Want a change from the usual frilly and flowery Bridal Shower themes? Searching for a look that’s creative, fun, chic, maybe even a little offbeat—but still definitely stylish? We hear you! So, we’ve gathered in this one post 30 pretty fabulous ideas that we had designed for a bridal shower or would make perfect inspiration for one. Nearly all are our own styled shoots, with a few from some amazing parties we’ve featured.
To help make your browsing a breeze, we’ve grouped the themes into 6 categories: Colorful, Cultural, Food-focused, Vintage, Holiday-inspired, and Creative/Novelty Themes. Click on the links for the full inspiration of each!
1 – Warhol “Pop Art” Theme
Pull off a modern artsy look inspired by the pop art style of Andy Warhol, using bold colors with black, floral graphics and sparkly glass elements.
2 – Zesty Citrus Theme
Bridal shower guests can’t help but beam with a scene decked out in cheery citrus colors—thanks to actual lemons, oranges and limes, plus citrus-inspired guest favors.
3 – Gerbera Daisy Theme
The hot orange of gerbera daisies set against lime green provide a striking theme for a summer bridal shower! “Cooling” accents are goldfish bowl centerpieces, glass stones and blue jeweled votive holders.
4 – Tropical theme
Hot, hot, hot! The natural hues of fresh tropical fruits create a sizzling look for a Caribbean, tropical or luau themed gathering with shell dishes filled with tropical candies as guest favors.
5 – Havana Theme
Recreate the sultry vibe of Havana, Cuba with iconic elements like “cigar” napkins, palm tree place cards and cigar box centerpieces! Sinamay wraps can hold sweet shower favors.
7 – Arabian Nights (A)
Fly guests off to an Arabian Nights fantasy land, creating a harem-inspired lounge scene with richly embroidered floor pillows, mosaic plates and an exotic mint-tea service.
8 – Parisian Theme
What bride doesn’t dream of a romantic getaway to the City of Lights? Well, we have Margot Madison of Stellar Party to thank for this featured girly-glam Parisian theme in pink and gold.
9 – Cherry Blossom Theme
For a springtime bridal shower, have the magic of Japan’s cherry blossom season inspire the decor—accented with origami cranes, chopsticks and glazed earthenware bowls. Japanese sweets in pink packaging would make ideal favors.
10 – Cinco de Mayo Theme
If the shower date is in early May, you have the perfect excuse to throw a fiesta a la Cinco de Mayo! Go crazy with bright floral table linens, sombrero and piñata-inspired centerpieces and more.
11 – Asian Fusion Theme
Is the bride going to have a multi-cultural wedding with an Asian affinity? Surprise her with an “East meets West” fusion theme from the decor to the menu items.
12 – Shabby Chic Tea Party
Shabby chic offers the loveliest way for gracing a vintage-style tea party with lace-covered candle holders, white rose pillar candles, soft fringed napkins and loose rose petals.
13 – Southern Belle Bridal Shower Breakfast
Hosting a bridal shower breakfast allows you to bring on that famed Southern Belle charm—with soft pastel colors, doilies, delightful floral accents and cookie favors.
14 – Cozy English Tea Party
Usher the bride-to-be and her guests into the genteel world of the proper English tea party. Imagine fine china tea cups, dainty pastries, lace-trimmed napkins and tulle wraps holding the favors.
15 – Marie Antoinette Themed Bridal Shower
For a truly unique “throwback” theme, why not style a bridal shower inspired by the flamboyant French queen? Plan a palette in her signature powder blue, pink and gold and add ornate table elements.
16 – Wine & Cheese Bridal Shower
Simple yet elegant, a wine and cheese party provides a wonderful occasion for the bride and her friends to relax and mingle before the wedding. An assortment of cheeses, crusty breads and crackers and a selection of wines in decanters—and you’re all set! Give a wine themed favor bag of goodies for guests as favors!
17 – Gourmet Cooking-themed Bridal Shower
Even an intimate at-home gathering can be special. Make it a gourmet cooking-themed event with everyone helping to prepare and serve pasta, salad, cheese, nuts and wine in style.
18 – Champagne & Sweets
Entertaining in a small space? No worries. Serving cake and dainty confections with pink champagne (and tea on the side) will still let the bride know how special she is—in a chic and stylish way.
19 – Sorbet Bridal Shower
How delicious is this sorbet-inspired theme that we featured, created by Julie Blanner! Even the gorgeous blooms echo the hues of everyone’s favorite sorbet flavors.
20 – Backyard Brunch
Absolutely inviting! That’s the feeling that made us feature this sweet backyard brunch by Birds of the Feather. Everything lovingly home-made, from the decorations to the brunch treats.
21 – Picnic Bridal Shower Theme
Think bridal shower picnic with a tantalizing menu! Check out this beautifully styled one from Suburbs Mama that we featured on the blog!
22 – Valentine’s Day
What more fitting holiday is there to inspire a bridal shower than Valentine’s Day? But give it a trendy spin with modern graphics, clean lines and a crisp palette as we suggested in this post.
23 – Hip Halloween Theme
A black and white setting within the Halloween season can pull off a very “mod and minimalist” look, as our set shows here. Softening (and scrumptious) touches: marshmallows and popcorn!
24 – Halloween Glam in Pink and Black
Add hot pink and gold to the palette, and you can throw the bride a Halloween glam soiree. The geometrics (stripes, chevron, polka dots) and metallics are right on trend!
25 – “Wicked” theme
How about a witch-themed gathering for a bridal shower? Why not, when it draws inspiration from the musical hit Wicked! All in the spirit of Halloween, and in the colors of the Wicked Witch of the West, lime green and black.
CREATIVE / NOVELTY THEMES
26 – Hollywood Theme
Star for a day (or night)! That’s what the bride will feel like when she’s thrown this sparkly, star-studded affair inspired by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
26 – Spa Theme
Amidst the stress of the wedding preparations, how welcome would a “day at the spa” be for the harried bride! Be sure to pamper her and her guests with relaxing treatments. And send everyone home with gift bags of spa essentials and a wristlet bag to use at the wedding.
27 – Retro Housewife theme
Love this “Retro Housewife” concept that we curated for a truly fun bridal shower! We suggest ways to apply the iconic red-and-aqua palette with nostalgic elements that will bring everyone back to the 1950s.
28 – Mad Hatter
Want a theme that’s a bit quirky but lots of fun? Consider a zany Mad Hatter motif! It allows you to use mismatched china, crazy colors, and whimsical decorations and party favors.
29 – 1950s Lingerie Theme
Retro references again! This time, it’s Glorious Treats that created this 1950s lingerie theme for a bridal shower that we featured. See how the details are simple to make, but so fitting for the theme.
30 – Western Theme
Now for a bride who’s “a little bit country,” why not a Western theme with a retro spin? We had created this inspiration board for a rehearsal dinner, but how fun would all these rustic details be for a bridal shower!
Don’t feel overwhelmed by all of these creative ideas. Find one that suits your personality, style, and interests and the rest will follow! Do let us know in the comments below which bridal shower theme struck your fancy!