bridal shower decor

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Are you planning a shower for you bestie or relative and are looking for a bridal shower checklist to help you get started? We've got you covered! After you've figured out the necessities for planning a bridal shower—like your budget, location and date, you can start crossing off the more fun aspects of hosting a bridal shower. From choosing a theme to selecting a menu there are a lot of things that a bridal shower absolutely needs and if you've never planned one before, it can be tricky to get organized.

Check out this bridal shower checklist to help you throw a killer shower the bride-to-be is sure to love!

Bridal Shower

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A killer theme

When it comes to choosing a bridal shower theme, you’ll want to make sure to keep the bride’s interests in mind. If you know she hates the color pink and would be caught dead wearing a poofy dress, don’t opt for a tea party-inspired party. Instead choose a theme and color scheme that best suits the bride. If she loves all things glam, choose a chic theme with a gold and red color palette. Once you’ve selected a theme, you can start to narrow down centerpieces and floral designs.

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Photo: Cary Diaz Photography Inc.

 Tablescape

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Eye catching decor

Pick details that compliment your theme. This is where you can be bold when it comes to florals, tablescape and more! By pairing these elements together you can set the tone for the shower, like how these lush blooms, Chiavari chairs and red linens all help create a romantic aesthetic.

 Centerpiece

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The mix of red blooms with these gold compote centerpieces is absolutely swoon-worthy.

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Photo: Cary Diaz Photography Inc.

A fashionable dress code

If you have a specific vision of the type of attire you want guests to wear, include it on the invite. If you know you are throwing a more laid-back event, you’ll want to specify casual attire rather than cocktail attire. Providing the attire on the invites will help guests plan their outfits ahead of time and accordingly — but it's certainly not mandatory.

 Flower

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A photo-worthy backdrop

Whether it's a photo booth or even a luxurious floral wall, providing your guests with somewhere to pose for Instagram pics is always a must. Don't forget to display the couple's wedding hashtag somewhere at the shower to ensure everyone follows proper posting etiquette.

floral wall

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Photo: Cary Diaz Photography Inc.

Classy music

Keep the ambiance of the party light and fun by providing some kind of music or entertainment. If you aren’t feeling a violin trio, opt for playing a bridal shower playlist through speakers or another sound system.

 Food

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Passed hors d'oeuvres

Having a variety of appetizers passed out is not only classy AF, but it also keeps the conversation flowing between guests.

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dessert table

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A tasteful (and tasty!) dessert table

Doughnuts have been all the rage in weddings recently, so why not have them at a bridal shower, too! You can also serve delicate macaroons, frosted cupcakes and more with the help of a dessert bar or table.

 Doughnuts

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Photo: Cary Diaz Photography Inc.

How cute are these engagement ring-inspired cookies?

 Cake & Dessert

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Photo: Cary Diaz Photography Inc.

A cake confection

No bridal shower is complete without cake! This two-tiered fondant frosted metallic and watercolor painted cake is (almost) too pretty to eat.

 Cake Toppers

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The confection was accessorized with a sparkly laser-cut bride-to-be cake topper!

games

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Fun bridal shower games

Make sure to bring a few bridal shower games to play during the lull period of the shower. This is a great way to get a lot of laughs and also some keepsakes from the shower for the bride-to-be.

game

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The classic TP Couture bridal shower game is always a fan favorite.

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 Bottle stoppers

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Bubbly Favors

Gift your guests mini bottles of bubbly as a way of saying thanks for attending. Not only can they sip on them throughout the party, but you can easily decorate the bottles with gold glitter, ribbon and floral tags.

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