Is someone you love getting married? Congratulations!
Whether you’re the mother of the bride, future mother-in-law, best friend, or maid of honor, you’ve come to the right place for help planning an awesome Valentine’s Day bridal shower. Let’s get started!
Decide on a theme and run with it! Great Valentine’s Day motifs include hearts, flowers, lace, and glitter. Whether your bride is romantic, glamorous, or a bit shy, she’s sure to appreciate a pretty, feminine theme with meaningful touches. Start by making the invitations extra special!
Fabulous Dress Code
Create an instant mood by asking guests to match a particular dress code. If you’re planning a high-class soirée, specify little black dress on your invite. If you’re hosting a more relaxed celebration, simply define a color scheme such as red and pink, or lavender and blush. Most of your guests will already own attire in at least one color. Be sure that the only person wearing white is the bride!
To avoid the awkward silence that seems to rule most bridal showers, create a buzz with fun activities! Choose one helper to keep events moving, and your guests will get into the swing of things. For Valentine’s Day, consider “Sweet vs. Spicy” taste tests, a photo booth with wild props, a mystery lingerie match-up, and a “True or False” quiz about the bride and groom. Time-honored favorites like “What’s in Your Purse?” will keep you busy!
A shower is all about “showering” the bride with gifts. However, it’s a nice touch to give your guests something to take home, too! Favors should be small and fun—in this case, anything with hearts, lace, or sparkle is a good choice! Consider heart-shaped photo frames, romantic candles, boxed sweets, red or pink lipstick, pretty nail polish, bath soaps, or wine bottle stoppers.
Again, choose a color theme and stick to it! Red roses will be expensive (especially around V-Day), so try using rose petals, instead. You can also sub in more economic flowers such as baby’s breath, mini carnations, or chrysanthemums. Fill in space with glowing candles, sparkly table runners, ribbon or tissue flowers, and hearts.
Our favorite Valentine’s Day shower treats celebrate the “sweet” side of love! Devil’s food cake, chocolate-covered strawberries, and XO cookies make decadent, delightful dishes for your guests to savor. Try yogurt-covered pretzels and sparkling juice or champagne for a lighter touch, or provide a candy bar for guests to graze.
A Beautiful Bride
Above all, the bride should feel special! Give her a cute little tiara, dazzling earrings, or a “Bride-To-Be” sash to wear at her shower! This is her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accept gifts in preparation for her marriage. Ask her most-loved friends and family to attend—not people who “should” be invited. If your bride feels more comfortable in mixed company, consider including the groom or male friends by hosting a joint shower. Another option is to organize a separate event for the guys. Just make sure everyone is done in time for their Valentine’s date night!
Did we miss anything? Share your favorite ideas for V-Day showers below!