Showers & Parties
The Top 5 Bridal Shower Themes for Summer, According to Party Planning Experts Coterie
Whether you’re throwing your own bridal shower or one for a friend, sister, daughter or any other special lady in your life, summer is the height of party-planning season. But don’t stress! Linden Ellis and Sara Raffa, the cofounders of Coterie Party, a new online party decorations supplier, have many chic ideas to help you create a memorable milestone event. Coterie offers “elevated products, curated for any occasion and shipped to your door.” Check out Coterie Party’s beautifully designed selection of ‘build your own’ party supplies that make a sophisticated bridal shower look effortless. Then take a look at the decor suggestions from David’s Bridal, World Market, Walmart and more to really bring your bridal soiree to the next level.
1. Wine Tasting Theme
The Coterie cofounders say that a bridal shower wine tasting is, “A great way to get everyone involved … and a little tipsy. Not only do you get to have fun trying various reds, whites and/or rosés, you might find a new favorite! Maybe throw in a raffle and have one of your guests leave with a bottle.” We love this Smashing Summer Set which features a delightful selection of reds, whites and rosé.
Shop It! Here Comes the Sun ($145; wineaccess.com)
A personalized wine glass is the perfect party gift, and we also like Coterie’s suggestion of a raffle- or game-winner taking home a special bottle.
Shop It! Personalized Sweet Heart Stemless Wine Glass, (37 for $3/each; davidsbridal.com)
Shop It! Wedding Scratch-Off Cards, Bachelorette Party/Bridal Shower Game ($10 per pack of 25 cards; amazon.com)
2. Outdoor Citrus Theme
“The best part about throwing your bridal shower in the spring/summer is the weather. Take advantage of it and move the party outdoors! Decorate your tablescape with all-natural greenery like Italian ruscus or eucalyptus. Use fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit or oranges for some fun pops of color,” say Ellis and Raffa.
Zazzle has a great selection of citrus-themed invitations. We love the “Modern Summer Tea Party” invite above. Shop It! Citrus Fruits Pattern Cute Modern Summer Tea Party Invitation ($2.51/per invite; zazzle.com)
Let guests enjoy self-serve lemonade or mimosas using this pretty beverage dispenser. Shop It! Style Setter Julian Set of 2 Beverage Dispensers in Clear with Stand ($50; bedbathandbeyond.com)
Decorate the room or backyard with festive eucalyptus wreaths. Shop It! VGIA Green Leaf Eucalyptus Wreath for Summer/Fall Festival Celebration ($30; amazon.com)
3. Floral Garden Theme
“Lean in to the season and go all out on florals for a fresh and feminine bridal shower,” recommends Coterie. “Put together in-season bouquets of ranunculus, garden rose and hydrangea for a romantic vibe. Pair with simple decor so that they don’t detract or compete with your flowers.”
Peruse a few of our favorite bouquets and arrangements featuring the aforementioned flowers:
Shop It! Elegant Bliss Basket ($50; avasflowers.com)
Shop It! Elegant Bi-Color Rose Garden ($30-$50; 1800flowers.com)
We also love these garden party accessories and festive finishing touches:
Shop It! Amagabeli 60′ x 18′ Rustproof Black Iron Butterfly Garden Trellis (2 Pack for $36; amazon.com)
Shop It! Edible Butterflies Cake and Cupcake Toppers, Small Assorted Pink and Purple Decoration ($13 for set of 24; amazon.com)
Shop It! Floral Scroll Cut-out Linen Table Runner, White ($16-$18; walmart.com)
4. Boho Festival Chic Theme
Coterie says bohemian is the way to go: “If you’re the free spirit who’s trading in Coachella this year for your bridal shower, this might be your theme. Use hanging succulents, flower crowns and macramé accents to create a whimsical setting. Celebrating at night? Add some twinkle lights.”
We’ve got you covered with flower crowns, but check out this incredible boho crown-meets-veil for the bride.
Shop It! AWAYTR Bohemian Flower Hippie Headband Floral Crown Headdress ($16; amazon.com)
And more elegant, airy decor for a stylish bohemian soiree:
Shop It! Mkono Macramé Plant Hangers Set of (4 for $23; amazon.com)
Shop It! 12 Piece Tillandsia Air Plant Decorations ($23; amazon.com)
Shop It! Ling’s Moment Rose Gold Feather Copper Metal LED Lantern String Lights ($15; amazon.com)
5. Italian-Inspired Theme
Finally, Ellis and Raffa say, “Celebrate your amore with an Italian-themed bridal shower. Inspired by one of the most romantic countries, decorate with rich blues in tiled patterns, assemble brimming charcuterie boards, sip on Aperol spritzes and enjoy an authentic pasta salad.”
For the Italian culture-obsessed bride, or in anticipation of an Italy destination wedding or honeymoon, get the party started with an Aperol spritz bar!
Shop It! Italian Aperitif Aperol ($89 for pack of 3 bottles; amazon.com)
See more great Italy-inspired decor options, invites and guest gift ideas below:
Shop It! Cobalt Blue Table Runner ($4; target.com)
Shop It! Italy Arches Elegant Bridal Shower Invitation ($2.16 per invite; zazzle.com)
Shop It! Artisanal Kitchen Supply Monogram, Personalizable Marble and Acacia Wood Paddle Board ($12; bedbathandbeyond.com)