as with the tossing of the bouquet, the bridesmaid who finds the coin, thimble or ring is believed to be the next woman to get married.