28 Garden Party Bridal Shower Ideas for the To-Be-Wed Who Loves Flowers

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Samantha Iacia - The Knot wedding style expert
Samantha Iacia
  • Samantha writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in wedding decor, trends, and fashion
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Samantha was a features and weddings contributor for The Baltimore Sun
  • She is based in Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism
Updated May 20, 2024

There are a myriad of wedding shower themes to pick from, but for to-be weds who always seem to have a vase (or two) of fresh flowers decorating their home, a garden party bridal shower is the obvious choice. What's not to love? Cheerful color palettes, flower-infused refreshments and—obviously—plenty of flower arrangements are just a few of the best garden party bridal shower ideas, but the inspiration doesn't end there.

From informal backyard picnics to upscale garden parties at the country club, hosting a garden wedding shower all starts with your party venue. The Knot Vendor Marketplace makes it easy to filter venues near you by availability and type, including gardens. Once you've locked in your event space, here are 28 garden wedding shower ideas to bring the theme to life, including decorations, games, menu recommendations and more.

Garden party bridal shower ideas in this article: Invitations | Decorations | Games | Menu| Editor's Picks

Garden Party Bridal Shower Invitations

Sending invitations is an important part of planning any bridal shower, but the fun part is choosing a design that matches your party theme. Shop dozens of flower-covered bridal shower invites on The Knot, starting with a sneak peek of a few of our favorites below.

1. Elegant Antique Toile Frame Bridal Shower Invitations by Bridgerton

Bridgerton inspired bridal shower invitation
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Send these invites for a formal garden party soirée or Bridgerton-themed bridal shower. The design, which is part of the Bridgerton x The Knot collection, combines a pretty floral border with traditional serif and calligraphy-inspired typefaces.

2. Floral Appliqué Bridal Shower Invitations

Bright and floral bridal shower invites
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Delicate flowers and petals swirl around the opposite corners of this garden party bridal shower invitation. Choose from five pastel colorways and add the matching envelope liner as a finishing touch.

3. Countryside Crest Bridal Shower Invitations

Countryside crest-inspired bridal shower invite
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Inspired by the doodle wedding stationery trend, this charming garden-themed bridal shower invitation is filled with adorable details, including a monogrammed crest and watercolor bow motif. Tiny squiggles in each corner of the invitation add a little extra whimsy.

4. Floral Adornment Bridal Shower Invitations

Hand-drawn floral adornment bridal shower invitation
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Take a more subtle approach with your garden party bridal shower invitations by choosing this simple design. Simple flower sketches convey the garden theme in a minimalistic way.

5. Wildflower Border Bridal Shower Invitations

Wildflower brunch and bubbly bridal shower invite
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Love the cottagecore aesthetic? This garden party bridal shower invitation is perfect for a summer backyard party in honor of the to-be-wed. A halo of wildflowers encircles the editable text in the center—plus, there are eight different colorways to choose from.

Garden Party Bridal Shower Decorations

You don't need us to tell you that fresh flowers are a big component of this bridal shower theme. But if you need a few ideas to get started, we have it covered. Try these decorations, centerpieces and other ideas for a garden theme bridal shower.

6. Canvas Patio Umbrellas

Large patio umbrellas are a handy item, whether you need to create shade on a hot summer day or jazz up an outdoor space at the bridal shower venue. Rent a handful of white canvas umbrellas from a local event supply company and intersperse them among tables to recreate this look.

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7. Flower-Covered Bicycle

If you have a bicycle on hand, you can easily recreate this garden party bridal shower idea. A vintage-style bike works best with the theme, but otherwise, you can use flowers and decorative tape to temporarily cover up any logos or lettering on the bike for a more styled look.

8. Potted Plants

Don't have time to redesign your entire garden before the party? Colorful potted plants, like geraniums, pansies and begonias, work great as last-minute bridal shower decorations. As a finishing touch, we suggest placing them in decorative pots and planters, which will look a little nicer in photos compared to plastic nursery pots.

9. Flower Arch Entryway

Decorate the venue entrance or doorway with a gorgeous array of fresh flowers to make a stylish first impression when guests arrive. Add ribbons or a welcome sign for added detail (and a potential selfie backdrop).

10. Trumpet Vases

Need a way to quickly spruce up an empty wall in the party space? Arrange tall vases with long-stemmed roses and ivy vines for a simple flower installation.

11. Fresh Flower Wreath

Hanging a wreath on a door only takes a few seconds, but it's a small detail that can tie everything together for your garden party bridal shower decor. Even better: You can use this idea whether you're hosting at home or another venue.

12. Bud Vase Centerpieces

Aim for a garden-inspired look using flowers that you'd find in a backyard garden, like foxgloves and peonies. If you don't have a green thumb, source the flowers from a local wedding florist or wholesaler and use glass bud vases for centerpieces.

13. Woven Bistro Chairs

Depending on how many guests are attending and where you're hosting the bridal shower, you might need to rent chairs or additional seating. Colorful bistro chairs look like something you'd find in a sunkissed garden in the South of France.

14. Watercolor Menus

Add handwritten menus to the place settings for a seated luncheon or brunch. Decorate the menus with flowers, fruits or other simple watercolor doodles.

15. Garden Trellis

Use an iron garden trellis as a pretty backdrop for the guest of honor's chair, the wedding shower gift table or the dessert table.

Garden Party Bridal Shower Games

In between mingling, eating and opening wedding registry gifts, fill the time with a game or group activity. While you definitely don't have to match the game to the party theme, it certainly doesn't hurt. Try one of these garden party bridal shower games for your flower-filled festivities.

16. Guess the Petals

This activity is a twist on the classic guessing game. Fill a clear glass jar with faux flower petals and ask each guest to guess how many are inside. Everyone writes their name and their guess on a piece of paper, and the person who's the closest wins a prize.

17. Pass the Bouquet

For this game, everyone stands in a circle and passes a fake bouquet to the next person while music plays. When the music stops, the person holding the bouquet is eliminated (like a modified version of musical chairs). The last guest standing wins.

18. Flower Bingo

You can't go wrong with bridal shower bingo—it's appropriate for all ages and everyone already knows the rules. Incorporate the garden party theme by filling printable bingo cards with names of flowers or other garden-inspired terminology.

Garden Party Bridal Shower Menu

From homegrown ingredients to flavored ice water, here are the garden party bridal shower food ideas we'd serve.

19. Self-Serve Drink Dispenser

Ice water infused with fruit and mint is so refreshing on a hot, sunny day. Serve yours spiked or non-alcoholic with stemless flute glasses and decorative paper straws.

20. Branded Cocktail Garnish

If you're looking to splurge, a custom citrus peel brander is one way to take your bridal shower cocktails (or mocktails) to the next level. You can usually purchase a specialty iron for between $50 to $100, depending on the specifics of the design.

21. Mini Baguette Sandwiches

Sandwiches and baguettes are a great bridal shower finger food, but they look especially appetizing—and cute—when individually wrapped in butcher paper and twine.

22. Garden Party Bridal Shower Cake

Serve a cake filled with ingredients you'd find in a backyard garden patch, like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.

23. Garden-Themed Cookies

Forget cupcakes and macarons—flower-shaped cookies and pastel petit fours are delicious garden party bridal shower treats.

Garden Party Bridal Shower Ideas: Editor's Picks

Still looking for floral theme bridal shower inspiration? Keep reading for a few more bridal shower garden party ideas we couldn't pass up.

24. Paper Parasols

Pretty paper parasols can be used as decor items, photo props, practical sun shades or all of the above.

25. Flower Wall Backdrop

Transform a plain brick wall by adding colorful flower buds and greenery using decorative tape or basic floral tape. It's an easy way to create a cute photo backdrop if you're hosting the shower in someone's backyard.

26. Garden Party Dress Code

On the invitations, ask your guests to dress in floral prints and specific colors to match your garden party bridal shower theme.

27. Bouquet Bar

Your guests will love this fun activity. Set up a flower bar for people to build their own bouquets or centerpieces to take home after the party.

28. Potted Plant Favors

Not impressed by the usual bridal shower favors? Potted seedlings are adorable garden party bridal shower favors to give to your guests. Choose herbs or plants that are easy to grow, like rosemary, basil or cilantro, to account for those who may not have a green thumb.

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