Have a close friend or relative getting married? Why not honor them by throwing them a spectacular bridal shower? I was lucky enough to be able to throw one of my close friends a bridal shower recently (with the help of my mom and two other terrific ladies). If you’ve ever thrown a shower before, you know it can be a big project. I thought I would share some of the things we did for my friend Teah’s shower to help lessen the enormity of the job. If you’re new to the whole shower thing, you’ll find a loose framework of things needed for a successful shower. If you’ve been here, done that and have lost count of what shower this is for you, then hopefully you’ll still find some fresh ideas to make this shower unique.
1. Choose a color scheme (I prefer to stick to the wedding colors)
A bonus of sticking to the wedding colors, is the shower decorations can be given to the bride afterwards for possible use in the wedding. It would be doing her a favor and could possibly save her some money!
2. Choose or create an invitation that reflects the mood/theme/style of the shower/wedding.
The bridal shower invitation I created using Photoshop Elements
3. Have some decorations to add color to tables and provide interest
Rolling ribbons out along the middle of the tables is an easy way to add a splash of color
Hobby Lobby usually has their ribbon on sale every other week making for a cheap decoration
I used leftover stones from the centerpiece (see below) to add more color to the tables
I used scrap paper from making the centerpiece to make confetti hearts, words, and initials using a cricuit machine
Place pieces of scrapbooking paper on the table to make the table “pop” with color!
Buy napkins, plates, and silverware in your shower colors
Ribbons, homemade confetti, and stones add interest to the white tablecloth
A confetti H I made using a cricuit machine
Buy napkins, plates, and silverware that match your colors and they become part of the decor!
4. Have a decoration piece that makes a statement or is a focal point
These monogrammed circles make a statement when put in bud vases.
5. Buy thank you cards and pass out envelopes at the shower to have guests write their address on
Try to find thank you cards that match the wedding shower colors and theme
This is a nice gesture and saves the bride a lot of time because she doesn’t have to write or look up addresses
Place your envelopes in a basket so they're easy to pass around and don't forget the pens! I added ribbon to the containers to tie them into the shower decor!
6. Give the shower around 9 or 10 and have it be a brunch
Having a brunch allows everyone to still have the rest of their day to go to other events or activities. Plus, there is a plethora of breakfast foods to make and they’re relatively easy to do.
The bride, Teah, sampling the breakfast spread
A spread of breakfast delights: muffins, coffee cake, fruit, and more!
7. Wrap your present in the shower colors to help carry on the theme throughout the room
8. Make sure to set up a table for guests to put presents on when they arrive.
If you have enough helpers, try to have someone greet at the door and offer to take presents to the table, take their coats, etc.
Make sure the gift table is in close proximity to where the bride will be opening gifts
8. Have a cake to celebrate the day.
I by no means think this is a must, but my husband and I wanted to make a second attempt at making a fondant cake so we created this elegant monogrammed cake.
A small chocolate cake with fondant icing adds some sweetness to the spread!
9. Have one or two games for guests to play.
Think about your audience when choosing a game. If it is a younger audience, they might be up for something more crazy, action involved, or creative. If it is an older crowd, you might want to stay with something simple and that can be done in their seats.
Based on the audience for Teah’s shower, I chose to make a crossword puzzle with clues about the couple.
The guests filled out the crossword while Teah was opening gifts.
10. Have a prize for the winner of the game
The prize should be something the bride would like because the guest who wins the game usually gives it to the bride since it is her day.
I am all for the bride getting a gift for the game, but I also like for the person who won to get something to, so I like to have two gifts: one for the winner and one for the bride.
Wrap your gifts in the shower colors and then the gifts can become part of the decor!
Boxes I made to match and contain the game prizes
Magnets I made as game prizes. They are in the wedding/shower colors and say: Joy, Faith, Hope & Love. The bride got additional magnets with their wedding date on it, monogram, and "I do."
11. Have someone record the gifts as they’re opened
Make sure you put who gave the gift next to the gift
Write down who gave what so the bride can use the list when writing thank you cards to all the guests. Make sure to write neatly!
12. After the shower, make sure to help the bride get all the packages into her vehicle.
What did you find useful? Have any other tips for throwing a bridal shower?