Category Archives: Bridal Shower

Ideas For Decorating Large Spaces

Just as in home decor, the size of your space determines the scale of furniture, accents and lighting. When you have a large space to decorate you will find that using larger pieces will bring greater impact. My sister recently hosted a surprise birthday party for her friend and I loved the decorations she made for the party. They were the perfect, bold and fun statement to transform the space from a mulit-purpose basketball hall to a party room. Best of all, her decorations demonstrate that having a large space does not always equal the need for a large budget.

We were still setting things up a little bit (isn’t that always how it goes, once the party is going you just get going and don’t take pictures!) but you’ll get the idea:


She purchased colored butcher paper at Zurchers. They offer several colors and it is only about $.50 per yard! You can also find it at craft stores and other party supply stores for very similar prices. She was inspired by this post on crepe paper fringe (you can buy the large rolls of crepe paper here). To create fringe from the paper she cut long 12″ strips and used a paper cutter to slice it into fringe. She also hand drew the Happy Birthday sign – don’t you want to hate people that have good handwriting? Mine is bad, and just gets worse when I write on a chalkboard or am trying to make a sign.


The fringe was hung from the center of each end of the rectangular shaped room and draped out to each side. She also made – and this is actually my favorite detailpaper airplane garlands that hung on each side as well. I wish the photos showed them better, because they were so cute. I loved that they were modern and perfect for her Art teaching friend, but not trendy and overdone. Maybe they will be after this post since they really were SO CUTE! Let’s start a paper airplane trend, k?


Down the center of the room, from end to end, she hung large 24″ green and white paper lanterns with paper airplanes in between each lantern. Important note, she selected a bright, crisp color pallet and didn’t add in any pattern. There is a lot of texture with the fringe, airplanes and lanterns, but pattern would get lost in such a large space.  IMG_0704

Unfortunately, my photos of the entire room turned out blurry – thanks in part to the fact that I was trying to wrestle my wiggly toddler in one arm and part to the fact that I was taking photos with my phone since I forgot my real camera. Fortunately, you get the idea that the large blocks of color, paired with the large scale and choosing texture over pattern for visual interest.

Wedding Wednesday: Cowgirl Themed Bridal Shower

This fun cowgirl themed bridal shower was submitted by Ember Pilati. She hosted the shower for her younger sister. There are a lot of really fun details to look out for so don’t miss anything!

Here is the party description in Ember’s words:

My sister is a cowgirl, not just a Rhinestone Cowgirl – a “real” cowgirl! She was raised on a ranch, has worked at several dude ranches as a guide and a cattle ranch in Montana.  She is a Veterinary Technician and loves animals.  So finding our theme was pretty simple.  She is going to have a rustic wedding, but not a country theme, so we wanted her shower to be all about her!  We found a darling white cowgirl hat with fake tiara and attached a simple veil to the back that she wore for the shower.
IMG_6395Location:  We rented the dance studio at her local recreation center, because she was a member- it was cheap!  We wanted somewhere that we could enjoy our main activity- Line Dancing!  We set up in the dance studio so we didn’t have to change locations.

Menu:  Keeping with our theme, we decided on BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Strawberry Spinach Salad, and Strawberry Lemonade.We also did red velvet cupcakes because they are the Bride-to-Be’s favorite!  To make the cupcakes really shine, we topped them with molded pink chocolate stars and fancy cupcake wrappers!  Our Lemonade just had fresh strawberries in a fancy cup and they could choose Minutemaid Lemonade or Simply Lemonade.

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Decor:  I made a simple banner out of hearts (cut from a cricut) in the shower colors of pink and brown and simply sewed them together on the sewing machine.  We used Burlap and lace with touches of pink gingham.  We used chalkboard signs to label everything which captured the country feel.  We used our favors as our centerpieces so it was super simple to decorate.
Activities:  We played the “He Said, She Said” game with darling cardstock lips and cowboy mustaches that were attached to a bamboo skewer! This was the best game we had ever played at a bridal shower, and everyone loved getting to know the bride and groom as a couple!   It was super fun!  We also learned a country line dance that was really fun for all!  We learned the line dance from the Movie “Footloose” to Big and Rich’s “Fake ID”.  This part turned out to be a lot of fun even for those who claimed they couldn’t dance!  The bride said she would have to add the song to their wedding playlist so we could kick up our heels at her wedding.
Line Dancing
Favors:  We made the darling “Cowgirl Cookies” from  She has the recipe and the free printable on her website- so it made it super easy!  I used pink gingham for the top and tied it with simple jute rope.  I also did a super easy sugar hand scrub in pink for them to take home.  (One bottle Olay Hand Renewal dishsoap and 6 cups of sugar whipped together in a mixer)

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Wedding Wednesday: Pink & Gray Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower

My sisters and I worked together to throw a brunch bridal shower for my beautiful niece, Alix. I had a lot of fun creating the decorations. Bridal Showers can be an expensive event to host, but if you plan it right and have a few people sharing the load, you can still have a really elegant event without breaking the bank.

I started by spraying gray cardstock and paper doilies with silver glitter spray. Then I used them to turn into the garlands. I used a Silhouette machine to cut out the heart shapes and sewed them together to make several garlands. Then I used them along with cardstock letters to create a “True Love” garland. I was going to spell out their names, but realized that if I kept it generic I could let others borrow it for their own bridal showers – AND – it could be used at Valentines Day for my decorations. 🙂 Smart thinking, right?

Doily Garland & Heart Garlands

This photo shows the sparkle a little better.

True Love Garland Favor Center

For the favors I purchased pink tulle circles in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby and filled them with butter mints. I printed the sign and framed it, adding a few hearts to the photo mat.

Bridal Shower favors

Over the food on the kitchen island, I hung strands of the heart garland, glitter sprayed doilies and pink and gray metallic tissue paper pom poms.

bridal shower decor You know how it goes, when you are getting things ready you don’t always get photos after the party starts – so this is the only one I had of the drinks – before they were filled. We served water with lemon and orange juice. The containers were simply accented with a glittered doily and a drink label.

Drink Center

Guests were invited to build their own parfait with the choice of raspberry or vanilla yogurt, homemade granola and frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries).

Yogurt Parfaits

We also served delicious Shirley’s sweet rolls in Orange, Cinnamon and Raspberry. I think I ate at least 3. They are so incredible! Then to round out the menu a honey baked spiral ham (not pictured) was kept warm in a crock pot for guests as well.

Bridal Shower sweet rolls with bride and groom picks

We kept the activities simple, but since this was her only shower there were friends as well as both sides of the family and the games helped bring everyone together. As described in this post, we played the Mustaches & Lips game as well as the Connect 4 game while she opened gifts.

Mustache & Lips Game

The Best Bridal Shower Games

Even if you aren’t currently planning a bridal shower, aren’t they so much fun to talk about?!! I have a slight obsession with them. My oldest sister got married when I was five (I’m the youngest of 9 kids) and I got to be a flower girl, that’s all it took for me to be hooked. Long before I got married, anytime I would travel somewhere I would purchase one of those bible-thick wedding magazines and rip out pages of things I liked and put them in a folder in my bedroom closet. Luckily, I have over 50 nieces and nephews which equals a lot of wedding planning in the future! That means I can insert my large opinions now on this blog long before they’ve started planning, or even found their special someone (or gotten out of Jr. High).

Best Bridal Shower Games -

I am of the opinion that a bridal shower, large or small, should include activities. I didn’t say “games”, which I know is a sensitive subject for some of you. When planning a bridal shower, most of the time you are bringing different families and groups of friends together. Activities are a great way to give your friend from 6th grade who got stuck sitting next to your great-aunt Helen something to do other than sit awkwardly trying to think of things have a conversation about. Here are some that I feel aren’t too cheesy. (What would you do without me?)

You’ll notice if you’re following the advice I gave in my Hosting a Shower on a Budget post that these fit into my three categories of 1- Something useful, 2- Something guests do while they mingle & 3- Something just for fun!

Create the sign-in book

I threw a shower for a good friend a few years ago and during the shower we had a station set up where guests could scrapbook an engagement photo of the couple onto some 12 x 12 paper with coordinating embellishments  ribbon and patterned paper. Then all of the pages were used at the wedding for guests to sign as they entered the reception. Once the wedding was over, she just slid them into an album and called it good! This was great because it meant that the bride didn’t have to pay for the book (I provided all of the supplies), she didn’t have to worry about finding a sign in book and the shower guests got to add their own personal touch to the brides big day!

Mustaches/Lips Question Game

At my nieces bridal shower we played a fun version of the typical “get to know the bride and groom” game. I used a Silhouette machine to cut out pink lips and dark grey mustaches and attached them to bamboo skewers. Then I gave the bride and groom a list of questions about themselves to answer. At the shower each guest was given a set of lips/mustache and as I read a fact, they had to hold up either the lips or the mustache based on who they thought I was talking about – the bride or the groom. The person(s) with the most right answers won a fabulous prize (a box of candy)!photo 2

Connect 4 or Bingo

This one is probably my favorite. Let’s be honest, sitting there while presents are being opened by the bride is pretty boring. After about the fifth set of towels you start to eye the buffet table and wonder how you can politely sneak over there for a third round of cookies. This “game” not only solves that boredom, but will save you the calories of eating another cookie because you’ll be so engaged you won’t have time for another! Print out my FREE BRIDAL SHOWER BINGO CARDS. Then instruct the shower guests to fill in each box with a gift they think the bride will be opening (towels, casserole dishes, lingerie, etc.). They’ll get one free square by writing down the gift they brought for the bride. Then as the gifts are opened they can mark the squares they get correct and the first to Connect 4 or get a Bingo wins a prize! Play as many rounds as you have prizes for. I do the different size boxes (either 16 or 25) based on how many guests you expect at the party.

Bridal Shower Bingo Free Printable - eventstocelebrate.netMad Lib Wedding Vows

On a large poster board type or write out traditional wedding vows, leaving spaces for the adjectives, nouns, verbs, etc. Then ask guests to offer suggested words. Once you’ve filled in all of the spaces, read the vows aloud. It’s hilarious!


Mad Libs Wedding Vows

Video Messages

In a separate room from the main festivities, set up a video camera. Instruct guests to go in the room and leave a video message for the bride-to-be. They can reminisce about their favorite memory or share advice. Chances are, the bride hasn’t seen many of the guests in a long time and this will be a great keepsake for her to watch after the shower.  I’ve never done this one, but that is only because the bridal showers we have in our family are so loud and boisterous, there isn’t a quiet room to put a video camera in! (We are loud talkers)

Newlywed Advice

Whether you have guests fill out cute printable cards (like these free ones that are super cute), or just have them fill in a notebook that is gifted to the bride, I love this activity. There is all kinds of unsolicited advice given when you are preparing for marriage, and this gives all of your opinionated friends and family members a good place to write it all down. It’s actually really fun to read through what others find most important. 


Date Ideas Jar

This is another great one to just have out for guests to do while they mingle. I’d add that the date ideas need to be $25 or less just to add to the creativity. I’m not sure why all the photos of this activity I’ve seen on the web have guests writing the ideas on wood craft sticks, but they are cute! I guess that makes it easier to pick one out, but I’m betting folded pieces of paper would work equally well.

Bridal Shower Date Ideas Jar

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Celebrity Couples Catchphrase

We played this at a couples Valentine’s Day party and it was a blast! Write celebrity couples on slips of paper and split into two teams. One person goes to the front and a timer is set for 30 seconds. They try to get their team to guess as many couples as they can in that time. The team with the most slips of paper at the end wins! Brainstorm a list of couples from history, current celebrities, politics, fairytales and movie characters. 

See, not cheesy at all! Best of all they cost little or nothing and give your guests something to do!


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