How to Decorate a Bridal Shower

Hosting a bridal shower is an opportunity to celebrate your loved one before their upcoming nuptials. Whether you’ve gathered a few friends to help throw a do-it-yourself party or are working with a professional planner, the decor you choose will set the tone for the event. Bridal shower decor ideas are endless, so it’s up to you and the bride to decide how to honor this moment. Here are some ideas to help you start brainstorming. 

How to Choose a Bridal Shower Theme

A great way to create a stunning bridal shower is by choosing a theme for the event. Themed parties make it super simple to purchase or craft decorations, invitations and signage and can even influence the party menu. When choosing a theme, it’s important to consider the bride-to-be’s interests. Do they love the outdoors? Do they have a favorite color, flower, hobby or interest? By choosing a theme that reflects their personality and interests, you can create a celebration they will truly love.

One simple and effective option for a bridal shower theme is to select a color scheme. This can also be a great option if you’re not sure about a specific theme to choose. Consider using the bride’s wedding colors or choose colors that evoke a specific mood or ambiance. Here are a few color scheme ideas:

  • Blush and gold: soft, romantic and perfect for a traditional shower.
  • Navy and white: perfect for a nautical or preppy-themed shower.
  • Pastels: soft pastel colors, such as pink, lavender, and mint are perfect for a spring or garden-themed shower.
  • Black and white: classic, sophisticated and perfect for a modern or chic-themed shower.

Another way to choose a bridal shower theme is to select a seasonal one. This can also be a great option if the bride-to-be is getting married during a specific season. Some ideas for seasonal themes are:

  • Spring: could feature pastel colors, floral decorations, and light refreshments.
  • Summer: could feature bright colors, outdoor activities, and refreshing beverages.
  • Fall: could feature warm colors, cozy decorations, and comfort food.
  • Winter: could feature a white and silver color scheme, cozy blankets, and hot cocoa.

After you’ve chosen a theme, you can design and send out invitations and start working on the decor for the gathering. Whether the celebration is outdoors or indoors, you’ll likely need: centerpieces and other table decorations, a backdrop for photos, signage and decor. 

tea party table with a pitcher, tea cup, sponge cake and flowers

Decorating a Bridal Shower 

The chosen theme for the bridal shower should be reflected in the decorations and can be elaborate or simple depending on the location and nature of the event. You can create beautiful tablescapes using tablecloths, runners or placemats that match the theme and color scheme, then add centerpieces such as flower arrangements, candles, or decorative items that tie into the theme. For dessert, food and drink tables, choose a variety of sweets and treats that match the theme, and use cake stands, platters, or tiered trays to display them and enhance the overall themed experience. You can also incorporate fresh flowers and greenery throughout the venue to tie everything together. 

Lighting plays an important role in creating ambiance for any type of gathering. Use soft, warm lighting to create a charming and romantic atmosphere. Fairy lights, candles, or lanterns can add a touch of magic to the event. You’ll also want to set up comfortable seating and lounge areas for guests to relax and socialize. Use stylish chairs, couches, or floor cushions that match the overall theme and color scheme. 

Design a stunning backdrop or photo area where guests can take pictures. This could include a flower wall, a balloon arch, or a fabric backdrop. Include props and signs that relate to the theme or feature the bride’s name or wedding hashtag for extra fun. Balloons are easy to use and versatile, create arches, garlands, balloon bouquets, celebratory messages or the bride’s name. Add as many personalized touches as you can like photo displays, a memory wall with well wishes or a guest book which will make the event even more special and memorable. 

Historic Acres is located in a beautiful area and offers a variety of stunning settings indoors or outside, that can be styled to match the theme of your event. If you’re looking for the perfect venue for your bridal shower in Hershey, PA, contact our team today to learn more about our event spaces, available dates, and more.