Common Bridal Shower Themes

Today’s bridal showers often have themes, both to create a special type of party, and to help guests choose the right type of gift. The following examples are themes you can suggest for your clients bridal showers:

Jack ‘n’ Jill shower: If both the bride and groom are invited to attend the entire shores, it’s referred to as a Jack ‘n’ Jill, or couple, shower. Guests would give gifts that both the bride and groom can use, such as barbecue equipment. 


Pantry Shower: A pantry shower involves giving the bride and groom gifts to stock their cupboards. Canned goods, prepared foods, and gourmet specialties qualify as appropriate gifts; cooking equipment, however, isn’t appropriate.


Lingerie Shower: A lingerie shower is an all-female shower. All lingerie items are acceptable, and the guests or brides-maids may chip in to buy the bridal negligee. The invitation should list the brides size and color preference.


Round -the-clock shower: For a round-the-clock shower, each guests receives an invitation that has a certain hour of the day written in it.  Each guest then brings a gift that’s related to the hour specified on his or her invitation. For example, if the invitation specifies 10 a.m., the guests could give the bride a set of his-and-hers coffee mugs. Or if the invitation specifies 6 p.m., the guest could give cocktail glasses.


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Gardening Shower: For a gardening shower, examples of good gift ideas include tools, gloves, and equipment, as well as bulbs, seeds, and outdoor plants. If the bride lives in an apartment, guests can give her items for a window garden.


Recipe Shower: For a recipe shower, each guest brings his or her favorite recipe and any small gadgets required to make the dish. These showers are ideal for proxy showers, which can be organized for the brides who live out of town and cant attend a traditional bridal shower; the recipes and gadgets can easily be shipped to her.


Paper Shower; At a paper shower, paper flowers, table mats, monogrammed napkins, books of matches, magazine subscriptions, and kitchen plastic ware items are considered appropriate gifts.


All gifts should be packaged in a manner that keeps with the theme of the shower. For example, gifts for a recipe shower could be packaged in a picnic basket. The gifts themselves can be used as decorations., because unlike the wedding, the primary purpose of the shower is for the bride to receive gifts from family and friends.

Shower invitations may also indicate if a wishing well will be present at the shower. A wishing well is intended to hold small, additional gifts of minimal value, such as sponges and dish detergent; these small gifts are usually meant to help the bride set up her new household. The gifts can be placed, unmarked, into replica of a well. In addition, they don’t have to be wrapped. 

Traditionally, shower gifts were handmade with loving care. However, with today’s time constraints, guests usually don’t have time to craft their own gifts; because of this, guests should spend some extra time selecting the appropriate gift. 

Guests should bring their gifts to the shower. If a guest can’t accept the invitation, he or she is under no obligation to send a gift; however, because the guest is likely to be a relative or close friend of the bride, he or she may wish to send a gift anyway; it should be sent in advance so the bride can open it at the same time she opens the other gifts.

A card should be enclosed with each gift, and the maid of honor should sit near the bride as she opens the gifts to secure the card to each present. This process makes it much easier for the bride to later write her thank-you notes.


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