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The 3 Questions You Must Ask Before You Pick a Shower Theme

You want it to be awesome, and you want to show the guest of honor how much you care about her. You also wouldn’t mind if your guests are blown away by your super cute and thoughtful shower decor, but the closer it’s gets to the shower date the more overwhelm starts to set in. There’s that thing at work, no one’s RSVPed yet, and you still haven’t cleaned your house…

I’ve been there, so I put together this practical guide so you could bypass that drama altogether.

Does your bridal shower theme idea involve giving away golden retriever puppies as party favors?

Does your bridal shower theme idea involve giving away golden retriever puppies as party favors?

Does My Budget Match My Theme?

The trick is to pick a theme that will maximize your budget. 

A simple color palette based shower (e.g. a black and white shower) or a coffee and donut bar is going to cost a lot less per guest than a mimosa bar or spa themed shower. By picking a budget-based theme you can stretch what you’re able to provide, conversely making your shower look less like a bridal shower on a budget.

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Does My Theme Work with My Venue?

Work with your venue, not against it.

This one is huge, HUGE, yet it is often overlooked. This applies to any event that you’re planning, not just showers: Always work with your venue, not against it.

When you plan your palette and theme around around the design elements and colors already present in the space you maximize your budget, and you stretch your design. 

Hosting a shower in a friend’s super chic and modern living room? Go super chic and modern with your theme. Hosting a shower in your Victorian House converted into apartments, apartment? Do a Victorian tea party themed shower!

This is an Italian soda bar I did for a shower in August. The venue had a palette of greys and metallics (lots of mercury glass), so I brought in this grey table for the bar, and added pink for a pop of color. I used serveware like the drink dispenser and ice bowl to match the venue's chic, eclectic style. It all worked together to create a cohesive theme.

This is an Italian soda bar I did for a shower in August. The venue had a palette of greys and metallics (lots of mercury glass), so I brought in this grey table for the bar, and added pink for a pop of color. I used serveware like the drink dispenser and ice bowl to match the venue's chic, eclectic style. It all worked together to create a cohesive theme.

Are you hoarding corks? Do a wine themed shower with cork crafts.

What's in My Inventory?

This one is kind of fun. One of the best ways to maximize your theme and your budget is to take inventory of what you already own, and then brainstorm creative ways you can incorporate those items into your shower. Lori and I actually had a lot of fun with this on our styled shoot a few weeks ago. Click here for details.

Do you for some strangely lucky reason already own a chocolate fountain? Guess what? Chocolate-themed shower. Hoarding corks? Wine-themed shower with cork crafts. Got a Fiestaware and margarita glass situation? Margarita. Bar. Yes. 

Now we really want to know: What things do you think about before picking a shower or party theme? Leave a comment below!

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