A friend of mine recently crossed the threshold into the world of engagement bliss, so I thought it would be fun to throw an unconventional bridal shower. I decided to organize a simple wine and cheese shower at one of Raleigh’s newest, modern home goods boutiques. The best part about a bridal shower at a local boutique is that friends can purchase registry items on the spot. The bride doesn't have to spend time opening gifts, which leaves more time to enjoy good wine, good food and good company.
Planning a bridal shower at a local shop isn’t complicated. All you need is simple décor for the table, ingredients for a charcuterie spread and of course, good wine. One of my favorite wineries is the award-winning Chateau Ste. Michelle, founded in Washington State. So, choosing the wine was a no-brainer for me. For this bridal shower, I chose a white and a red, because my girlfriends enjoy options!
After seeing the success of the unconventional wine tasting and shopping bridal shower, I began to brainstorm other unique shower ideas and today am sharing 9 bridal shower themes that are easy, unique and memorable!
There is nothing better than setting aside a night to make flower crowns, fun arrangements or Kokedama hanging plants with friends. You can set up shop at your house or find a local boutique that offers fun floral DIY classes. (Bonus: Favors are of the DIY variety.)
Private Yoga Class
Planning a wedding is not typically known as a stress-free adventure. Instead of throwing a shower, you can book a private yoga class for the bride and her closest friends.
Tarot Card Reading/Palm Reading Session
This type of shower could include a handful of the bride’s closest girlfriends or just her bridesmaids. After the session, everyone chats about their experience over Sauvignon Blanc, treats and gifts.
Who wouldn’t want a spa day instead of a conventional bridal shower? The shower could be a week or two before the wedding to help de-stress the bride and prepare for the big day.
For someone like me who isn’t known for being an expert in the kitchen, I would love to take a cooking class with my best friends. Sipping Cabernet Sauvignon and trying to elevate our (perhaps limited) culinary skills sounds like a dream evening (hint, hint).
A Day in the Mountains
There is nothing better than spending time outdoors with your friends. You could spend the day hiking in the mountains and end with a picnic at a beautiful, secluded overlook.
Day of Service
If the bride-to-be has a favorite nonprofit where she volunteers, it could be fun to spend the day with her serving the community she loves. Instead of gifts, everyone could donate to the charity. At the end of the day, everyone would reconvene to enjoy dinner, wine and the inspiring conversations that are the byproduct of thoughtful action.
With local farms popping up in almost every city, the bride and her friends could make a day of harvesting veggies and using the fresh produce to create a beautiful dinner. The bride’s friends would prepare the meal and decorate the table, allowing the bride to relax and enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine.
Cake by the Ocean
We’ve all heard the song, so why not literally eat cake by the ocean. Pick a secluded beach, pack a picnic style lunch, and bring a small cake. The best time of year to have a picnic by the ocean would be mid-summer to early fall when temperatures allow for a crowd that likes to linger.
Although a lot of my girlfriends drink red wine regardless of the season, I always focus on white wine for spring/summer months. If the bridal shower is in the fall/winter, then a Merlot or red blend is perfect!
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from Chateau Ste. Michelle that I served were a great complement to both the occasion and the season. But above all, you know your guests best: choose what they (and most importantly - the bride!) will truly enjoy regardless of the weather.
Great news, friends! Chateau Ste. Michelle is hosting a big giveaway this summer! Grand prize is a trip for 2 to Seattle and tickets to a show at their exclusive concert series (think Paul Simon, Bob Dylan or Ray Lamontange). You can find out more about the 10 Perfect Sips sweepstakes here!
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