Planning a bridal shower can seem almost as intimidating as planning a wedding. Before you get started, think about what the bride truly loves—from food to colors to her favorite locales—and use those details to help make your event special. Whether you’re the bride’s best friend, sister, or mother, these ten ideas are sure to help you throw a stylish shower that she will remember forever.
If the bride has a classic, feminine style, hosting a tea party is the natural way to go. Decorate with paper pom poms for a whimsical arrangement. Fill apothecary jars with sweet treats. Surprise guests by filling teacups with soup for lunch and cupcakes for dessert. Line tiered trays with scones, biscuits, and of course, an amazing selection of tea. Photo from The Sweetest Occasion // Jennifer Dery.
A great idea for a someone who loves to learn something new (or who just loves flowers) is to set up a flower arranging class. Bring a vase and some choice embellishments you would like to add, like crystal picks, pins, or perhaps something in line with the theme of the wedding. Cater the event with an assortment or finger foods, tea sandwiches, and some champagne. The best part is that everyone gets to take home a beautiful arrangement at the end of the day!
Photo from 100 Layer Cake // Scott Clark.
For the bride with a creative side, a paint party is an excellent way to celebrate her interests in a meaningful way. Re-purpose paint cans into centerpiece containers and use color swatches for lively ombre accents. Set up blank canvases for guests to create their own works of art, or something to gift the bride with to commemorate her special day. If you have extra favors in mind, use mini paint tins to put them in.
Photo from Elizabeth Anne Designs // The Why We Love.
Think Pastel Thoughts
If you’re looking for a theme that’s a little more subtle, let color inspire you. Pastels like blush, mint, and lavender look exquisite paired with gold accents and will radiate refined taste. Set up a beverage bar with signature cocktails that are visually stunning. Add watercolor detail to place cards or menus, and put together small honey jars for this sweet bride and her guests.
Photo from Style Me Pretty // Anouschka Rokebrand.
Has the bride mentioned lately that all the wedding plans have her a little stressed out? That sounds like the perfect excuse for you to treat her to an at-home spa day. Gather up some small mason jars and fill them with exfoliating scrubs or bath salts. Place a bevy of mini soaps in vases or bowls. Supply guests with moisturizer, lip balm, and a selection of nail polish in the bride’s favorite colors.
Photo from Celebrations at Home.
Julia Child Inspired
Who doesn’t love good food? This unique theme is sure to please everyone, and it’s a cinch to set up. Gather up some large pots and pans for your décor and fill them with lush greenery or floral arrangements. Use baskets to hold a selection of muffins and rolls. Cater the shower with the bride’s favorite foods—especially ones which might have a special meaning to her. Place blank cards on a table for guests to dish out their best recipes.
Photo from Wedding Chicks // Injoy Imagery.
Take the age-old tradition of something blue and turn it into a charming, outdoor bridal shower! Incorporate blue ribbon, treats, or even bottles. Use rich cobalt if the bride likes jewel tones, or pair light blue with milk glass accents for someone who prefers lighter hues. Paint milk cartons and mason jars to hold colorful blooms that will add a whimsical touch to the setting.
Photo from The Pretty Blog // Christine Meintjes.
Celebrate Holiday Style
If the bridal shower falls near a holiday, you might consider using that has inspiration for the theme. Host a Christmas party with sparkling ornaments, crystal fibers, and an abundance of luminous candles. Adorn your room with string lights and line cake stands with various holiday treats. If you’re feeling festive, celebrate multiple holidays and have guests bring gifts to wish the bride-to-be a “Happy Everything.”
Photo from Heavenly Blooms Blog // Drew B.
For a girl who loves everything rustic, add a classic twist by including some southern charm. Whether you live in the South, or just love the culture and the delicious food, this theme is a great way to bring the focus back to the bride and how much she loves her family and friends. Use mason jars to hold sweet tea, centerpieces, and favors. Add burlap accents using table cloths and ribbon. If you’re planning an outdoor event, use hay bales for seating. Incorporate the bride’s name, wedding date, or a friendly greeting using unfinished wood letters.
Photo from Bridal Guide // Brandi Welles.
Host a Staycation
Perhaps your bride loves to travel, or has always wanted to visit a specific location. Bring her dream destination to her by hosting a staycation. If she has always wanted to visit Mexico or Spain, fill an assortment of vases with small rocks and succulents. Pair pillar candles with terra cotta accents and sand to exude that Spartan elegance unique to the desert climate. String papel picado indoors or out for a traditional, yet delicate addition.
Photo from Green Wedding Shoes // This Modern Romance.