Bridal Shower Ideas: Themes & Decoration

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Spring is upon us, and that means one thing: wedding season! With all the brides- and grooms-to-be, there are bound to be tons of parties, receptions, nights out and gift exchanges, all in the name of romance. If you're hosting a bridal shower of your very own this year, then you know how stressful it can be. Well, here are some simple tips for decorating for your shower. Whether it's traditional or more free-spirited, just remember one thing: Have fun!


Begin your decorations with some simple streamers. Drape them along the ceiling, chandelier and even doorways, if you can muster it. Be sure to twist them slightly to add dimension and easy glamour. While white streamers are traditional, basic, light pastels like pink, yellow and blue are also appropriate choices. Just avoid heavy colors like black, navy or green, which can weigh down an otherwise pleasant event.

Table Decorations

Bowls, bowls, bowls. You can never have too many bowls or serving dishes at a bridal shower. They add the look of elegant organization, and you can often find cute and inexpensive ones at party stores that have a great metallic finish. That way, it will look like you spent a fortune, but you still save yourself the extra cash. Use your leftover funds to buy high-end flowers, like roses or daisies. Then set them up either as a bouquet or a special display for the lucky lady to take home when the day is over.


Particularly in spring, you want the theme to be lighthearted and whimsical. After all, this is a fun, exciting day, especially for the bride-to-be. For the sunny season, consider a theme of crystal or white. Clean the walls so that they're free of any excess scuffs or dirt. You want the home to feel as fresh and revived as possible. If you're hosting a fall shower, then look for a combination of reds and whites, which will complement the seasonal palette.


Pictures are worth a thousand words. While you may be tempted to drape the place with pictures of your friendship over the years, this day is about the bride, so place pictures of her on every table, preferably with her fiancé or family. This will remind her of her upcoming life, and how the years gone by can reflect what's to come for her future. Creative choices include M&Ms with pictures on them, which you can order online. Also, consider making cards for all the guests with a picture of the happy couple on the front. This will show that you care and add a touch of class to the event.


Balloons, particularly the matte finish type, are perfect for a bridal shower. Their satin-like finish adds a wonderful baseness to the room, and they go great with table decorations and wall setups alike. Another perfect bridal shower touch is lace. While it can be expensive, the extra cost is worth it. A little bit also goes a long way, so drape just a small sliver of it around or across each table. Particularly if you only have a couple tables, you still won't break the bank, and the extra design will be well worth it.

If ever you're in doubt about the perfect setup for a bridal shower, then don't be afraid to ask the bride! Obviously, don't inundate her with responsibility (she has a wedding to plan, after all!) but she knows as well as you do that this is all about her. So let her know that you care enough to ask, and get the opinion that matters. At the end of the day, your friend will love that you took the time to make this day special for her. Nothing, after all, is better than knowing you have friends who care.

Last Updated: February 15, 2012
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