- Gender and Relationships
How to Throw a Divorce Shower
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.
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
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?
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
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.
What Is the Best Divorce Movie?
Hard to say a movie about this topic can be a favorite, but some are definitely better than others.
Which do you think is the best move about divorces?
A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.
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.
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?
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