59 Creative Bridal Shower Ideas For Every Kind of Bride

Celebrate the bride in style with these crafty DIY bridal shower ideas, from cake toppers to games.

outdoor picnic bridal shower idea
BRIAN WOODCOCK

They call it a bridal shower because it's meant to shower the bride with love, thoughtful gifts, and well wishes. Stick with that sweet, simple idea— throw in a few fun bridal shower decorations, non-cheesy games, and sweet treats—and the party is sure to be a success. If you're the maid of honor or mother-of-the-bride tasked with throwing this pre-wedding celebration, don't stress! From table settings and recipes to clever favors and themes, any of these DIY bridal shower ideas are easy and fun and not overdone. There's truly something for every to-be-wed, no matter her style.

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around the clock gifts bridal shower idea
Lovely Indeed
Plan an Around-the-Clock Gift Exchange

The larger the group, the better this idea works. Essentially, each bridal shower attendee is assigned a specific hour of the day on the invitation, and their gift would ideally align with the designated time. Take it one step further by encouraging friends and fam to pen a poem alluding to their present and its use ("A cup of coffee at nine sounds fine" for a Keurig, etc.). During the party itself, the guest of honor will open the goodies and read the notes in chronological order.

Get the clock tutorial at .


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quilt tablecloth rustic bridal shower idea
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Keep It Cozy

Embrace a homey, rustic vibe, right down to the shower tablescape. A colorful quilt-turned-tablecloth with matching serveware is bound to please even the bride's discerning grandmother.

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heart shaped cake topper bridal shower idea
The House That Lars Built
DIY a Festive Cake Topper

Love is in the air... and on the cake. Treat the bride-to-be with a strawberry-themed dessert decoration that's downright delightful. Plus, she and her future spouse can soak up this little number into their newlywed stage and beyond.

Get the tutorial at .


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outdoor picnic bridal shower idea
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Move the Festivities Outdoors

Weather permitting, shower the bride in champagne and treats from the confines of a breathable picnic blanket. Wicker baskets stuffed with wine and lawn games are musts, too.

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diy splatter balloon bridal shower idea
Twinkle Twinkle Little Party
Splattered Balloon Letters

Whether it spells out "Love," "Mrs." or the bride's name, a balloon letter sign looks completely cool and shower-ready with an extra layer of color.

Get the tutorial at .


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tulip cupcake topper bridal shower idea
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Enhance the Desserts

Not only can you organize a dessert or candy bar, but you can also make the confections look all the more enticing with a true-to-theme topper or two. Be on the lookout for custom versions with the couple's initials to really make a sweet statement.

Get the recipe for Tulip Cupcakes.

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he said she said bridal shower game
Kristen Beinke Photography
Spark Some Friendly Competition

There's no better way to keep the whole crew entertained and on their feet than a game to see who knows the happy couple best. Up the incentive with a grand prize for whoever wins the most points.

Get the tutorial at .


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drink station bridal shower idea
Mary Britton Senseney
Designate a Drink Station

Whether plain-old lemonade, fruity mimosas, or a Bloody Mary are more their speed, lay out all the beverage-concocting essentials, straws and stirrers and all. Bonus points for having personalized cups.

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southwest style fiesta bridal shower idea
Brittany Gidley Photography
Southwestern-Style Fiesta

Taco 'bout an amazing bridal shower idea—especially considering this style has recently risen to the ranks as a popular overarching wedding trend. Rather than champagne and breakfast casserole, switch up the menu with margaritas and savory guac. Top it all off with more desert-inspired decor like cacti, vibrant flowers, and, should you be so inclined, a piñata.

Get the tutorial at .


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bridal shower signature cocktail idea
Kate Richards
Sip on Seasonal Cocktails

It's no shower without a celebratory round(s) of libations! Try your hand at mixology to conjure up some Instagram-worthy beverages that taste as good as they look. Or, if the to-be-weds have picked out a signature wedding cocktail, get your hands on the recipe and serve a sneak peek.

Get the recipe here.


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diy flower backdrop bridal shower idea
Lovely Indeed
Construct a Flower Wall

Because every party, especially a pre-wedding party, needs a solid photo backdrop.

Get the tutorial at .


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travel themed bridal shower decorations
A Joyful Riot
Foreshadow a Destination Wedding

If she's saying "I do" abroad, consider a travel theme as a meaningful nod to the upcoming ceremony locale. (Guests will be all for this wanderlust-y vibe, too.) Stock up on decorative luggage, trunks, and mini globes (that well-wishers can even sign).

Get the tutorial at .


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baking bridal shower idea
Hostess with the Mostess
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?

Get the tutorial at .

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stock the bar bridal shower ideas
Sanaz Photography
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.

Get the tutorial.

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champagne tower
White Loft Studio
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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bridal shower ideas
Annie Watts Photography
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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bridal shower ideas
Annie Watts Photography
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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Bespoke Bride
Quiz Guests

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

Get the tutorial at .

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

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CreativeUnionDesign
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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Something Turquoise
DIY a Doughnut Bar

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

Get the tutorial at .

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

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No. 2 Pencil
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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The Barefoot Brunettes
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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Lora Mae Photography
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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Laura Nelson Photography
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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LoveLola via Curbly
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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Strawberry Milk Events
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.

Get the tutorial at .

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.

Get the tutorial at .

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

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Courtesy of Lia Griffith
Give Out Matchbox Party Favors

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

Get the tutorial at .

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

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Courtesy of The House That Lars Built
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.

Get the tutorial at .

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

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