55 Creative Bridal Shower Ideas She'll Never Forget

Celebrate the bride in style with these crafty DIY bridal shower ideas.

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They call it a bridal shower because it's meant to shower the bride with love, gifts, and well wishes. Stick with that sweet, simple idea— throw in a few fun bridal shower decorations, games, and treats—and the party is sure to be a success. From table settings and recipes to favors and themes, these DIY bridal shower ideas are easy and fun and not overdone.

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Give a 'Pounding'

We're not talking about a fistfight. Essentially a baking-themed bridal shower, this pre-wedding tradition goes way, way back. It's called a "pounding" party because guests all bring items to stock the bride's pantry, or "a pound of this, a pound of that." And how cute is this flower arrangement idea for decor?

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Stock the Bar

If her kitchen's covered, throw the bride a stock-the-bar-themed shower and set the newlyweds up for their first nights of entertaining together. There's even a website, , where she can register for all her barware and entertaining needs.

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Build a Champagne Tower

Kick off the festivities with a pop, fizz, clink! There's something so exciting about a display overflowing with bubbly.

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Assemble Affordable Decor

No need to break the bank on expensive rentals for the bridal shower. When stacked, a few rustic crates make cute, shabby-chic tables, which you can top with florals in Mason jars (the blooms pictured are from ).

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Offer Bouquets for Favors

At the wedding, only one woman traditionally takes the bouquet. Flip the script for the shower and send a handful home with every guest. Bonus: If you set up a for designing the arrangements, the idea doubles as an activity and a favor!

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Quiz Guests

See which members of the bridal party know the woman of the hour the best with this fun party game.

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What you'll need: card stock paper 8.5" x 11" ($10 for 50 sheets, ); paper trimmer ($25, )

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Pack Photo Booth Props

Use this fun, Instagram-style printable photo booth prop to encourage guests to snap a few pics.

What you'll need: bridal shower photo prop ($18, )

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DIY a Doughnut Bar

This set-up is the perfect choice for a pastry-loving friend's shower.

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What you'll need: wooden candlesticks ($10, ); wooden dowels ($8, ); pink cardstock ($12, )

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Count Down to the Big Day

This cute decoration doubles as a pretty prop for snapshots!

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What you'll need: chalkboard ($12, ); gold glitter adhesive vinyl ($18, ); pink card stock ($15, )

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Make Flower Crowns

Make centerpieces double as a bridal shower activity when you set out and for crafting flower crowns. When the girls are done arranging their wreaths, they'll serve a third purpose: bridal shower favors!

What you'll need: floral wire ($7; ); floral tape ($3 for 3-roll pack; )

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Create a Date Jar

Give the bride- and groom-to-be some newlywed date night ideas. Simply fill a with , , and let guests do the rest!

What you'll need: wide mouth Mason jars ($9 for 4-pack; ); jumbo popsicle sticks ($4; ); chalkboard sign ($20; )

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Throw a Baking Party

Have the group attend a cooking or baking class, or try your hand at one of the bride's family recipes right at home. Provide ingredients for each guest to make her own , for example, and send them home with something sweet (or freeze them for the wedding day).

What you'll need: mini pie tins ($14 for 20-pack; )

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Send Home Succulent Favors

Fill thrifted teacups with for an affordable and adorable bridal shower favor. This idea is perfect for a tea party theme!

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What you'll need: teacups ($30 for set of 4; ); succulents ($40 for set of 20; ); succulent soil mix ($10 for 4 quarts; )

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Write the Recipe for a Happy Marriage

DIY a cute for a "guest book" and ask the bride's friends and family to jot down some words of wisdom for what makes a happy marriage. Or, if the bride loves to cook and bake, have everyone bring favorite family recipes to add to the box.

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What you'll need: wood recipe box ($13; ); recipe cards ($14 for 40-pack; )

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Set Up a Mimosa Bar

Nothing says "bridal shower" like delicious sparkling refreshments. Start with Champagne on ice, then add of juice and finish with of fresh fruit.

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What you'll need: carafes ($22 for set of 3; ); ice bucket ($10; ); fruit bowls ($22; )

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Play Bridal Bingo

For a little entertainment, try playing bridal bingo. Each guest fills out every box with a gift that she thinks the bride will receive come present time—the first guest to get five in a row wins.

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What you'll need: card stock paper 8.5" x 11" ($11 for 50 sheets; ); paper trimmer ($26; )

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Give Out Matchbox Party Favors

For fun yet inexpensive party favors, print the bride's initial onto and adhere onto .

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What you'll need: strike-on-box matches ($11 for pack of 10; ); black label paper ($11 for 120-pack; )

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Decorate With A Balloon Arch

For a jaw-dropping buffet backdrop, create your very own balloon arch by attaching onto a . For extra pizzazz, mix in some fresh flowers.

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What you'll need: balloons ($11; ); handheld balloon pump ($8; ); chicken wire ($18; ); glue dots ($12; )

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Serve Sparking White Peach Sangria

To make the shower feel more festive, try serving this fun sparkling drink that has only four ingredients.

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Indulge In Oreo Pops

Serve these fanciful Oreo pops—dipped in melted white chocolate and covered in rainbow sprinkles—for a fun, portable dessert.

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Shower the Bride-To-Be With Good Advice

Have each guest write a piece of marital advice onto an inexpensive wooden spoon, bundle them together in a Mason jar, and send the bride-to-be home with a "Recipe for a Good Marriage."

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Repurpose Glass Bottles

To stay within budget, try crafting smaller items, like centerpieces. These spray-painted glass bottles look gorgeous as simple vases for individual blossoms.

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Use Glitter

Glitter-adorned miniature Champagne bottles can work double-time as place cards for assigned seating or as bright party favors that guests can bring home.

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Make a Flower Chandelier

For a whimsical decoration, hang three dozen flowers with ribbons from a delicate lace-covered embroidery hoop.

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Sparkly Sign

Make sure the bride-to-be knows that she's the guest of honor by decorating her seat with this glittered wire sign.

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Turn Doughnuts Into Engagement Rings

Attach a diamond-shaped cutout to a toothpick and spear through a powdered doughnut to transform the tiny dessert into a cute decoration.

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Have Guests Sign a Champagne Bottle

Party favors aren't just for guests! The bride-to-be can carry home this chalkboard-painted Champagne bottle covered with well wishes from her guests.

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Hang Photographs of the Couple from Balloons

Rather than framing pictures as decorations, suspend them from balloons for a truly entrancing display.

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Drink Stirrers

Use tissue paper and drink stirrers to create these adorable decorations.

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