Let me show you the right way to decorate for a bridal shower by focusing on the 5 decorating zones.
For me personally, there is nothing like styling an event. It contains all of my favorite things like decorating, crafting, organizing and shopping all coming together in a celebration with my favorite people. So you can imagine my excitement when it came to planning my friend Tamara’s bridal shower! Bridal showers are all about hanging with the girls and showering the bride in a beautiful space. However, creating that beautiful space is easier said than done. So many details! So, let me help you by sharing my bridal shower decorating zones. Don’t panic! There are only 5 and they are all optional!
Decorating for an entire shower can become overwhelming, even for an event enthusiast like myself, so I find it extremely helpful to break down the decorating into 5 decorating zones. If you cover all 5 zones, you are sure to please the bride and impress her guests. The 5 zones I recommend focusing on are food and beverage, centerpieces, backdrop, gifts, and other. These zones can apply to any type of venue, but some tweaking is required. More elegant venues require less decorating and vice versa.
Remember, I consider myself an event enthusiast which means I die for details and find much joy spending time on them. So, if you are less enthusiastic about spending hours with a hot glue gun, don’t worry, simple is totally in and perfectly acceptable. As long as you hit all the zones, I think you and the bride will be pleased with the event.
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Quick love note for the Bride-to-Be:
Not only is Tamara one of my favorite people on the planet, but she also edits my blog posts, so shout out to my Editor! Huge thanks for letting me be involved in the planning of your bridal shower and then exploiting it for the purposes of this post. It’s now a memory I will never forget! Love you long time!
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Decorate for a Bridal Shower using these 5 Zones
Food & Beverage Zone
The food zone doesn’t require much decorating, but it’s probably the most important zone. The venue we used for Tamara’s shower, had a really cool bar to utilize for our brunch buffet. Every venue will have a different location for the food zone, but keep in mind the amount of space you will need and how many outlets are around. Even though there isn’t a lot of decorations needed for this zone, there are a few things you can do to jazz it up.
How we chose to decorate the Food Zone:
- Foil letter “Love you a Brunch” balloons for above the bar
- Tassel Banner for below the bar
- Rose gold utensils in pre-folded (for silverware) napkins
Dessert Bars are becoming more popular at showers and celebrations and they make for a great place to add a few decorative touches. This doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy all new platters and trays to match the color scheme, in fact, I recommend reusing serving pieces you already have or investing in ones you can reuse later (think neutrals like white, wood, or metal). For Tamara’s dessert bar, we resued a lot of serving trays from my wedding a few years ago.
How we chose to decorate the Dessert Zone:
- Rose gold sequin tablecloth
- Backdrop: Backdrop stand, lace, floral garland, and my DIY wreath
- Various serving trays including my tier tray
- Diamond cupcake toppers
- Color-coordinating desserts – shout out to Tamara’s Mom and Sister!!!
The beverage zone is a great way to elevate your shower and keep your guests happy. I think it’s extremely important to not make your guests hunt for the beverages. You can do this by setting up drink dispensers or placing them in a bucket of ice. Either way, setting up the beverage station will give you another chance to add personal touches to the shower! We staged the beverage zone at the end of the bar and buffet line. We served mimosas to go along with the brunch theme, by pouring juices in glass carafes and placing the bottles of champagne in a bucket of ice.
How we chose to decorate the Beverage Zone:
This may be a no-brainer for some, but centerpieces are the best way to help tie your theme together. Get creative with this zone by using items you already have or keep it simple with mason jars filled with flowers from your local grocery store. Finish the look off with some texture by adding a runner down the middle. I was able to repurpose the paper flowers my cousin and I made for my wedding arbor for the hoop centerpieces we used at Tamara’s shower.
This zone isn’t necessarily required, but having a designated photo area assures higher-quality photos for the bride. A backdrop makes it easier to avoid the random shots in bad lighting or in front of a not-so-pretty area of the venue. You will be taking photos anyways, so why not have a pretty area to do so? I made a large balloon garland offset by an egg chair for Tamara’s shower. It was the perfect spot for photos with her guests as well as space for her to sit and open gifts. Check out my balloon garland tutorial here.
How we chose to decorate the backdrop zone:
- Balloon garland – rose gold balloons, confetti balloons, white balloons
- Egg chair with sequined pillows and eucalyptus garlandballoon
For the most part, the bride opens her gifts at her bridal shower, so let’s create a space for it. For the gift zone, make sure there is a clear space to place gifts and a chair for the bride to sit at when she opens them. A folding chair is perfectly fine, but I recommend upgrading it if you have access to one. Consider bringing a cushioned accent chair from home or borrow one as we did! However, I wouldn’t recommend borrowing a large egg chair unless you are looking for quite the challenge. 😉 At least the pictures turned out great!
- Bridal chair – Egg chair with sequined pillows and eucalyptus garland
- Sequinned rose gold tablecloth
- Gift signage – Tabletop easel chalkboard
- Basket for cards
This zone is for everything else you may consider decorating such as the entrance, shower favor station, or maybe even a game station. I used my chalkboard easel for the entrance sign and added a few decorative touches to tie into the theme. We also stationed all of the games/ activities in one spot too.
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