20 Tips for Throwing the Ultimate Winter Bridal Shower
Whether you're the bride-to-be, the mother of the bride, or the maid of honor, planning a bridal shower comes with the added pressure of kicking-off a couple's nuptial celebrations. Luckily, you have so many different themes and décor ideas to choose from when planning this pre-wedding party—including the time of year. If you're showering the bride in winter, you already have an advantage. 'Tis the season of festive decorations, fun holiday events, and memorable moments with your friends and family—that trifecta just so happens to be the ultimate recipe for a winter bridal shower.
Getting inspired by the cold-weather season—rich flavors, cold-weather activities, cheerful décor, and all—is the key to pulling off a soirée that that honors both the bride-to-be and the most wonderful time of the year. For starters, we recommend chic, all-white décor, rustic elements, green and red detailing, and plenty of aromatic greenery when designing your party space. For the glamorous bride, don't be afraid to dress things up with metallic accents, too. No matter the venue's locale—whether you're celebrating at home, at a restaurant, or a hotel—these thematic ideas will translate to any space and are guaranteed to wow your guests.
Use the fact that the season is all about coziness, too, by serving up comfort foods and drinks sure to warm your guests. Spiked eggnog, Tom and Jerrys (seen here), Bailey's-infused hot chocolate, and hot toddies never fail to start the party. And once everyone is toasty (and a little toasted!) thanks to her bridal shower cocktails, the rest of the evening's festivities—including bridal shower games and activities—will flow nicely.
Looking for even more inspiration? Click through for our favorite winter bridal shower decorations—you won't need a Christmas miracle to bring these ideas to life.
Festive Place Cards
Offer Ornament Favors
The Upper Crust created these grapefruit mojitos (made with festive Champagne!) at this bridal shower. The drink's off-white hue and garnish played into the snowy, all-white aesthetic of the afternoon event.
Play Up Frosted Greenery
Don't be afraid to make a statement with your winter bridal shower décor. Blanc Floral Design used a eucalyptus garland and copper vessels to add a festive pop of color to the snow-white backdrop.
Guests bearing cards for the bride-to-be dropped them into this "Letters to Santa" box from Target.
Constellation Catering passed mini grilled cheese sandwiches and shots of tomato soup as appetizers to warm up guests at this holiday bridal shower.
Gourmet donuts arranged in a vintage jewelry display were placed next to an ice-blue candle, which brought cold-weather vibes to the dessert table.
Festive wreath-printed napkins, embossed with a sweet phrase, personalized this party's bar area.
At this shower, guests escaped the cold weather entirely thanks to the colorful, fruit-filled waffle bar provided by Gusto on the Go.
These holiday cocktails by Aperitif Events & Cocktails were the drink of choice at this celebration thanks to their festive, frothy look and lavender garnish.
Chances are you'll have a guest book at your wedding reception, so why not document your bridal shower, too? This winter-white display allowed guests to record their favorite party moments with polaroid pictures and hand-written notes.
Poppy and Mint Floral Company arranged garlands made up of eucalyptus, pink and red roses, and tulips to soften the look of this cake display.
Bare Branch Arrangements
Centerpieces made from bare branches by Campbell Studios Events stylishly mimicked the lack of greenery seen during the winter season.
Cool Accenting Colors
A blue ombré "Future Mrs." place card, calligraphed by Lynn & Lou Paper Co., decorated the bride-to-be's setting, adding seasonal, cool tones to the tabletop's overall pink color palette.
This bride ordered naked cakes with powdered sugar to add a snowy effect to her dessert table.
Cozy Color Palette
For a speak-easy-themed shower, this table setting was decorated with lush fabrics, like velvet, and rich colors, like black, gold, and plum shades—a combination that could also warm up a space during colder months. Screen-printed napkins by Southern Sprout offered another luxe touch.
Winter Flora and Fauna
Alexis June Creative added a deer illustration to this winter bridal shower menu, which gave it a festive upgrade. To decorate the neutral-toned napkin, Michelle Leo Events brought the wintry outdoors in with a sprig of evergreen that paired well with cinnamon sticks. She placed both over a wood stump placemat by MC2 WoodWorks.