Before the bride-to-be walks down the aisle, her bridal shower is the time to celebrate with her nearest and dearest. A sophisticated bridal shower brunch is a modern take on this pre-wedding tradition and perfect for food-loving ladies. If you’re tasked with the job of planning and hosting the event, you may be looking for some tips on where to start.
Fortunately, there’s plenty of ways to make it a huge hit, and we consulted with party planning expert Terrica Skaggs for her insight.
Meet the Expert
Terrica Skaggs is the Chief Event Planner and Designer at Cocktails and Details based in Brunswick, GA.
Ahead, take a peek at 20 of the best bridal shower brunch tips and ideas to make your event shine.
Match the Venue to the Wedding Theme
You may want to match your bridal shower brunch theme to the style of the wedding day. “Definitely find a venue with enough space and great lighting,” says Skaggs. “It should flow with the overall theme of the event or be a page out of your story.”
Try a Historic Setting
Looking to add a little class to the event? Hosting the bridal shower brunch in a heritage building or historic location is the answer. This move instantly brings style and class to the event. If it suits the bride-to-be’s taste, book a room in a stately home or castle.
Opt for an Intimate, Private Space
When hiring a venue, why not opt for a secluded room? “Additionally, having a private space all your own adds to the intimacy of the event,” says Skaggs. Having this privacy allows the guests to let loose and have some fun.
Consider Hiring the Wedding Caterers
“Start with vendors that may have already been hired by the couple for the wedding,” says Skaggs. “This is a great opportunity for them to flex their creative muscles and provide additional levels of service that may not have been an option for the wedding.”
Ensure your Invitations are On-Brand
“Remember, any invitation is going to be the reflection and tone of the overall event,” says Skaggs. “If your event is going to be grand and luxe, the invitations should be too. This allows a peek into what you have in mind so that guests can plan accordingly.”
Only Invite the Bride’s VIPs
Remember, this is a VIP-only event! “While like your wedding, your brunch is a celebration that gathers the people you love most,” says Skaggs. “Since it’s more relaxed and intimate, you get to soak it all in. Great food and décor definitely enhance this environment.”
Create a DIY Mimosa Bar
Want to host a modern-style bridal shower? You can create your own mimosa bar to ‘wow’ your guests instantly. Start with some decorations, add a couple of jugs of fresh orange juice, fresh fruit for garnish, and then get a cooler for the bottles of fizz. Cheers!
Play Personalized Games
It’s time to have some fun with the ladies. “Any game that takes everyone down memory lane is always fun—especially since your guests may know you at different stages of your life,” says Skaggs. “Games that allow guests to prove who knows you best or can provide the best marriage or wedding planning advice are always a good start.”
Consider Getting an Entertainer
“Games aren’t always necessary, though. You could be entertained by a comedian, have performers, or a teacher of some sort of activity,” says Skaggs.
When hiring an entertainer, think about the bride-to-be’s personality and taste. What would she find engaging? Answer that question and go from there.
Have the Guests Decorate Desserts
Looking for a fun activity? Having the guests decorate their desserts during the bridal shower brunch is the way to go. Each guest gets a treat, such as a cake-pop or cupcakes, and is challenged with making it a show-stopper. Oh, and you can eat them too!
Host an Afternoon Tea Party
One of the most sophisticated bridal shower brunch themes is an afternoon tea party. Make sure you have mini sandwiches at the ready alongside teapots filled with whatever drink you prefer. (Hint: It doesn’t have to be tea!)
Put a Twist on the Classic Menu
Let’s talk about menu choices. Why not offer something truly wild? “Twists on traditional favorites, like Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffles or peanut butter and jelly cocktails,” says Skaggs. When considering bridal shower brunch ideas, play around with recipes.
Try a Quirky Food Presentation
“Presentation is a huge deal as well,” explains Skaggs. “As there are fewer guests than at the wedding, singular items like takeout boxes, walls, etc. are easy to produce.” Showcasing the menu in a unique way will make the event super memorable.
Tell a Story With the Décor
“Always look to tell a story—whether it is conceptual or personal,” says Skaggs. “Weave all the details into this tale: everything from florals to linens to lighting to food.” When it comes to bridal shower brunch ideas, making your decor theme the star of the show is key.
Experiment With Bold Colors
Don’t hold back when it comes to color! Remember, this is supposed to be a celebration, which means that you can be bold and daring. If it suits the bride-to-be’s style, consider opting for a varied flower arrangement in the center of the table.
Include a Statement Centerpiece
While we’re on the topic of décor, here’s one of the best bridal shower brunch tips: “Tall centerpieces are definitely hot right now for shower brunches and dinners,” says Skaggs. “Unique table options like connected serpentine or embellished square options are fun and out of the box.”
Individualize the Smaller Details
It’s not simply about the table; the devil is in the detail. “If the staff are willing to help, provide all your décor in an organized manner: labeled plastic tubs, pressed linens on hangers, votive candles in their holders with their wicks up, etc. Provide images so that they know what it is supposed to look like,” says Skaggs.
Offer Thirst-Quenching Mocktails
Bridal shower brunches can be boozy affairs, but what about those who don’t drink? “Mocktails are a huge hit for those who choose not to indulge,” says Skaggs. “Alternatives like the Nojito, Cuddles on the Beach, Virgin Mary, and Bella Bellini provide the same flavor without the alcohol.”
Cater to All Dietary Requirements
Find out about any dietary needs ahead of time, and make sure you plan accordingly. “There are many amazing options that are plant-based, gluten-free, or dairy-free,” says Skaggs. “If you’re offering a range of foods, make sure these are available so that everyone can try them. If it is a more formal meal, take care of these needs individually.”
Include a Dazzling Shower Cake
Let them eat cake! If there’s one final thing that you should include in your plans, it has to be a shower cake. You can use this stunning dessert as the centerpiece of the table setting. Alternately, ask the staff to bring it out at the perfect moment as a surprise.