Throw an Amazing Bridal Shower


If you are honoring a bride-to-be with a shower, there are lots of ways to create an affair to remember. Happily, not all require lavish budgets, extensive cooking skills or calligraphy competency. Wow your future bride and guests with just a little creative vision and some personal touches. Then, prepare for the oohs and aaahs.

Pick a Theme
Go beyond “bridal shower” as your motif. Let your guest of honor inspire something with a little more flair. Tap into a favorite food, destination or heritage, but make it fun!

Send Fun Invitations
Evites are perfectly fine. Get inspired with online templates, or create your own. Send evites two to three weeks before the shower.

Get Imaginative with the Menu
Create an easy, festive menu; a nacho bar or taco station, for example. Or try something different, like fondue stations where guests can have fun dipping and dining. If a full meal is not on the agenda, host an afternoon party with a dessert bar or cookie buffet. Or set out an array of ice cream, frozen yogurt and a bounty of fanciful toppings – chopped up chocolate bars, granola, fruit and gummy candy.

Say I Do to Details
Create a signature drink (alcohol optional), and put a pitcher on every table. Have your guests participate in a special gift for the bride, such as bringing favorite recipes to compile into a personal cookbook or writing words of wisdom in a special journal.

Splurge on One Detail
Plan your budget to allow one detail that you know will get noticed. Opt for professionally decorated cupcakes that make a statement in a tall tower or arranged in the shape of a wedding gown. Order (or make!) personalized fortune cookies. Or treat your bride and guests to a manicurist, makeup artist or massage therapist for mini massages at a spa-themed shower.

Plan a (Not Cheesy) Activity
Ditch the cheesy toilet paper wedding dress-making game. Plan an activity you know your guests will enjoy. Consider a “decorate your own cupcake” bar for a dessert-themed shower, a wine tasting for an elegant fete or outdoor games like croquet or badminton for a retro theme.

Go Outside
Tropical themes lend themselves especially well to an outdoor event. String up white holiday lights to add sparkle to the festivities, and break out the flamingos and bright floral décor. Toss fun floaties in the pool.

Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank
To create wow centerpieces, spray glittery gold paint on flea market vases, containers or even fresh pineapples. Paint inexpensive picture frames and use them to identify food and drink items, plus the gift table. Baby’s breath, previously considered a filler flower, makes a lovely and inexpensive centerpiece when bunched together. Use what you have on hand, and borrow any additional items you might need such as utensils or serving platters from friends and family members.

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