African-American Wedding Shower Ideas

If you're planning a pre-nuptial party for a blushing bride of color, have you considered an African-American wedding shower theme? Black Americans enjoy a vibrant culture, with elements stemming not just from European tradition, but also from great Mother Africa herself.

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Forget the Wine and Cheese -- Have a Chocolate Tasting Shower Instead!

When it comes to themed bridal showers, the wine and cheese tasting crowd has its adherents; but I say, why bother with spoiled grape juice and rotten milk when you can have a chocolate tasting shower instead? As we all know, chocolate is to human food as ambrosia was to the Greek gods' standard fare.

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A Cheesy But Fun Wedding Shower Idea

When it comes to wedding showers, there tends to be little variance in terms of venue. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd bet that the last shower you attended was pretty much like the one before that, which was like the one before that, and so on.

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The Beach Wedding Shower

Envision, if you will, the ambience of a beach wedding shower. A tropical drink melting in your hand (a la The Beach Boys), the roar of the surf, the crunch of sand beneath your toes, the scent of salt in the air, the sparkle of sunlight on the breaking waves...

Now, imagine that, instead, you're just sitting in your living room watching your buddy open gifts. Doesn't really compare, does it?

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Flower Power: A Unique Bridal Shower Theme

Flowers are a big part of most weddings, so why not incorporate them into your next bridal shower, too? I don't mean rose petals and nosegays, although you can include them if you like; what I mean is actual flowering plants that the bride-to-be can use to decorate her home and garden.

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Medieval Weddings Make A Unique Wedding Shower Theme

Many people choose a wedding shower theme to match the wedding theme. Themed weddings are becoming increasingly popular, especially medieval weddings, so if the bride is planning a medieval wedding you can imagine how much fun you could have with a medieval wedding shower theme.

But what if she isn't? Great news: it doesn't matter! Finding unique bridal shower themes is difficult enough without following arbitrary rules. No one ever said the shower and wedding themes had to match, and if the bride doesn't have a theme for her wedding, so much the better -- maybe you'll help her find one!

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Wedding Shower Themes That Always Work

I used to hate deciding on wedding shower themes. What will the bride like? Is that too cheesy? Will I be able to find decorations and party favors to match? It was like trying to plan the wedding itself!

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What's Your Bridal Shower Theme?

While you can always just have people show up at the shower with random gifts, it's a lot more fun to arrange a bridal shower theme well in advance. That way, you can work to ensure that there's as little gift overlap as possible, and besides, themes can be a lot of fun.

After all, a shower is a party, and all good parties should have a theme!

If you've been awarded the honor of arranging a friend's wedding shower (or have taken it upon yourself), here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

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Wedding Shower Themes: Plan a Mexican Fiesta for Couples

There are so many wedding shower themes to choose from and coed showers are very popular, why not spice things up and plan a couple's shower? Speaking of 'spicing' things up, why not try a Mexican Fiesta? This fun theme is great for the bride-to-be and the groom.

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Here's a Fun Idea: a Wedding Shower Luau

One of our favorite bridal shower themes is the wedding shower luau. There's just so much you can do with a Hawaiian theme -- everything from the food to the music to the dancing can add to the fun!

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