It is a huge honor and responsibility to be in charge of hosting a bridal shower. There are millions of bridal shower theme ideas to choose from! The bride should carry the memory of this party with her forever. The goal is to choose a bridal shower theme that resonates with the bride as well choosing something that is unique and special to her. There are several concerns that should be taken into account, such as the kind of guests that will be attending, timing and location, and making sure not to insult the bride-to-be’s family. Thankfully, with the limitless themes to decide from, the party is surely going to be an incredible celebration the bride will remember forever.
The reason why it is called a “shower” in bridal showers is that your guests shower you in gifts! The event is literally about the brides’ happiness in life. The bridal shower is the day your friends and family gather around and bestow their prayers, wishes, and love on the soon-to-be newlyweds. Even though the event is about celebrating you, there is no event without the guests!
Winter Bridal Shower Themes
1. Wonderful Wintertime
Instead of having a spring or summer theme, include a bit of a snowy surprise into the bridal shower. Pine cones, snowy décor, ornaments, and colors of red, white, blue, or green lights can bring in the spirit of a winter wonderland. Depending on the climate, Santa Snow Spray is always a great tool for a décor option. If the event is outside, then consider using a few space heaters or create a fire pit. Some favorite cocktails such as Spiked Eggnog and the Peppermint White Russian are exciting additions to enhance the moment as well. Nothing beats having a hot cup of cocoa during the fall and winter months. The brisk climate makes anyone regardless of the time of day, want to enjoy some. Spike the hot cocoa with Baileys, Grand Marnier, or Peppermint Schnapps. Garnish these cocktails with whipped cream, shaved nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, rosemary, holly berries, or peppermint bark for charm.
2. All Around the World
One way to have a bridal party is to make the theme travel related. By using road signs, maps, souvenirs, and more decorations, this party is sure to entice all travelers. Decorate the room with pictures of places all around the world. Serve drinks, food, and desserts from unique places all over the world. Authentic International food is a must for this event. Find out the bride’s favorite place to travel to or her dream destination to decorate accordingly.
What better way to celebrate a bridal shower than have the French theme to represent the city of love for example. An addition of French cuisine and drinks would appeal to the nature of the bridal shower. Paris is such a gorgeous country that it is also a great party theme. Choose food that reminds you of the country such as French wine, cheese, and dessert. The perfect symbol for this theme would be by having an Eiffel Tower in the room.
If the bride-to-be is having a destination wedding, try to recreate the party room like that country? It will be a preview of her wedding. If your not attending the destination then this is the perfect time to express your feelings about her and give her their wedding gift. Place the world map on the wall, utilize globes on the selves, and educate the guests with great food of that area.
3. NYE Bridal Shower
Whether the party is on New Year’s Eve or it is a random day, A NYE bridal shower theme is a great idea for wishing the bride the best luck for the new year. Add some cookies and your favorite alcohol. If you’re having the party outdoors, how about some fireworks and a fire pit with s’mores?
4. It’s Game Time
Whether you decide on an indoor area or outdoor, there are numerous games that guests can all enjoy. Some common games are Can-Jam, Corn hole, Charades, Kickball, and Ladder Golf where everyone can get involved. Offer an assortment of board and card games such as Twister, Cards Against Humanity, Clue, Life, Jumbo Jinga, and other games can be enjoyed for all.
5. Glam Pajama Party
Are you a person who loved pajama parties as a kid? Who says adults can’t have pajama parties? Throw a pajama party with your friends! It’s a fantastic girls’ night in idea. Add in some pizza, drinks, games and movies it will be just perfect. You can do it at your own house or a hotel. Just don’t forget to have a great time. Getting comfortable for a sleepover event is always a great option. This kind of party is intimate, extremely laid back and relaxing. Try to get matching P.J.’s or sleeping bags for all those involved.
6. A Sporty Situation
Did a specific sport bring you and your friends together? A sports theme will be perfect for you. If you are a fan of a specific team, get the items that are related to the team and decorate the room with the team’s colors. Prepare desserts with the team’s name or logo on it to give that personal touch. Furthermore, the theme could be narrowed down to the bride-to-be’s favorite team and the color of the event can reflect that team’s colors. The best party would be on the actual game day, watch it with your friends with finger foods and drinks.
7. Balloon Palooza
Adding balloons can even be its own theme! Balloons are literally everywhere, tied to chairs, tables, nobs, handles, even doors. It is like an inflatable party. Color themed or random selection will all be acceptable and fun. To add an extra wow factor to the room try using an arch constructed of balloons that match your color scheme. The arch will offer a great backdrop for photos and will leave your guests in amazement. Hang photographs of the couple from some balloons. Instead of having picture frames everywhere, photograph balloons are much more creative. Glue the pictures directly on the balloon or attach them to the string. They take up less space, and they sure are prettier!
8. Old School
Blast from the past theme. Reverse into time by changing the decade of your bridal shower. Choose a specific time period, such as the 1950s and add some rock and roll music to the playlist. Adding vintage décor is an added bonus! The movie Greece offers the perfect look for instance. Vintage items such as crystal vases and metal glasses will make you feel like you’re actually in those times. From the glamorous ’20s to the nostalgic ’90s, there are several décor available for every theme.
9. Roller Disco
Bust out your old 70s attire and throw a disco party to bring back younger memories. Have everyone meet up at the skating rink for a few hours or at a local park and skate. Those who show up in matching jumpsuits, flared jeans, sequence, super curly hair, and layers of makeup are true team players! Blast some loud 70s music and add some disco balls for decoration.
10. Trivia and Bingo Night
For some extra fun, quiz your guests! Play Bingo or a short trivia quiz. Offer prizes to entice everyone to try harder. No cheating! The most important part is to consider the bride’s feelings, even if someone doesn’t know the answer. Don’t worry, we all love you, friend!
Summer Bridal Shower Themes
The planning process can be overwhelming, that’s why we are here to help make it as easy as possible. This blog will share fun summer theme bridal shower decoration ideas, from games to drinks and desserts.
11. Beach Bridal Shower Themes
A beautiful breezy, sunny day at the beach can be such a memorable occasion. Be it a nautical-themed party or no specific color at all, the fun in the sun is all that matters. There is no such thing as too much color on the beach, so have some fun. Shells, lanterns, along with simple and natural décor such as drift wood are fabulous for centerpieces. Bring nice low tables for picnicking in the sand. Do not forget a tent, chairs, beach balls, music, and the sunscreen.
12. Backyard Bliss
Have a large backyard, why not use it? It will be a private, intimate space that you can customize to fit the needs of the bride and guests. Decorate the backyard with flowers, streamers, and balloons. Arrange a picnic or dinner with your beloved ones. By having a picnic area set up as well as floral decorations and lights, this event can even make the guests feel comfortably at home. Transforming the backyard into a wonderful escape can even be a fun activity.
13. An Out to Sea Experience
Of course a boat or yacht would be a fabulous way to celebrate this wonderful occasion, however, even if a boat is not obtainable, having certain decorations such as an anchor, ship parts, and sailor’s hats can make the event feel like one! Boat rentals for the day are more affordable than people realize as well.
14. Hawaiian Luau
Aloha! What do you think of when you hear, Hawaii? Does it not give you thoughts of surfing the clear blue waves, hula dances at luaus, and beautiful tanned Hawaiians? Hawaii is actually a famous bridal shower theme. Decorate the place with tropical colors, flowers, pineapples, coconuts, and fresh fruits. Give each guest customized leis as a souvenir to take home. Throw on some Hawaiian Luau music and hula dance or play Limbo. Decorate with flamingos and palm trees to fulfill the look.
Spring Bridal Shower Themes
Are you the lucky one who is getting married soon or are you the friend of the soon-to-be bride? Why not make spring the focus? Depending of where your heart is set on hosting the event, be it indoor or outdoor, we have all the ideas you could need below. For bridal showers to be successful, the creativity must be exciting for both the bride and the friends. Take a look at these fantastic ideas for the best choice.
15. Tea Party
Tea parties are such an eloquent way to celebrate with the ladies. Call for a dress code and have all the women dress up in magnificent dresses and wear lace gloves. How fancy or formal is determined by the bride. Having antique and unique cups for guests also adds to the theme and specialty of the event. Food options can include, but are not limited to, finger foods, sandwiches, and an assortment of pastries. Vintage perfume bottles would be a splendid party favor to give to the guests.
16. Tranquil Spa Day
A spa day is so relaxing and rewarding. The soon-to-be bride will thank you for the kind gesture before the wedding. Visit an actual spa or rent a hotel to host your very own spa. Decorate the place with blue and green objects so that it matches the colors of a spa. You can use any soap you like, any scent and color. Many therapists will come to you now. Time to relax and focus on our mind, body, and soul. Super cute gifts for the ladies include: Kimono Robes with Bride, Bridesmaid, and Maid of Honor written on the back.
17. April Showers
Are you planning to do the bridal shower in April? You are so lucky! The beautiful setup of April Showers will be the best for you. There are tables with the perfect spring settings and the upside down umbrellas are gorgeous. Picnics with cute baskets are such a great bonding experience. The outdoors and sunshine will boost everyone’s energies and mood. If you aren’t a fan of the outdoors, no worries. The flowers on the table will be more than enough for the special day. Cute personalized, matching raincoats, umbrellas, or boots can be a cute party favor to offer.
18. Spring Flower Party
Springtime means flowers! Lilacs come in different colors, so you can choose the one that best fits your theme. They will make everyone happy because they are pretty and also because of their scent! Want a centerpiece that captivates your guest then invest the time to make a flower wall. This décor can be designed for a variety of floral species. Have a table with baskets for everyone and flowers to arrange. Give your guests something to commemorate the night by. Provide them with a flower cart with various floral species to choose from and ask them to make their own bouquet to take with them once the night ends. As a group, creating dazzling floral crowns will make for a fun time and memorable experience. An added bonus to incorporating this event into your shower is that these crowns double up as props and allow for a perfect opportunity to take awe-inspiring photos for everyone’s social media posts.
19. Sail Away
Do you like cruises? Then a party on the boat will be the best theme for the bridal shower! With the sea breeze around you, you will be able to enjoy the time of your life. Go fishing for the freshest seafood and prepare it on the spot. Grab a couple of beers and have fun with your friends. Dress codes will be fun too. Everyone can dress up with matching hats or outfits such as a sailor. Take some pictures, so you will always remember the great time! There are several great party favors to pass out to the guests for a sailing party such as cute captain hats or nautical canvas bags.
20. Outdoor Movie Night
Do you remember the last time you had a movie night with your friends? It’s probably been a long time since everyone is busy working. Arrange a movie night to bring back your childhood memories! You can go to a specific IMAX movie theater or turn the backyard into a mini theater. Large outdoor inflatable screens are available to rent or purchase as well. The place doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re making precious memories with your friends. Relax and enjoy it!
21. Jump Into a Pool Party
Is it too cold to go to the beach or is the beach just too far? Don’t worry. Throw a pool party with some fresh squeezed juices, daiquiris, Pina Coladas, or other hand-crafted cocktails? Buy large inflatables in shapes of diamond rings, pineapples, flamingos, etc. Chips and dips, shrimp cocktail, and cheese charcuterie boards for perfect pool-side snacks. Pink stemless wine glasses and personalized towels with touching words will be perfect to impress your friends as gifts. Everyone bring your swimsuits and sunscreen!
22. Garden Party
For those who like plants, garden parties are a great choice, especially if you have access to a greenhouse. Do you have your own garden? Even better! Serve farm fresh food, tasty beverages, along with the natural view of your very own plants. Have little mister machines to lightly mist the guests and plants. Are you or the bride a florist? Hold a flower class. Your guests will have the once in a lifetime experience!
23. Pantone Party
If you were impressed by Pantone’s 2016 colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity, why not decorate the room with those colors? They are the perfect combination to make a great mood. Linens, balloons, and desserts should follow this color scheme also. Every bride will be obsessed with the party room!
Fall Bridal Shower Ideas
If you are considering taking the chance and having your bridal shower during the fall you have made a very wise choice in doing so. The changing of the colors of the leaves into yellow, red, and orange brings a sense of a warm atmosphere that cannot be replicated by any of the other seasons.
Moreover, with the weather beginning to cool and allow for crisp autumn air to wean off the dreaded summer heat from your memory, there is no better time to celebrate. Here we’ve compiled a variety of creative fall bridal shower ideas that will take full advantage of all the gifts this season has to offer to make your shower one to remember for the ages.
24. Autumn Bridal Shower
Let’s kick off our list with the most obvious idea and that is having your shower theme to the season of autumn. From incorporating color schemes of the changing leaves into your décor to using dishes usually associated with the season. There is no shortage of material that can be used to give your bridal shower theme its own signature flare.
The name says it all. The season changes in some areas more than others and if it gets crispy outside, then a fire pit is the best time. Sitting around a fire can engage guests into sharing stories, singing along with a guitar, sharing a few drinks, and laughs with some good friends. Have a s’mores table with all the yummy fixings and skewers for everyone.
26. Candle Lit Dinner
Want to emphasize the warm fuzzy atmosphere of the season to a new level? Have the night lit up solely with candles strategically placed everywhere. Candles offer guests a safe and recognizable atmosphere to become immersed within. Cook the brides favorite meal and provide her favorite drink for everyone to enjoy.
27. Halloween Theme
Get your spooky on! Design your décor with webs from wall to wall and serve gory looking dishes to show your love for all things scary. Ask your guests to participate by dressing up as their favorite nightmare fueled characters. They will make for cute photos. Several costume themes can be mandatory as well such as corpse or zombie brides, bridezillas, or evil bridesmaids. Offer candy favor bags as well as cute miniature pumpkins personally painted for each guest. There is an array of cool creative decorations that can be incorporated into the party.
28. Pumpkin Carving
This time-honored tradition is a staple for any large gathering. Have a contest on who carves the best pumpkin and have the bride be the judge. Pumpkin carving is a blast for every age group and is always a perfect idea to include during the autumn. It also is a creative way to keep people socializing and entertained throughout their time at the party.
29. Constellation Theme
For all those stargazers out there, we have the perfect theme for you. Though this theme can be applied at any time of the year, it is done better during autumn. The chilly fall weather allows for the perfect stargazing night. Have cute matching blankets for everyone to spread out on the ground. Offer constellation informational books and sparklers for a bit of fun.
30. Rustic Bridal Shower Theme
Rustic weddings and bridal showers are becoming more popular with the tasteful decorations like bubble letters carved out on wood and patio lights used to decorate the backyard. This theme gives the small-town, country feel. It looks magnificent in the fall and winter. If you want your wedding to match your country girl vibes, use these fun rustic bridal shower ideas.
Rustic is a distinct style of the rural countryside. Artistic décor is all wood pieces, fall colors, and antique rusty metals. This type of style has no rules, and you can mix-match your colors. You can have any color you like, and it’ll still somehow come together. Don’t hesitate to use a lot of wood décor. Wood flower vases, wooden chairs, almost everything can be wood, mason jars, and other neat items can be used in decorating. String lights all over the area and matching table cloths as a final touch to set the tone.
Use mason jars as candleholders for rustic vibes. Serve lemonade and tea in neat mason jars with tags tied to them for name-tags. Older, antique pastel and pink colored flowers and some baby-breath create the perfect centerpieces in mason jars. If you’re planning to have a lot of guests, ask them to bring their favorite plate, this will add a nice personal touch. What’s better than spending time with your friends eating your favorite foods? Want to show your guests your creative side? Well, you’re in luck! By using a few dozen mason jars and gluing onto it some gathered autumn leaves you can have yourself some very beautiful candleholders. Once lit, they provide a delicate, warm light that encapsulates the event while keeping within the budget. Here’s some rustic decoration ideas:
- Lace tablecloth
- White Christmas lights
- Wooden light bulb holders
- Wooden chairs
- Wooden drink coasters
- Wooden name placement holders
- Cowboy boot decorations
- Decorative Mason jars
- Faux vines
- Hanging wine bottles
- Twine rope
- Paper lanterns
- Metal lanterns
- Wall panels
- Rustic style bottle stoppers
Shake what your momma gave you and have fun to the blues, rock n’ roll, and of course country music! Hiring a good musician or band would be most appropriate. Teach each other some line dancing out on the dance floor. The following are fun ideas for rustic music for your bridal shower:
- Live country band
- Live rock n’ roll band
- Playlist over a speaker
- Country Karaoke
- Banjo band
- Talented family members
Other than food and drinks, music is extremely important at the bridal shower. Music drives people together with everyone having a blast. You are going to want music that is lively and something that your folks will want to hear as well.
Games and Activities
The games should be an exciting and joyful time! You can get acquainted with the guests that you do not know and games and other activities are amusing icebreakers. Since rustic is a rural theme you need rural games! Here are some rustic bridal shower game ideas:
- Corn hole
- Ping Pong
- Beer Pong
- Drinking games
- Card games
- Shot practice
- Food eating contest
- Bridal shoe game
- Scavenger hunt
- Painting wood wheels
- Axe throwing
- “Name that country singer” guessing game
- Outdoor movie
- Horseback riding
- Bud Light
- Red and white wines
- Soda out of bottles
- Juice cartons
- Water jugs
- Cocktail bar
- Self assisting booze bar
- Hot chocolate
- Sweet Tea
Invitations for this theme can be tricky. You either can make them yourself or buy them. The best thing about this part are the many DIY options. Here are some fun DIY rustic invitations:
- Wooden invitation boxes
- Mason jar invitations
- Lace bordered invitations
A lot of bridal showers are at home which is perfect for the rustic bridal shower theme. You can always rent out a location which comes with several props and accessories. You could also find a nice place in the common woods and decorate the trees and table and really set up the scene. If anything else you can go in your backyard, decorate the patio with lights, candles, and tables.
End of the Night Goodies
Do not let your guests leave without a goody! You will want to give them something that will be memorable. Having anagram matchboxes may seem like a small detail to fret about for a bridal shower. However, that is exactly the reason why it must be incorporated into your celebration; they make for cute and inexpensive memorabilia for your guests. Here are some fun rustic bridal shower goodies:
- Mini alcohol bottles
- Soap wrapped in twine rope
- Mason jar of candy
- Frilly bags of treats
- Hand made wooden ornaments
- Painted wood wheels
- Painted aluminum cans
- Mason jar candles
- Painted faux flowers
- Mini house succulents
- Mini Barrels
- Fake painted flowers
- DIY handmade “tickets” to the bridal shower
- Handmade bracelets
- Mug of brownie ingredients
Thank You Cards
Rustic thank you cards are the easiest of ideas in this list. Grab some brown paper or look up a country thank-you card template and thank everybody that came to see you! Be sure to make them special for each person individually.
The great thing about food in this theme is you do not have to stress over fancy dishes. Rustic theme foods are similar to BBQ family meals or carnival foods. Who doesn’t love festival fatty foods? Here are some rustic themed food ideas:
- Hot dogs
- Corn Dogs
- Corn bread
- Pulled Pork
- Low Country Boil
- Biscuits and Gravy
- Vegetable table
- Rum Cake
- Peanut butter cookies
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Gingersnap cookies
- Lemon bars
- Funnel cake
- Pumpkin pie
- Sweet potatoes
- Cranberry cheesecake bars
Finish off the party with some more dancing, grabbing your last bites of food and take your last sips of drinks before the night ends. The guest of honor should have the perfect bridal shower just how she likes it.
31. Disney Themes
Who didn’t watch Disney when they were a kid? Bring back those cute memories with Disney themes! Make Mickey Mouse cupcakes, Daisy cookies, and Donald Duck cakes. Add Disney quotes in fortune cookies and pass them out to your friends. A fun photo booth with Disney inspirational props is a good additive. Exciting Disney games are available for purchase. Turn on the movie in the background.
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party would be a fantastic way to have everyone dress up creatively with the bride-to-be. This wonderful fantasy land idea offers a twist to the traditional themed bridal parties. The wild story offers a great deal of fun props and costume ideas to utilize. Serve desserts with the characters’ faces on it.
Another great example would be to throw a party for your best friend aka Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She found her “prince,” the beast. Decorate the place to make everyone feel like they are in the scene. Wish your princess, the bride, the best of luck.
32. Hollywood Movie Theme
Movies make great themes for bridal showers. Some common movie themes include Harry Potter, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Gatsby, Greece, and F.R.I.E.N.D.S. These themes would include wizardry décor, formal and fancy attire, or decade specific props, respectively. Create a snack table with popcorn, candy, sodas, and nachos arrangements. Use unique décor such as movie clapboards, popcorn boxes, balloons, rolled out red aisle runner, movie buff gold trophies, and personalized movie night marquee arch signs. A surround sound is crucial as well. These personal touches will mean a lot to the bride-to-be.
33. Game of Thrones
Throw a party with America’s favorite TV show, Game of Thrones as the theme! Decorate the wall with pictures, add balloons with dragons, swords, and dress like the characters. Mimic the accents of the characters and pretend you’re from the show. Everyone should have a large goblet glass for their beverages. Take a lot of pictures because it will be a great day to look back to! Recreate thrones for sitting and have swords to create the full experience.
34. Downton Abbey
This is a theme for those who were or still are obsessed with the British show, Downton Abbey. Call for a dress code, all the bridesmaids dress up like maids. Throw a tea party or a party with British food. If the budget allows, find a Victorian historic building to host the party in. Large candle sticks or five-arm candelabras are nice decoration pieces.
35. Burlesque, Moulin Rouge, or Chicago
Do you remember the sexy musicals Burlesque, Moulin Rouge, or Chicago? Wear feathered clothes, fishnet pantyhose, and put on extra-high heels to feel like you’re the main characters. Play some funky music and you’re already in the musical. Have these movies readily available to flip onto the television also. Enjoy the wild night girls!
Food and Drink Oriented Themes
36. Color Coordinated Foods
Choose a specific color scheme and get creative. For example, if you decide to go with the color blue then add blue dye in the drinks, create blue cocktails with the Blue Curaçao liqueur, blue cupcakes, blue cookies, use blueberries in champagne, blue balloons and décor, etc. Let’s be honest we all have to indulge our sweet tooth. By including cupcakes of any variety of flavors they will keep your guests coming back for more. Another great theme example includes items of the color green such as: St. Patrick’s themes, balloons, streamers, lettuce, celery, broccoli, among other vegetables make this theme easy and healthy.
37. Candy Kingdom
Are you known for your sweet tooth? Add a sweet spin on a bridal shower by having an assortment of candy and other treats. Adding the traditional chocolate fondue fountain station will be sure to bring excitement to the guests. With M&M’s, Reese’s Cups, and any other preference you may have, the possibilities are endless! There are a ton of games that candy can be used to entice all guests such as: piñatas, Hershey’s Kisses TIC-TAC-TOE, guess amount of candy in a jar, or others. Design a candy favor table where guests can create their own custom candy bag to take home. Even a Willy Wonka Theme would be exciting as well.
38. Cocktail Cart
You cannot have a bridal shower without some good alcohol. Make it more interesting by having the booze assorted at one location near the food instead of having a bartender to make it more accessible for all to enjoy and customize to their preference. If a bartender is present however, find one that has flare talents such as craft cock-tailing, bar tricks, or bottle tossing. Spend the money to have higher end liquors, your guests will thank you and be impressed.
39. Whiskey Tasting
Neither wine nor beer interests you because you love whiskey? Who says there aren’t any whiskey tours? Go for whatever drink you like. After all, this party is for you! There are many famous whiskey trails which you can replicate such as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Malt Whiskey Trail in Scotland, the Scotch Whiskey Experience, and more. Create signs for each type of whiskey listing its nutrition facts, alcohol content, and flavor notes. Once everyone completes the trail then have ingredients to create famous Old Fashions, Manhattans, and Whiskey Sours. Garnish cocktails with Luxardo Cherries and orange slices.
40. Dessert Bar
What better way to have a party than to offer a fully loaded dessert bar? You can serve scones with jam, macarons, donuts, and many more. Milkshake set-ups and fondue pots are a blast to use as well. Once everyone is full of sugar, you will be happy that you decided to have a dessert bar. Chocolate martinis, Lemon Drops, and Cosmos are a great addition to a bridal shower.
41. Wine Tasting
If you’re a fan of wine, why not taste a lot of wine? It may help you pick the wine for your wedding. Have the best wine along with the best cheese charcuterie boards. If you’re an outdoor person, sit on the patio and enjoy the food with the pretty scenery. If indoors is the only option go to a wine vineyard with a gorgeous setting.
42. Tour a Brewery
Is beer more of your thing? Then a brewery tour will be better suited for you! Take the day to learn about how beer is made and taste all the different kinds of beer. With so many variations of beer these days, this is the perfect way to discover new ones. Enjoy!
43. A Fruity Brunch
Is brunch your favorite meal? If so, throw a brunch party and be creative about what to serve! Fresh fruit everywhere and if a tropical theme is desired then, add some coconuts, pineapples, and serve the food on tropical dishes. You don’t have to go to an expensive brunch place to have a great time.
Furthermore, you can never go wrong by laying out an event with a variety of fruit! Some common food to offer includes but not limited to, all berries, grapefruit, waffles or pancakes, peaches, bagels, mimosas, etc. Adding cute matching fold out chairs could be great party favors for the guests.
44. Bridal Barbecue
If food is your priority, throw a barbecue party for your guests! You can’t go wrong with a barbecue. Are you vegetarian or vegan? Don’t worry! Barbecues don’t always have to be pork and beef. You can add vegetables to the menu. Include a fondue station for a cool additive to the bridal shower theme.
45. Fiesta, Fiesta
Are you a person that does not like to follow the conventional norms? Is the bride a fan of tacos, tequilas, and guacamole? Why not throw a fiesta party? Add some piñata for extra fun! Don’t forget to serve a lot of food, Margaritas are a must, as well as some chips and salsa to go along with them. If you want to hold the party outdoors, go ahead! Nothing is stopping you from enjoying your day.
46. A Tropical Takeaway
This theme is perfect for the hot summer months for a summer bridal shower. To decorate, add palm tree decorations and serve cocktails in coconuts or pineapples creates a feeling of being at the beach. A watermelon keg is easy and fun to make, drink and eat. To make the party interesting, add some fruit in the water to infuse it. They are not only pretty, but they also taste good and pair well with any food. You can also add them to cocktails for an extra hint of fruit scent. Have everyone wear cute tropical glasses.
47. A Bridal Breakfast
Who said breakfast just needs to be eaten in the morning! Regardless of when the bridal shower takes place, a light environment mixed with pancakes, waffles croissants, sausage and biscuits, and eggs just to name a few, sounds like a delicious, great time for everyone to enjoy. There are breakfast cocktails and other beverages that can be available as well such as Mimosa’s, Bloody Mary’s, and Jameson Breakfast Shot’s. Serve some freshly made mimosas with freshly squeezed fruit juices and herbs. You can never go wrong with waffles, pancakes, and French-toast. It’s never too early for champagne! Put a bar next to the waffle bar. Since it’s brunch, be creative. Serve some fresh fruit, freshly baked goods, and some healthy foods as well. Enjoy your time!
Creating a new drink would be a fun memorable way to bond with the bridal party. Discovering new recipes for various drinks could be a great idea. Guests can also make their own drinks with certain ingredients adding customization to the event. Create a bar with an assortment of liquors and mixers. Do not forget the bar tools, beverage napkins, cocktail umbrellas, stirring straws, etc.
49. Food Truck Fun
There are so many options when deciding to choose food trucks. Great choices include pizza, ice cream, smoothies, pretzels, tacos, and funnel cake! Some trucks even offer several of those options. Food trucks have become very trendy, this would blow the bride-to-be’s mind.
If the bride is a baker or if she enjoys baking, baking is your theme! With a wide selection of desserts either store-bought or homemade, (even better,) everyone will be enjoying themselves. The bride can even hold a small baking class. It would be a great time baking with your friends and eating the desserts you made with your own hands.
The famous cook, Julia Child, obtained such a passion for cooking and inspired chefs all over the world. Does the bride desire to be a chef? Then this is the theme for her! Get some cookbooks, oven mitts, and cooking supplies for her as a present and decorate the room like a gorgeous restaurant. The bride will be filled with tears by the thought that her friends did all the work for her.
Brand-Inspired Bridal Shower Spring Themes
51. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The Tiffany & Co. blue bags are every woman’s dream. Implement the design in the party place. Swap boring napkin holders with sparkling ones. Are you planning to give the bride a gift? Make a customized blue bag for her with her name on it. Swap “Tiffany” with her name and she will be flattered. A blue dessert or blue table cloth and napkins will also make the place look like Tiffany & Co. Use your imagination!
52. Kate Spade
Is your bride the bride is a person that is loved by everyone, Kate Spade is the perfect theme! Decorate the place with hot pink and black objects and candles with a great floral scent. Be creative and add some gold colors as well. Can’t wait to see the bride’s face?
53. Coco Chanel
Are you a fan of Coco Chanel? Did you know that it’s a good theme for bridal showers? Take the elegant design along with the colors black, white, and pink to make the party place beautiful. Add the logo on desserts and as a party favor pass out some of Chanel’s best perfume’s scent. A perfume bar is also a good idea – a place where everyone can make their own perfume.
Other Ideas for Bridal Shower Themes or Ideas
Music festivals are a blast however, they can be expensive. Recreate a festival such as Coachella with great music and cute outfits. Make your best dish and enjoy it with your friends. If you have a backyard, even better! You can even throw a barbecue. It’s a Coachella that’s cheaper and with fewer people.
55. Plan an Around-the-Clock Gift Exchange
This idea is most enjoyable with a large number of guests. The idea is every guest giving the bride a present according to the time. As an example, if the bride is a big coffee person, for 8 am, a coffee maker would be fabulous. If you write a small letter along with the gift, it will make the bride happier and may even burst into joyful tears!
56. Shower the Bride-To-Be With Good Advice
A great idea would be to ask everyone to write a piece of advice regarding married lives on cute pieces of paper or wooden spoons. They may help you out a lot in the future, so be aware of them. It’s also a good memory for the bride to cherish forever.
57. Guestbook Selfies
Place a camera in a pretty setting so that everyone wants to take pictures there. Caution to check the lighting and all in the frame ahead of time for the perfect snap shots. That way you don’t have to go to everyone to take pictures with them. Instead, you’ll have a whole photo book with everyone in it! Less work, but more fun.
Couples Bridal Shower Ideas
Although bridal showers may favor an event only having women, having men invited is always an option. This coed and basic floral designs theme leaves room for a variety of décor. Allowing couples to participate will create a different atmosphere however, this has become more common over the years. It is important to specifically note on your invitation that it is a couples shower. Clarify who can go so no one is confused. Invitations can be e-mailed, word-of-mouth, or traditionally mailed.
If they’re going to be with each other for the rest of their lives then why not celebrate together. Couples bridal showers are the new rage and becoming more popular everyday. A couple’s shower is very similar to a bridal shower but is celebrating the couple instead of just the bride. This means both sides of the family and friends are invited!
Save money and time by joining both parties and becoming coed and a great way to have a bigger celebration! Themes are a great idea for any party! It is an easy way to make the party look more organized and put together. It may take some creativity to think of a theme, but once you decorate everything will fall into place.
58. Coed Jack and Jill Shower
Bring your significant other with you, and you’ll be surprised at how unique and entertaining this theme is. Don’t like the name bridal shower? Change it to Jack and Jill shower when you’re sending out the invitations. People sometimes pay a fee to go to the party instead of getting a present. This is an ideal idea for a couple wanting monetary donations rather than making a registry. The more, the merrier!
59. Game Shower
Showers typically always have games, so why not make the whole party about that? The guests and the couple will definitely enjoy this occasion. will always have something to do and is sure to be a load of fun. Board games, party games, and any other types of games will do the trick! It’s a fun icebreaker for people. We have provided some fun potential games later in the article!
60. Pool Party
A great idea for any summer showers! Everyone is sure to have fun with this unique theme. It’ll definitely create a memorable party to celebrate the couple! In order to have the best time, get the funny floaties, goggles, drinks, watermelon, chips, etc. If you want to take it to the next step, you can even have guests get a team bride and team groom bathing suits!
Brunch is definitely gender friendly and a mutually accepted great choice. The guys maybe a little hesitant at first, but once they see the yummy foods they are sure to get on board! Cinnamon rolls, fruit, pastries, seafood bar, prime rib, waffles, and more are sure to make everyone’s stomach happy, and who can forget about the mimosas! This is a fun and elegant way to celebrate the couple!
62. Red Carpet
A fun way to celebrate in a fashionable way! Guests come eloquently dressed up as they walk down the red carpet when they arrive. Show off your inner Jennifer Aniston or Ashton Kutcher and give your best smile towards the camera! If you want to get fancy, you can even designate some friends to be the paparazzi! What a great time and will make decorating so much easier.
Tailgating is a unique and fun way to celebrate and is especially great for those die-hard sports fans. Go tailgate an actual game or just create one and host your own game in the backyard! This is a great idea for anyone who wants a more casual shower, as guests can even show up in their favorite jersey!
64. Lumber-Jack & Jill
A fun twist to the Jack & Jill, and a fitting choice for fall showers! Encourage guests to rock their favorite flannel and beanie, start a fire and grab the bag of marshmallows! A unique theme but definitely a fun (and warm) one!
65. Cross Dress
A super fun and unique party is the cross dress theme party. Men dress like women and women dress like men. The only decorations are gender signs or Drag Show music and lighting. Everyone gets really creative with their costumes, and it is a great way to get the party amped up. Some great lingerie is available to really spice it up. Great way to meet new people and make new friends.
Bridal Shower Games
Games are a great way to entertain the guests as well as the couple! Not only will it keep everyone busy but a couple of games are a great way to celebrate the couple uniquely!
66. The Shoe Game
It is very popular but always so much fun! As the couple sits back to back, each will hold one of their partners’ shoes and one of their own shoes. Someone will read statements and questions and the couple will hold up a shoe for whom they think fits the description best. It is hilarious to see the couples choices.
67. He Said, She Said
Very similar to the show game, but this allows the whole party to get involved! Hand everyone two cards, one said “he said” and the other one says, “she said.” Read statements and have each person hold up one of the cards to guess facts about the couple.
This one doesn’t need much explaining! Throw the lyrics up on the screen and let everyone sing their hearts out! If you are providing drinks at the shower, karaoke is sure to be even more memorable! Offer snacks or pizza. Have a cake with a microphone topper.
69. Wedding themed charades
Charades is always such a fun game, and making it wedding-themed makes it fit into the shower perfectly! Get some cards for the guests to choose from and write wedding related things that people can act out. This is a great way to get some laughs!
70. Put a Ring on It
Such a fun and unique game! Here’s how it works. As the guests arrive, everyone is given a ring. Any kind, plastic or candy rings. People can not say the words “groom,” “bride,” and “wedding.” If you say one of those and someone else catches you, they take your ring. At the end of the day, whoever has the most rings wins!
71. Where Were We?
Big travelers? Hang up multiple pictures of the couple in different places each with a number on it. Hand out a paper that has each of the numbers on it with a blank space. Guests have to guess where each of the pictures was taken!
72. Nearly-Wed Game
Such a fun and unique game! Someone creates a list of questions for the couple. One partner is asked these questions before the party and is recorded answering them. The other partner gets asked them at the party in front of everyone. After the partner answers at the party, they show the recording of what the other person said. This is such a fun way and is sure to start lots of conversations!
73. Wedding Word Scramble
Have a list of different wedding words scrambled up. Guests have to figure out each of the words and whoever gets the most correct wins!
74. How Well Do You Really Know Them?
Have a list of questions about both partners. Make them tricky and have questions write down their answers. You can go over the correct answers and see who knows each partner best, but the wrong answers are typically just as good! This is a funny game that is sure to make a great conversation starter!
Important Details and Tips
You can get really creative on the bridal shower themed invitations with the endless options available. Simple is always just as good such as a card with a starfish and ocean design on it. You can also take the invites one step further and send out each guest their own “message in a bottle.” You can buy small plastic wine bottles, fill them partially with beach sand and your invite. The message in a bottle is the perfect way to get your guest excited for the beach theme bridal shower.
76. Getting the Bridal Shower Crew Ready
Get the bridal crew together and bring them out to the spa the day before the bridal shower for full Mani/Pedis and massages. This is a fun way to get the bride’s bridal shower crew ready for a big day on the beach and also keep the bride relaxed, as planning events like these can be stressful.
Location is important when considering the climate of the area and the dress code. The ideal location for this bridal shower would be right on the beach! Of course, If you don’t have access to the beach, any outdoor area would work just fine. Even if you must hold the event indoors, there are many ways to make that location feel just like the beach. The indoor locations could also go for an “under the sea” theme and have unique blue lights and streamers to give an under the water feel.
78. Color Scheme
The color scheme is essential for all events but is it especially important to pull off the perfect beach-theme bridal shower. For your beach theme shower, you should stick to the colors white, peach, coral, yellow, and blue. Of course, you can use many variations of these colors, but sticking to these will keep your bridal shower on the beach theme vibe. It is essential to keep these colors in mind even when it comes to food and drink choices.
What’s a better way to achieve a beach vibe than with decorations straight from the beach, Amazon, or Walmart. Starfish centerpieces and scattered shells will make your guests feel as if there are at the beach even if your hundreds of miles away. Fill jars with sea glass to create beautiful yet simple centerpieces. The jars can also have candles in them, and the sea glass would glow beautifully. For seating arrangements, cute name tags and mini surfboards can help the guests find their seats. If outdoors, you can set up custom beach towels and blankets. Decorations are so important! They are an easy way to make any venues look ten times nicer! Make sure you make the venues into a celebratory mood! Get some bride and groom decorations, and take to Pinterest for some inspiration!
80. Photo Booth
Photos are the best ways to obtain and cherish memories. Photo booths are a huge hit for any party. Taking turns making silly faces or kissing photos are so much fun. Use flare and get creative! Incorporating silly costumes or custom cutouts will allow people to cut loose and achieve that picture-perfect moment. Restored Volkswagen have renovated into photo-booths and are available to rent as well. It’s an instant crowd-pleaser that’ll make you feel like you’re traveling somewhere. Have an assortment of photo props to create the ultimate party hit. A few examples for neat props would include: masquerade masks, mustaches in all shapes and sizes, snorkels, surfboards, funny sunglasses, coconuts, funny signs with bamboo sticks for holding, and so many more ideas available. If your photo both is outdoors on the beach, you can have even more fun items like pool floats and sandcastles.
81. Treasure Hunt or Beach Bingo
If you have the ability to have your bridal shower actually be on the beach, you can set up a treasure hunt! The treasure hunt would include fun items like beach theme alcohol and fun shell necklaces. If you can’t have your bridal shower on the beach, you can still play beach bingo! Rather than the top of the card saying “Bingo” across the top, write “Beach,” and guests can play for cool prizes such as beach balls or mini-liquor bottles. You can also play another classic bridal shower game like Bride Jeopardy to put your friends to the test and see who knows the bride best.
82. Types of Foods
A seafood themed party would be one that everyone remembers. Be aware of market prices however, this theme can get pricey. Pass out appetizers for the guests as they get settled in such as a shrimp platter, crab stuffed mushrooms, and mini crab cakes. The entrée can be anywhere from lobster tail to salmon or even a sushi bar. You could order a ton of sushi from a local sushi restaurant, they offer display ships for rent as well. Dessert can consist of a beach theme cake with edible shells and starfish on it. For a cinema themed bridal party, a camera shaped cake would be creative.
83. Types of Beverages
Certain beverages are required to entice and satisfy the guests at bridal showers. Water, basic sodas, cranberry juice, orange juice, Selzer water, and more. However, every bridal shower theme should involve drinking, unless the bride is a recovering alcoholic of course. Be sure to have an endless supply of Pina Coladas and Mai Tais! Also, Corona Light buckets can be served to each table, as Corona says, “Find your Beach!”. Another fun drink idea could be coconut drinks; not only do they taste great, but drinking out of a real coconut makes for some great photo ops.
Save some empty wine bottles filled partially with sand, you can attach small pieces of paper for guests to write a “message in a bottle” to the bride and groom. This gives the guest another opportunity to spread their love to the bride and groom.
84. Party Favors
Something the guests will be able to remember the occasion by is a great party favor. Customize beach tote bags or towels with either the bride and groom’s names on it or their guest names. The tote bag should be filled with random gifts to remember the bride-to-be such as beach theme items like mini sunscreens, sunglasses, beach scented candles, and sun hats. This will give guests something they can cherish and use for years to come, rather than just a standard thank-you card that would get thrown away.
85. Customized Glassware
Party favors are a fun idea, but many times people don’t take them home or use them. Customized glassware is a great way to give people something to bring home that is useful, both in the future and at the party. Decorate a table near the front entrance for guests to collect as they exit the event. You can get relatively cheap and customized glasses and cups online. Many people put the couples’ names on it or the last name the couple will use.
86. Remember Your Budget
Celebrations are always so fun but also easy to get carried away with. This party is to celebrate a future wedding, which is already expensive enough. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a fun shower. Keep your budget in mind when planning the party and go to Pinterest to find some fun and cheap ideas to make your shower unforgettable!
There are unlimited options to host a great bridal shower theme. Whatever you decide, make sure that the bride-to-be is really going to like it and feel free to add your own personal touches! If you need any extra help, take a look at our checklists and budget worksheets to make event planning even easier.
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