1. Pick a fun theme and stick to it (and don’t use the wedding’s theme or colors!). The bridal shower should be it’s own wonderful event with details matching a color or overall theme. Some fun ideas are a stock the kitchen theme where guests bring kitchen utensils, décor and gadgets, Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a brunch theme featuring décor in that classic tiffany blue, a sweet floral garden party held outside plenty of fresh flowers and fresh finger foods, a mad hatter’s tea party featuring décor of tea cups, books and little cakes that say “eat me” and drinks that say “drink me”, or simply go all out with a color scheme such as gold or silver with lots of glitter and shine. For over 50 theme ideas, try this post from Pop Sugar.
2. Plan games and activities throughout the party to keep guests entertained.
An always fun and often hilarious game is to ask the groom a list of questions about his bride, their relationship and the wedding. Reward the bride with a $5 gift card for each answer she matches with her groom, and make her wear or do something silly for each answer she gets wrong. A fun take on this game along with a list of questions can be found here.
- A series of “minute to win it” games is a great icebreaker among guests that don’t know each other – these rowdy games will get everyone into the celebratory spirit! Split the group into two teams and go head to head with silly challenges that only last a minute each and award prizes to the winning team such as lotions, nail polishes, or $5 – $10 gift cards. Here are some great minute to win it game ideas.
- Cookie or cupcake decorating is another fun group activity where everyone wins a sweet treat at the end (or some during decorating if they sneak a few nibbles along the way). Guests could even enter their creations in a contest to be judged by the bride and win a prize, or a small foil-wrapped paper message that says “Winner!” can be inserted into a cookie or cake before baking, and then found!
3. Create a DIY photo booth so guests can take home a token from the night.
Photo booths are trendy right now, and for good reason – they’re a super fun way to document a party. Provide props that fit the theme of the shower, and let guests use either an Instax camera, or just a regular digital camera with a remote (upload photos to a site that you let guests know about) or a tablet with an app that allows guests to easily share their photos! It may sound complicated, but is fairly quick to set up (here’s a great resource to get started). To create an inexpensive photo backdrop, try a funky shower curtain or sheet, paper streamers, balloons, ribbons tied to a dowel, tissue paper flower poufs, or even just some long sheets of butcher paper. Fun props can include frames, small chalkboard signs that guests can use to write a silly message, hats, boas, wigs, glasses and more!
4. Keep the food bite-sized and fit it in with the theme.
For a stress-free and less expensive food plan, ask guests to bring bites of a certain type – veggies, fruit, main dish, dessert. Or get the gals together in the morning to prep the food together. Some great options are caprese salad on a stick, individual crudité cups, 7 layer dip cups, and strawberry brownie kabobs. If your group doesn’t cook, there’s nothing wrong with store bought deli trays or fixins for a sandwich bar or build your own pizza bar and cupcakes from your favorite bakery!
5. Don’t let the opportunity for fun and memorable drinks go by the wayside.
Get the party started by setting up a fun build your own mimosa bar, or create a signature cocktail just for the brunch. Pre-made drinks in mason jars on ice save time for guests, as do cute drink dispensers full of delicious concoctions like watermelon mojitos, white peach sangria, or pomegranate margaritas. Any of these recipes will surely have guests asking you what’s in them – and they’re all super simple!
6. Choose the right tunes to set the mood!
Concoct a playlist that will flow through the night, from when guests arrive and have their first cocktail, to during games, to gift opening, and hey – maybe even a dance session during the event as well! Think about the bride and make sure to include lots of her favorite tunes, romantic wedding themed songs, as well as songs that fit the theme of the night if appropriate. Don’t forget to throw in some fun, dance songs to get people in the party mood, but remember to consider the age of the guests that will be attending – not everyone will be happy with Ke$ha.
7. Create a ribbon bouquet for the bride to use at the rehearsal.
At the end of the party, don’t let anyone throw away those ribbons and pretty wrapping from the gifts. Gather them up and create a ribbon bouquet, including paper flowers if you wish so that the bride can have a practice bouquet for her rehearsal. Plus, she’ll have the keepsake for years to come to remind her of her fun bridal shower. Here’s a fun tutorial that uses a paper plate leftover from the shower as a base for a cute bow bouquet (Bow-quet?).
If you or your friends are hosting one this summer, we hope you put some of the fun bridal shower ideas here to use. If you do, let us know how it went! Have you hosted a bridal shower? Share your best ideas in the comments below.