Ultimate Bridal Shower Planning: Step by Step Guide

Planning a bridal shower is a lot of fun but can feel like a lot of work, especially if you’ve never planned one before. Several details go into making the bride’s special day magical, and it can be daunting trying to keep track of everything – or even knowing where to begin!

Bridal Shower Planning Introduction

If you’re tasked with planning a bridal shower for a bride you love, don’t worry! Consider this your ultimate bridal shower planning guide, walking you through the whole process step by step. Keep this guide on hand through the entire planning process, from start to finish, and you’ll be just fine. It’ll be a piece of [wedding] cake!

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about bridal shower planning.

Free Bridal Shower Planning Checklist Download

Who Hosts a Bridal Shower?

Chances are if you’re reading this guide, it’s you!

On a serious note, bridal showers are traditionally planned and hosted by the maid (or matron) of honor, with some assistance from the rest of the wedding party. Parents and other relatives typically lend a hand as well, and will often bake treats, cook part of the meal, help decorate, and supply addresses for the guest list.

In modern times, it’s common and totally etiquette-friendly for anyone to be the host of a bridal shower. Whether you’re the maid of honor, mother of the bride, sister of the bride, a close friend, or just someone who cares deeply about the bride, the important thing is to show the bride some love!

Ultimate Bridal Shower Planning


Who to Invite to a Bridal Shower

The honored person organizing a bridal shower needs to assemble a guest list. Ask the bride or mother of the bride for a list of the “must-have” people she would like to attend her shower and get home addresses for the invitations (more on that later).

There’s no official limit to how many people “should” be invited, but the standard is usually 20-50 people in total. A point of etiquette: any guest invited to the bridal shower should be invited to the wedding, too. You can’t invite a guest to one but not the other! Once you have a final guest list, be sure to let the bride look it over to make sure no one is left out or was accidentally placed on the list when they shouldn’t have been.

Generally, you want to invite female relatives of the bride and groom, all women in the wedding party, and close female friends. At least, that’s how things are traditionally done! Nowadays, you don’t have to adhere to that strict gender rule, and close male friends are more than welcome to attend if the bride wants them to! Check with your bride to make sure everyone she wants to see is on your guest list.

Who to Invite to a Bridal Shower

When to Host a Bridal Shower

Typically, the bridal shower happens within two months and as late as 2 weeks before the wedding, depending on a few different factors. Location of the bride as compared to her guests, how big or small the guest list is, and even the season (think of inclement weather) can affect the timing of a bridal shower.

Be sure to chat with the bride to pick a date that works for her and the rest of her guests – particularly her family and other “priority guests.” In some cases, the bride is out-of-state, so you’ll need to coordinate the bridal shower with other trips and events.

While any time of day is acceptable, many bridal showers are held in the afternoon to provide guests with a delicious lunch and the bachelorette party in the evening. If you’re hoping to keep food costs low, schedule the shower for late afternoon and just offer light appetizers and snacks, plus some desserts! If you’re looking to shake things up a bit, brunch bridal showers are quickly gaining popularity – mimosas and yummy breakfast foods? It doesn’t get much better than that!

Where to Host a Bridal Shower

Once you know when the bridal shower will take place, you need to pick a venue or location. Bridal showers are often held at someone’s house, usually the maid of honor or the mother of the bride’s house, but it largely depends on how many people will be in attendance and the budget for the event.

Where to Host a Bridal Shower

Start with the big picture: is the bride out of state while most of the guests are in her hometown? Is she in the same area as her guests, while you’re further away? Pick a location that makes the most sense for everyone, but prioritize the bride’s needs. After the area is nailed down, you can start hunting for a good venue.

Any venue is fair game! You can rent out a banquet room in a restaurant, a wine tasting room (if you really want to get fancy), or even an art gallery. Just keep in mind your headcount and the bride’s interests! If she’s an outdoor adventurer, you could even consider hosting her shower in a state park. Not sure what the bride would like most? Just ask her! It’s better to check in and make sure she’ll enjoy the venue rather than take the chance of surprising her with a venue she’s not thrilled with.

Budget for a Bridal Shower

Okay, before you get any deeper into your planning, you need to figure out a budget! Traditionally (there’s that word again), the host is the one who pays for the shower, from food to favors. However, relatives and other members of the wedding party may offer to help pay for some things or provide some of the food to offset costs.

You should account for invitations, food and drinks for every guest, venue costs, décor, favors, and any photography or other vendor services you hire. But don’t be afraid to cut some corners to avoid breaking your bank account! Your bride will love her shower and will be grateful for your efforts no matter what.

There’s no set amount of money that you “should” spend on a bridal shower. It really depends on what the bride wants and what the host can afford. Don’t be afraid to get creative and come up with some budget-friendly solutions!

drinks for bridal shower


Choose a Theme for a Bridal Shower

Alright, you’re doing great! You’ve got the guest list figured out, you’ve got the where and when nailed down, and you’ve set a budget. Now we get to move on to the fun stuff!

The theme of a bridal shower is a great way to showcase the bride’s personality or something she loves. Or it’s just another way to sprinkle some fun into the day! Is the bride a coffee fanatic? Does she love the retro theme of the ‘50s? What about traveling? Or is there a simple theme, like country charm, that emulates her style? Get creative, and ask some of the other wedding party members what they think would be most appropriate for the bride!

Picking a theme can help guide all the other choices you need to make for the shower and tie everything together. Even if you don’t choose a full theme, picking some colors or mirroring the bride’s wedding colors can give your shower decorations a cohesive balance.

Invitations for a Bridal Shower

The first thing you want to handle after you pick a theme is the invitations for the bridal shower. Time is of the essence, so invitations are one of the first things you should address (pun intended).

Guests need as much notice as you can manage so that they have time to make arrangements to attend. You should plan to mail out the invitations at least four to six weeks before the shower. That means you should have the invitations designed, finalized, and ordered about two months before the shower’s date – whew!

When designing the invitations, make sure you include the date, time, location or venue, and any registry information you know. Also, make sure the invitations include the name of the host (or hosts) and a way for them to RSVP. Oh, and the name of the bride!

While E-vites are easier and more convenient, it’s still good etiquette to send actual paper invitations. However, if invites are taking up a large chunk of your budget, email invites or Facebook invites are acceptable in this day and age. Prioritize the bride’s wants, and your shower will be a hit!

Menu for a Bridal Shower

Now it’s time for the most delicious part of the planning process: planning the food! Whether you have the budget to hire a caterer or are making the food on your own, the food choices should complement the theme of the shower.

perfect Menu for a Bridal Shower

However, you can consider the bride’s favorites, too – it is her day, after all! If she likes simple food like PB&J, consider making tiny versions for appetizers! Does she love Mexican food? Consider adding tacos, chips and guac, or margaritas to the menu! The menu can be as creative as the theme; it’s one of the most memorable parts of the shower, so make it count!

When planning the menu, keep the time of the shower in mind; if it’s a brunch buffet, set up a coffee station, juice bar, or make-your-own-mimosa area! Then stock the food tables with plenty of croissants, danishes, donuts, fruit, and eggs. Is your in the late afternoon after lunch? Chips and snacks are all well and good, but consider adding something with a little more “oomph,” like small sandwiches or meat and cheese trays with bread and buns to make your own.

Try to accommodate any food restrictions, as well! When you send out your invites, it’s helpful to include a line where guests can indicate any allergies or dietary needs. That way, you’re prepared on the big day!

Décor for a Bridal Shower

This is where your theme or color scheme really comes to life! Some hosts opt for hiring an event planner to transform the shower’s venue, but plenty of others take matters into their own hands – it’s up to you and your budget! And just because you’re decorating everything yourself doesn’t mean you have to stick with the classic mylar balloons and streamers. Think outside the box for some fabulous and festive. 

Are you going for a tropical island theme? Find plenty of faux palm leaves and pineapples to dress up the tables! Going for a ‘50s vibe? Use old vinyl records to make centerpieces! Decorate the big things, but use the details of your décor to drive your theme home.

love is sweet please take a treat

Games and Activities for a Bridal Shower

While you’re shopping around for decoration to match your theme, keep an eye out for games and perhaps little prizes for the winners of the games, too! Of course, you can include some of the classics like wedding mad libs, trivia about the bride, and bridal bingo, but it’s always fun to play at least one game that matches the shower’s theme! If you’re stumped, check out Etsy or Pinterest for inspiration.

Games and Activities for a Bridal Shower

guess how many kisses photo

It’s nice to get the games and activities done early on because it helps break the ice for guests who may not know each other yet. Plan for guests to eat, socialize, and greet the bride first, then start the games when there is a bit of a lull. It’s an excellent way to get your guests engaged, so they’re not sitting and staring at the bride the whole time. As wonderful as that is, everyone needs a break from basking in her bridal radiance!

Thank You Favors for a Bridal Shower

Last but far from the least is the thank you favors. The options are limitless; you just want to give the guests a little something to thank them for coming and showering the bride with gifts and love!

Popular options include yummy baked treats like cookies or boxes of candy, hand sanitizers or lotions, even personalized sunglasses to commemorate the special day! Again, try to stick with your shower theme when you plan out your favors. And if you don’t want to take the centerpieces home, send them with your guests as bonus favors!

Bridal shower planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming. As long as you keep the bride’s best interest at heart and this guide close by, your shower is sure to be a magnificent event!

Hosting Your Bridal Shower During COVID-19

Hosting Your Bridal Shower During COVID-19

Alright, Brides, let’s be honest – COVID-19 has thrown a huge monkey wrench into a lot of bridal shower plans for 2020, even into 2021. Across the country, federal guidelines strongly suggest no more than ten people should gather in one place. Most guest lists for a bridal shower range from 20 to 50 people – so what’s a Bride to do?

The easiest, most effective solution is to host a virtual wedding shower. You can use platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Skype to gather all of your friends and family together without putting anyone at risk! So before you start making those dreaded cancellation calls, here are some tips and ideas to make your virtual bridal shower a success.

Bridal Shower During COVID-19

Spread the Word

Reach out to your guests and let them know that they can still attend your shower, just from the comfort of their couch! You can use this as an opportunity to tell them which platform you will be using, so they can be sure to download the app, create an account, etc. ahead of time – not five minutes before the shower starts.

Virtual Bridal Shower Invitation


Have Your Guests Send Gifts or Cards to Your House Ahead of Time

There are plenty of options for sending gifts via snail mail or online. You may get some virtual surprises like gift cards to your favorite restaurants or boutique, or maybe a membership for a subscription box! Just be sure to share information with your guests like an email address for virtual gifts, your home address for physical gifts, and your registry for ideas.

Pick a Theme

Once the changes are made, and your guests are notified, it’s time to focus on your bridal shower’s theme. Maybe your original theme works for a virtual bridal shower, or perhaps you need to adapt it a bit. Take this time to figure out how you can really embrace the virtual aspect of your shower.

You could plan a cocktail hour theme where guests could bring their own cocktail creations and swap recipes with each other! Or maybe a virtual spa day sounds more like your speed. You can ask your guests to bring their favorite nail polish, face masks, or pampering products to the virtual call and share your beauty routines!

Make a Custom Snapchat Filter

Guests can take videos or pictures with the filter then post it to their social media pages. You can design your own filter in the app or purchase one that is custom-made for you on Etsy! While this may seem trivial, creating a custom Snapchat filter is a great way to capture everyone’s moments from the shower. It helps you to feel like everyone was truly together!

Bridal Shower Snapchat Geofilter


Games, Games, Games!

No party is complete without some fun games! In light of the pandemic, many game companies are releasing or expanding their virtual game platforms – perfect for your virtual bridal shower. One option is to create a custom game with TriviaMaker. A host can write trivia questions all about the happy couple, then broadcast their screen over video chat for all to see.

If you want something that’s already made and ready to play, you can go for these virtual bridal shower battle trivia game by ThinkGames.

Virtual Bridal Shower Wedding - Answer Battle Trivia Powerpoint

virtual would she rather bridal shower game


For non-trivia type of games, you can opt for printable bridal shower games. The files can be downloaded and emailed to the guests. Few of my favorite games that can be played at virtual bridal shower includes, bridal emoji quiz, bridal bingo, and would she rather games.

Bridal Shower Emoji Pictionary Virtual


For a more, ah…spicy crowd, All Bad Cards is a fantastic option as well. It’s basically a virtual version of the game Cards Against Humanity, and anyone can host a game from their web browser. Just send the link to all of your guests when you’re ready to play! Make sure your guests also have their video chat up and running, so no one misses out on the scandalous laughter.

Remember, Brides: at the end of the day, your shower is going to be special, regardless of the little details. As long as you have your friends and loved ones by your side, your bridal shower is sure to be the best.


Should I Host a Hen Party or Bridal Shower Party?

A bridal shower is an exciting time in a bride-to-be’s life, and even more so a lovely excuse to have a fabulous event with your closest girlfriends! What’s really great about the bridal shower is that there are tons of different options when it comes to all the fantastic things you can do with themes, décor, food, and much, much more! When planning for a great and memorable bridal shower event, you have two main options of party genre to choose from: A bridal shower or hens party.

Hen Party or Bridal Shower

Opting for a Bridal Shower

When opting for a bridal shower, this is usually a good idea when there is a variety of guests that will be in attendance (think age, family ties, etc.) Bridal shower party ideas work great especially for bigger bridal showers with more guests there, too. Bridal shower events are wonderful for several different reasons, from introducing everyone through fun icebreakers to ensuring engagement and comfort with games, activities, and even the smallest party details, such as music or decorations.

Themes & Games

Pick a theme first and foremost that represents the bride and what she truly loves, and this is a great place to start when planning. Next, decide on at least two icebreaker-type activities that guests can immediately engage in and meet everyone at the shower who they might not already know. Some classic icebreakers can include 2 truths and a lie, or something more modern such as Guess the Celebrity Bride in which the name of a famous bride is taped to a guest’s back right when they walk in and the first part of the party consists of everyone asking questions to one another in attempt to guess who the celebrity bride is. This engages guests in instant and fun conversations to get the party going.


Photo Credit: Day 7 Photography on DIY Bride via Lover.ly

After the icebreakers, you can then incorporate popular games such as Bridal Bingo and the ever so loved Toilet Paper Dress game. Unique game, however, also hold a fabulous place at a bridal shower event, so let your creativity really shine. From Name that Chick Flick to Guess the Flavor (involve cupcakes and cookies and gourmet treats alike here!), you can really give the guests and the new bride activities to participate in that are truly memorable and special. Whatever activities you choose to use at the bridal shower, they definitely don’t have to cost so much. Even with many guests, any of the ideas aforementioned are affordable and really quite effortless to put together.

Opting for a Hens Party

As for the second option in regards to celebrating the bride-to-be, you can alternatively do a hens party—or you could do both a bridal shower and a hens party—it’s really all up to what your bride wishes! A hens party tends to be more of an intimate affair with less guests and goes for a night or for a weekend instead of just brunch hours that a bridal shower normally calls for. Also known as a bachelorette party, this event brings together the bride’s closest girlfriends to celebrate her upcoming “I do’s.” Just like a bridal shower, there are plenty of ways to ring in the celebration and a lot of memorable laughs to ensue!

Weekend Soirees

Weekend soirees are extremely popular, and some fantastic ideas for this are winery vineyard getaways, all-inclusive boat cruises, a glamping campout, or even a music festival event. For a single night hens party event, the bride’s favorite nightclub, bars, or perhaps a Broadway or burlesque show are all unforgettable and extremely snazzy events. Regardless of when and how you choose your hens party getaway, the activities are just as important as a classic bridal shower. A few games and activities to keep the fun and laughter going are a couture twist on the Toilet Paper Wedding Dress game, or you can even involve the groom-to-be in a Newlyweds Drinking Game. Ask the groom questions ahead of time and then see how many the bride-to-be can get right! Truth or Dare and a bridal scavenger hunt are both also great ways to keep the guests interacting and engaged during either a hens weekend or a party night.

The important thing to remember about any hens party is that it should be fun and exciting, but also relaxing for the bride and her guests. Putting together an event that is as special as it is interactive is important, as this is something that only happens once in a lifetime for the very special bride-to-be.

Best Hen Party Games for Everyone to Enjoy!

No matter what the venue, location, or getaway plan for a delightful hen’s party, one thing always rings true—there must be plenty of great games and activities for the bride to be and her guests to enjoy! From classic games to engaging activities to brand new, modern takes, you can create some really special memories and an unforgettable party.

Icebreaker Games

It always pays to start off with some awesome icebreaker games. Opt for a guessing game in which you tape a piece of paper reading a famous bride or female icon from history to every guest’s back when they first arrive and have them spend the first moments of the party engaging with each other and asking questions to figure out what their paper says. Or, you could do an icebreaker game that’s a little bit more casual and classic. Have your guests sit around with glasses of champagne and reveal two truths and a lie about themselves, with the other guests guessing which is which.

The most important thing is to keep guests smiling, laughing, and simply just enjoying themselves while celebrating the future bride. Some old school, always amazing go-to games are the Toilet Paper Wedding Dress game, Bridal Bingo, and Hen Party Mad Libs.

Toilet Paper Wedding Dress game

With the Toilet Paper Wedding Dress game, guests break up into teams of two or three to race against a timer and create the most realistic wedding dress they can using only toilet paper wrapped around a team mate. You can further up the fun with this game by having guests make their dresses “couture” or “current trendy fashion” with photos from women’s fashion magazines.

Bridal Bingo

Bridal Bingo is another great idea for an awesome hen party game, and it’s easy as ever to play. Pair it with themed, hen party prizes and voila! You have the recipe for a truly interactive and boisterous activity.

Hen Party Mad Libs

Hen Party Mad Libs is probably the easiest to put together and most fun to play for guests. You can even take already made normal Mad Libs and have guests fill in their most outrageous, hen party themed words. What’s even better about this activity is that it takes up quite a bit of time as the guests get really involved and have a great time doing it.

scavenger hunt game instant download bachelorette drink if drinking game gold glitter hens party

designedbyanna @ETSY

Dare Cards, Drink If, and Scavenger Hunt

StyleScoutDesign @ETSY

Some all new games to try out with your party hens are things like a Newlyweds Game, a scavenger hunt, or a Truth or Dare activity. A Newlyweds Game can go all sorts of ways, so let your creativity shine. Involving the groom beforehand is the best thing, as you can have him answer tons of questions that you then pose to the bride without him at the hen party event. You can even incorporate drinking shots into the activity for every question the bride gets incorrect.

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is probably the most interactive activity you can incorporate into a hens party and it can keep guests entertained for as little as a couple of hours to all day. You can come up with just about any way to do a scavenger hunt, but the basic gist is that several things are hidden and guests are given clues that will eventually lead to these treasures. Be sure to have fun prizes on hand to award winners of the hunt, as well.

A Truth or Dare

A Truth or Dare themed game can also be hours of fun, and once more, the options for what you can do with this are absolutely limitless. Have both truths and dares planned out and written down for guests to draw so that the game stays on track and all the dares are possible to do within whatever vicinity you’ve chosen for the hen party.

how-many-kisses newlywed-game

Regardless if you opt for just a few or all of these awesome game ideas, your hen party event is sure to be a big hit and a memorable one for years to come.

Best Bridal Shower Favor Ideas that Guests would Love!

A bridal shower is a celebration for a bride-to-be, but it is also a chance to say thank you to all the guests that not only take time out of their busy lives to attend the shower, but also pamper the bride with gifts. Party favors are a little piece of memory that guests get to take home with them and whether you opt for a fun edible item or a sweet keepsake, the world of party favors for a bridal shower is big and full of choices. Below are some amazing and creative ideas for the best of the best guest party favors that cater to your style and budget.

Useful Favors

The gifts you give your bridal shower guests don’t have to be temporary or decorative. Sometimes, the best favors (and money well spent on) are the ones that are actually functional.

Heart Shaped Measuring Spoons Personalized 9 oz. Stemless Wine GlassGlassware

Any type of glassware that is personalized to the bridal shower theme or even monogrammed with guest initials is a perfect keepsake that guests will actually be able to use. Think stemless wine glasses, beer steins, schnapps and shot glasses, and tumblers for the perfectly classy favor gift. Keep in mind that most of the time, you’ll want to gift these types of favors in pairs instead of just one (with the exception of beer steins and shot glasses).

Kitchen Items

Along the same lines as glassware in general, kitchen items serve as popular, functional favors. Bottle stoppers, coasters, saucer sets, bottle openers, napkin rings, and mugs kept in theme with the bridal shower are all fantastic gift favors that will be functional in your guests’ day to day lives. Bigger items like cutting boards, cheese graters, and serving dishes are also a big favorite among guest favors.

Small House Décor

This is also a popular choice when it comes to practical guest favors, however you have to exercise caution as not everyone has the same décor taste. Opt for small accent pieces of décor such as candles, candle holders, decorative cork holders, storage jars, and photo frames. If you keep these items within the themes or color palates of the bridal shower, then they should be gifts that will go with any already existing home décor in anyone’s home.

Cloth Favors

This genre of practical, but cute favors include things like personalized canvas totes, makeup bags, clutches, koozies, or bigger items like shirts and hats. Usually, these items are personalized with monograms or bridal shower logos that relate to wedding images, sayings, or that keep in theme with the bridal shower event itself. Everyone loves a free t-shirt!

cotton favor bags

DIY Favors

Handmade favors add an extra flair of sentiment to your guest gifts and while they can be time consuming to make, DIY favors are super easy on the wallet. Tie meaningful with cost effective when you choose to give DIY favors.


Delicious treats and fun eats are extremely popular in the DIY favor realm. You can do so much with food favors and really let your creativity shine. Elaborate, gigantic sugar cookies, cakepops, or candies tied up in a lovely presentation favor bag is a much loved favor, or you can have containers available for guests to fill up with an assortment of their favorite candies to take home from the shower. Jars with dry ingredients for cookie or brownie recipes are especially popular, while Jordan almonds are a bridal shower staple. Homemade jams and liquors are also wonderful food items that guests love.

Get Crazy with Mod Podge

 This little crafting gem can allow you to make a plethora of different favors that are so elegant and refined that it will look like you bought them at a boutique. From photo coasters to hand painted champagne flutes to magnets, mod podge takes your DIY favor game to the next level.

Photo Gifts

 Favors with personal photos of the bride with the guest are really sentimental and special. Think miniature photobooks with colorfully decorated pages, photo mugs, calendars, framed photos, or small canvas prints. These favors are extra meaningful because each guest has something personally specific to them and it further illustrates the special relationship between the guest and the bride.

Wood and Paper

Gifts of paper or wood material often are pretty easy to make and are exquisitely beautiful to the eye. A wooden wall plaque with burned wooden personalization or a handmade paper calendar for binded with twine are one-of-a-kind gifts that look spectacular in any home.

Lip Balm

eos lip balms with accompanying favor card that you can print off at home or print shop can be a fairly easy DIY favor. 

Unique Favors

With the wide world of social media, we tend to see some popular trends among bridal shower gift favors, but sometimes, thinking outside of the box and coming up with something different is a surefire way to be memorable. Below are some awesome ideas for the best of unique favors.

Potted Plants

Little plants such as easy care cacti or even a romantic orchid are wonderful keepsakes for guests. Like the bride’s love for her groom, the plants you give the guests will grow and flourish for years to come.

Themed Favors

Some bridal showers have a really cool theme, so with keeping that in mind, gear your guest favors in the same lines as whatever that theme may be. For instance, if the theme is “Under the Sea”, you might give out mermaid hair clips, seashell candles, or even little miniature tanks with beta fish.

Flirty Favors

Unless the bridal shower includes both the bride and groom in attendance, then chances are your guests will all be the bride’s closest girlfriends and female relatives. This is a perfect chance to invest in favors that are specifically flirty, fun, and full of glitter. Miniature manicure sets, blinged out mint tins, rhinestone compact mirrors, and glittery purse caddies are all lovely gifts that are pretty to look at and fun to use.

Gift Sets

This is a bigger type of gift that packs a bigger punch when it comes to the smile it will put on the guests’ faces. You can do sweet little sets of just about anything, but for a bridal shower, obviously you’ll want to first stick with the theme of the shower and then also you’ll want to keep it along the lines of something that relates to a “brunch” atmosphere. Teacup and tea sets, coffee mugs and coffee beans sets, and champagne and chocolate sets are all really opulent favor gift sets that guests will be delighted to receive.

Exclusive Personalized Bridal Shower Mint Tins

Cheap Favors

While DIY favors are super affordable, sometimes we just don’t have the time (or the skillset) to make crafty gift favors ourselves. But just because convenience is a priority, doesn’t mean you have to break the bank while doing it.

Personalized Lip Balm bridal showe Favors

Dollar Store Finds

Shopping at a dollar store type shop is a wonderful way to stock up on a batch of really fun, silly, and affordable bridal shower favors. At just a dollar a pop, you can round up several items per guest to make a fun little basket full of favor goodies.

Pamper Treats

Lotions, chapstick, body sprays, soaps, and candles are all super cheap favors that look luxurious. What makes them so price perfect? These type of items are always either offered on clearance at big box retail stores, or they are offered in miniature bottles usually being priced under a buck.

Buy in Bulk

Online retailers such as orientaltrading.com or partycity.com offer year-round favors with tons of bridal party themes that are sometimes as low as a few cents per unit if you order in bulk. While you might have some leftover favors, there’s always a time to use what’s left, whether it be at a different party later on or stocking stuffers down the road during the holidays.


Guest favors that are a result of a bridal shower activity are not only affordable as a two-in-one deal, but also offer a more special keepsake. For instance, if you have an activity set up for guests in which they paint stain glass, throw some pottery, or make bead jewelry, they get to take home their very own creation!

No matter what your budget, number of party guests, or bridal shower theme, with so many ideas for any situation, it’s never been easier or more enjoyable to decide on the perfect guest party favors.