Creative (and Non-Boring) Bridal Shower Ideas Everyone Will Love

Move over, cupcakes and bingo.
by The Knot

A bridal shower is a prewedding event that's taken on a life of its own. No longer just a party relegated to "giving the bride gifts" (in fact, tons of brides are opting out of opening their gifts in public altogether), a bridal shower should have fun activities and décor, snacks (of the sweet and savory variety) and—if applicable—creative cocktails. Here's how to make a bridal shower memorable, sweet and entertaining—basically, anything but boring. 

  1. Send eye-catching (and physical) bridal shower invites.

    Pancake bridal shower invite
    photo courtesy of Minted

    Start the party off on the right foot by skipping e-vites and opting for something with a little more panache and sense of occasion. Try Minted or Shutterfly

  2. Have a make-your-own perfume bar.

    Perfume bar
    photo courtesy of Kamilyin

    Yep, you read that right—set up a bar of oils and pretty perfume bottles so guests can craft their own signature scent. You can actually buy DIY, personalized perfume bar kits with customizable scent options and full instructions online at Kamilyin.com.

  3. Set up a s'mores station.

    Have a dessert bar—you can't go wrong with s'mores—and set out a buffet of fixings. It's a shower dessert that’s as fun to create as it is to eat. 

  4. Create a colorful cocktail and juice stand.

    Mimosas are tasty, but a whole bar of cocktails is a treat for the eyes and taste buds. Set up a bevy of colorful beverages in vintage glass decanters. Stock them with fresh fruit and create small hanging signs to label each flavor.

  5. Go glamping.

    Camp'd Out tent
    photo courtesy of Camp'd Out

    Yes, butler included (seriously). A service called Camp'd Out will come to any location to "set up camp" complete with curated accommodations like coffee carts, toiletry kits and that aforementioned butler. 

  6. Cheese up the menu.

    Cheese fondue
    photo by iStock

    As much as we love dainty tea sandwiches and petit fours, try filling up your menu with fondue—and all the extras for dipping. Toothpick labels and a cute "I fon-due" sign (get it?) will add to the fun.

  7. Play lawn games.

    Yes, The Newlywed Game and bridal bingo are classic bridal shower games, but that doesn't mean they have to make an appearance. Instead, get physical with active party games like croquet, cornhole or badminton if the weather and location permit.

  8. Make a "date idea" box.

    For their first months as newlyweds, the couple might need some date night suggestions. Have every guest write down a creative date idea and drop it in a cute box or jar for the bride to take home. 

  9. Go crazy with hanging décor.

    Trade floral centerpieces in favor of whimsical hanging decorations. Dress up the space with ribbon streamers, paper hearts, homemade banners or fabric pennants.

  10. Gift wrap the favors.

    Even if your favor for guests is something simple like cookies, dress them up by gift wrapping them and arranging them at each place setting. Bonus: This simple touch makes for instant décor.

  11. Give out themed totes.

    Bridal shower tote
    photo courtesy of The Knot Shop

    Give your girls a gift they’ll actually use. Canvas totes are stylish and practical—stuff them with extras that fit the party theme (think: bottles of wine, flower seed packets or beach towels). You can even have them monogrammed at The Knot Shop.

  12. Accessorize with stylish bridal shower labels.

    Trick out your party goods with pretty personalized labels. Stick them on everything from the wine bottles to the favor boxes  You can even create custom drink stirrers by wrapping two around a wood stirrer or straw.

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