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.
By now many of us have already seen the newest Disney Star Wars movie. You know Solo: A Star Wars Story. And we’ve been bombarded with Solo merchandise from Solo Movie cups at Denny’s to action figures at the toy stores. As expected the latest installment of the Star Wars saga has renewed the movie’s popularity. We’re watching Star Wars movie marathons and hosting Star Wars themed parties. Last week I posted a list of Star Wars inspired recipes, so it’s only fair that I post a list of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks. Believe there is no shortage of these drink ideas!
I’ve decided to divide my roundup of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks into non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. But if one of the alcoholic cocktails catch your fancy but you want to serve it at a kid’s birthday party, just make it a virgin. You know leave out the booze! Or you can spike the kiddie version and serve it at an adult party. However the force inspires you I’m sure your Star Wars inspired cocktails will make you the host or hostess with the mostest this summer!
Whip some up for your kid’s Star Wars birthday party and you’ll rock! You’re sure to be the parent of the year, or maybe the summer anyway.
Thanks to the popular Star Wars saga series the Mandolorian on Disney Plus, Star Wars Themed parties are popular again. I have to admit if we had to host a grandkid’s party I’d probably persuade him to pick Star Wars as a party theme. And you do know that May 4th. is Star Wars day every year right?
So in preparation for this year’s Star Wars day here are some ideas on how to plan a Star Wars themed party for May the 4th. or any other day!
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Star Wars parties are not exactly limited to kid’s parties, many adults love theme too. In fact I’ve even heard of a Star Wars themed wedding. Now that might be going a bit too far for me, but hey a grand entrance thru a tunnel of light sabers would probably be pretty cool!
Having said that here are some fun ideas for a Star Wars Party! Hope it inspires you to throw one too!
You’ll need invitations, so check out the free printable templates from Drevio.com
They have several styles to choose from. The kids will love them and so will adults!
I found this sign on Pinterest. It’s basically letters pasted on to a project board, you know the one you used for your child’s science project. Really easy to do with stick on letters and stars. You can customize it with your child’s age and name! I’d use at least 1″ letters and 3″ stars in gold or the color of your choice.
Party decor is only limited by your imagination. Think of the possibilities! Lots of characters to choose from to make centerpiece cutouts or standing cutouts for your dessert table. You can DIY or order from Etsy.
I I Just love all the things you can do with paper lanterns! You can add Yoda ears, turn a couple into BB8, Tie Fighters and more!
I love Photo Booths and so do guests of all ages! Doesn’t take much to add a Photo Booth to your Star Wars Party. You can tape a black plastic table cloth to a wall and use it for your background. Stick on a few stars, you have some leftover from the reception table sign don’t you?
Add a few Star Wars related props and voilá you got a photo booth!
Can’t send guests home without a party favor. I love these bubble wands, they’re very budget friendly, everyone loves bubbles, and they easily become lighsabers! Just add a favor tag that says thanks for coming to the party and you’re done!
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Hear we go again! Another Star Wars movies was recently released. Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies. Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines. In this case Han Solo’s beginings. We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars. This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!
So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon. (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )
These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make. It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!
Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice. After it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.
I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one? All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure. Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package. Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!
Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello. But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue. Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin. It might work. But me I’d stick with green lime jello.
Star Wars Pizza
Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe. The picture says it all. Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.
Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!
If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever. Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.
You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!
Prefer quesadillas to pizza? Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.
Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.
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Star Wars Macaroons
This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home. I’m not that patient! But you can use store bought macaroons. (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).
If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand. Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.
Death Star Watermelon
Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!
Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!
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Looking for a fun and flirty party theme for your next big event?! Check out this completely darling Spring Flamingo Birthday Party
Its vibrant color combination, festive sweets, and super cute stationery are sure to give you the inspiration needed to plan one fabulous fête; a fête that will most certainly have friends and family a flocking!
Here are the details included in this fabulous birthday celebration that I can’t seem to get enough of:
Spring Flamingo-inspired stationery + printables
Pineapple cake pops
Custom Flamingo and flower cupcake toppers
Paper fan arch backdrop
Colorful balloon bunches
Flamingo, pineapple and fern-shaped sugar cookies
Spring Flamingo Party Details:
This is what Angie shared about the party- “Since Caitlin’s birthday is in April, we thought it is just fitting to have her 1st birthday with an array of Spring colors and flowers to make it vibrant and festive. And for an extra dose of fun, we added pink flamingos and pineapple and ferns to the mix!
We added custom made cute flamingo and flowers cupcake toppers as well as the pineapple shaped cake pops to reinforce the theme. On top of the flamingos lawn decoration flanking the birthday cake, and the cookies, we also had to spice up our macarons by hand painting it with flamingos and pineapples for an extra dose of cuteness. Glass bottles are dressed up in custom wrapper ready for the orange punch, while banana marshmallows adds just a zest of yellow to the table. The backdrop with the colorful combination of paper fans and honeycombs just brings everything alive! We are very thrilled with how this table came together.”
Christmas is a time for family and friends, we all love to get together during the holiday season. If you’re looking for an excuse to throw a quick informal get together with friends and family how about a tree trimming party? These days you may want to limit your party to a few close friends or maybe just family, depending on your community’s rules and regulations.
It shouldn’t take long to organize and should be relatively inexpensive to host. Best of all you get the tree trimmed while visiting with a small group of friends and family!
Here are some ideas to get you plan your tree trimming party!
Since it’s a very informal gathering you can call, text, or email invitations. However if you want to and you have enough time you can also send invitation cards. Just be sure you get a general idea of who will be attending. No matter how informal the event you will still need a fairly accurate guest count so that you have enough food and drink.
To accommodate as many busy schedules you might consider setting a time period instead of a specific time. It’s also a good way to socially distance. For example you can let guests know that the tree trimming will be from 6pm-9pm in the evening and they are welcome to drop by at a specific time within that time frame; you’ll just need to decide on a time slot so that you don’t exceed the guest limit.
Have the tree set up and the decorations ready to be hung before the first guest arrives. It’s not the time to haul stuff out of closets or the garage when the house is filled with guest. If possible have ornament hangers already on the ornaments, or at least easily available.
Play some Christmas music during your party, it gets everyone in the holiday spirit. Encourage everyone to sing along.
The easiest and really best way to serve food and beverage is on buffets, bars, or stations. Guests will be arriving at different times and they will be busy during the time that they are there. A buffet or stations will allow guests to serve themselves. Just be sure you have someone periodically check the food to see if anything needs refilling.
If you are serving a meal, brunch, lunch, or dinner a DIY sandwich bar or pancake bar are the easiest and most economical choices.
To keep everything sanitary you may want to pre-package sandwich fixings and condiments so that guest can grab what they need for their sandwiches. For instance place portions of deli meats and cheeses in clear plastic sandwich bags, use packets of condiments, and provide a basket or tray of single serve chips.
For breakfast or brunch a pancake, waffle, or french toast station would be great. But these days you many want to do a cereal bar using single serve little boxes of cereal instead. You can also have a selection of single serve fruit cups and juices.
If you aren’t serving a meal you can set-up a snack station, you can serve finger foods, tea cakes, and other snacks. All single served packages of course. Just put the bags of chips, popcorn, twinkies, and other snacks in pretty baskets and trays and you’ll have a festive table in no time!
Whatever you decide to serve you will need a beverage bar and a sweet station. They don’t have to be fancy, but at Christmas time everyone expects sweet treats! You can pre-package individual treats in clear plastic bags, yes even cookies and brownies. They can double as favors!
Guests can take them home or enjoy them while trimming the tree!
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Speaking of brownies I thought I’d share my recipe for