Bridesmaid Boot Camp: Bridal Shower Themes

Welcome back to week two of Bridesmaid Boot Camp! Today we’re talking about bridal shower themes. There are two routes for shower themes: decor and gift. Decor themes are what we tend to think of when we think of themed parties – the food, drink, and decorations all fit into one style. Gift themes ask guests to bring presents that follow a particular guideline. These are great for the bride that already has everything or is passionate about a certain hobby.

Below we’ve featured three of our favorite themes. The Dandelion Patch has beautiful options for invitations and day-of paper to complete whatever look you’re going for.

Featured Above: The Dandelion Patch – Below Left: Le Petrin – Below Right: Hostess with the Mostess

Bridal Tea Party

The bride: Is obsessed with Downton Abbey, anything Jane Austen, and the royal baby
The guests: An older or more mature crowd
The decor: Vintage tea pots full of flowers, heirloom cake stands, lace table runners, pastel colors
The menu: Finger sandwiches, petit fours, and of course, tea!

Featured Below Left: Smarty Had a Party – Below Right: On to Baby

Bridal Brunch

The bride: Is part of a weekly brunch group and lives for bottomless mimosas
The guests: All ages – everyone loves breakfast!
The decor: Striped paper straws, tissue pom-poms, chalkboard signs, bright colors
The menu: A mimosa bar, bite-size pancakes, yogurt parfait shooters

 Featured Below: Scheme Events


Pots and Panties

The bride: She DVR’s episodes of Chopped and has a bit of a wild side
The guests: Younger friends and co-workers
The decor: Cookbooks, flower arrangements in colanders or pots, “pantie” garland
The menu: Trendy hors d’oeuvres, cookies in the shapes of bras and underwear
The gifts: Ask guests to bring either a cooking-related gift off of the bride’s registry or some cute little under-things (make sure you list her sizes on the invite)

Check back weekly for more Bridesmaid Boot Camp! Next week: Bridal Shower Games.