Choose The Best Bridal Shower Favors

Favors aren’t absolutely necessary, but they’re a nice touch. After all, many of your guests may have traveled some distance to be at the shower and give the bride gift, a small token of appreciation is nice. One thing to keep in mind when choosing Bridal Shower Favors is that, although a party planner never wants to think about their guests throwing out their favors, the reality is, a favor that wasn’t well thought out is likely to be never used or simply tossed. One way to avoid this is to make your favor edible! The old Jordan-almonds-in-a-bundle-of-tulle may seem like kind of a tired tradition, but the thought behind it makes sense. You could take this idea and simply make it a little more “now.” You can purchase small boxes called gable boxes in nearly any size from a craft supply store or on the internet, and these are great to fill up with candy or cookies or any kind of small food. This type of favor can be done for about $1-2 each.

Another idea-you’ve probably seen candy buffets at weddings-a smaller scale works great for showers as well! Choose candy in colors similar to your decorations and buy different types and display them in clear glass container with a small scoop, and a small bag to carry it. If your colors were red and white, for example, you could do red licorice, hot cinnamon candy, white chocolate covered pretzels, and sno-caps. For a small candy buffet, expect to spend between $30-75, depending on the candy and containers you choose.

If you would rather not have an edible favor, try giving one that makes sense within your theme, but keep in mind they can get pricey: about $4-8 each. Give a small tabletop clock for an Around the Clock shower, or a package of recipe cards or a recipe book for a Recipe Shower. Cookie cutters would also be thoughtful for a recipe shower. A photo frame will hardly ever go un-used, so it’s a great universal favor idea as well.

Bridal Shower Themes

There are so many fantastic themes to choose from when planning a bridal shower. The internet is a great resource for coming up with a theme-just do a search for wedding shower themes. Your theme will need to be in keeping with the atmosphere you’ve decide on-whether it be formal and ladylike, or raucous and fun, or relaxed and informal. Here are the top 9 bridal shower themes as voted upon by the readers of our site:

Top 9 Bridal Shower Themes

1 – China Shower/Bridal Tea: A very formal, traditional bride would love a china shower or a bridal tea. You’d serve cucumber sandwiches, scones, tea, mint juleps, and other dainty foods. Your colors should be pastel or neutral and decorating the table with doilies or bits of antique lace would be in keeping with the high tea atmosphere.

2 – Naughty or Nice Shower: If you think your bride would like a little bit of wild fun, you could throw her a lingerie shower or a naughty-or-nice shower, where guests are asked to bring a naughty gift and/or a nice gift. Some fun things to serve at these types of showers are chocolate-dipped strawberries, champagne cocktails, and devil’s food petit fours-anything that is sinfully delicious. Decorate half the table in black and half in white, or give the bride an angel’s halo and devil’s horns.

3 – Couple Cookout: If your bride is more casual and laidback, she might enjoy a couple’s shower cookout, where you could simply serve beer and hamburgers and hot dogs hot off the grill. Brides who don’t like being the center of attention may love this type of shower because her fiance can share some of the limelight of opening gifts and it’s more of an informal atmosphere where guests are just hanging out.

4 – Stock the Bar or Wine Tasting Shower: Instruct guests to bring liquor or wine-related gifts, including actual alcohol or wine from the liquor store as well as registry items such as wineglasses or cocktail shakers. There are so many cute martini and wine themed decorations available right now, decorating should be a snap.

5 – Around the House or Around the Clock: On the invitation, you instruct each guest to bring something either from a certain room of the house or a certain time of day. For example, a guest who received a dining room invitation would give dinnerware or flatware; similarly, a guest who received a 7:00am invitation would give bath towels.

6 – Recipe Shower: Ask guests to bring a favorite recipe, along with all or some of the items needed to make the recipe. You could choose a few guests and ask them in advance what their recipes will be and serve them for the shower food. A good way to get conversation going at this type of shower is to have guests share ways in which they have messed up recipes: they put salt in the cake instead of sugar, they forgot to cook the potatoes before they mashed them, etc.

7 – Holiday Ornament Shower: This type of shower is appropriate any time of year, and is especially nice for a sentimental bride who likes to hold on to things that have meaning for her. You could serve all the traditional holiday fare in finger-food-form and have a subtle red and green theme.

8 – Brunch Shower: Start at 10am and serve classic brunch favorites like monkey bread, biscuits and gravy, French toast sticks, breakfast casseroles, and mimosas. This type of shower is becoming ever more popular as women are finding themselves bombarded with shower and wedding invitations that take up all their time. A brunch shower allows your guests to dedicate the first few hours of their day to your bride and then have the rest of the day to themselves. It’s a very considerate way to host a shower, and might I add delicious!

9 – Kitchen Shower: This one is pretty self-explanatory; guests are instructed to bring gifts for the kitchen, whether it be for cooking, baking, cleaning, kitchen decor, organization, etc. Offer the bride an apron and chef’s hat as she arrives to wear for the shower.

Your theme doesn’t necessarily have to dictate what gifts guest bring, what food to serve, AND how to decorate. As you can see, several of the themes mentioned above only dictate one or two of those things. It really is important to check with the bride on what other showers she’s having. If she’s having a kitchen shower and a china shower, for example, you don’t want to host a recipe shower because she has probably received most of what she needs in that area. An Around the Clock shower, to supply their home for all hours of the day, or a brunch or cookout shower, where the type of gift isn’t dictated, would be good in this instance.

Bridal Shower Games

Games are the one thing that many people dread at a bridal shower – but that’s because so many hostesses don’t put a lot of thought into the games, so they end up being awkward or boring. But you don’t want that! So check out the list below for bridal shower games that are actually fun. If you don’t see any here that appeal to you, try a site like, where you can purchase printable game templates and packages online.

Top 10 Bridal Shower Games

1 – Wedding Night Hand Game: This is a game your guests won’t really understand until later on when you explain it to them, but that’s the idea! Have a bridesmaid, ready with construction paper and markers, instruct guests to place the paper on the floor and trace their hand with the marker-they can’t bend their knees. The bridesmaid should write down everything the guests say as they try to bend over and draw their hand. Later, you explain that the point of the game was to find out what the bride-to-be will say on her wedding night. You’ll get classic soundbites like, “Gosh, this is harder than it looks!” and “Oh! This hurts!” You probably won’t be able to get through the list of quotes without dissolving into laughter.

2 – The Apron Game: This game is somewhat costly, and may actually end up contributing to the hostesses’ gift to the bride. Purchase kitchen utensils like a spatula, potato peelers, can opener, measuring spoons and pin as many as you can fit on a cute apron. Have the bride-to-be wear the apron and walk around the room in it so all the guests can see her. Then take the apron out of the room. Give guests pen and paper and ask them to write as many items as they remember that were on the apron. The guest who remembered the most items correctly wins the apron, and all the bride takes home all the utensils!

3 – What’s in the Sock? : Purchase 5 pairs of socks, as well as 10 items the bride and groom might need on their honeymoon, like a tiny drink umbrella, condoms, lubricant, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. Place each item in a sock and tie it closed, then write a number on the sock in sharpie. Have guests write down their guesses as to what is in each sock. Sounds easy enough, right? But they can only feel with their FEET-no hands allowed! Award a prize to the guest with the most correct answers.

By buying already made and printable bridal shower games, this will relieve you of the stress of figuring out every detail. 

4 – Who Am I?: Prior to the shower, get about 20 or 30 (depending on number of expected guests) index cards and write the name of a celebrity on them. As guests arrive, stick a card on their back, and don’t tell them who it is. It’s their job during the shower to ask other guests yes or no questions about their celebrity to eventually try to figure out who they are. The first person to figure it out wins a prize, and why not offer prizes for the second and third person as well?

5 – Recipe for Marriage: Purchase as many cute recipe cards as you will have guests. Pass them out at the shower along with a pen and ask them to write what is, in their opinion, the recipe for a successful marriage. Put them all in a bowl, and if you have time, have the bride read them and try to guess who it’s from with a little help from all the guests. It’s a wonderful and attractive keepsake for the bride to hold on to.

6 – Bridal Trivia: Come up with a list of ten or so questions about the bride, like her favorite movie, how many siblings she has, the name of her first dog, whatever you can think of. The funnier the better, as always. Pass out index cards and pens and read the questions aloud, asking the guests to write down their answers. Then read all the questions and have the bride tell you the correct answer. By show of hands, determine who answered the most questions correctly-that person will win a prize!

7 – How Well Does She Know the Groom?: You and the bridesmaids come up with a list of questions for the groom, and then call him or email him before the shower to get the answers. Good questions would include the time/place of their first kiss, what he wants to name their first kid, what body part of hers is his favorite, etc.

8 – Pick the Groom : This is a great couples’ shower game, especially since guys don’t like to play shower games but all they have to do for this game is allow themselves to be groped! Blindfold the bride-to-be and have all the guys roll their pants up to their knee. Tell the bride to feel each guy’s leg and try to pick out her future husband. Depending on how well everyone knows each other, you could of course also use different body parts like chests, faces, arms, or butts!

9 – Famous Couples Charades: Divide guests into teams. Everyone should write down the name of a famous celebrity couple from past or present. Players have to act out the celebrity couples in the classic style of charades.

10 – A Spot of Tea: This is a funny little game where guests try to decipher British-isms, and it’s oh-s–appropriate for the very British bridal tea. Put together a list of British words like loo, lift, lorry, and tube and have guests write down what exactly they think that means. Give a prize to the person with the most correct answers! Google “popular British expressions” for ideas. You could also play this game in reverse, by calling out the name we call it and having guests write down what they would call it in Britain.

Planning A Bridal Shower

One of the most fun parts of being a maid of honor or a bridesmaid is planning the bridal shower. It is a chance to really be creative and show the bride how much she means to you. You and the bridesmaids are responsible for helping plan, set up, pay for, and attend the shower. If possible, it’s best for all the maids to get together to talk about the shower and what kind of shower the bride wants? Would she like a traditional ladies’ shower with cucumber sandwiches and tea, or would she prefer a more casual couples’ shower with barbeque and beer? Try to find out what other kinds of showers are being hosted for her, and you can feel free to ask for her input on the shower’s atmosphere and theme. There are several factors to consider when planning the shower: when, where, who, and how much.

WHEN: It’s of course essential that you consult the bride regarding a time frame for the shower; she is likely to be pretty booked in the months leading up to the wedding, so check with her for open dates before you plan anything. A very traditional bride may want to have her shower very close to the wedding, but a DIY (do it yourself) bride may prefer to have it earlier so that she has plenty of free time leading up to the wedding to complete her projects. You’re probably thinking, “…but, all she has to do is show up!” Ah, then you would be forgetting something very important: she has to find the perfect outfit. She may not have time to scour the dress department at Macy’s two weeks before her wedding, because she may need to be hot-gluing her homemade centerpieces or assembling her candy buffet! The important thing to remember: every bride is different, so don’t assume that the bride from the last wedding you were in is going to have the same preferences and expectations as this one. As far as time of day, most showers start anywhere from 1pm to 3pm.

WHO: Figuring out the guest list takes some thought. First you have to determine whether anyone else is hosting showers for the bride…perhaps an aunt or a friend of her mother’s. If this is the case, then you know that family members (if it’s an aunt) or family friends (if it’s the mother’s friend) are already being invited to a shower. In most cases, there is no need to invite them to another shower, with the exception of the mother of the bride and/or groom. It is a lot to ask of a regular wedding guest to attend and bring gifts to more than one shower and also the wedding. However, if your shower is the only one the bride is having, you’ll need to coordinate with the bride or with her mother, to find out what family members or family friends need to be invited.

WHERE: This can be tricky. Often there is a hometown, a college town, and/or a current city…which one do you pick? That depends on the WHO. If yours is the only shower, then hometown is the most likely answer. If your shower will just be the bride’s friends, then picking your college town or current city makes more sense. If you’re not sure, the bride probably has an idea of where she wants it; just throw a few suggestions at her and ask what she prefers!

HOW MUCH: You and the bridesmaids really should discuss budget very early on in the planning process. Typically the cost of the shower is simply divided equally among all the hostesses (which is usually the maid of honor and the bridesmaids), so you should consider the financial situation of all involved before making any plans. Budget can determine location, what food/drink is served, how many people are invited, and decorations. For the average twenty something bridesmaid, it’s reasonable to ask for $30-50 per person. If you have four hostesses, then, your budget could be from $120-$200. But every situation is different, so just discuss it with the bridesmaids.

Once you and the bridesmaids have the basics of the bridal shower decided, you can begin work on the fun stuff-like the theme and the food!