Planning a bridal shower is truly an honor. It is an event that the bride has been looking forward to, and has imagined in her head for years! If you are planning a bridal shower, you want to make sure that you have a theme selected that suits the bride’s style and is something that she is passionate about or would love to experience. A theme can make a party much more fun to attend, and will give the party planner some direction as to what kind of invitations, décor, games, and delectable edibles to provide. If the bride has a favorite designer that she adores or has an appreciation for a more modern chic theme, here are a few 2016 bridal shower themes – for the modern day bride that may be absolutely perfect for her!
A Kate Spade bridal shower is sure to be a hit. Kate Spade boasts bold colors with a sophistication that any modern bride would adore. There are so many vibrant decorations that you can fill the space with along with fancy stationary, and food and beverages to follow suit.
If you are planning a bridal shower, keep in mind that the invitation is a guest’s first impression of the shower, so make it a true representation of the party. It is also a keepsake item that the bride will more than likely save in remembrance of the special occasion. Pop on over to the Etsy shop West On Design St to order the exact invitation shown.
Kate Spade gets creative using a plethora of bright and bold colors, however the gold, hot pink, and black combination is a sure fire recognizable color scheme. Now is the time to break out the china that you rarely use and put it to good use!
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Design a delectable and chic dessert bar to compliment the rest of the party. It’s a bridal shower, so be cautious of using too much black. Subtle and deliberate uses of it though such as balloons or linens will keep the theme strong throughout the festivities. The black and white stripes are a signature look for Kate Spade, but you can always improvise with black sequin or fun gold linen if needed. White or gold plates with bright pink flowers or flower petals will finish off the look you are trying to achieve.
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A simple and cost effective way to provide additional décor and brighten up the room is to collect glass bottles and paint them the color of your choice. In this case, gold is suitable. Ask the bridesmaids to begin collecting them a few months before the bridal shower and you will have plenty by the time it rolls around. Grab a bottle of gold spray paint and some newspaper and go to town painting them for the bride to be. Fill them with an assortment the bride’s favorite pink and/or white flowers and spread them around the room before the shower begins.
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Pair them with these gorgeous golden boxes and your guests will feel like royalty when they leave!
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Now this is a theme fit for a fashionista. If the bride would consider herself one, she can probably rock this theme. Get her super excited about her bridal shower by purchasing classy invitations such as what is shown below. You can find them at Coconut Press. She will be ecstatic.
Continue this high-end theme throughout the fabulous soiree. Black, silver, and pink are the main colors that represent the magnificent Coco Chanel. She is all about class, sophistication, and pretty luxuries, so make sure to reflect this through the décor, food and beverage, gifts, and games at the shower. Lovely light pink florals and silver vases will create a very luxe look while the black demands attention.
Stay true to Coco Chanel’s ways and display the dessert bar on a glass table, just like how perfume is displayed in a department store.
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Get really creative with your centerpieces by creating the appearance of blooms in actual perfume. Genius!
This two tiered cake topped off with a stylish stiletto is undeniably perfect for your Chanel inspired bridal shower. Find a baker to replicate this cake and the bride will be over the moon!
Continue to pamper with a must-have perfume bar! Everyone will have a blast and you could provide some as party favors as well.
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Other party favor ideas include delectable Coco Chanel inspired cookies, or a bottle of nail polish for guests to savor from your epic bridal shower.
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The Great Gatsby has become a stylish theme that brides are seeking to achieve. It boasts of wealth, class, sophistication, and style though from another era. There is much to be said about The Great Gatsby, and a bridal shower is fabulous excuse to participate in this time period.
Start with a swanky bridal shower invitation (as always) to get your guests in the mood. This may be a theme where you want your guests to all play dress up. Even Grandma! She could probably rock it better than anyone.
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Dine with style. Nothing about The Great Gatsby is bland or muted so you will want to decorate with lots of glitz and glam for this. Rent or purchase some stylishly textured linens and some chargers and you are half way there. Gather costume jewels, candlesticks, and tea light candles. Anything that shines or glows will play up the ambiance you need to pull this off.
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Yep, more glitter! Jazz up those champagne bottles and enjoy the celebration. You are creating the illusion that you are sparing no expense.
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Linens can make or break a table presentation. Whether you go with a bold, lighter, or darker color, consider a linen with texture and your table will be beautiful! Not to mention it will literally make your other items on the table appear more luxurious simply because of their surroundings.
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Get a really fun backdrop like the one below and you will have an incredible background to take photos in front of to commemorate the day!
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Since everyone will be dressing up, you must provide some fun props to embellish the photos and create lasting memories. This is a perfect ice breaker and will have everyone mingling in no time!
A Great Gatsby bridal shower, calls for a glamorous bridal shower cake! What is not to love here? If you want to make it your own, find a fabulous hat from The Great Gatsby era and have the cake designer create a custom cake based off of that.
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Don’t forget to say Thank You! A sweet treat can fit into this tiny, beautiful box to spoil your guests with at the end of the soiree.
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Downton Abbey is another theme that allows for everyone participating to be transported to a new era. If the bride is giddy about the idea of a garden tea party, a Downton Abbey theme is sure to add to the excitement. Simply step it up a notch from a typical tea party to one with a British personality. What would the Dowager Countess expect at high tea? That is the level of sophistication you are striving for.
Start playing into the theme immediately by finding the perfect invitation. Let the guests know what the rules of expected attire will be at the bridal shower so that nobody feels awkward or left out.
Many times, bridal showers are held in the home of someone very close to the bride. If the guests will be seated at a dining room table, consider decorating with a lace runner. This will provide texture, dimension, and style to the décor, and creates a soft, romantic setting for the bridal shower.
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Include delicate, light colored blooms on the table and around the room to create or play up an intimate, garden-like atmosphere that the bride is sure to appreciate.
Create a posh and ‘proper’ menu describing the selected refreshments and teas that are available. No tea party is complete with finger sandwiches and scones.
For additional décor, gather a few vintage looking books to use as decoration. Surround the books with tea light candles and pastel colored flowers to capture the Downton Abbey theme.
Give the bride a cake she will never forget. This vintage beauty is sure to do just the trick to make the bride ooh and ahh over the bridal shower cake that goes into the theme perfectly.
Certainly the Dowager Countess would expect to serve high tea at such an event. Strive to have an assortment of teacups for the shower. Variety as they say is ‘the spice of life’. It will have the guests commenting on the experience and will create beautiful photos. If you are serving cupcakes, placing them into the teacup right before the party begins is a lovely way to show them off along with he teacups and place settings.
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Now, since the bridal shower plays into a tea party theme, it is very appropriate to offer tea bags as party favors. Include a gold or silver spoon for a non-perishable souvenir that will commemorate the lovely bridal shower for a lifetime.
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A spa day bridal shower theme is absolutely perfect for the bride who loves to be pampered. Let’s face it, at this point of the wedding planning process, she could probably use a good pampering.
Make sure the invitation specifies whether the bridal shower spa day is taking place an actual spa, or is being re-created in someone’s home.
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The first thing to do upon the bride’s arrival (after she has said her hello’s) is to give her a gift that allows her to dress for the occasion. A pretty and silky robe! Hand her a glass of champagne to go with it, and she will be in heaven. This particular gift can be purchased for her at Loved and Found. This also makes a wonderful gift for her to have on her honeymoon.
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Once the bride is set, if the bridesmaids have robes to change into, have them get ready. This will give the bride such precious memories as she looks back at the photos and sees her girls in it with her before her wedding day.
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Offer fresh drinks, smoothies, parfaits, desserts and more. Spa days and bridal showers are for indulging.
Now for the pampering! There are a couple of ways to pull off an in-home spa day. You can have designated stations set up for each ‘service’ provided: Manicures, Pedicures, Facials, Aroma Therapy, Sugar Scrubs, and Massages, or provide each guest with a kit that includes everything that they will need to pamper themselves with.
If you decide to provide each guest with a kit, you may want to also have a Polish Bar for everyone to pick out her color of choice for her nails and toes. The bride gets to go first!
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If you are looking for an interactive activity to provide at the party, consider making bath bombs! This is sure to be a hit for everyone. For a step by step tutorial on how to make your own bath bombs, visit Intimate Weddings.
Bath salts or sugar scrubs make perfect Spa Day party favors. You can DIY them or purchase them. Guests can pair them with the bath bombs that they made and take them home in these beautiful Spa day gift bags!
I hope you thoroughly enjoyed going through each of the bridal shower themes listed. These are some of our absolute favorites at With This Ring Designs. If you use any of these ideas, please leave a comment below telling us your experience. We would love to hear all about it and would also love to know if you tweaked any of it to fit your personal style more closely.