Out and About: Bridal Shower Ideas and Inspiration

gold painted bottles make pretty flower vases
Wedding Chicks DIY Painted Bottle Centerpiece

Life is filled with events and celebrations, many of which take place in the spring and summer.

We just celebrated Mother’s Day (and fishing opener) this past weekend. Grad parties are starting to get into full swing, Memorial Day is just around the corner, Father’s Day is coming up in June, along with family reunions at the lake, outdoor concerts, and the 4th of July… just to name a few.

But of all of the events and celebrations that happen in life, weddings may be one of the biggest, and most life-changing, of all. So much anticipation and excitement leading up to the wedding day – and the bridal shower is a big part of that.

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Bridal Shower Bingo – free printable

So when I received a request, after the graduation inspiration post, to do a blog post with bridal shower inspiration, I was more than happy to oblige. And, as it turned out, Julie and Natalie both recently hosted showers and they snapped some pics to share.

Today’s post is a peek into those 2 bridal showers, with more inspiration scattered throughout.

Natalie’s Bridal Shower – An Appetizing Array

Food is a big part of any celebration, but for this bridal shower they went mostly small. As in small bites. A nice variety of items in small portions, so the guests could try everything.  A great idea for any celebration.

Mini cupcakes frosted with a rose tip (notice the ones frosted in white to pink ombre – so fun) were ordered from Nadia Cakes.

wedding shower ideas - love these pretty mini cupcakes with ombre frosting! Flower centerpiece is light pink poenies with white hydrangeas

The flavors are: chocolate with vanilla bean frosting, lemon filled with lemon curd and cream cheese frosting, and almond with strawberry frosting. Oh. Yum.

(The pretty floral arrangement is soft pink peonies with white hydrangeas and was ordered from Chez Bloom .)

Other treats on the table included mini chicken salad puffs.  You could make your own chicken salad or buy it pre-made, which is what they did for this shower.

And who doesn’t love chocolate dipped strawberries?

Bridal shower food ideas - mini chicken salad puffs, mini cupcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, scandanavian almond cake

It’s always a great idea to include a bride favorite which, in this case, happened to be Scandinavian Almond Cake. (made by Ruth – maybe she’ll share the recipe with us sometime?)

And these fruit slush cups?  One of my favorite ideas.  Colorful and cute, and they look delicious!

bridal shower ideas - centerpiece with peonies and hydrangeas, mini food bites instead of large portions. Love the fruit slush cups!

And, we have the recipe/how-to for you at the end of this post!

Experience Bridal Shower

Rather than a traditional shower, it might be fun to create an experience doing something that you know the bride loves to do, or would like to do but has never done.

Include her closest friends and family and spend an afternoon or evening creating memories.


Martha Stewart Weddings

Julie’s Bridal Shower – Party in pink

Pink was the requested color for this bridal shower, and Julie went all out. From decorations, to food, to small party favors, nothing missed her creative touch.

Pom poms are an easy way to make a big decorative impact.  The ones from this shower will be reused again on the wedding day – hanging from the trees outside the venue.  Great idea!

Inside, more pom poms, and thank you gifts (pink nail polish wrapped in tulle with a little thank you note), do double duty as a table centerpiece.

Scrap book paper becomes creative place mats.

(She also tulle-wrapped pink shower gels, not pictured, and gave them as game prizes.)

Julie DIY’d this photo booth picture frame – made from tag board, and embellished with scrapbook paper and flowers (that she individually cut out from the shower napkins).  Faux flowers were added to give a little more dimension.

Pics were snapped of each guest and will be included in the thank you notes when they’re sent out.  (and how cute is this pic?)

Bridal shower ideas - DIY photo frame

Indoor pics can be hard to take and this one got a little blurry, but you can still tell how adorable her cupcake wedding dress cake is!   Such a cute idea and, yes, someone did sneak a cupcake from the lower right before she snapped the picture :-).

Bridal shower ideas - cupcake wedding dress cake

An easy sweet and salty treat – dipped pretzels.   Color the almond bark or white chocolate to match whatever your shower/wedding color scheme is.

bridal shower ideas - dipped pretzels in the wedding color scheme

No ordinary cookies for this wedding shower. Julie purchased cookie cutters at Michael’s and made custom cookies with “wedding words”, including the bride’s name.

bridal shower ideas - pink frosted sugar cookies with wedding words, including the brides name

Getting personal.

Finding out little details that will make the bridal shower more meaningful for the bride is definitely worth the effort, and they can be easy to incorporate.

Holly, sales associate in our Plymouth store, made these cute bridal shower centerpieces, and there’s more to them than table decoration.

this couple had a favorite spot up North that they would always visit and, on one trip, they carved their initials in a special tree there. That same tree is where he later proposed. Thus, the heart (made from bread dough) with their initials.”

bridal shower ideas - Making the centerpiece personal - a great diy idea

Heartwarming, right?

Bridal Shower Fruit Slush Recipe

And now that recipe we promised…

Bridal shower fruit slush cups - recipe and how-to. Love this idea!

Yield 6 cups / 12 servings

ingredients

1 sm can frozen lemonade
1 sm can frozen orange juice
2 C water
1 C sugar
1 pkg frozen strawberries with juice
1 small jar Marciano cherries
Sm can crushed pineapple
1 banana
(can alter fruits to taste)

preparation

Mix juices, sugar and water, and then add the rest of ingredients (may add some juice from cherries).

Freeze – stir occasionally to keep mixed. (Take out one hour prior to serving.)

Spoon fruit slush into the bottom of small clear glass jelly jars.

assembly

Cut pineapple into small chunks. Notch the green stems from the strawberries and slice them (thick enough to skewer) into heart shapes.  Skewer pineapple chunk first (this helps hold the strawberry on the stick) and then a strawberry heart slice.  Once assembled, place one of these fruit skewers into each slush filled jelly jar.

Embellish with cute ribbon and serve.

Other ideas?

We hope you’ve enjoyed this inspiration and found some ideas you can use. If you’ve hosted a bridal shower recently and have ideas to share, too, we’d love to hear them in the comments!

4 Responses to Out and About: Bridal Shower Ideas and Inspiration

  1. Kathleen B May 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

    Great ideas! Love the post…. Thank you!!

    • PK May 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

      You’re welcome! Thank you for commenting! :-)

  2. Nancy May 22, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    Great ideas! It has inspired me for my next daughters wedding!

    • PK May 22, 2017 at 11:17 am #

      Thank you Nancy! glad we could help! :-)

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