Today, I’m sharing my best tips for DIY bridal shower decor that is both elegant and affordable. As I highlighted in my party planning organizer, so many pieces have to come together when you host a big event: invitations, food, beverages, entertainment, decor, party favors, etc. Maybe even an Eiffel Tower cake and chocolate fondue fountain?
After planning a bridal shower for my niece, I’m now giving you the inside scoop on hosting your own elegant bridal shower using both DIY decor and affordable party staples. You can also visit my party decor shop to get your party organized on the double.
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Bridal Shower Tablescape
Before diving into my party planning, I always choose a color scheme. For this bridal shower, I needed three tables to accommodate our guests, so I wanted each table to have a common theme.
Based on the floral template I chose for the printed party favors, I decided to use blush pink, white, gold and green as my color scheme. I then incorporated this scheme throughout the floral arrangements and place settings.
Since I had buffet-style food and refreshments for the bridal shower, I opted not to have a full place setting at each table. Instead I used white tablecloths and gold doilies in place of chargers.
For the floral arrangements, I recruited my favorite floral designer…my mom!
We selected a mix of white hydrangeas, blush-colored roses, gerber daisies in pink and white and smaller pink roses. For accent greenery, we used seeded eucalyptus, which I highly recommend for its mix of textures. So lovely!
I always keep a few square vases on hand for special occasions. These 5-inch squares work well on most tables, and they don’t crowd the place settings if you put out the fine china!
Since my main formal dining table is too large for a tablecloth, I decorated it with two faux eucalyptus garlands (6-feet each) and real roses.
I then placed several mercury glass votive candle holders and taller flameless pillar candles on each end.
By the way, I love this set of flameless pillar candles (sold with or without the gold stripe). You won’t find a better value anywhere else! They come with a remote control that lets you adjust the flame style and timer settings. Such a great buy!
The last element I incorporated for the tables was table scatter. This mix of pearls and acrylic gems comes in very handy for other formal occasions, not just bridal showers.
DIY Bridal Shower Chair Sashes
When I hosted a 50th anniversary party for my parents last spring, I decided to make my own chair sashes. I considered renting chair covers, but I felt I could DIY some chair sashes more affordably.
The tulle I used gives a very soft and “bridal” effect. I wish I could leave these on all year round! Stay tuned for a step-by-step video tutorial on how I achieved this little “messy bun” style.
Here’s another view of the DIY chair sashes from a different angle. It looks like my chairs are…going to the chapel, and they’re…gonna get ma-a-a-rried!
DIY Pom-Poms and Paper Flowers
Those of you following me on Instagram saw the DIY multicolor pom-poms I created for the bridal shower. (Click here for the full tutorial.) I also designed paper flowers using my trusty Silhouette Cameo and wedding-themed scrapbook paper.
You can see how these two paper decor items added some extra charm to my DIY pennant banner.
Though I created my own pennant banner for this bridal shower, you can order one of several customized designs by clicking the image below.
Bridal Shower Photo Props and Frames
DIY bridal shower decor should also include some fun and entertainment. To me, that means photo props! I found this adorable photo prop set that I could print and cut on my own. I placed these in my favorite mini cart and added some “just married” cans for kicks.
But why stop there? I decided to make a second enlarged photo frame to add to the fun. I designed it in Photoshop using the same graphics as my bridal advice cards and then sent it off to a print shop. The giant print came back on foam board, and I cut out the hole in the middle using a craft knife.
Not interested in making your own frame design from scratch? Click the image below to explore dozens of other digital file downloads you can customize for your event.
DIY Bridal Shower Favors
To tie a ribbon on the event (pun very intended), I created biscotti treat bags and designed a “thank you” tag with my Silhouette Cameo. My niece is heading to Italy for her honeymoon, so I tried to sprinkle in some Italian accents here and there.
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