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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.”