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

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 04.17.12
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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  • lauren75 By lauren75

    I had a bridal shower thrown by my best friend. It was nice and memorable. Not too many games though.

  • rosepowell By rosepowell

    I've thrown a bridal shower for my sister-in-law, it was a lot of work and coordination. I'm not sure how happy she was about it, she had just given birth to my neice and well, she was just ready to get married, she covered all her bases, the bridal shower was just an extra thing, she kept it all very simple.

  • mckinneymommas By mckinneymommas

    I had a fantastic "Tropical" themed bridal shower, since the wedding was to be in San Diego, right by the beach. So much fun stuff to decorate, grass skirts, coconuts, hibiscus flowers, all tropical themed appetizers like grilled pineapple on skewers, Hawaiian rum punch and the like. There were games like limbo and something where I had to wear a coconut shell bikini...umm don't quite remember what that one was about! ;-)

  • wel21l By wel21l

    I did not have a bridal shower or wedding reception ,because I was going to move to a friends town and so i moved some of my things there and then it turned in to avisit instead were i was and so we moved the wedding up 2 mos. early so that my best friend could be there and we got married their instead of were i was going to be married , We got married in her back yard with just us and them, and her aunt and uncle. I have always regreated that i did not have one.

  • pokergirl By pokergirl

    I had two bridal showers and they were both really nice. My aunt and cousin threw one for me that was pretty traditional and it involved the older family members. Got towels, dishes and things like that. The other one was at a restaurant. It was a little smaller and involved younger family members because it was a lingerie party. Fun.

  • LosBrowns By LosBrowns

    My bridal shower was at a restaurant and everything was great. I have planned showers and even and in home wedding reception. The bride to be could have her wedding reception wherever she would like, and she wanted to have it at her father's home, which was a very large home. It was a Winter wedding. I made all of the floral arrangements and added a touch of sparkle. Poinsettia plants were placed on the end of each stair for guests to take home as a keepsake. Everything turned out beautifully.

  • simbalala By simbalala

    We threw bridal shower for my friend. We played toilet paper wedding dress and the best one was selected by the bride. We bought some of the grocery like cookies pack, salt container and basic necessicity and friends and family from both sides have to guess the price. The winner takes the procduct. During the entire party no one was allowed to say the name of bride or groom or the word marriage. Everyone was given 5 silly bands in the beginning.who ever says these word or names loses the silly band to the person who catches the mistake. It was fun different and lot of good gifts.

  • kwoczka By kwoczka

    My mother purchased a recipe box for my wedding shower. With each invitation, she sent a blank recipe card with a note asking the guests to write their favorite recipe on the card and bring it to the shower. When the guests arrived they added their card to the box and I was presented with the most thoughtful and personal present I ever received. Years have gone by and I still use those recipes today. Many of the contributors have passed on, so I have come to treasure these recipes more and more!

  • OverWorkedMom By OverWorkedMom

    At my shower, the hostess had me walk around showing all the guests a try with about 20 items on it and them leave the room. She had told the guests to memorize everything on the tray. After I left the room she had them write down everything they could remember about what I was wearing. there were some upset older ladies because they didn't think that was fair. My shoes didn't match my belt and that upset people because they answered wrong.

  • LuckyMommaJ By LuckyMommaJ

    I actually just hosted a bridal shower last night! We decorated with mason jars full of fresh cut cherry blossom branches, and vintage frames with black and white pictures of the couple. We served drinks in mason jars, and had a variety of salads to eat. We played gift bingo, which gives the guests something to do while the bride is opening presents, and helped the bride be more comfortable, not feeling like everyone was just staring at her. We also played "He said, She said." Before the shower we asked the couple several questions and recorded their answers. Guests had to guess who gave which answer and the person who guessed the most correctly won. It was a fun way to see the couple together, as most of us have never met the groom before. It was simple and elegant and a lot of fun!

  • MomsGetReal By MomsGetReal

    My sister hosted the most amazing bridal shower for me when I got married 13 years ago. As each guest arrived, she had a polaroid camera handy (this was before digital made this idea even easier) and took a picture of each guest with me. After everyone arrived, she had set up a table full of scrapbooking supplies and each of the guests prepared a scrapbook page for me with the picture of us, advice for a good marriage, and a favorite memory. To this day, I cherish those pages more than any gift I received at either the shower or the wedding. It was an amazing and special experience.

  • Jamaica11434 By Jamaica11434

    My husband and I worked in the same office. I knew the guys were throwing him a surprise bachelor party and I was so jealous. I couldn't stand the guys bugging me about getting him there on time so I asked my boss to allow me to take off a few days prior. He told me me that I had to work and couldn't have the time off which made no sense. Well it did make sense after the girls threw me a shower, to my surprise. I had to be there or the shower would have not come to be!!! Stupid me for thinking they would forget about me.

  • Ashley By Ashley

    My Bridesmaids planned a wonderful shower for me...however the day-of, when my Maid of Honor picked me up to drive me the 45 minutes to the surprise destination, traffic was oddly heavy. We tried to re-route, but were sitting bumper to bumper in every direction. Turned out there was a serious bus accident that completely shut down I -95. The ride wound up taking almost 4 mom and mother-in-law toasted me over speaker phone and the guests all ate without me! I finally arrived about 15 minutes before the shower was scheduled to end; some of my guests had already left. Luckily the venue gave us the room for an extra hour, so I was able to quickly eat and open most of my gifts before the shower was officially over. Perhaps winning one of your for the story of my less than ideal shower will make it a little better!

  • nbrobst By nbrobst

    Well I had a standard bridal shower but if your looking for ideas I think a fun shower would be a night away with the girls like in Vegas.

  • AngeliqueB By AngeliqueB

    For one of my girlfriend's we had a "First" theme; people brought gifts she could use for her "firsts" of marriage, such as their first picnic, first movie night, first vacation, etc as husband and wife. For another one of our showers, we played a game while the bride opened presents to make gift opening more fun and also to help ease the bride with being the center of attention. Everyone filled in a blank BINGO card before she started opening presents with what they thought the gifts would be. First person with BINGO won a prize.

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