Bridal Shower Themes for Winter

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Although it’s often overlooked as a season for wedding festivities, winter color palettes and the snowy backdrop associated with this festive time of year will inspire a party to remember. From elegant ice-inspired decor to hot cocoa bars and cozy winter wonderland settings, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a little guide inspired by the cold-weather season with its comforting foods, warm beverages, festive décor, and holiday traditions that’s sure to inspire a soirée that celebrates both the bride-to-be and a most wonderful time of year. 

Winter Inspired Bridal Shower Themes 

This pre-wedding event gives the future bride an opportunity to spend quality time with their closest friends and family before tying the knot. A winter-themed bridal shower can be a magical and memorable event for the bride-to-be and guests, even if the weather itself isn’t frosty and snowy. The cold winter months provide the perfect opportunity to create a cozy and intimate atmosphere, with plenty of warm and inviting decor to set the scene. Another benefit of a winter-themed bridal shower is the opportunity to incorporate seasonal elements into the event like snowflakes, pinecones, evergreen branches, rich reds, greens, and gold to create a festive and elegant ambiance. 

Planning a winter bridal shower opens up a world of creative possibilities. Here are a few theme ideas to help you get inspired.

  • SNOWFLAKES: Delicate snowflake decorations in shades of white and silver create an elegant atmosphere everyone will adore. Think frosty table settings, hanging snowflake garlands, and shimmering candles to set the mood.
  • WINTER WONDERLAND: Capture winter’s essence in a fairy-tale-like setting. Cool blue hues, frosted details, pine centerpieces and twinkling fairy lights, and snowy scene backdrops will transport your guests to an icy enchanted paradise. 
  • COZY CABIN: Envision a pine-scented, warm cabin environment with plaid blankets and a crackling fire. Create a relaxed ambiance with rustic elements like pine cones, wood slices, woodsy scented candles and a hot cider station. 
  • PAJAMA PARTY: Looking for a unique take on the traditional brunch bridal shower? Invite guests to come dressed in their favorite pair of PJs or give them customized robes or slippers as party favors. Plan a menu inspired by the bride’s favorite breakfast foods, like waffles, pancakes, French toast and mimosas.
  • FLANNEL + FIZZ: Another cozy and fun way to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of the bride-to-be. Bring-your-own-flannel and celebrate the momentous occasion with sparkling drinks.
  • HOLIDAY INSPIRED: Deck the halls with traditional holiday decor like wreaths, garlands, ornaments, and fragrant cinnamon, and merge the shower with festive holiday vibes. Include cozy blankets, hot cocoa, eggnog and tasty gingerbread treats to make everyone feel warm and welcome.

Winter is a less commonly chosen season for weddings and bridal showers, which can make the event feel even more special and unique. Regardless of the actual weather, it’s also a great time to serve comforting and indulgent foods like hot cocoa, mulled wine, and hearty soups. Whatever you choose, a winter-themed bridal shower can be a wonderful way to celebrate the bride-to-be while embracing the season’s beauty and magic.

What Are the Best Colors for a Winter Bridal Shower? 

Want to make your bridal shower seasonal without being overly festive? Choose a color scheme instead of a theme. This doesn’t mean you need to go all out on red-and-green, instead consider subtle touches that pay homage to winter and the holidays by taking the best aspects of the season and infusing them into the event’s décor. There are so many options to consider, so we put together a few different color palette ideas to help get you started brainstorming. 

  • Winter Blues: Turn to winter weather for some color inspiration. There are the blue undertones of freshly fallen snow, clear winter light sky blue or the stormy blue-grays of a winter blizzard rolling in. Blue can feel like magic and ice, or more moody and earthy. There’s also the ethereal elegance of dusty blues, particularly paired with gray or silver. 
  • Stormy Grays: A winter storm can be a wonderful inspiration for a color palette. From light concrete, to slate blue-gray or dark charcoal, grays pair with just about everything. Lavender and gray in particular is a lovely color combo that introduces a sense of subtle delicacy which can be a nice contrast to the harshness of winter. 
  • Berry Tones: Move beyond Christmas red and discover a moody and delicious palette of berry-toned hues. From bright crimson touches, to merlot, wine, burgundy and ruby, incorporating various shades of red go can add dimension and texture into your florals, tablescapes and décor. Pair with classic white, evergreen or edgy black to elevate winter’s dark side.
  • Rustic Neutrals: A neutral palette plays homage to winter’s pastoral side, think bare trees, dried leaves, cozy rustic barns, and farmhouses. Create rustic vibes by mixing and matching different distinct textures, choosing white, ivory or taupe and using wooden banquet tables, burlap, and organic dried bouquets. 
  • White on White: Let falling snowflakes, frozen ponds and icicles guide your vision here. When it comes to a winter bridal shower, there can never be too much white, after all, it’s the color of snow.
  • Black Tie Elegance: Going for something a little more formal? Black doesn’t need to be dark and dreary, it looks sophisticated when paired with gilded gold (or choose silver, copper or brass) accents and festive when coupled with touches of evergreen.

Whatever colors you choose, just remember that they don’t have to match your upcoming wedding theme or colors. Ultimately this event is for the bride-to-be to be showered with love and congratulations for their upcoming nuptials, so this event can be simple or elaborate as needed. 

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.