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How to Throw a Divorce Shower

Updated on February 12, 2016

Yes, You Read It Right

No matter how "friendly" it may be, divorces are horrible things that take a financial and emotional toll.

There aren't a lot of things you can do for a friend going through a divorce - lend an ear, mostly, but I thought of something fun and unexpected that might brighten her day (I realize that half of all people who divorce are male, but just as bridal showers are targeted to women, so are divorce showers. Of course, you can adapt this to whomever will appreciate it.)

Incidentally, the originators of the quotes sprinkled throughout this lens are identified at the bottom.

A Donkey Looking Behind Him
A Donkey Looking Behind Him

Game: Pin the Tail on the Ex

Because your Ex is kind of like a donkey, isn't he?

Just replace this donkey's face with the face of the man in question and you have yourself a game. Throwing darts at a picture of the ex might be slightly more cathartic, but since there will probably be drinks at the shower, it's simply not worth the risk.

Naturally, You'll Want Party Favors

Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Shampoo, 12 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Shampoo, 12 Ounce (Pack of 6)

You've washed that man right out of your hair and sent him on his way. Get it? It doesn't have to be Dove. Any shampoo will do. Because who doesn't love a good pun?

 
Dirty Girl Ginger Soy Lip Balm
Dirty Girl Ginger Soy Lip Balm

It's all in the name. Just to add something a very little naughty, anything from the Dirty Girl line will do.

 

The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation.

Game: The First Time I Knew He Wasn't Right for You

There are hints, telltale signs. Your friends might have known it was going south before you did. In this game, everyone sits in a circle and each woman tells how she knew it wasn't going to last with your former prince charming.

Decorations for a Divorce Shower - Completely Optional

Umbra Wallflower Wall Decor, Black, Set of 25
Umbra Wallflower Wall Decor, Black, Set of 25

You don't have to have decorations, but if you do, it's your chance to get clever. Just remember - It's not just about the death of a marriage, it's also the birth of a whole new chapter in your friend's life.

Wedding showers are usually floral, sometimes obnoxiously so. It might be difficult to get your hands on some dead bouquets, but you can always spruce up the entry way with these black flowers.

 

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A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.

Game: Pinata

Few things are as fantastic as smashing in something with a baseball bat, watching it burst, and then getting rewarded with treats. Try a regular pinata or make your own (click here for instructions) in the shape of you know who.

Aztec Imports Monkey Pinata, 20" Jungle - Zoo Party Game, Centerpiece Decoration and Photo Prop
Aztec Imports Monkey Pinata, 20" Jungle - Zoo Party Game, Centerpiece Decoration and Photo Prop

If you think of your ex (or soon to be ex) as a big dumb ape, ape than this is the one for you. Really, though any piñata will do. It's really just about smashing things with a stick. In fact, you could put your party favors in here, perhaps with some small plastic bottles of vodka. What could do wrong with hitting things and alcohol?

 

...the happiest divorces in the world are 'made in America.'

Divorce Showers: Good Clean Fun or Blasphemy?

How do you feel about the idea of having a divorce shower?

You are poking fun at the dissolution of someone's marriage. Have a little sensitivity!

You are poking fun at the dissolution of someone's marriage. Have a little sensitivity!

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    • GuyB LM 6 years ago

      I think it's appropriate

    I'm thinking it's probably pretty therapeutic.

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      • GreenfireWiseWo 5 years ago

        Great idea! thanks

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        My friend is throwing one for me, i had to endure years of an unhappy abusive relationship and now that I'm going to be free, it's definitely cause for celebration

      • buffnakedbutlers 5 years ago

        Think it's a great idea, divorces can be a slow process why not celebrate when its all done and dusted!

      • Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        I only wish when I got my divorce back in 1968, someone would have been as clever as you are, and given me a divorce shower. I just love this lens! Yay for you and your attitude toward "a new chapter in life."

      • draik 6 years ago

        It is a celebration of freedom.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Great we need this to mark the new chapter!

      • julieannbrady 6 years ago

        Ha ha ha ... just what the Divorce Doctor DD ordered for me today! Thank you very much and book yourself that airplane to Central Florida so that you can throw me my divorce shower! Ah, life! Get a LOAD of IT.

      Who Said What?

      In Case You Were Wondering

      The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation. -Lord Chesterfield

      A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. -Gloria Steinem

      France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are "made in America." -Helen Rowland

      Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck. If you live through it, you start looking very carefully to the right and to the left. -Jean Kerr

      A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful?' [He held out his shoe to them], asked them whether it was not new and well made. Yet, added he, none of you can tell where it pinches me." -Plutarch

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          liamsquidoo 4 years ago

          Great lens, enjoyed reading it. Keep up squidooing :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Divorce showers are a great time to book a "buff butler" Start your new life with a bit of spice!

          www.buffnakedbutlers.co.uk

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          Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

          @Nancy Hardin: Thanks! Your comments made MY day. And I am enjoying looking through many of your 80(!) lenses.

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          Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

          One of the best lenses I've read, and like I said, I wish someone had given me a divorce shower in my day. It could have made the difference in how long it took me to get over the whole thing. I also think going on to "a new chapter of life," and putting the divorce behind you is the wisest thing any body (especially women) can do. Thanks for making my day!

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          divorce4 6 years ago

          I had never heard of a divorce shower until now.

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          GuyB LM 6 years ago

          I think divorce showers are a fantastic idea. Pin the tail on the ex is too funny!

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          Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

          @anonymous: Thanks for the comment. Although this lens is a bit tongue in cheek, I hope to make one that is more about comforting.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Most of the people who got divorced need is a shoulder to lean to heal the pain. it can be of friend, sister or mother.

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          Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

          A divorce shower would probably feel (to me) more like the gathering after a funeral. It's likely to be more fun for the party-goers than the guest of "honor" ... my own experience with divorce is that it feels like a death. I just wanted to move on and feel positive, not vengeful or angy. On the other hand, a shower to provide something for a new life sounds like a grand idea, especially after dividing up the household stuff.

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          Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

          @anonymous: You've got a cute home page. Feel free to come back and post when you're done with you're site.

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          Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

          @anonymous: Thanks! A friend of a friend once told me that you couldn't explain Club D unless you were a member.

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          Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

          @TheresaMarkham: That's a great idea. I'll see if I can come up with something.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          A Divorce Shower is a gret way to welcome someone to the new EX-perience.

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          TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

          These party favors are hysterical! A few of my divorce clients would be up for a shower, but most - even those who wanted the divorce - are still saddened by the marriage's failure & want to move on. Rather than focus on the negative (aka "why we hate the ex"), I'm sure a belly-laugh filled "Kick-Off to a New Life" party would go over really well!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I think everyone should have a divorce party - wedding showers and baby showers are for giving gifts to help the new "family". I think think the newly divorced need gifts too, to help the new "family"....just my opinion.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          It's not strange anymore. A revolution is coming! Divorce Showers for everyone!! (Who is divorced anyway).

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          Lizblueberry 8 years ago

          Funny thing is that I wanted to have a divorce party after mine 4 years ago to celebrate a new life. Everyone thought it was strange!