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Get Inspired with Perfect Party Themes for Your Bridal Events

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Whether you are planning a bridal shower or a bridal luncheon, here are some neat party ideas that should give you a start. Here is a bridal shower article I found on Weddings with Reese's blog. Corinne provides some party planning tips and I've added additional comments throughout so hopefully the post won't seem too schizophrenic. From Weddings with Reese... As a bride, I thought one of the greatest parts of the wedding process was the showers! They were a great break from the planning process, and were a chance to see the people you cared about but hadn't had time to see in the past months!

I am willing to bet that if you are getting married, probably some of your friends are heading in the same I direction, and you may be planning a shower for one of them! Here are some fun ideas for different types of showers.

1. Color themed shower - Let's go with black and white for an example. Invites~ On the invitations you can make up a little poem to let everyone know that they should wear black and white. "Jenny and Chris are tying the knot, Come join us for a shower at 6 on the dot. The theme of the party is black and white, So come dressed in those colors to shower her that night!" Decor~ Wrap silverware in black napkins and tie them with a white ribbon. Print black and white pictures of the bride and groom and place them around in black and white frames. Wrap gifts in the colors. Provide favors that also reflect the theme. A "color" themed shower makes for some great pictures!

Ashley adds: Save time by hiring a Nashville wedding planner to pull together the details then save money/time by buying a "party in a box" (see above) from Social Couture. These boxed decorations are great for the "creatively challenged but fab-seeking bride" like me. While pricey, they serve as great inspiration. Buy one set and then just add additional components from places like Target, Walmart, etc.. I just love this black and white boxed set.

Ashley adds...Designs in Paper created these great invitations for bridal clients. Notice the black and white theme plus a hint of a third color. They can create a custom design for any color / theme you choose. 2. Couples' Cookout shower- Admit it, most grooms do not want to go to any sort of shower that involves tea sandwiches, petit fours, and giggling women! But they do like to see all of the gifts that come along with all of that. So, make a guy friendly shower. Invites- Make it clear on the invitation that it is a shower for both the bride and the groom. Decor- Casual! Red and white checked tablecloths, wildflower bouquet for centerpieces. Food/Drink- Hamburgers and hot dogs, pasta salad, typical cook-out food. If the group is one that drinks alcohol, provide beer and wine, and maybe a mixed cocktail or punch. Ashley adds...I also found these great etch-it cups. I like them because it makes it easy to identify cup owners and have fun while doing it:).

There really is a lot of room for creativity for showers. Some brides may want the traditional, girls only, tea party type shower, and that is wonderful. But some may want to do something outside of the box! Be sure to ask the bride her opinion, in a subtle way, about the type of shin-dig she imagines, and then go from there. It's all about showering your friends with love and good wishes, and not to mention fun! Ashley Adds More Party Ideas: Hostess with the Mostess is my absolute favorite site for party planning!!!! You can get tons of ideas from the Jennifer (the author) and she also includes where you can buy the items and drink suggestions to accompany each look. Feel free to DIY or hire a Nashville wedding planner for your event. Here are my favorite party ideas from her site. Visit her site for more ideas. While Jennifer used the bed theme for a kid's party, I recently attended an event at Nashville's Events 1418 where they used the bed theme too. Unfortunately, I lost the picture:) but the point is, you can use the whole bed thingy for any party and it's guaranteed to add a "wow factor". Pink loves brown and I love them both! This is a great color combo that's feminine and modern without being too princess like. Lime and plum are hot, hot, hot! Gotta love how these color contrasts pop.

I love this orange and chocolate bridal party theme. Perhaps it's because I love orange (fave color) or maybe it's because the chocolate reminds me of...chocolate brownies...yum. Anyway, this table decor includes the blumeboxes that Weddings With Reese featured several months ago.


This bridal party theme is perfect for every diamond diva. So, why not celebrate getting the ring with a bridal party focused on bling!

Here's more chocolate and orange, this time from Social Couture.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Bridesmaids & Bridal Party, Florals, Details & Design , 0 comments »