The initial instinct when hosting a bridal shower is to choose wedding related or bridal ideas for the décor, shower favors and “theme” of the event. It’s easy to forget, but just the simple fact that it IS a Bridal Shower that you are inviting people to sets the theme – there’s no need to drive it home with umbrellas, white bells and all the other imagery that being a bride includes – unless of course that’s what you think the Bride-to-Be would want! So if that’s not the case, why not venture away from “the expected” and go in a direction that will create a lovely event that everyone will enjoy – especially the Bride-to-Be! Choose one of these creative ideas or use them for your inspiration:
Destination Honeymoon! – Get the Bride ready for her honeymoon by creating the shower theme around their post-nuptial destination. Are they heading for Paris? Why not serve yummy French favorites like croissants and fancy pastries and ask guests to include something in their gifts that will signify France or will be useful when they’re there.
One Bride recently told me about the Bridal Shower her best friend and Maid of Honor hosted that was themed all around the tropical Mexican honeymoon that her Groom had planned for them in Cancun. She cleverly asked a local Mexican restaurant to help her out by saving their Cinco de Mayo decorations for her (which they were going to just throw out), served Margaritas and all kinds of yummy Mexican appetizers and a traditional tres leche cake for dessert. She requested that guests brought a little something with their gift to add into a beach bag for her.
She received some wonderful sunglasses, beach towels and sunscreen along with a couple of fun girlie novels to take for her time at the beach. In turn, all the guests went home with a shower favor of mints in a colorful tin with palm trees and the ocean, the Bride’s name and “Viva Cancun!” personalizing the front. I’m sure it reminds them not only of the fun time they had at the shower, but makes them think of the couple off in their tropical spot.