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Welcome to our favorite bridal shower ideas! We are Brideside, your go-to shopping experience for designer bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories. If you want to learn more about us, here’s how it works.

In addition to helping bridal parties find dresses they love, we also love to provide wedding planning inspiration! Are you a maid of honor planning a bridal shower? Keep reading to find some great ideas for fun and unique bridal showers and parties.

High Tea Bridal Shower

We love a fabulous tea here at Brideside. Not only are they fun, but they are delicious and a great way to catch up. To get started, reach out to a local party supply rental company to see if you can borrow some amazing mismatched pieces of China. Then order some delicious macaroons and other desserts for the table. Make some simple finger sandwiches and you’re good to go!

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Pro bridesmaid tip: Hit up a few local thrift stores and to grab teacups. Then head to a local florist (you may need to order in advance) to pick up your favorite succulents and moss. Plant the succulent in the teacup for a perfect, whimsical DIY gift for your guests.

Southern Charm Bridal Shower

Pull out the big hats and muddle some mint juleps for a charming bridal shower. Feel free to set up horse shoes outside and make bourbon-infused meatballs, biscuits and pecan pie truffles. Don’t worry about the small details with this sort of party; a mix rustic and glam details gives a chic vibe without having to make sure everything feels pristine. Another fun option: Request that all attendees wear an oversized floppy hat. A great theme for any event during the Kentucky Derby!

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Bridesmaid Pro Tip: A great parting gift is a mason jar with a small bottle of Jim Beam, fresh mint and a cute straw or cute gold stir stick.

Preppy Brunch Bridal Shower

Who doesn’t love an amazing brunch?!? While you may feel slightly overwhelmed at the prospect of making a brunch for all the bride’s closest friends and family, don’t fret! This could be as simple as a build-your-own parfait bar and bottomless mimosas or bagels and a selection of spreads. It’s whatever you want to make it. You could even look into catering if you have the budget! Add a bit of prep with a black and white striped table runner (very Kate Spade) over a gorgeous hot pink table cloth. Add a few glamorous gold accents and you’re good to go.

Bridesmaid Pro Tip: Order individually-wrapped donuts from your favorite donut joint offer them to guests as the favors when they exit.

Breakfast at Tiffany Bridal Shower

Does the bride love Breakfast at Tiffany’s? This classic movie and beloved store is one of the most sought-after bridal shower themes. Simple to dress for (cue the chic black shift dresses and layers of pearls). and it’s totally appropriate for the bride to wear a tiara. Find your favorite Tiffany blue runners and rent china from your local party store. Keep the color palette simple with black, white and tiffany blue. Audrey Hepburn quotes and references always welcome.

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Photo from Tartas Decora Dasy Cupcakes

Pro Bridesmaid Tip: A simple, but fun, party favor for a Tiffany Bridal Shower is a Tiffany blue bottle of nail polish wrapped in a satin white bow. Small gifts with big bows are always a yes!

French Salon Bridal Shower

Lavender, macaroons and Champagne… Enough said! We love the idea of creating little tasting stations around the party for macaroon and Champagne pairings. Find two different flavors and pair them together. It’s a super fun way for the group to mingle and meet new people, without playing games. Also, you have the freedom to incorporate fragrance, flowers and literally anything the bride loves about France.

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Photo from Arkansas Bride

Pro bridesmaid tip: Call your local florist to order dried lavender party favors. You can easily break them into smaller bunches for an ultra chic favor. Steer clear for anything majorly cliche… an Eiffel Tower Champagne glass tower might be too far (and dangerous!).

Fresh Outdoor Bridal Shower

Enjoy the great outdoors with a light, fun outdoor bridal shower. Break out the chalkboard and set up a few of your favorite yard games. Get a good game croquet or bocce ball going! Depending on the vibe you’re going for, the perfect menu of light fare could include crudités and finger sandwiches or a good old-fashioned BBQ cookout with a lemonade cocktail.

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 Pro Bridesmaid Tip: Add fun little facts about the bride at each croquet post. Also, feel free to mix up the party favors with mini jars of honey or jam as a little memento.

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