Wedding Planning Guide

bridal shower themes

Fun and creative and fun bridal shower ideas for every type of bride-to-be.

Celebrate the bride-to-be and her upcoming nuptials by planning a celebration she'll remember forever. To help you and the rest of the party-planning crew, we brainstormed creative bridal shower themes and ideas, from tried-and-true classics like an elegant afternoon tea as well as more contemporary twists on the bridal shower tradition—a make-your-own bouquet bar, anyone? Pick a bridal shower theme that best suits the beautiful bride-to-be and celebrate her upcoming wedding in some serious style.

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BRUNCH IDEAS

Sweet (and delicious!) bridal
shower themes for the most
ladylike of brides-to-be.

Bridal Shower Invitations - Brunch Ideas

HIGH TEA

You can't go wrong with this bridal shower classic: Host an afternoon tea, complete with vintage teacups and saucers, a make-your-own pot of tea bar, and plenty of light nibbles and sweet treats.

Venue: A country club, someone's home or backyard, or a local teahouse.

Shower invitation: Look for an invitation design that features cute illustrations of teacups, tea bags, or pots of tea.

On the menu: Tea sandwiches (thinly sliced cucumber or radishes with butter, ham and cheese, smoked salmon and egg, cream cheese topped with sliced strawberries and honey), a variety of crostini, deviled eggs, and mini scones, muffins, and tarts from her favorite bakery.

Favors: Set up a self-serve station with jars of loose-leaf teas, scoops, and glassine bags or small tins so guests can make their own tea blends to enjoy at home.

Time for Tea Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byAngela Marzuki

Saint Charles, IL

Engaging Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations
Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

byKristie Kern

Akron, OH

Love like Tea Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byPhrosne Ras

Cape Town, ZA

Tea Time Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byLori Wemple

Huntersville, NC

BRUNCH & BUBBLY

Serve classic brunch fare along with a DIY mimosa bar with champagne and a selection of fruits and juices.

Venue: Someone's home, a private room at the bride's favorite restaurant for brunch.

Shower invitation: Keep an eye out for an invitation featuring a pair of clinking flutes, a bottle of champagne being uncorked, or a sprinkling of foil-pressed confetti or polka dots to symbolize plenty of bubbles.

On the menu: A make-your-own waffle station is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser—be sure to have plenty of waffle toppings on offer, like whipped cream, maple syrup, fresh fruit, nutella, sprinkles, candied pecans, and a variety of jams and compotes. For drinks, have lots of bottles of bubbly on ice, along with several fresh fruit juices and purees (orange, peach, passion fruit, guava, etc.) so guests can create their own mimosas and bellinis.

Favors: Gift each shower guest with a miniature bottle of champers to enjoy at home.

Bridal Brunch Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byHaley Warner

Marysville, CA

Blushing Brunch Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

bycarly reed walker

Richmond, VA

Fancy Brunch Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations
Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

byPink House Press

Washington, DC

Vogue Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byJennifer Lew

San Francisco, CA

BUBBLES &
BREWS IDEAS

Toast the soon-to-be newlyweds
with a boozy, fun-filled bridal
shower or couples shower.

"WE DO" BREWS & BBQ

Perfect for a couples shower, a backyard barbeque is casual and fun for the whole guest list.

Venue: A local park or someone's backyard.

Shower invitation: Choose an invitation design that features a beer or grilling theme; an illustration of a mason jar full of lemonade or a red gingham pattern would also be fitting if you're going the picnic route. Note: If this is going to be a couples shower, be sure to include both names on the invite so guests understand it's a joint party.

On the menu: Classic barbecue fare like hot dogs and hamburgers, potato and pasta salads, fresh-cut fruit, and plenty of ice-cold beer.

Favors: Choose a parting gift that matches the backyard barbecue theme, like bottle openers, beer koozies, or personalized pint glasses.

We Do BBQ Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byLauren Chism

Dallas, TX

Vintage Coaster Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byFig and Cotton

Austin, TX

Couples Kitchen Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byBeth Schneider

Hoffman Estates, IL

Bottoms Up Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byCarrie ONeal

Cincinnati, OH

STOCK THE BAR

Help the couple stock their liquor cabinet with a booze-themed shower. Invite guests to bring their favorite top-shelf bottle; have gift tags and ribbon on hand so guests can write a quick note explaining why it's their favorite and tie it around the bottle neck. You could even considering hiring a mixologist to teach a cocktails class to get everyone in the spirit.

Venue: A local bar or restaurant, or the couple's home.

Shower invitation: Play up the boozy theme with an invitation design featuring illustrations of a fully stocked bar cart.

On the menu: Have a variety of mixers to go with the brand-new bottles of booze (fresh juices, sparkling water or tonic water, simple syrup, ginger beer, etc.), plus plenty of citrus-rind twists and fruit garnishes for serving. Pair the cocktails with tasty bar snacks, like cheeses, charcuterie, olives, gourmet potato chips, and spiced nuts.

Favors: A book of cocktail recipes, or chic barware accessories, like a stirrer, jigger, or bottle opener.

Brunch and Bubbly Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations
Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

bySarah Brown

Saint Joseph, MI

Brunch Au Champagne Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byBonjour Paper

Offenbach, DE

Winery Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byChryssi Tsoupanarias

Montreal, CA

Love Cocktail Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byKim Dietrich Elam

Cincinnati, OH

SPA IDEAS

Pamper the bride-to-be as she prepares for
the upcoming wedding with a bridal
shower that's all about rest and relaxation.

Bridal Shower Invitations - Outdoor Ideas

R&R

Book a private appointment at a nail salon for group manicures and pedicures (be sure to bring plenty of bottles of bubbly!). Or, you could hire a professional makeup artist to come to the party venue and teach a beginner makeup-application lesson. Another idea: Book a group appointment at a local perfumerie and invite guests to create their own perfume blend to bring home.

Shower invitation: Select a shower invitation design that reflects the beauty theme—think: bottles of perfume, nail polishes, or even cute bobby pins.

On the menu: Light and healthy fare like soups and salads, with plenty of self-serve cucumber spa water.

Favors: Send guests home with an at-home spa kit with sheet masks, bath salts or fizzy bath bombs, and bottles of nail polish (bonus points if the polish colors are named after something bridal!).

floral spray Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations
Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

byPaper Sun Studio

San Diego, CA

Statement Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations
Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

byBaumbirdy

Chicago, IL

Simplicity Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations
Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

byKampai Designs

Launceston, AU

Parfumerie Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations
Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

bySmudge Design

Westlake Village, CA

CRAFTY IDEAS

Instead of having guests take part in the
traditional bridal shower games, plan a
hands-on group activity that everyone will enjoy.

Bridal Shower Invitations - Crafty Ideas

BUILD-YOU-OWN BOUQUET BAR

Hit the local flower market and set up a bouquet bar at the shower venue; display each flower variety in galvanized pails and clear-glass vases, and then invite guests to make their own flower bouquet to take home. Or, you could hire a local florist to teach a Flower Arranging 101 class or an interactive lesson on how to make a flower crown.

Venue: Someone's home or consider renting out a local florist's shop during off hours.

On the menu: You could even incorporate florals into your menu—serve shortbread cookies topped with sugared edible flowers, garnish beverages with ice cubes frozen with fresh blooms, and serve slices of cake embellished with hand-painted florals.

Favors: Set up a wrapping station with plenty of kraft paper and ribbon so guests can wrap their own take-home bouquet. Or, gift each guest with a pair of shears and a bud vase or mason jar so each person can create their own floral arrangement.

Gilded Wildflowers Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations
Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

bySmudge Design

Westlake Village, CA

Azalea Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byHolly Whitcomb

Omaha, NE

Sweet bouquet Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byiamtanya

Miami, FL

dainty green bride Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byPhrosne Ras

Cape Town, ZA

OUTDOOR IDEAS

If your bride-to-be is more of the outdoorsy
type, then throw her a shower that reflects
her love of sunshine and nature.

Bridal Shower Invitations - Outdoor Ideas

TAKE A HIKE

Pack a picnic for the whole group and hit the trails for a scenic hike. Just be sure to choose a beginner-friendly trail so that everyone can participate.

Shower invitation: Choose an invitation design depicting epic vistas or majestic mountain scenery.

On the menu: Set up a trail mix bar so guests can make their own variety before setting off on the hike—you can stock a variety of ingredients like dried fruit (cranberries, peaches, apricots, blueberries, banana chips, coconut chips), nuts and seeds (roasted almonds, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds), and sweets (chocolate chips, yogurt chips, M&Ms).

Favors: A patterned bandana or reusable water bottle, personalized with the bridal shower details.

Diamante Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations
Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

byLeah Bisch

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Garden Balloon Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byItsy Belle Studio

Buckley, WA

Leaf Framed Shower Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byAlethea and Ruth

Seattle, WA

Rustic Wooded Romance Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations

byMelissa Egan of Pistols

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