Easy Wedding Shower Ideas to Spoil the Bride-to-Be

Wedding Bridal Shower Ideas: Chalkboard-Style Glasses

A wedding shower is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. Making the day perfect should be fun and easy, so here are some ideas to make your preparation simple. You'll find inspiration for simple decorating and crowd-pleasing recipes, from individual wedding-style miniature cakes to the beverage bar. Having bridal shower dishes like an appetizer platter, dainty pick-up foods, and grilled pizzas means that your wedding shower guests will enjoy sampling a range of beautiful dishes throughout the day. And what could be more Southern than delicious frosted sandwiches? These triple-decker delights of egg salad, chicken salad, and pimiento cheese frosted with a delicious cream-cheese spread are sure to please. To celebrate it all, invite your bridal shower guests to leave their messages of sweet inspiration in our Memory Jar. The lucky couple will have their words of love, hope, and joy for years to come. Find ideas for food, drinks, and decorations that the bride and guests are sure to love.

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Monogrammed Bars

Wedding Bridal Shower Ideas: Monogrammed Bars

Recipe: Coconut Cheesecake Squares

Recipe: Cakey Lemon Brownies

Recipe: Best-Ever Brownies

Recipe: Pecan Pie Bars

Add a personal touch to bars by piping on the couple's monogram. Just fill a zip-top plastic bag with store-bought frosting and pipe.

Monogram How-To: Snip a corner of the filled bag (not too big, not too small), and squeeze. Practice first on a piece of paper. Use lowercase letters for a modern look, or get fancy with cursive.

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Make a Cheese "Cake"

Wedding Shower Recipe Ideas: Make a Cheese “Cake”
Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miler

This pretty centerpiece made of wheels of cheese is drop-dead easy. Choose pretty flowers and herbs in season—lavender would be perfect. Serve with your favorite crackers or French bread rounds.

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Cool Beverages

Sparkling Punch
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Sparkling Punch

Recipe: Blackberry Mint Sparkler

No shower is complete without a refreshing drink. Sparkling Punch (pictured) is a pretty—but easy—combination of frozen pink lemonade, white cranberry juice, and club soda.

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Simple Decorating Tips

Wedding Bridal Shower Ideas: Simple Decorating Tips

For your bridal wedding shower, tuck colorful flowers inside napkin rings to brighten up neutral linens. You can also use greenery and other elements, such as tassels or beads to liven up the look.

Start with white or off-white serving pieces and linens. White is versatile no matter the color scheme or theme of the shower. Play with different color palettes that would best fit the bride's personality while also keeping it elegant and sophisticated. Experiment with the flower types as well; for a more traditional shower try roses or calla lilies, but for a more playful theme consider sunflowers or zinnias.

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Chilled Soups

Sweet Corn-Bell Pepper Soup
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Soup

Recipe: Sweet Pea-Avocado Soup

Recipe: Sweet Corn-Bell Pepper Soup

These chilled soups come in dazzling colors and are ideal for a late spring or early summer shower. Serve them in tiny demitasse cups for an elegant touch or in clear plastic tumblers, available at party stores, for easy cleanup.

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Memory Jar

Wedding Bridal Shower Ideas: Memory Jar

Let partygoers fill a memory jar instead of signing a guest book to leave special notes for the bride and groom.

Visit your local crafts store to find card stock, ribbons, and pens. Pull out any other scrapbooking supplies you have at home, and make a few samples for guests ahead of time.

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Grilled Pizzas

Grilled Pizza with Summer Veggies and Smoked Chicken
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons

Anchor your party menu with personal pizzas from a grill. Guests will gather around the grill once they catch the irresistible scent of fire-baked flatbread and fresh toppings.

You can easily prepare pizza toppings and salad ahead of time, leaving you plenty of time to mingle with guests and celebrate with the lucky couple.

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Simple Appetizer Platter

Old Bay Rémoulade with Crudités and Shrimp
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Old Bay Remoulade with Crudités and Shrimp

Recipe: Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip

For a simple yet impressive starter, arrange a colorful appetizer platter. Chop some radishes, carrots, and cucumbers to go along with succulent shrimp and creamy remoulade. For variety, you can add other dipping sauces, like our Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip.

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Chalkboard-Style Glasses

Wedding Bridal Shower Ideas: Chalkboard-Style Glasses

Recipe: Raspberry Beer Cocktail

Serve a beverage such as our Raspberry Beer Cocktail in chalkboard-style glasses with each guest's name.

Make your own glasses with chalkboard spray paint and painter's tape. They can double as a special gift for the bride and groom after the shower.

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Dainty Pick-up Foods

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Deviled Egg Salad and Asparagus Tartines

Recipe: Mini Quiche with Asparagus and Goat Cheese

Recipe: Creamy Spinach-Ricotta Crostini

Impress guests with dainty pick-up foods, such as our Mini Quiche with Asparagus. These recipes work well for both late-morning and afternoon showers.

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Frosted Sandwiches

frosted sandwich
Southern Living

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad

Recipe: Easy Egg Salad

Recipe: Basic Pimiento Cheese

Frosted party sandwiches create a unique presentation for our favorite classic cold spreads: egg salad, chicken salad, and pimiento cheese.

The preparation is simple. Make a triple-decker crustless sandwich and spread a cream cheese mixture over the top and sides. Garnish with celery leaves, paprika, or Cheddar cheese.

Make the sandwiches the night before and chill. To save time, use a serrated knife to cut the sandwiches into slices at party time.

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Finger Sandwiches

Dainty Cucumber Sandwich
Southern Living

Recipe: Tomato Tea Sandwiches

Recipe: Kentucky Benedictine Sandwiches

Recipe: Mini Tomato Sandwiches with Bacon Mayonnaise

Recipe: Dainty Cucumber Sandwiches

Recipe: Ham Biscuits

Endless varieties of finger sandwiches are classic shower fare. Serve them on cake plates alongside fresh fruit for an elegant presentation. Try one of our favorite recipes or improvise with your own.

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Decorative Ice Tray

Decorative Ice Tray
Southern Living

Serve cold foods outdoors on a flower-filled ice tray. Here's how to make one easily:

Fill a 13-by-9-inch pan with water. Cover top of pan with self-sealing plastic wrap. Place 2 strips of tape about ½ inch apart on the plastic wrap ½ inch from inside edge on each short side of pan. Using the paring knife, evenly cut Xs, smaller than the diameter of the carrots, in between strips of tape on each side. Fit carrots into Xs; secure with tape, if necessary.

Place pan on level rack in freezer and freeze at least 24 hours. Remove plastic wrap, carrots, and, if necessary, tape. Run tap water over ice block to remove from pan. The frozen carrots will be soft and easy to dig out of the ice with a small spoon, if necessary. Place your choice of flowers in ice cavities.

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Cookie Cutouts

Linzer Heart Cookies

Recipe: Conversation Heart White Chocolate Bark

Recipe: Easy Sugar Cookies

Recipe: Chocolate Marshmallow Linzer Heart Cookies

Prepare heart-shaped cookies or bars ahead of time. Our Conversation Heart White Chocolate Bark will put everyone in a flirty mood—and it looks great without icing.

You can also use heart-shaped or letter cookie cutters (for the couple's initials) to cut out homemade or refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Set out different colored icing and candies for guests to decorate the cookies. For a fun game, let the bride judge a cookie-decorating contest.

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Precious Little Cakes

Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream

Guests will love having their own personal wedding-like tiered cake. These little cakes come in at just under three inches and are perfect for an intimate party.

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Beverage Bar

Wedding Bridal Shower Ideas: Beverage Bar

Let guests at your bridal shower help themselves to their beverage of choice. Simply display small carafes—filled with iced tea, water, lemonade, or juice—nestled in ice in a large serving bowl. Look for carafes at kitchen shops or restaurant supply stores.

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Bite-Sized Desserts

Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes
Photo: Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chocolate Pecan Tassies

Recipe: Mini Triple Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes

Recipe: Mini Chocolate Chess Tarts

Bite-size desserts are fun and convenient. Whip up a few options, including these Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes, that are sure to delight. Plus, it keeps things neat and tidy.

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Simple Side Salads and Veggies

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Recipe: Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas

Recipe: Radish, Avocado, and Citrus Salad

Simple does not meant tasteless and boring. We're betting the Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus will be one of the first things gone off the buffet table.

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Fun Cocktails

Grapefruit Gin Slush
Caroline Rogers

Recipe: Bourbon-Peach Iced Tea

What's any party without a cocktail or two? If you want to make it extra fun, do a cocktail bar where guests can mix their own creations. Write out recipes and flavor pairings on chalkboards for those who need a little inspiration.

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Chicken Salad Bar

Chicken Salad Swiss Cheese Puffs
Southern Living

Recipe: Homemade Chicken Salad

It's not really a Southern gathering without some form of chicken salad. Whether you want it in sandwich form or on its own, just make sure it has a place on the menu. Lay out the chicken salad, bread or rolls, and other fixings to allow the guests to assemble it just the way they like.

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