How to Throw a Bridal Shower

How to Throw a Bridal Shower

So you want to throw a bridal shower… Well, we’ve created this complete guide to show hostesses how to throw a bridal shower. Planning a shower can be both an exciting and daunting task. As an upscale home decor and tabletop retailer with a charming venue space, Home for Entertaining is here to help you make this special event unforgettable. Whether you're hosting in our beautiful venue or at your own home, this guide will walk you through the essentials of throwing a memorable bridal shower.

1. How to Throw a Bridal Shower: Set the Date and Budget

The first step in planning a bridal shower is selecting a date that works for the bride, her family, and close friends. Typically, bridal showers are held two to three months before the wedding. Coordinate with key guests to find a date that accommodates everyone’s schedules. Setting a budget early on will help guide your decisions throughout the planning process. Consider costs for the venue, food, drinks, decorations, invitations, and any entertainment or activities. Home for Entertaining offers a range of decor options and packages to suit various budgets, making it easier to stay within your financial plan.

2. How to Throw a Bridal Shower: Confirm Bridal Registry Information 

Engaged couples often choose more than one retailer with which to create a gift registry.  Be sure to check with the couple to confirm where they are registered so that you might share that information with guests who request it.  Some bridal shower hosts choose to include those details on the invitation and others find it inappropriate to do so. If the couple hasn’t yet registered, we are happy to work with them to curate a list. Our home goods are chosen for their beauty and quality, making sure they're gifts that last for a long time. Check out our bridal registry information and everything we offer. If you are looking for inspiration, our blog has a list of fan favorites for bridal registries. And, in case wrapping isn't your strong-suit, Home For Entertaining's venue offers complimentary gift wrapping for showers.


3. How to Throw a Bridal Shower: Create a Guest List and Send Invitations

Work with the bride to compile a guest list. Bridal showers are usually more intimate gatherings, so focus on close friends and family members. Make sure you have accurate contact information for everyone. Send out invitations four to six weeks before the event. You can opt for traditional paper invitations or digital ones, depending on your preference. Be sure to include all the important details: date, time, location, RSVP instructions, and any special instructions such as a dress code or gift registry.

4. How to Throw a Bridal Shower: Select a Theme

A cohesive theme can make the bridal shower more visually appealing and enjoyable. Popular themes include tea party, garden party, love in bloom, or on cloud 9. Your theme will influence your choice of decorations, menu, and activities. At Home for Entertaining, we offer versatile decor options to match any theme you choose. Here are a few great theme ideas from

5. How to Throw a Bridal Shower: Plan the Menu

The menu should reflect the time of day and the theme of the shower. For a morning event, consider serving a brunch with items like quiches, pastries, and fresh fruit. An afternoon shower might include finger sandwiches, salads, and a selection of cheeses. Don’t forget to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. Offer a variety of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Mimosas, wine, and a signature cocktail can add a festive touch, while options like sparkling water, iced tea, and lemonade ensure there’s something for everyone.

6. How to Throw a Bridal Shower: Decorate the Venue

Transform the venue to reflect your chosen theme with thoughtful decorations. Use a color scheme that ties everything together, and incorporate elements like floral arrangements, balloons, banners, and table linens. Personal touches, such as custom name cards or photos of the bride, can add a meaningful touch. Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood. Use soft, ambient lighting for a cozy feel or bright, natural light for a fresh and airy atmosphere. Scented candles or fresh flowers can enhance the ambiance with delightful aromas. 

7. How to Throw a Bridal Shower: Plan Activities and Games

Plan a few activities or games to keep guests entertained. Popular bridal shower games include "How Well Do You Know the Bride?" and "Bridal Bingo." Ensure the games are inclusive and enjoyable for everyone. Consider setting up a craft station where guests can create keepsakes for the bride, such as writing advice cards or decorating picture frames. These activities provide a meaningful and personal touch to the event.

8. How to Throw a Bridal Shower: Prepare Party Favors

Send guests home with a small, thoughtful token of appreciation. Personalized party favors that match the theme of the shower can be a lovely touch. Ideas include custom cookies, mini bottles of champagne, or small potted plants. These mementos will remind your guests of the special day they shared with you.

We hope you feel more confident in How to Throw a Bridal Shower. It is truly a wonderful way to celebrate and honor the bride-to-be. With careful planning and thoughtful touches, you can create an event that is both beautiful and memorable. At Home for Entertaining, we are here to help you every step of the way, offering the perfect venue and decor to make your bridal shower truly special. Contact us today to start planning your perfect event!