Our Top Picks for Popular Bridal Shower Themes
It’s time to celebrate your engagement, so what’s it going to be? A prim and proper affair? A wild night out on the town? To give you a few ideas, here are four popular bridal shower themes—don’t be afraid to mix and match!
Taking a cue from our neighbors across the pond, tea and garden parties offer you and the gals a chance to put on your Sunday best: tea-length skirts and dresses; fancy hats (the more outrageous, the better); kitten heels; dainty jewelry; and gloves. Pearls round out the ensemble as you sip tea (iced is great for summer)—if you’re one to treasure hunt, a few months in advance, you can collect vintage tea cups. Buying tea sets are also an option, as is renting. This is an ideal theme for live music—perhaps piano or harp, lively but gentle. Serve small bites—classic tea party fare—and go for antique decorations, like hatboxes, old books, mason jars, and crystal. Fresh flowers are a must.
Give the most important meal of the day a little kick with everyone’s favorite bubbly drink! Brunch is whatever you want it to be, but some classics may include: chicken and waffles; fluffy French toasts; cinnamon rolls; bacon and eggs; quiche; and bagels and lox. Where drinks are concerned, have a cocktail (or mocktail) bar where guests can mix and match their drinks, and don’t be afraid to stray away from the standard OJ. For the girly-girls, guava and grapefruit juice pack a flavorful punch and bright pink color.
No one said you had to dress up…so why not stay in your pajamas? Take your friends back to grade-school days with a late-night slumber party. Including all the classics is essential. Movie (horror, anyone? Rom coms are acceptable, too.); plenty of popcorn and midnight snacks; mani/pedis; face masks; board games; and a solid playlist. You also have permission to stage the most epic pillow fight and jump on all the couches.
Throw it back a few decades to the ‘70s with a disco party and boogie to beat under that sparkling crystal ball. Or, pull out your biggest poodle skirts, sassiest cat-eye glasses, and jukebox for a good ol’ fashioned ice cream social. Bubble-gum pink is an excellent color choice, and you can find retro soda fountain accessories at your local specialty kitchen store (or online). Choose your favorite ice cream flavors, go wild with the toppings bar, and run with it!