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Here Comes the Bride: 4 Fun Themes for the Perfect Bridal Shower

Here Comes the Bride: 4 Fun Themes for the Perfect Bridal Shower
April is in full swing, which means it's the start of wedding season! Brides and grooms-to-be are starting to plan for their big day by registering for wedding gifts and frantically trying to fill in that last minute seating chart. If you’ve been put in charge of planning and organizing the bridal shower but are having a hard time coming up with a theme, we’ve got you covered, because we’re sharing some great ideas for themes that will make for the perfect party.
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Without further ado, here are our ideas for some great bridal shower party themes:
Music Era Shower: Plan the shower around a particular music era. For example, a party themed around the 40s could feature music from Harry James, Glen Miller, or Benny Goodman. You can have the guests dress up to match the era and decorate the venue with posters of musicians from that decade. For a party game, plan to sing some karaoke featuring songs that come only from the chosen era.
Reminiscing Shower: reminiscing showerHave the guests bring photos of themselves with the guest of honor along with a note about the picture or occasion. Combine all of these pictures and notes into a scrapbook at the party to present to the bride to be. You can decorate the party location with photographs of the bride and groom at different ages. As a party game, have all the guests go around and share their favorite memory of the guest of honor.
Dessert Shower: Ask every guest to bring a dessert to the party. You can set up blind taste tests as a party game and award prizes to the best overall or richest dessert. Try to set up a number of different categories so that there are many winners. For a fun party favor idea, hand out small gift baskets with different cookies wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbons. For a wide selection of great dessert recipes, check out
Alphabet Shower:alphabet showerThis bridal shower theme starts with the invitations. Have each invite contain the letters of the bride to be’s name (first, middle, and last) and assign each guest a letter from her name. Instruct each guest to bring a gift that starts with their assigned letter and make sure that they write the letter on the wrapping so that it’s clearly visible. As guests arrive and gifts stack up, the gifts will begin to spell out the name of the bride to be. For a party snack, make sugar cookies and then ask each guest to write, in icing, a word that describes the guest of honor that starts with the letters in her name.
Now we’d like to hear from you! What was your bridal shower or wedding like? Did you ever attend a bridal shower that had an interesting theme? Have you ever planned for a bridal shower or been involved in a wedding party? To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, simply create a review for a Home & Garden product that you think would make the perfect wedding gift or submit a comment below sharing your bridal shower stories. Better yet, do BOTH and get two chances to win! Comments and reviews must be submitted by 6pm EST on April 23rd, 2012. Good luck!




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  • faeriekitty By faeriekitty

    I didn't have a bridal or wedding shower. I didn't want one. I didn't want my inlaws to go to any trouble as they paid for our wedding.

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip

    While planning for my girlfriends wedding, original game plan was to send the couple to Hawaii for their honeymoon but soon found out it was less expensive to buy a package and send the whole bridal party than send just the bride and groom. Spent a week in Hawaii and a special evening at a luau to celebrate the couple.

  • MoreGoodies123 By MoreGoodies123

    Play MadLibs at the shower- you can make them up yourself to make them wedding-themed or a bit you know, risque'! ;) You can go around the room to let everyone give a word and then read it out loud. Almost always hilarious!

  • jersharocks By jersharocks

    My mom threw me the BEST bridal shower! It was a complete surprise. She swiped my phone and called my friends and my fiance's family members to invite them. On the day of the shower, she invited me to go to dinner at this fun little Mexican restaurant. When I showed up, the whole back room was FILLED with my friends and family and my fiance's family too. I was shocked but it was a lot of fun too. The best part was that my fiance got to stay and enjoy the fun too. =D

  • pinknpretty2687 By pinknpretty2687

    I am having a little mermaid shower in a month sincebwe are getting matried on a boat and i love the movie. I live out of state though, so each guest will bring a special spice in lieu of a large gift!

  • krystlbear By krystlbear

    I didn't have a real shower. I had a cake and a few family members came over and we just huung out and ate.

  • amycristine By amycristine

    I just threw a bridal shower for my future sister-in-law. I threw a brunch with several main course options, a few sweets and veggies. I rushed home on Friday to clean the house frantic I wouldn't be able to have everything done before Sat. morning came. Since it was a brunch, it was early. I got up as early as possible to cook and clean and get our family ready for guests. I was still pulling things out of the oven and sliding them on dishes when the guests arrived. Thank goodness the other bridesmaids arrived to help out. I was able to curl my hair and slap on make-up before people arrived. It was such a rush, but well worth it. A brunch means an early party, but everyone loved it because they had the rest of their Sat. open and it didn't cut their day or prevent them from making plans for afterward. Plus, I had all day to recouperate!

  • betatester By betatester

    I went to a fun bridal shower where the host had us break into teams and create a wedding dress out of toilet paper. It was hilarious and a lot of fun!

  • laroyal06 By laroyal06

    Instead of having a shower, I asked people to donate to a few of my favorite charities.

  • Mbvolley21 By Mbvolley21

    My mom threw my bridal shower at her house. It was simple. We played the toilet paper wedding dress game and did bridal party bingo. Guests were family from both sides and friends. My favorite gift was from my aunts - it was a laundry basket with all sorts of games, kitchen gadgets and accessories... all of the gift, including the wrapping (laundry basket and dishtowel bows) was usable as well, and it was easy to carry! My favorite memory was that one of my friends got me an adult gift and we had to explain to one of my aunts what it was used for... priceless!

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