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.
by Anja Winikka
  1. Come Up With a Theme

    photo by Carter and Cook Events / The Knot

    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.

  2. Get Creative with the Menu

    photo by Nicole Hill Gerulat / The Knot

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Bring In a Statement Piece

    photo by Lucia Paul Design / The Knot

    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.

  5. Plan A (Not Cheesy) Activity

    photo by Boutwell Studio / The Knot

    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.

  6. Toast the Bride

    photo by David Tsay / The Knot

    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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