If you’re hosting a bridal shower for a family or friend, you know the amount of work that can go into the planning. You want to make the bride feel so very special that day, but you also aren’t planning a mini wedding here so there’s no need to stress yourself out with over the top expenses.
A few personal touches and inexpensive pieces of decor can go a long way in making a big impact. Our best tip is to use things already needed for the shower as decor. This includes the table setting (plates, glassware, napkins, and linens). Desserts and favors can also be used on the table or in the room as decor. You can even consider gifting small floral arrangements as your favors. Basically, the more double duty purchases you can make, the better.
If you’re on the hunt for favors for either a bridal shower or bachelorette party, don’t miss our roundup of the best bachelorette party favors and the best unique bridal shower favors for some great options.
If you’re still on the hunt for some additional decor, the handmade section on Amazon is similar to Etsy and has tons of inspiration.
1. Pink & Gold Ombre Mason Jar Centerpieces
Gold and pink is a popular combination for bridal showers. This soft pink is very bridal and the touch of gold keeps the look modern and fresh. These mason jars are the perfect option for a bridal party centerpiece and since they’re not painted inside, you can fill them with water and whatever flowers you’d like. Most grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods sell high quality floral for a reasonable cost so you can skip the florist on this particular occasion. The listing includes two glass jars so keep that in mind when you order. They’re specially sealed to avoid any cracks or chipping and packaged with care for shipping. If mason jars are a common theme in the bridal shower you’re planning, check out these fun mason jar invitations or this entire suite of mason jar inspired party supplies. If you’re not a fan of the mason jar theme but want to design your own floral centerpieces, we also love these custom wood vases.
Price: $21.99 for two
2. Gold BRIDE Letter Balloons
We’re hopping on the metallic letter balloon bandwagon with this pick. There’s a reason these fun gold balloons are super trendy right now. They add a fun flare and a celebratory feel to just about any occasion. They also serve as a great backdrop or space filler, which makes them a great piece of decor. These don’t float in the air with helium, but rather can be inflated and strung to hang from any wall, ceiling, or ledge. If you want your balloon display to have an alternative message, these balloons spell out “LOVE”, these say “XOXO”, and these can be ordered by letter so you can design the message of your choosing (the brides name, her new last name, or even the wedding date).
3. Pop The Bubbly She Got A Hubby Banner
Paper Supply Station has quite a few of these beautiful and sparkly handmade signs. While the one above is probably our favorite for a bridal shower, this Mr. & Mrs. one is a close second and is a nice option if you don’t have as much space for your decor. Each letter is roughly five inches tall and two inches wide so you can get a good idea of sizing depending on the banner you choose. Each letter is made with high grade cardstock and strung on an adjustable white string. If you’re planning a bachelorette party, there are some awesome options for bachelorette banners too.
4. Bridal Shower Soy Candle
If you’re providing bridal shower favors for your soiree, consider using them as part of your decor for a beautiful tablescape. You can place one of these at the top of each setting, with an adorable custom and personalized label that can be made to match the rest of your decor. The eco-friendly soy candles are handmade in Southern California, are 100 percent dye free, and have a burn time of approximately 15 hours. Each candle can be ordered with a personalized label, the scent of your choice, and a coordinating ribbon in the color of your choice. There’s also an option for natural jute twine for a more rustic look. If you have more than 12 guests attending your shower, these can be ordered in any quantity, with 12 being the minimum. If you like the idea of placing a favor at the top of each place setting but don’t love these candles, check out this post with 20 of the best bridal shower favor ideas.
Price: $4.50 for 12
5. Decorative Burlap Table Runner
Most venues don’t have the best options on hand when it comes to table linens. If they offer any at all, they’re usually old, white, and stained from parties in the past. Renting and buying linens is also typically pricy, making it a less than desirable option. These runners aren’t only inexpensive, but well-made, and beautiful to boot. This online retailer offers several different designs including burlap with lace, sparkle, and polka dots, so you can pick your favorite or mix and match a few. If you’re not into burlap, they also have some other great designs at a similar price point like this one with black and white stripes, this one with a pink morocan print, or this mint chevron runner.
Price: $7.99 and up depending on style and size
6. Mini Chalkboards Place Cards With Easel & Chalk
These little chalkboard easels can be used in countless ways for your bridal shower. The most obvious way would be to use them at each place setting to show guests where they should be seated. Alternatively, you can use them at a buffet to mark the names of each dish so guests know what they’re eating. Use them to mark the gift table, a sweets table, or even as table numbers. If you’re going with a black and white color scheme or incorporating the chalkboard theme elsewhere in the decorations, check out these chalkboard votive candle holders, these floral and chalkboard inspired thank you cards, these bridal party photo booth props, and these chalkboard inspired invitations.
Price: $16.97 (29 percent off MSRP)
7. Gold Bride-To-Be Cake Topper
If you’re serving sweets at your bridal party, don’t forget to use your cake, cupcakes, or other sugary selections in the decor. This glittery gold cake topper is great for an eight inch cake tier. It measures four inches high and and six inches wide. The two food safe wood sticks are also four inches long so you can set the cake topper to your prefered height on the cake. If you’re skipping the cakes for cupcakes or other smaller single serve items, grab these diamond glitter cupcake picks to tie into the bridal shower theme and decor.
8. Truly Alice Drink Set Table Décor
Fill these adorable milk “glasses” up with the brides drink of choice and set one at each place setting for her bridal shower. The kit has everything you need for a fun and feminine surprise as guests sit down. The set comes with six plastic bottles with ‘Drink Me’ tags and 12 colorful paper straws. We especially love these for tea parties or garden parties if you’re taking that route. The designer, Talking Tables, also has an “Eat Me” version with mini cake domes. If you really want to make an impact with the presentation, grab this beautiful beverage dispenser so each guest can help themselves to a refill.
Price: $10.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
9. Andaz Press Personalized Bridal Shower Signs
Any time you can incorporate a personal element into the decor of a shower, it makes a lasting impression. It’s so important to make the bride feel like the most important person on the day of her shower, and a simple, inexpensive, and easy way to do so is with some personalized paper goods. A welcome sign is a great way to let guests know that they’re in the right place and nod to the VIP of the day in an elegant way. Check out all of the various design options from Andaz Press to find your favorite. Keep in mind that you can also order a bunch of complimenting products in the same design such as menu signs, bar signs, instagram hashtag signage, and more. Simply check out the right side of each listing to see what’s available.
10. Mr. & Mrs. Table Decor Confetti
This goes far beyond your standard cheap confetti and would make quite the impression at any bridal shower. Either display it on the table or stuff some confetti into your bridal shower invitations for an added touch. The paper pieces are larger than most confetti (over an inch square each) and are made from thick card stock. The larger pieces of confetti keep it from getting super messy like most confetti. You’ll receive two packs of confetti with five glitter gold Mr. & Mrs. cutouts and 40 ivory hearts. If this design isn’t for you, browse some other confetti options that would work well for a bridal shower.