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Easy Ways to Throw An Amazing Bridal Shower

Forget the toilet paper wedding dresses and towel-rolled "wedding cake" centerpiece ideas -- bridal showers can be a lot more original. Here's how to plan one.
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by Anja Winikka
anja winikka the knot wedding industry expert
Anja Winikka
Wedding Industry Expert
  • Anja Winikka is the founder of Editor In Chief Media.
  • Anja is a wedding editor and digital marketing director turned educator and contributing editor.
  • Anja worked for The Knot for over 13 years in various roles.

Come Up With a Theme

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Let's put it this way: "Bridal shower" isn't a theme. So instead of hanging a bunch of tissue paper wedding bells and calling it a day, come up with a real theme -- it'll help make the rest of the planning decisions a cinch. Go kitschy with a '50s housewife theme party with wooden spoons, whisks, and aprons as decor; give a nod to her favorite food with a Mexican fiesta; or let something as simple as a button inspire the entire party. In the very least, let the guest of honor's favorite colors guide the details.

Get Creative with the Menu

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Skip the tea sandwiches and cookies (unless of course you're having a tea party shower) and reinvent the menu. Go for Asian noodles served in takeout boxes, a Bloody Mary brunch bar with pancakes and omelets, or even a down-home barbecue buffet. It doesn't even have to be a full meal either. Start the party late in the day and do a champagne and chocolate bar or even an ice cream sundae and milkshake bar with all the fixings.

Play Up the Paper Details

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If you have the time and the skills, look for ways to deck out the space with simple paper projects. Create a "happy shower" banner to hang over the food table, make small labels to wrap around cocktail stirrers, and create cute tented card labels for the table. Bonus: You won't have to blow your budget on flowers trying to perk up the place.

Bring In a Statement Piece

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Splurge on one detail that you know will get noticed. A few ideas we love: Order an "Ace of Cakes"-style party cake in the shape of her favorite handbag; an oversized floral arrangement for the dinner table; or even a barbershop quartet to sing a few tunes while everyone is arriving.

Plan A (Not Cheesy) Activity

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Disprove the common belief that bridal showers are boring with activities that you know your guests will have fun with. And use your theme as your guide. Create a "pimp your own cupcake" bar for a retro party; include a wine tasting for an elegant lunch or dinner shower; or give out temporary henna tattoos for a Bali-inspired party.

Toast the Bride

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Instead of awkwardly watching her open presents, skip the gift-opening portion of the party and take the opportunity to go around the room and introduce one another and tell stories about the guest of honor. You could even ask a friend to take video of the toasts and a few other highlights of the day to later edit into a special bridal shower video for the bride.

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