Single or not, weddings make for the ultimate girl-bonding events: bridal showers and bachelorette parties. And depending on if you're the bride-to-be, a bridesmaid, the sister of the bride, or just the party planner in your group of girlfriends, you may be brainstorming bridal party theme ideas, no matter what time of year it is. So we've scoured our favorite big-day blogs for 50 of the most fun, creative, and pretty party themes, perfect for a bridal shower or bachelorette party. Check them out now!
If you're not able to hit the sand and surf this National Bikini Day, you can celebrate at home by checking out the beach party movies of the '60s like Beach Party, Bikini Beach, and Beach Blanket Bingo, all starring the late, great Annette Funicello. The series of films were inspired by the 1959 film Gidget about a young surfer girl, which had several sequels and was adapted into the '60s TV show starring Sally Field.
These swingin' '60s films and shows featured lots of bikinis, beach locales, musical numbers, and girlie retro style — so we couldn't think of a better bridal shower theme than one inspired by the beach party trend of the era. Think Tiki bars, pool lounging, and Mad Men-esque attire. Check out retro beach inspiration for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or just Summer soiree now!
We're unashamed to admit we have a serious obsession with the '90s, especially when it comes to all the things that make us nostalgic about being a girl back in the decade of jellies, neon, and Lisa Frank. If you and your friends are anything like us, you'd die over a '90s-themed party. So with wedding season underway, we've come up with creative ideas for throwing the most bomb.com bachelorette party or bridal shower we could dream up, complete with the girlie trinkets, rad fashion, and phat pop culture icons of the 1990s. And a lot of these ideas would work for a birthday bash as well! Now get ready to party like it's 1999!
If you're responsible for bringing the dessert to a bridal shower, look no further than this decadent, special occasion treat which feeds a large group of people. Petit fours are miniature layered cakes that take a long time to prepare, but as all will attest, they are so worth it. These are taller than your average petit four, but that's because there are four layers of sour cream-cheese pound cake with sweet cherry preserves filling. The bride and the rest of her party are sure to love the towering tiers of sweetness. To see how it's done, in photos, keep reading.
I'll pick a slice of cherry pie over a cupcake any day, with one exception: these lemon-curd-filled cupcakes. Pleasantly dense cream cheese pound cake flecked with lemon zest would make for a killer cake without further adornment, but velvety lemon curd is the real star here.
Thankfully (or dangerously), they're not too tricky to make, so I can whip them up with regularity. Just remember not to fill them with lemon curd more than four hours before serving as the lemon curd will start to leach into the cake, marring their otherwise lovely appearance.
At the San Francisco Wedding Fair this year, attendees (including myself) were wowed by a room filled with pop-star-inspired tables designed by wedding and event planning company Floramor. The glitzy table setups each drew inspiration from the musical style and personality of a different female singer, including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. So if you want your big day to pop, get some ideas from these glamorous tablescapes!
Once you're invited to an engagement party, you may be facing a gift conundrum. Chances are, the happy couple hasn't yet registered, and even if they have, you may want to save those offerings for the actual big day. Engagement parties are the perfect chance to go with something more thoughtful and personal, whether that be an experience gift or a small, inexpensive present with sentimental value. Here are some ideas!
Give them something useful: After all the money they'll be spending on the wedding, a splurge like a luxe photo album for wedding pics, personalized guestbook, or thank-you cards for after the wedding would be much appreciated.
Help them make their house a home: When a dear friend of mine had an engagement get-together, I got her and her fiancé a pretty and sweet-smelling candle. I knew she had an affinity for mood lighting, but I also knew it'd cozy up their new home together. Pay attention to the little things that mean a lot to the couple but may not make it onto their registry.
Give them one-of-a-kind art: Give the couple something truly personal with a custom portrait of the lovebirds from Etsy or their favorite illustrator. Another idea is to find a cute photo of the couple and turn it into wall art.
Help the bride stay organized: Gift a wedding planning book or a purse-sized planner with a calendar to help give the bride-to-be a jump start on her to-do list. Or you could just give her a pretty journal to jot down her experiences during the lead-up to the wedding.