Summer is the peak season for many couples tying the knot, so it’s not uncommon to encounter a lot of many frazzled brides-to-be this time of year. I actually have a friend who got married yesterday and I have another getting married in September. I’m a bridesmaid in my friend’s September wedding which means I’m right in the midst of planning a bridal shower. Bridal showers are the perfect opportunity for us girls and the bride-to-be to unwind and spend time together before the big event. Showers don’t need to be formal, but they should be fun, so why not include one of the following themes for even more enjoyment? If you’re searching for a theme for an upcoming shower of your own, consider some of these.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
It’s time for everyone to don their favorite little black dress and channel their inner Audrey! Decorate the party area in Tiffany blue decorations such as table cloths or balloons. You might even like to use white ribbons as an accent. Incorporate this color motif in the food as well. Frost cupcakes and cookies in tiffany colored icing. Another cute idea is to have bowls of clear rock candy to mimic “diamonds” for snacks. Games for this theme might include “Pin the Tiara on Holly.” And be sure to have some Holly Golightly inspired prizes like inexpensive jewelry or sunglasses.
For a tres magnifique bridal shower, begin by playing some French music in the background to set the mood. For your table setting, you might like to have miniature statues of the Eiffel tower or Arc de Triumph. Then, it’s time to let the food steal the spotlight. Offer a wide selection of French pastries such as napoleons, éclairs or French macarons. (If you really want to get fancy, you could include a fondue pot or crepe station!) As a fun shower activity, gather some information on wine pairings and hold a mini lesson with some wine samples to try. When the party is over, guests can take home travel size bottles of their favorite drink along with one or two French chocolates.
Wonderland Tea Party
Step thru the looking glass with this whimsical approach to high tea. Set the party outdoors on the patio or the backyard just like the Madhatter. Then, create the tablescape with an assortment of colorful teacups and teapots. (The more mismatched they are, the quirkier. After all, this Wonderland!) For a Wonderland inspired menu, serve finger sandwiches and teacakes with “Eat Me” written in frosting. And of course, provide your guests with a variety of teas to choose from. Activities for guests could include painting their own teacups and picking out packets of their favorite teas to take home.
Remember, the most important part of a bridal shower is to relax and enjoy yourself.