When planning a bridal shower is on your radar, it’s likely visions of mimosa brunches, afternoon tea parties, and pastel floral accents instantly come to mind. And while we love celebrations of all shapes and sizes, there are no rules when it comes to unique bridal shower theme ideas that break the mold. If you’re feeling stumped on where to start, don’t let inspiration overwhelm get the best of you. Consider this list your go-to guide for bridal shower theme ideas to impress every guest on your list.
Celebrating a bride-to-be who lives below the Mason-Dixon line? Take cues from her comforts of home with a bridal shower theme idea that embraces the true style and grace of the South. Like any experienced party planner, you’ll want to make sure your guests don’t walk away hungry so plan a spread of favorites like a buttermilk biscuit bar, chicken and waffle bites, delicious homemade pies, and of course, plenty of sweet tea in mason jars to go around. Bonus points if you add the couple’s signature monogram to any design elements.
Take your pre-wedding festivities poolside with a tropical bridal shower theme idea. Set the scene with exotic plants (monstera leaf or colorful orchids are excellent picks), bright colors, sassy flamingos, and golden pineapples galore. Keep the mood light and fun with beach party playlist, and ensure your guests stay properly hydrated with an array of fruit-infused sips or DIY mojito bar.
If going green is a priority for the bride-to-be, she’ll love a bridal shower that puts sustainability at the forefront. Skip the foam and plastic products and instead opt for plates, napkins, and cutlery made of 100% recycled materials. Also consider incorporating products that are compostable or biodegradable to minimize any post-event waste. Other thoughtful touches like foraged flowers, electronic invites, and locally-sourced eats are guaranteed to take your eco-conscious party to the next level.
Floral Arranging Fun
Bridal shower theme ideas centered on a particular activity are the perfect way to give guests a hands-on experience as they mix and mingle throughout the festivities. If the lady of honor happens to be a flower or plant enthusiast, consider bringing in a floral designer to lead your group through a mini centerpiece, flower crown, or other floral arrangement demonstration. Not only will the floral learning experience keep your guests thoroughly entertained, but they’ll also walk away with a beautiful favor—not to mention some new skills— at the end of the event. We love this fun twist on a garden party!
Ice Cream Social
These days, ice cream parties aren’t just for kids. Rest assured there are more ideas than ever to make enjoying those sweet treats a more grown-up occasion. Start with an array of delicious flavors and plan an epic ice cream toppings bar complete with decadent selections like cheesecake bites, toasted marshmallows, brandied cherries, ultra dark chocolate, and edible glitter. You can even include some boozy ice cream options for all the adult partygoers in attendance. Red wine milkshakes, Irish whiskey sundaes, and vodka root beer floats are just a fun few ideas to get you started.
Chips, guac, and tacos are always a good idea, especially when you’re planning a unique bridal shower food spread. Set the fiesta mood with colorful florals, papel picado banners, and mini potted cactus plants to line the guest tables. And, of course, don’t forget to include a sangria bar or margarita station to really get the party started. Want to outsource the work of preparing food for a hungry crowd? Consider renting a local taco truck so you can simply kick back and enjoy playing hostess throughout the event.
If the guest of honor is a total Francophile, then why not host a glam shower with a Paris-themed bridal shower? From French music and signage to French cuisine (hello, macarons!) to bridal shower decorations like mini Eiffel Towers and lots of black-and-white stripes, you can transform any space into a Parisian bistro. Mini bottles of champagne make the perfect party favor for this event.
Cooking is an ideal party theme for a bride-to-be who spends lots of time in the kitchen (or just loves Top Chef). Gather the bridesmaids and host a cooking class at a local culinary school, a favorite restaurant, or in your own home, and ask guests to bring kitchen-themed gifts. Another sweet touch: On the bridal shower invitation, ask each friend or family member to provide a favorite family recipe with their RSVP, which can be compiled into a cookbook keepsake for the bride-to-be.
These days all things boho chic are totally on trend—including bridal shower ideas! When it comes to hosting a boho-themed bridal shower, start with the decor. Earth tones, pampas grass, fringe, greenery, and more can decorate your space. If possible, host the celebration outdoors and set up low tables with guests sitting on pillows on the ground, a donut wall, and maybe an open-air photo booth to boot. And if your guests can dress in their best Coachella-inspired attire, all the better!
A wedding shower at the beach? We're so in. With so many bridal showers (and bachelorette parties for that matter) occurring in the summer, hosting your event at or near the beach—or transforming a space into a beachy getaway— is a no-brainer. It's also an ideal theme for a guest of honor who is hosting a destination wedding. Choose a color palette filled with seaside-inspired hues, decorate with seashells, create sea glass-inspired place cards, and opt for favors like personalized beach towels or sunglasses.
Wine Tasting or Mixology Class
If everyone on the guest list enjoys alcohol, then a beer or wine tasting outing, or a mixology class, could be a fun party idea. These events can take place at a winery or brewery or your could invite an expert to your home or venue to facilitate the activity. Serve some yummy hors d'oeuvres that complement the drinks, and hand out personalized wine glasses, beer mugs, or shot glasses (easy to find on WeddingWire Shop or Etsy) as a bridal shower favor idea.