A DIY Bridal Shower Part One: Tips & Inspiration

I spent a week in Minnesota for Easter this year, and while I was there my Aunt Margaret and my cousin, Julia (who will also be a bridesmaid in my wedding in August) threw the cutest bridal shower for me. They made all the decorations and some of the food themselves, and it was all adorable. As I started getting pictures together for a post here, I realized that my aunt and cousin have really mastered all of the little tricks for throwing a great party. I thought I’d let you in on some of their secrets, and give you a closer look at some of the DIY decorations! This is actually a three part post! Today I’m sharing some tips and tricks, and tomorrow and Friday I’ll be back with some really cute DIY projects. Even better, these tips, tricks and inspiration can be applied to just about any type of party you’re throwing!

General Tips

  • Pick one of the bride’s colors and use it as the main color for decorations, etc. This will keep your various DIY projects and elements looking unified.
  • Don’t overcommit to DIY projects – be realistic about what you can accomplish. For example, my aunt and cousin made a lot of the decorations, but only some of the food. My aunt chose to order the bulk of the desserts and buy boxes of coffee from Caribou on the morning of the event.


TreatsTableMy aunt decided to do desserts, coffee, sangria and lemonade for food. She ordered these adorable cookies, petite fours, and also some little lemon tarts that you can’t see in the picture above. My cousin and her boyfriend (how sweet is it that he helped her?!) made the cute cake balls and chocolate covered pretzels. There were also nuts, snack mix and fruit!

Tips for pulling off a gorgeous dessert display:

  • A large vase containing one variety of simple, fresh blooms mixed with baby’s breath provides a focal point for the dessert table without breaking the bank.
  • Sticking to a palette of purple, white and chocolate, with just a hint of multicolored sprinkles, keeps the cake pops and chocolate covered pretzels from looking too childish.
  • Displaying the cake pops and chocolate covered pretzels in sundae dishes (you could also use vintage vases or wine or cocktail glasses) adds height to the display and keeps the desserts looking cute and fanciful.
  • Mixing a variety of silver, milk glass and glass serving dishes lends elegance, while providing paper plates and napkins for guests to use makes for less expense, and easier cleanup.

General Decor


  • Use what you have. I cannot emphasis this enough
  • First photo: My aunt added purple coffee filter flower to the vase, candle and birdcage display that she already had set up.
  • Second and third photos: Lace doilies and linens in coordinating colors, perhaps from your own collection, your mom’s, or a friend’s, add nice touches to decorative elements, and once again allow you to use what you have on hand.
  • Fourth photo: Think of creative ways to use the decor items already in your home. My aunt has had this typewriter on display for quite a while. She turned it into an adorable (and on-trend) shower decoration by adding scrabble tiles and the save the date that my fiance and I sent her several weeks ago.

I hope these tips have been helpful. I’ll be back tomorrow with specifics on some of the DIY decorations that my aunt and cousin made, and on Friday I’ll be sharing a larger DIY project that I had the chance to help create while I was visiting! In the meantime, here are some photos of me, Pippin and my family from the shower :)



This is a three-part series! Find the rest below:

Part Two
Part Three

4 Responses

  1. Marissa says:

    This is how I would throw a party! I love that the little details are DIY and it looks perfect together!
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