Bridal showers originated in the 1890’s, as a customary way to gift a bride-to-be with presents that can be used throughout the marriage. What once started as a means to ensure that a wedding would come to pass (in the old days of dowries), has now evolved into something else. In today’s era, the term ‘bridal shower’ has simply become synonymous with sweet celebrations, fit for a lady. This entertaining guide shares fabulous, easy-to-do Bridal Shower Party Ideas that will surely charm both the bride-to-be and her special guests.
Bridal Shower Party Ideas
Themes, Decor, Food, Games, & Party Favors
A traditional afternoon tea party can be coordinated by using floral tea cups, creating a myriad of delectable finger sandwiches and bite-sized appetizers, and displaying an assortment of tantalizing petit fours and sugary treats. A tea party can either be hosted in your home or garden, making it especially easy (and affordable) to arrange.
For decor, it’s best to keep things simple and tasteful for this ladylike bridal shower. Pretty, pastel-colored tablecloths (in lace, eyelet, or floral prints) and fresh flower centerpieces (like tea roses in different sized vases) are all you need to set the stage.
An easy game to play during the party is called ‘Hot Gossip’. Each guest is given a list of questions (on a piece of paper) when they arrive at the party. Each question pertains to the Bride and her Groom. To figure out the answers, guests are encourage to mix and mingle with each other, to find out who knows which answers. At the end, the answers are discussed, and the person with the most correct answers wins a prize.
As party favors, encourage your guests to take home the tea cup they used during the party – this is a great way for them to fondly remember the special occasion for years to come.
Every woman needs to pamper herself now and then. If rest and relaxation is your idea of a perfect day, why not host a Spa Day Bridal Shower? This type of Bridal Shower party can either be hosted at a local spa, or even in your home (for an even cozier and more intimate feeling).
For refreshments, serve iced tea, fruit-infused water (like strawberry or orange), and sparkling wine (for guests who love a little bubbly to relax). Keep food offerings on the light and healthy side by creating a display of fresh fruit (like strawberries, pineapple slices, grapes), mixed nuts, and freshly-baked muffins.
Easy-to-arrange spa treatments include mini-massages, manicures and pedicures, and makeup application lessons. Since this type of Bridal Shower party is more relaxed, it’s best to keep games more low-key. That’s why a perfect game to play during the party is called ‘Love Story’. “Players take turns thinking of lines to add to a romantic story about the bride and groom (example opener: “Tess and Toby met in high school at a dance”). Pass the sheet around and have each person write a new line, folding the paper to only reveal the freshest sentence. After everyone has contributed, the final piece is read aloud to the bride.” [Source: TheKnot.com]
As party favors, consider gifting your guests with embellished flip flops (to encourage future R&R days), or even crystal-encrusted compact mirrors (to remind them how beautiful they are).
Great Gatsby Party:
This year, Great Gatsby themed parties were a major trend in entertaining (thanks to the blockbuster film featuring Leonardo DiCaprio). In keeping with this Roaring Twenties, old Hollywood glamour theme, a Great Gatsby themed Bridal Shower encourages your guests to kick up their heels, have some fun, and look ultra-fabulous while doing so.
Transport your guests to another era by playing 1920’s inspired jazz music in the background, decorating the space with opulent accessories (like bedazzled candles), and inflating oversized, clear latex balloons (that resemble giant bubbles). For refreshments, serve Champagne and Sweet Tea, along with elegant hors d’oeuvres and an assortment of salads.
A befitting game to play at a Great Gatsby themed Bridal Shower party is called ‘Wedding Movie Charades’. “Label notecards with wedding movies (include classics, chick-flicks and obscure picks for a good challenge). Divvy the group up into two teams. Players pick a card from the pile and act out a scene from that film without speaking a word, while their team members try and guess the answer within a three-minute time limit!” [Source: TheKnot.com]
An over-the-top party favor for each guest is a long strand of pearls, or an art-deco earrings, which can be worn and cherished for years to come.