I love a good shower. It will most likely be a little party where you can celebrate someone that is either a great friend or family member. Maybe you’ll play some games, eat good food (we hope), spend some time catching up with old friends or meeting new ones. But if you are hosting, the event might seem a little daunting. And it really shouldn’t be! To help you out, we have compiled some great ideas and advice from women that have attended and thrown their own fun and creative Bridal Showers. Have anything to add? Comment below.
Did the Bridal Shower have a theme?
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Everything was ‘Robin’s Egg Blue’, down to the tablecloth and napkins. We ate little Petite Fours (bite sized cakes) that were decorated as little Tiffany boxes, a big Tiffany box cake, and had white accents (candles, flowers). The ladies dressed like Audrey Hepburn in LBDs with pearls and updos. The party favors were also wrapped in the Tiffany blue paper and tied with white ribbons. - VM
We had a tea party for one of my friends. Big hats and a good social hour. It was really fun. – MA
The theme was Rustic/Shabby Chic/Tea Party. I wanted it to be girly but country. We used recycled bottles in place of vases for flowers, wood crates as stands for food/drink, and ate outside on picnic tables. – MK
‘Day at the Races’ where you can wear cocktail attire, hats, and gloves and attend a horse race while drinking champagne. - MF
Where should you have a Bridal Shower?
I’ve heard of some that were at a facility where they took cooking classes, and I was at one where we did pole dancing. – AL-G
The Bride’s or a Bridesmaid’s home. If the guests really don’t know each other, it might be easier to plan something at a restaurant so everyone can get to know each other over a meal. – VM
There are some Paint & Wine places popping up all over the country that would bring everyone together and keep them busy for the entire party. – MW
We had it at her grandmother’s home so it wouldn’t be at the Brides house but this way we could keep it in the family. We set up everything in the backyard since the weather was perfect. - MK
What games/activities can we play/do during a Bridal Shower?
Mad Libs are always fun. Here’s a good one I’ve used before. – AG
We played a game of ‘Who Knows the Bride’. Usually the MOB, a sister, or MOH win this so it might be best to have them think of the questions and sit out for this one while everyone else battles to win. - VM
We played a game called ‘Don’t Be Surprised’. Everyone wrote on a piece of paper the craziest thing their significant other has done. The bride read them out loud and everyone had to guess who wrote it. – MA
We played a version of ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ (Pin the Junk on the Man), ‘Bra Pong’ where we pinned bras with different cup sizes to a board and tried to toss ping pong balls into the cups, Romantic Quotes & Movie Match game, we had a picture of the Bride and Groom for each year since they’ve been born and had to match the couple at every age, and we pinned a bunch of household items to an apron and the guests had to count all the items as the Bride walked around. The prizes we gave were different body products like nail polish, body scrubs/gels, etc.. – MK
I found a ‘panty poem’ and along with the poem, you start displaying the panties that go with each stage of married life. It's something different and it gets a laugh and sometimes tears. – AG
What are some inexpensive shower favors?
I found sets of really cheap, pink tinted martini glasses, and also found cosmopolitan flavored jelly beans. I filled each glass with the jelly beans and covered the top part of the glass with pink cellophane and tied it closed with a name tag (the guest name on one side, the Bride’s name and shower date on the other side). – VM
I went to an antique store and picked up a bunch of Tea Cup and Saucer sets and added a tea bag inside the cup. - MK
Anything with candy is always good. I like to get creative with the packaging. For one Bridal Shower, I placed candy, bundled inside tulle, inside a glass slipper. – AG
I gave jars of honey at mine. They were $1 each. – MA
I found little clear plastic bags that I filled with coffee, hot cocoa mix, and mini marshmallows, and put them together in a little box. If you could find cheap mugs, those would be perfect too. - VM
A little packet of things ‘For A Rainy Day’, like tea, a book, slippers/socks. – AL-G