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The essential Bridal shower party supply checklist you need

Planning a bridal shower? you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m sharing all the essentials you need to organise the best bridal shower ever.

But first story time.

One of the first bridal showers I ever attended was hosted by my friends younger sister. It was like a dream!

We ate and played silly games involving clothespins and embarrassing childhood stories (courtesy of yours truly) and gave her our wishes for joy and laughter in her married life.

One thing I then realised was that, it wasn’t just the decorations or the delicious food that made the shower special. It was the genuine love, the sisterhood, the unwavering belief in her happily ever after, woven into every detail.

So, when you plan your friend’s bridal shower, remember, it’s not about perfection or Pinterest-worthy photos (although those are also important :). It’s about creating a space filled with love, laughter, and your unique brand of friendship. Be creative, pour your heart into every detail, and be present in the moment.

Must have bridal shower party essentials

1. Bridal shower invitations

The first impression of your bridal shower is made with the invitation. There are many designs to choose from to reflect the bride’s personality and the theme of the event. These are three designs i highly recommend because they tend to fit with most (if not all) themes.

2. Bridal Shower games

Games are a fantastic way to break the ice and keep guests entertained. Classics like wedding trivia, and the newlywed game are always hits. Don’t forget the prizes! Prizes add an extra layer of excitement, encouraging active participation from everyone.

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3. Bridal shower food trays

The food display always add color and fun to any bridal shower. It is often the next best thing to look at after the Bride and her backdrop.

Opt for a variety of finger foods and appetizers to accommodate different tastes and dietary preferences. Food trays featuring an assortment of cheeses, fruits, and savory bites are popular choices.

4. Bridal shower DIY balloons and back drop

The backdrop of a Bridal shower is always the highlight of the party. So why not create a stunning backdrop that serves as the focal point for photos.

You can customise a DIY backdrop to match the theme and color scheme of the bridal shower by simply switching up the colour of the balloons and the paddle board cover.

You can also incorporate streamers, or fresh flowers for a whimsical touch. Just ensure there is ample lighting in the area to capture Instagram-worthy moments. Your backdrop should not be backing a window, otherwise the pictures might be too dark.

5. Bridal shower paper napkins

Paper napkins are not just practical; they also add a decorative element to the table settings. Choose napkins that complement the overall aesthetic of the bridal shower. Whether it’s floral prints, metallic accents, or personalized monograms, the options are endless.

6. Bridal shower cake stand

The centrepiece of any dessert table is the cake, and it deserves a pedestal to match its significance. Choose a design that complements the theme and enhances the presentation of the cake.

7. Bridal shower dessert stand

Cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops are popular choices that guests can easily grab and enjoy. Get creative with the presentation by incorporating tiered trays or decorative platters. Consider incorporating the bride’s favorite desserts for a personal touch.

8. Bridal shower punch jar

Quench guests’ thirst with a signature bridal shower punch served in a stylish punch jar. Choose a recipe that complements the season and the overall theme of the event. Garnish with fresh fruits and herbs for added visual appeal. Offer non-alcoholic options for guests who prefer not to drink alcohol.

9. Bridal shower cups and plates

Complete the table settings with chic cups and plates that tie into the theme of the bridal shower. Whether it’s elegant China or disposable tableware, ensure that it enhances the overall aesthetic.

10. Props

11. Shower favors

Now, the gifts you give to all those who showed up for your shower will go to show how much you appreciate each one of them. Here are some great ideas.

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FAQS about hosting a bridal shower

Bridal shower vs. Bachelorette/hen party

There are quite a few things that differentiate a bridal shower from a hen party.

Bachelorette Party:

  • Focus: Celebrating the bride’s final days of singledom with friends.
  • Atmosphere: Typically more vibrant, lively, and even wild, with activities like bar crawls, dancing, or adventurous outings.
  • Gifts: Not the main focus, although small tokens of appreciation are common.

Bridal Shower:

  • Focus: Showering the bride-to-be with love and support for her upcoming marriage.
  • Atmosphere: More relaxed and intimate, often with games, crafts, and heartfelt speeches.
  • Gifts: Traditionally, guests bring gifts based on a registry or chosen theme to help the bride prepare for her new life.

When to Host the Shower

Traditionally, 4-8 weeks before the wedding is common. Consider the bride’s availability, wedding date, and potential travel plans for guests. Consult her preferences and avoid scheduling it too close to other major events.

What are some popular bridal shower locations?

Homes of friends/family, your backyard, restaurants with private rooms, gardens, hotels with event spaces, or unique venues like museums or art galleries are all options. Choose a space that reflects the theme, budget, and guest count.

How do I set a realistic budget for the shower?

Consider factors like guest count, venue costs, food and drinks, decorations, activities, and favors. Start with a base number and adjust based on your priorities. Explore cost-saving options like DIY decorations, potlucks, or borrowing items from friends/family.

How do I decide who to invite to the bridal shower?

Traditionally, only guests invited to the wedding are included. Consult the bride for her preferences, especially regarding close friends who might not be attending the wedding. Aim for a manageable number based on budget and venue capacity.

Are bridal shower themes necessary, and if so, how do I pick one?

Themes are optional but can add a fun and personalized touch. Choose something that reflects the bride’s personality, interests, hobbies, or even her dream wedding style. Consider a color palette, decorations, activities, and food/drinks that complement the theme.

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