Time for opening gifts
Everyone's favorite moment of the shower is when the guest of honor opens her gifts. Be sure to have a large table or two set up and reserved for the shower gifts. This pile of gifts alone will make quite an eye-catching decoration-piece at the shower. Be sure to tape any cards to its matching package if the guest has not already done so. This will ensure that the bride will know whom to acknowledge as she opens each gift.
As the guests awe over all the new loot the bride is receiving, someone (preferably one of the hostesses) should be sitting next to the bride and keeping track of each gift she opens, as well as the giver of each gift. Be sure to write down every item the gift package contains. This will make life easier on the bride when she goes to write out thank you notes later for all her shower gifts. Use a notebook or memo pad for keeping the gift list on. You may also want to ask the bride if she has a wedding memory book she's been using over the past couple of months. There's usually a section in the book reserved for keeping track of wedding and shower gifts the bride receives. This kind of memory/scrap book may be a good gift for the bride if she does not already have one.
The bride should be centered comfortably in a chair (not on the floor!) amongst her guests while she opens her gifts, so that everyone can enjoy watching her. Make sure that she has enough room around her for opening larger gifts, and have either an open space or an empty table near for putting the opened gifts on. The wrapping paper will turn awry if you don't keep it under control after she tears open each package. Arm yourself and/or another hostess with a large plastic garbage bag to use for throwing away the wrapping contents as soon as it falls off the gift. Remember to keep the ribbon adorning any of the gift packages for making the "rehearsal bouquet". This can be done by punching holes into a paper plate, and then pushing the different ribbon through the plate (creating a ribbon bouquet.) The bride will use the ribbon bouquet to carry during the ceremony rehearsal. A hostess sitting next to the bride can take care of making the ribbon bouquet.