Calling all bridesmaids! Throw the blushing bride-to-be a shower that's as memorable as the big day. With inventive and inspiring bridal shower themes and ideas -- vintage tea parties, glampouts, mimosa bars, and more -- your girl will be glowing all the way to the alter.View Slideshow
Citrus meets sweet in this hot-hued bridal shower theme designed by entertaining guru Jennifer Sbranti.
Placemats add a big pop of color to your table but can be an expensive purchase for a large number of people.
Budget Saver: To create easy, inexpensive placemats, open up orange dinner napkins into a large square, then fold a few inches of one side down to create a rectangular shape. Lay the flap-side down so that it's hidden. Once the creative place settings are paired with a plate, no one will know the difference.
Sources: IKEA, 365+ Dishware. Libbey Charisma, champagne flutes.
Flip a small white bowl upside down to act as a pedestal for larger bowl to create this one-of-a-kind centerpiece. Fill the bowl with oranges and small flowers.
Use a 1-inch circle-shaped craft punch and rubber stamp to create custom drink tags featuring the bride's first initial. Tie the tags to the stems of champagne or wine glasses with contrasting green ribbon.
Instead of names, display quotes about love and marriage in place card holders. Print the quotes from your computer, or use store-bought scrapbooking stickers.
Dress up an ordinary vase by lining it with slices of oranges and lemons. Keep the slices in place by inserting a small vase inside a larger one, with about 1/2-inch space between the sides of the vases. Drop the slices into the space between the vases, and use the inside vase to hold flowers.
Fill mini flower pots and small glass vases with opaque orange and white vase gems and faux orange blossom branches.
Create a pretty drink display from an array of bottled orange and citrus beverages. The modern design of Izze soda packaging makes this sparkling beverage ideal for an ultra-hip drink display. Choose clementine and pear flavors for a display that coordinates perfectly with a citrus theme. To dress up the food and beverage tables use orange and yellow paper lanterns.
For a easy dessert, set out bowls of themed candies such as jelly beans, lemon-drops, candy-coated chocolates, jelly rings, and sugar-coated orange slices.
Bedding plants housed in mini ceramic pots make an adorable take-home favor for guests. Using a hot glue gun, adorn the containers with a band of the same patterned ribbon used to tie the napkins. Line all of the pots in neat rows for a pretty table display, or use them as additional decor throughout the party and instruct guests to take one with them when they go home.
Decorate large wooden block letters in the bride and groom's initials with craft paint and patterned ribbon. Create a "+" sign from 2 short strips of ribbon. Also try this with words/phrases such as "LOVE," "I DO," "BRIDE" or the bride's first name.