I've been lurking and enjoying reading through the archives for a while, but I have a question I haven't yet come across an answer for.
I am excited and honoured to be hosting a bridal shower for my BFF (P), however showers aren't quite as common in my circle as they seem to be in the US. Hen's nights (bachelorette parties) are pretty common here, but they aren't so much hosted as just organised by the bridesmaids or best friends, so everyone pays their own way and maybe buys a drink for the bride. These are not gift-giving occasions. Neither P nor I are interested in this type of party, however I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion so I'm throwing an Afternoon Tea for around 30 of her closest friends and immediate family. (All of the shower invitees are on the wedding invite list!)
I think I'm going to have a number of questions about this event in the next few weeks, but the first is this:
Do I, as Host, send out Thank You cards after the event? I am planning on personally thanking each guest as they leave the party, and handing them a small homemade, edible favour with a "Thank you for celebrating with us" note attached.
I assume most guests will probably bring gifts* as I plan to include the wedding registry details with the shower invitations (on a separate card, not on the actual invite - I gather this is acceptable for a bridal shower?) Therefore, I know P will send Thank You notes or cards to say thanks for the gift and thanks for attending my shower. Is it customary for the Host to also send a "Thank You For Attending" note?
*As I noted, showers are not the norm here, and it is a "Champagne Afternoon Tea", so some guests may just think the party is going to be a low-key, ladylike hen's party instead of the usual pub crawl... The invitations will state "Bridal Shower" but I'm just not certain (especially after talking with some of P's other friends) that Bridal Shower has the same meaning here that it does elsewhere.