What better time to get creative than when planning a bridal shower? This time-honored tradition of “showering” the bride-to-be with love and support has changed in various ways throughout the decades, bringing with it modern twists on classic themes. There is the much loved afternoon tea party and the day-at-the-spa celebration, but we’ve got a few fresh ideas for you to swoon over.
The Blooming Bride theme is perfect for spring bridal showers, as it symbolizes the bride getting ready to become a wife - just as a bud opens its petals and becomes a flower. The atmosphere should be as sweet as an early spring day with lots of natural elements like flowers, leaves, and branches. Keep the colors soft and serve menu items on flower-patterned plates and rose petal tea in dainty teacups. Welcome guests with a flower crown or setup a DIY flower crown station to use as a bridal shower activity.
Bridal showers are no longer relegated to the female crowd. Many couples are opting for coed showers and sharing the celebrations with their fiancés’. For a Mr. & Mrs. shower, choose a couple-friendly theme like “backyard barbecue,” serve grilled favorites and play “battle of the sexes” type games. Alternatively, set up the shower as a dinner party and have a pre-party cocktail hour before heading to a favorite restaurant.
With brunch you get to enjoy the best of breakfast and lunch and there’s plenty of room for creativity when planning the menu items. Ideally, you’ll want to host brunch between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Gardens always make for beautiful scenery, but outdoor spaces in general are perfect for brunch buffets. Just a few ideas of what you can serve: pancakes, bacon, omelets, biscuits with jam, bagels, cocktail shrimp, cheese, fruit, frittatas, sandwiches, parfaits, salad, donuts, yogurt, lemonade, tea, juice, and of course...mimosas!
A kitchen-themed bridal shower is perfect for the foodie bride and a great way to help stock the new couple’s kitchen. Hire a professional chef to conduct a cooking class and learn to cook a tasty dish. It’s an interactive experience and can take the place of shower games. Another idea is to set up a potluck and have guests bring their signature dishes. In the invitation, ask guests to write down their favorite recipe and give to the bride as a gift.
No need to wrack your brain for activity ideas when you plan a craft bridal shower. Just pick out a few easy projects, gather the supplies, and set up stations so guests can get their DIY on. A few crafty ideas: scrapbooks (can double as a gift for the bride), flower crowns, jewelry, flower arrangement, mobiles, potpourri, and personalized mugs.
There’s a bridal shower theme out there for every kind of girl, and with so many options, it’s easy to get bogged down in inspiration. The ones highlighted here are just a few examples of the ways you can put a fresh spin on a traditional shower. Whatever theme you choose, add a few personal touches, elements that are unique to the bride and the bridal shower is guaranteed to be one she won’t forget.