In its most basic form, a wedding shower allows the bride and groom’s relatives and friends to come together and celebrate the happy couple. Without the typical gender divide, the gifts are typically more along the lines of wedding gifts, such as kitchen gadgets and other household items the couple can enjoy making use of together.
You can always choose a theme that represents the couple as well as decor that aligns with the theme of the wedding. Here are five wedding shower theme ideas that are creative and chic:
1. Battle of the Sexes
What better way to bring a couple together than pitting them against each other?
The decor can include blue and pink colors, with male and female sex symbols.
For activities, you can host trivia contests, athletic games, a bake-off or a Pictionary party, depending on the personalities of the bride and groom.
2. Prom Throwback
Who doesn’t like a retro throwback to high school prom?
Well, a prom-themed wedding shower can bring the couple and their friends together in a fun way, and it has all the makings of a good time.
Try renting a high school gym, and make sure the guests know to dress the part!
Have a balloon arch for picture taking and make the bride and groom prom queen and king and crown them on a stage.
3. Bridal Brunch
Your best bet for renting out a great restaurant for a wedding shower is in the morning and mid-day, so why not host an awesome brunch? Let guests feast on pancakes and frittatas and offer mimosas and Bloody Marys. Get cute invitations made that feature mouth-watering breakfast foods the guests can look forward to.
4. Bubbles and Brews
You can also choose to host a “bubbles and brews” cocktail party or dinner, with champagne for the ladies and beer for the men. Renting a hotel space or using someone’s home are good options for this theme, and you can throw dinner on the grill.
The decorations should contrast each other. Champagne bottle decorations and centerpieces can reflect the chic elegance and femininity of the bride, while beer-related decor like bottle caps and rustic wooden bottle caddies can create a manly appeal for the groom.
5. Stilettos and Steel Toes
The ultimate “Jack and Jill” theme, a “stilettos and steel toes” motif highlights each gender and makes the decorating aspect fun for fashion lovers.
Send out classy invitations that show off the theme, and hire a bartender or rent out a bar and play some classic jazz music.
If the guests of the bride and the groom aren’t familiar with each other, you could host a speed dating session to make mingling more fun.
Planning a Chic Wedding Shower
The most creative wedding shower themes are also the most fun, and bringing the bride and groom together at a coed shower is a great way for guests on either side to get to know each other before the wedding.
When you create the invitations, make sure it’s clear to guests that it’s a coed shower so nobody’s surprised.
Choosing invitations that clearly represent your chosen theme can get them excited for a non-traditional shower that features both sides of the union.