If you're in charge of throwing a bridal shower, chances are you've been thinking a lot about themes. This is a party the bride will remember for the rest of her life, and you want to make it both unforgettable and special. But throwing such a bridal bash can be subject to some trepidation given the mixed guest list that will be in attendance. How do you throw a fête to remember when you've got a multi-generational crowd to please? While you want to keep the bridesmaids entertained and having fun, you also don't want to offend the bride-to-be's family or have grandma disapprove. Luckily we've got some ideas that are sure to keep everyone happy and give the guest of honor the celebration of her wildest, social media and Pinterest-fueled dreams.
You can't go wrong with a classic, romantic bridal shower. You're celebrating love, after all, so bring on the hearts, flowers, and sweet pictures of the happy couple. And, of course, you'll pop the bubbly because she's getting hitched to the love of her life (cue the harmony of "awes").
Whether the bride and her shipmates are staying dry on land or heading out on a yacht, you can pull off a nautical bridal shower theme with navy blue hues, stripes, anchors, ship wheels, and sailor's hats. Make sure to add Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea" to the playlist.
Black-Tie Glitter and Glitz
For the bride who loves dressing to the nines, invite guests to get dolled up in their fanciest outfits. Decorate with anything sparkly and glittery, and score definite bonus points if there's a chandelier involved.
Paradise awaits in your own backyard. Transform an outdoor space into a cheerful and relaxed setting for a casual bridal shower. Incorporate fun floral arrangements, twinkle lights, and traditional picnic food. Plus—this is the perfect excuse to give your backyard a makeover.
For the girl who loves all things floral, delicious, and dainty, you should definitely consider a bridal tea party. You can keep it classically British or switch it up with a Mad Hatter theme. Either way, serve a refreshing assortment of artisanal tea, scrumptious scones, and tasty cucumber sandwiches.
Glam Pajama Party
Remember how much fun slumber parties were as a little girl? It'll be an awesome girls' night in, complete with pizza, drinks, candy, games, and a movie (we're thinking Bridesmaids). You can host this at your own home or up the ante and reserve a suite at a hotel for the ultimate chill out session, with the option of spa access to boot (and you won't be the one cleaning up popcorn the next day).
Channel romantically rustic vibes with delicately distressed décor, tea served in mason jars, hand-drawn signage, and baby's breath centerpieces. Add some homemade treats (pie would be oh-so perfect) for a personal touch. You can include the bridesmaids or the whole guest list by inviting everyone to bring their favorite desserts à la a potluck dessert table.
Love is Sweet
Love is sweet and the bridal shower will be, too. A candy-centered bridal shower lends itself to bright, colorful decorations. Bring on the dessert bar filled with candy and treats. Remember to have some sugar-free candy for any guests with food sensitivities. You can also get customized M&M's in the bride's wedding colors, with her name, or "I Do," or whatever you choose—even an image of the bride (or her spouse-to-be).