Decorating Ideas for Bridal Showers
Gift Table - Photos To Be Admired
- There needs to be a designated place for gifts. This area is a great place to introduce the bride and groom in photographs that all the guests can admire, whether it's a small table set up next to the gift table, or a table large enough to accommodate gifts as well as photos. Place a variety of pictures of the bride and groom in matching picture frames on the gift table (if size allows). To make sure that the pictures stand out and do not get lost among all the gifts, place a stack of books or old shoe boxes underneath the table cloth to give some additional height for the pictures. Or, if space is limited, make a poster board-sized collage of the bride and groom, place a picture mat around the outside of the collage and place it on an easel. Leave a pen nearby so all the guests can sign the the mat. This is a way of helping the bride remember who attended her shower years after it happened.
Another fun idea for the gift table is to make large gift bows from satin or other ribbon and attach them to the front of the gift table. Have a large vase of flowers, each with an attached thank-you note that can be given out to each guest at the end of the shower.
Her Favorite Things - Table Decorations
- Table decorations are a main focus of a bridal shower, especially since your guests will be up close and personal to whatever you put there. With that in mind, focus on your bride. Ask her to lend you a few of her favorite things to use as centerpieces. For example, she may give you a stack of her favorite CDs, a pair of pompoms she used in high school, awards she has won, copies of her favorite books or even her yearbooks, sporting equipment, jewelry and photo albums. Accompany these items with a single flower in a small vase, one that the bride specifically chooses or one that she is using for her wedding.
Food Table - His and Her Favorite Treats
- The food table is another fun spot to decorate since you know all of your guests will be standing next to it at one point. Lay a large tablecloth in the bride's favorite color over the table. Before placing the food on the table, arrange vases filled with the bride's favorite flowers. Place white twinkle lights on the table, adding a little romantic atmosphere to the shower. After the flowers are in place and the lights plugged in, arrange the food on the table. Serve the bride and groom's favorite treats and desserts with the meal. Place decorative note cards next to each dessert with its name and whose favorite it is--the groom's or bride's.