While everyone wants to celebrate the bride-to-be, it’s no secret that bridal showers can become a bit of a drag. The same bridal shower themes, bridal shower games, and brunch food can get to be a bit mundane, especially if it’s your eighth bridal shower of the year. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. Spring and summer bridal showers offer endless opportunities for celebratory themes guaranteed to surprise and delight your guests.
From fiestas to luaus, these spring and summer bridal shower themes are anything but boring.
Jump Into a Pool Party
Hosting a poolside party has tons of benefits, not least of which is a relaxed atmosphere in the sun. Pop some fun floats in the pool—we’re partial to the flamingo—and gift monogrammed beach towels for each of your guests. Serve up poolside classics, like daiquiris, cold beers, and Arnold Palmers, alongside light bites including guacamole and ceviche. Just remember to word the invitation properly, so guests know to bring their swimsuits, and provide an SPF bar to avoid nasty tan lines before the big day.
Rosé on the Roof
City dwellers know that spring and summer entertainment involves rooftops, so what better place to throw a bridal shower? Stock the ice buckets with Domaines Ott rosé wine (a French seaside classic) and Louis Roederer Rosé Champagne—it’s time for Rosé on the Roof. Deck out the terrace or patio with floral arrangements and comfortable seating, then serve up wine-friendly fare like crab-topped salad, shrimp skewers, and veggie wraps.
Throw a Chic Garden Party
Instantly transport your guests to the English countryside with a sophisticated soirée in a manicured garden or greenhouse; it will be your very own garden party. Think floral-print dresses, lavender-garnished cocktails, and plenty of blooms alongside a farm-fresh menu. A string quartet will further set the mood as well as classic entertainment like archery. For a modern upgrade, host a make-your-own flower crown bar or a workshop on how to arrange freshly cut blossoms.
Host a Black and White Bash
Make like Truman Capote and host your own black and white masquerade ball—or, at least, a dinner party. Ask guests to don their best black or white formal attire, masks preferred, for an elegant soirée at your home. Hire a chef or caterer to handle the food and a bartender to keep the champagne flowing; bonus points for building a champagne tower. It will be a night none of your gals will forget, just like the guests of the famed 1966 party.
Move over, Taco Tuesdays. For the bride with an affinity for tacos, tequila, and all the guac (ie. all of us), throw a fiesta complete with colorful papel picados and a mariachi band. A margarita bar is a necessity, as is a selection of spicy salsas for dipping chips. You can have this party inside or out, making it flexible in case of inclement weather, and well, does anyone not like a taco theme?
Sip on Mimosas
Nothing goes better with brunch foods than mimosas. Put a spin on standard OJ and prosecco by offering a lineup of fruit juices, including grapefruit, cranberry, and pear, along with brut bubbles and festive garnishes such as strawberries, herbs, and edible flowers. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try something like Fluffpop, gold-flecked cotton candy you can place on top of a glass of bubbles. Talk about a party in a glass.
Attend a Tea Party
Skip the Mad Hatter theme in favor of a modern spin: a make your own herbal tea bar. Guests can mix their own blend of loose leaf tea, by scooping everything from black tea leaves to star anise and rose petals into a strainer; brew and ta-da! It works for iced teas, too, and we’re not opposed to a spiked version to get the party started. You can also bring in an ayurvedic expert or certified tea blender to help lead the class—you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t, especially to help cure ailments and boost things like libido.
Cue the hula dancers, it’s time for a luau. Though this is a time-honored party and bridal shower theme, it never fails to excite guests, especially in tropical summer weather. Have guests wear their best floral prints and bright colors, deck the space out in tiki torches and orchids, and of course, “lei” all your friends and family as they arrive—no pun intended. For food and beverages, think Polynesian classics: kalua pork, poke bowls, fresh pineapple, and tiki cocktails.
Taste Lots of Wine
Spend the day tasting white and red wines, learning how wine is made, and of course, sipping a glass on a patio with a giant cheese plate at a destination bridal shower at a local winery. Producers like Napa Valley’s Charles Krug and New York’s Macari Vineyards are great for groups since they have indoor and outdoor seating, scenic views, and amazing wines. Look for a local winery with lots of options to make it the perfect outing with your favorite ladies.
Tour a Brewery
Beer more the bride’s thing? Never mind the winery; hit a local brewery instead. Tour the facilities to see how the brews are made and taste through different styles and flavors before ordering some pitchers and food for a celebratory affair. San Diego’s Stone Brewing, central Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Independent Brewing, and Boston’s Harpoon Brewery are all great destinations, but so is the brewery closest to you.
Support a Charity
Share your passion for philanthropy with your nearest and dearest by hosting a charity-focused bridal shower. This can be everything from a day volunteering at a soup kitchen to throwing your fête at an animal shelter or sanctuary. Even if you have a traditional party, you can still honor a foundation. Ask guests to donate to a nonprofit of your choice in lieu of gifts, and invite a representative to share all of the amazing work the organization does during your soirée.
What’s better than a party on a boat? Basically nothing, which is why a nautical theme is the perfect way to celebrate a lady of honor who loves the water. Charter a spacious sailboat, yacht, or catamaran for a few hours of sailing along with plenty of seafood and beers. Set a dress code that requests nautical stripes and sun hats and decorate with anchors, ropes, and paddles.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Is the bride a literature lover? If so, she just might adore a Shakespearean-themed shower, celebrating “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Think lush green florals, glowing lanterns, and twinkling lights for décor musts, while flower crowns of baby’s breath can help with the magical vibes. For final touches, incorporate quotes from the tale as centerpieces or decorative accents to tie it all together.
Have a Grilling Party
Cooking classes are nothing new for bridal showers, but put a summer spin on the idea by hosting a grilling workshop. Nothing says a dude has to “man” the barbecue. Invite a grilling pro to teach your ladies how to sear, grill, and smoke your favorite foods. You can even go with lighter fare, working with marinated salmon, fruit kabobs, and oysters instead of red meat—obviously, all paired with wine.
Play It Up
Throw your own lawn games tournament as an unexpected bridal shower theme. You’ll enjoy the outdoors while partaking in some friendly sporting as you go head-to-head over corn hole, bocce ball, and croquet. You can even class it up by having your guests don their “croquet whites” and serve herb-infused cocktails alongside elevated stadium foods like bite-sized chicken and waffles and shrimp corn dogs with mustard aioli. Game on!
Elevate a Backyard Barbecue
Forgo the standard burgers for an at-home affair that feels a bit more celebratory. Set long farm-style tables with pretty plates and seasonal blooms, and be sure to tell guests to arrive hungry; it’s going to be a feast. For the food, hire a catering company or chef to handle the preparation while you focus on a lemonade bar—possibly even spiked with vodka. To take it up a notch, have a folk band play some jams while guests mix and mingle, drinks in hand.
Observe the Summer Solstice
The solstice, an astronomical occurrence defined by the earth’s tilt toward the sun, results in the “longest day of the year,” coined due to the maximum number of hours of sunlight on that day. Honor your closest star by throwing the shindig outdoors, with seasonal dishes and drinks and a colorful dress code. Since the holiday also praises Mother Earth, give your party an eco-friendly spin. Reduce waste by renting glassware, plates, and linens; decorate with potted plants, and donate to an environmentally-focused charity as your party favors.
If you’re going to be having a party, then you may want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it. The most important thing is that everyone is going to be able to enjoy themselves, and that’s why you’ve got to think long and hard about some ideas to make your party great. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at what some of these ideas are, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.
Go Do Something Childish
The first thing that we are going to suggest is that you go and do something childish. It’s hard being an adult, and it’s exhausting. It’s for this reason that sometimes we just want to take a step back and do something fun, maybe even a little bit childish. For example, you could all dress up as characters from a film or TV show and have a fancy dress party. Or, you could head out and go bowling, go to a laser quest center, or whatever else you think you might enjoy. The point is for it to be as fun as possible, so something that you used to enjoy when you were a child might be a good idea. Think about the things that you used to love to do, and then choose one for your party.
Hire A Bar
Another thing that we are going to suggest is that you hire a bar. Not everyone drinks alcohol, it’s true, but for those who do, this is going to make the party that little bit better. A company like Party Pony Trailers LLC may be able to help you out here as they have mobile bars! This means that if you want the party to be at your home, but you also want a bar, then something like this is the perfect solution!
Or, you could simply just have alcohol on the table and allow everyone to mix their own drinks. At least you can be sure they’re going to like what they make for themselves!
Finally, have you thought about having a game night? Everyone can get involved, and it can be a super fun idea. Choose a bunch of different games that everyone can play together, and then let the fun begin. Ensure that all the games you’ve got are suitable for the amount of players that you are going to have so that nobody ends up left out. Get some snacks, a few drinks, and this could be the perfect night in for you and your friends. It might not be the same as having an actual party, but it’s just as fun for a small gathering!
We hope that you have found this article helpful and now know some of the fun ideas that we’ve got for an all-adult party. These ideas don’t make up an extensive list, so there are plenty more things that you can do if you would like to. Hopefully, you have a great time, and so does everyone else involved.
Four years ago we were planning my son’s summer wedding. It was a fairly large wedding with just under 200 guests and we had over a year to plan it, but we were quite busy the whole year.
My two daughters were bridesmaids as were the bride’s two cousins, her maid of honor was her high school best friend. We all assumed that the maid of honor would do her duty and plan both the bridal shower and a bachelorette party. The bridesmaids offered their help about 7 months before the wedding; the MOH said she’d get back to them.
We were all shocked when one month before the wedding the MOH told the bridesmaids that the bride didn’t want the shower nor party, and she, the MOH, didn’t have time to plan them.
A week later as we were putting welcome bags and favors together a discussion about a shower and bachelorette party ensued; the bride was waiting for her MOH to throw both. We didn’t have a choice but to break the bad news to the bride, thankfully she didn’t quite have a melt down! Instead she called a meeting with her bridal party for the next day, I was invited along. It was an awkward meeting, but the MOH agreed she could make time to plan the parties, that is until she sent a text to the bride later that evening quitting! She stated she was just too busy to take on MOH duties and didn’t like the bridesmaids.
This unnecessary drama was upsetting, but the bridesmaids stepped up to the plate. The MOH was replaced by the bride’s cousin and another cousin was appointed bridesmaid, thankfully the gown fit the new bridesmaid and the old MOH returned it!
Once the dust settled we realized we had 2 weeks to plan and execute a bridal shower and a bachelorette party; and we didn’t even have a guest list! Undaunted the girls set to work with the help of their mothers. Together with various friends and relatives we were able to throw both events without anymore hitches! Thank goodness for Party City!
Thankfully when my daughter got married the following year her bridal party planned her bridal shower and bachelorette party well in advance. The Las Vegas themed bridal shower was held at our house in honor of the Las Vegas wedding. The bachelorette was in Las Vegas and didn’t require a whole lot of planning other than transportation. The bridal party was very much on the ball and got everything done. Their drama didn’t start until the day before the wedding! But that’s a different story!
I hope no one else has to go thru the wedding drama we did, but if you do rest assured you can still plan and throw a great party at the last minute. Whether the bridal shower you’re planning is last minute or not here are some ideas to help you get started.
Nothing screams romance more than a vintage garden tea party. If you’re bride is a romantic it’s the perfect bridal shower theme for her.
Have it outdoors if weather permits. Instead of tables and chairs lay out a pretty cloth to sit on and make it a picnic.
You’ll have ready made decor with the surrounding trees and flowers, enhance them with pretty lanterns you can hang from low tree branches. Wildflowers in vintage bases add romance.
Serve tea sandwiches, scones, and other tea party fare on vintage china and teas in silver or pretty china teapots.
Don’t forget to line serving platters with paper doilies for added cuteness!
Should your baby shower have a theme? Here we’ll help you find the perfect theme to kick off your new life with your baby as you explore dozens of creative baby shower theme ideas.
Picking a baby shower theme should reflect the personality and interests of the parents, but narrowing down all of the options can be a hassle. Depending on if your shower is a neighborhood potluck, a gender reveal or a simple Sunday brunch, we’ve gathered hundreds of baby shower theme ideas that will delight any parent-to-be.
This gender neutral baby shower theme features vintage toys, sweet baby’s breath flowers, and white decorations.
Elephants make great baby shower themes for girls that your guests will never forget!
Your favorite iconic children’s toy is great inspiration for a baby boy shower theme, like the classic sock monkey.
Skulls and cactii from the desert are the ultimate decor for a modern chic themed baby shower right now.
An amazing boy baby shower always includes adorable decorations, sweet printable details, a delicious assortment of desserts (cake, cookies, and candy) and charming details. This yellow vintage baby shower features the cutest duck printables, old children’s books, gingham checks and vintage glassware. You will be smiling over all of the bright, cheerful details.
A new baby definitely calls for tossing some confetti in celebration! This confetti baby shower is a unique theme and fun way to honor an expectant mother. Recreate the look by incorporating plenty of confetti inspired dots throughout the decorations and treats. You can DIY paper circle garlands by punching circles of varying sizes in party colors and sewing them into strings for hanging. Wrap boxes in polka dot paper to display a variety of delicious treats like cookies, cupcakes and cake pops.
Summer is almost here! And in our family that means outdoor entertaining! It’s always a good idea to take advantage of good weather and dine alfresco every chance you get!
I know that outdoor entertaining means backyard barbecues complete with grilled meats, corn on the cob, and other mouth watering goodies we can make outside. Don’t forget the S’mores! But really outdoor entertaining isn’t limited to cooking stuff on your grill, there are so many ways you can enjoy dining on your patio or backyard. It could be an intimate breakfast for two, a rambunctious kids’ birthday party, or a more serene adult dinner party for friends and family.
To get your creative juices flowing I’ve got 7 ideas you can build on to take your summer time entertaining outdoors! By the way outdoor entertaining doesn’t mean you have to invite the whole neighborhood; you can enjoy a nice quite meal outdoors with just your immediate household!
How about an intimate breakfast for 2?
They’ve always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day; how better to start your day than with breakfast outdoors with your spouse or partner?
You don’t have to go all out. A nice cup of coffee and a croissant will do; or if you’re feeling inclined a plate of bacon and egg and some warm biscuits will hit the spot. Whatever the menu all you’ll really need is a simple table and chairs on the patio or in the backyard. (And maybe keep the kids indoors so you can have some quiet time!)
If you’re not a morning person then make it lunch or dinner for two. Remember the idea is to relax and enjoy some couples time!
Vintage Garden Tea Party
Tea is my favorite method of entertaining and a Vintage Garden Party is a great to entertain outdoors. I love tea parties, they’re simple and easy to prepare, they make you and your guests feel pampered, and they are so pretty!
Have everyone dress up in pretty summer frocks to make it an extra special event. You don’t have to limit tea parties to adult parties, children, particularly little girls will adore a princess tea party for her birthday! Our you can have a Teddy Bear Tea Party for boys and girls; each child is invited to bring along their favorite plush animal for the garden party. Kids love it!
Kids’ Birthday Party
In my opinion kids’ parties should always be held outdoors, weather permitting of course.
There are so many options and themes for outdoor birthday parties. The kids love it because they have room to run around and parents love it because it keeps the mess out of the house and makes clean up easier.
If your patio or yard isn’t big enough to let the kids run around then take your party to your neighborhood park! Just be sure to clean up and place your trash in the trash containers.
Boho Adult Dinner Party
Adult Outdoor parties don’t always have to include grilled meats or barbecued anything for that matter!
A Boho themed or any themed outdoor party works for any occasion and it’s great if you don’t have enough outdoor tables and chairs. Just stock up on large floor pillows or even picnic blankets. Use low tables or a piece of plywood resting on cement tiles for your “dining table”. Just be sure you cover it with a pretty tablecloth!
As for food serve anything your heart desires!
Baby or Bridal Showers
Who says indoor sofas and shelves can’t go outside? Bring the indoors out and host your bridal or baby shower in the backyard.
It’s amazing what a bit of “redecorating” can do!
This works great if you have a small indoor living area and have lots of friends and family to invite!
I just love outdoor weddings! They can be as low key or as fancy as the bride wants.
Lots of brides have learned to think outside of the box and hired some wonderful wedding venues. You can check out vineyards, parks, beaches, and even zoos!
Depending on the venue outdoor weddings might take a bit more planning so it’s important to have a great wedding planner on your team!
I can’t talk about outdoor entertaining without including the outdoor barbecue. Take advantage of summer and take dinner (or lunch) outside.
You’ll definitely have lots of opportunities to host an outdoor barbecue between Memorial and Labor Days you’ve got Father’s Day, the Fourth of July, possibly a birthday or two. Not to mention you don’t need a special occasion to barbecue, you can have one for the family just because!
Now one of my favorite things at an outdoor barbecue is the corn on the cob! A barbecue isn’t complete without it. I’m sure you’ve heard of Elotes, Mexican Street Corn, it’s super yummy! Well it has mayo on it and my son will not touch anything with mayo. So I had to find a way to make something similar to Elotes without the mayo and I came up with my Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob. Here’s my recipe!
Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob
(For the corn – I used frozen mini cobs or niblets and boiled on the stove – you can use frozen or fresh and boil it, bake it, or grill it. This recipe is to boil frozen corn.)
16 Niblets – Frozen
1 Pot water
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup butter softened
1 Tbs. Chipotle Pepper Powder
1 Tsp. Cumin
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Honey
Queso Fresco – crumbled
Cilantro – chopped
1 Lime – cut into wedges
Make the topping by mixing butter, honey, and powdered seasonings together. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.
Boil corn in water/milk mixture for about 20 minutes or until done. Drain corn and transfer to a baking pan.
Place spoonfuls of butter topping on each cob. Butter topping will melt. Roll cobs in melted butter until all sides are covered.
Sprinkle with queso fresco and cilantro.
Serve with lime wedges for each person to squeeze over cob if they want to.
You can keep this warm in the oven until ready to serve.
You can store any extra butter topping in the fridge and use for other things. I like to use it to saute chicken or even veggies. Pretty much anything you want to add a bit of spice to!
April showers bring May flowers, and it also ushers in the spring/summer party season! Yup the cold days are mostly behind us and the forecast says sunny days ahead, or so we all hope. So what’s better than throwing some April Showers Parties this month?
April Showers Parties can be birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, engagement parties, weddings, or just because it’s spring parties. So get out your umbrellas, rain boots, and flowers and host a colorful April Shower Party or even. Here are some ideas to get you started!
April Showers Parties just wouldn’t be complete without umbrellas. Use them in your decor. I just love the floating inverted umbrellas filled with tissue flowers by Sweet & Petite Party Designs don’t you? (Top photo) And the clear bubble umbrella, same concept, different style of umbrella, I found on Pinterest.
And what about these adorable little paper umbrella? Use them as cake/ cupcake toppers, and float them on drinks. Who doesn’t love a tropical concoction, with or without alcohol, topped with a colorful umbrella?
I just love kids’ rain boots they come in all sorts of colors and designs. Stock up on some to use as centerpieces and flower vases. If you don’t have kids who will use them send them home with guest who do!
You can use adult sized rain boots as vases too. They look great by the door or in an odd corner or two. Or on rainy days place them by the door and use as umbrella stands.
Watering cans make great flower pots or for a bit of whimsy make them float in the air! Dangle them from tree branches or light fixtures with clear fishing wire. They’ll look amazing!
You can also use them to hold flatware at your buffet table!
Small terracotta pots make great party favors. Place flowers, (real or silk) or pinwheels in the pots and tuck in a seed packet or two. Guest can take them home as favors!
Of course you can use them to hold flatware at the buffet table as well, and they make awesome centerpieces when you fill them with colorful spring blooms!
Clouds and Raindrops
Make a colorful raindrop backdrop using white balloons for clouds. You can cut out cloud shapes from poster board and use that too!
Cut out raindrop shapes from cardstock or construction paper then string them up on clear fishing wire, they look so pretty. Remember the raindrops can be any color you want!
These are just a few of my favorite ideas for April Showers Parties. Do you have a cool idea? Please share we’d love to hear from you!