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Decorating For a Wedding Shower

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Wedding season is upon us so many people are planning bridal showers at their homes.

While its unrealistic to transform your home for an afternoon, there are simple, gorgeous accents you can place around the space to delight the bride-to-be and shower guests.

Here are my favorite ideas for decorating a bridal shower...

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I have never hidden my love of carnations. For big-impact, cluster different colors in modern, minimalist vases that will offset their ruffled softness. (marthastewartweddings.com)

1 I have never hidden my love of carnations. For big-impact, cluster different colors in modern, minimalist vases that will offset their ruffled softness. (marthastewartweddings.com)

These decorative medallions are made from simple craft paper. I love how festive and graphic they look. (marthastewartweddings.com)

2 These decorative medallions are made from simple craft paper. I love how festive and graphic they look. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Vases of varying sizes, shapes, and materials can be unified with mere paper bags to serve as fresh, bright centerpieces at a casual shower. Slip the plain white lunch bags over the containers and cinch the tops loosely with ribbons tied in bows. (marthastewartweddings.com)

3 Vases of varying sizes, shapes, and materials can be unified with mere paper bags to serve as fresh, bright centerpieces at a casual shower. Slip the plain white lunch bags over the containers and cinch the tops loosely with ribbons tied in bows. (marthastewartweddings.com)

A runner made with crepe paper is a terrific low-cost decoration for square or rectangular tables; all it takes are two pieces in coordinating hues and a pinch of effort.
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4 A runner made with crepe paper is a terrific low-cost decoration for square or rectangular tables; all it takes are two pieces in coordinating hues and a pinch of effort. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Warm up tables with wooden accents. All you need is wood veneer paper to turn plain glass vases into perfectly matched pieces that can hold flowers or candles.
(marthastewartweddings.com)

5 Warm up tables with wooden accents. All you need is wood veneer paper to turn plain glass vases into perfectly matched pieces that can hold flowers or candles. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Photo garlands make charming timelines of the bride and groom's childhoods -- and festive decorations especially for a bridal shower. (marthastewartweddings.com)

6 Photo garlands make charming timelines of the bride and groom's childhoods -- and festive decorations especially for a bridal shower. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Little details count. This sangria glass has a tag with the couple's initials -- in pink, of course. (marthastewartweddings.com)

7 Little details count. This sangria glass has a tag with the couple's initials -- in pink, of course. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Put everyone in a romantic mood with napkins in shades of pink and white dressed up with old song titles or favorite lines of poetry. (marthastewartweddings.com)

8 Put everyone in a romantic mood with napkins in shades of pink and white dressed up with old song titles or favorite lines of poetry. (marthastewartweddings.com)

In lieu of floral arrangements, display sleek tapers in a variety of shapely glass candlesticks. Mix them in varying heights and designs to create a sophisticated, chic setting. (marthastewartweddings.com)

9 In lieu of floral arrangements, display sleek tapers in a variety of shapely glass candlesticks. Mix them in varying heights and designs to create a sophisticated, chic setting. (marthastewartweddings.com)

At each seat, a 3-inch paper teardrop bearing a guest's name and embellished with a tiny yellow strand of ribbon serves as both napkin ring and place card. (marthastewartweddings.com)

10 At each seat, a 3-inch paper teardrop bearing a guest's name and embellished with a tiny yellow strand of ribbon serves as both napkin ring and place card. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Another non-floral centerpiece idea? Frothy cotton candy spun onto rock candy sticks. Instant color and a sweet take-home favor. (marthastewartweddings.com)

11 Another non-floral centerpiece idea? Frothy cotton candy spun onto rock candy sticks. Instant color and a sweet take-home favor. (marthastewartweddings.com)

This modern nod to luminarias -- paper bags with votives inside -- updates the look with chic stripes printed onto vellum and wrapped around straight-sided square glass vases. (marthastewartweddings.com)

12 This modern nod to luminarias -- paper bags with votives inside -- updates the look with chic stripes printed onto vellum and wrapped around straight-sided square glass vases. (marthastewartweddings.com)

These simple fringe pieces are draped over branches and set in a clean, white vase for a more modern bridal shower table. (marthastewartweddings.com)

13 These simple fringe pieces are draped over branches and set in a clean, white vase for a more modern bridal shower table. (marthastewartweddings.com)

For a twist on the fancy chandelier, hang these fluffy pom-poms instead. (marthastewartweddings.com)

14 For a twist on the fancy chandelier, hang these fluffy pom-poms instead. (marthastewartweddings.com)

To make square luminarias beautiful enough to be centerpieces, simply magnified a lace pattern. (marthastewartweddings.com)

15 To make square luminarias beautiful enough to be centerpieces, simply magnified a lace pattern. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Straight-edged and simply presented, these lace napkin rings strike a modern note. (marthastewartweddings.com)

16 Straight-edged and simply presented, these lace napkin rings strike a modern note. (marthastewartweddings.com)

These mini terrariums make chic table decor when grouped en masse -- and they double as favors, too! Just place sand and rocks in the bottom of a fishbowl votive holder.  (marthastewartweddings.com)

17 These mini terrariums make chic table decor when grouped en masse -- and they double as favors, too! Just place sand and rocks in the bottom of a fishbowl votive holder. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Hang colorful streamers en masse, and you've got a chic way to decorate a champagne bar -- or any focal point that needs more oomph. (marthastewartweddings.com)

18 Hang colorful streamers en masse, and you've got a chic way to decorate a champagne bar -- or any focal point that needs more oomph. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Juxtapose opulent gold branches (in the form of faux bay-laurel twigs) with the humble grace of wood. (marthastewartweddings.com)

19 Juxtapose opulent gold branches (in the form of faux bay-laurel twigs) with the humble grace of wood. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Paper chandeliers of tissue orbs stapled to narrow ribbon and hung from the ceiling will elicit oohs and aahs from your guests. (marthastewartweddings.com)

20 Paper chandeliers of tissue orbs stapled to narrow ribbon and hung from the ceiling will elicit oohs and aahs from your guests. (marthastewartweddings.com)

I love the choice of an unexpected flower on a bridal shower table like these orchids. (marthastewartweddings.com)

21 I love the choice of an unexpected flower on a bridal shower table like these orchids. (marthastewartweddings.com)

These beautiful shower hangings are made from embroidery hoops and decorative vellum paper. How chic. (marthastewartweddings.com)

22 These beautiful shower hangings are made from embroidery hoops and decorative vellum paper. How chic. (marthastewartweddings.com)

This classic shower table is draped with pink fabrics; offerings on the buffet include fresh-fruit skewers, salmon mousse tartlets, balsamic shrimp, and chicken salad with raspberries.(marthastewartweddings.com)

23 This classic shower table is draped with pink fabrics; offerings on the buffet include fresh-fruit skewers, salmon mousse tartlets, balsamic shrimp, and chicken salad with raspberries.(marthastewartweddings.com)

A big, vibrant pop of color in the form of bright candles you design yourself casts a warm glow over an otherwise clean, minimalist table. (marthastewartweddings.com)

24 A big, vibrant pop of color in the form of bright candles you design yourself casts a warm glow over an otherwise clean, minimalist table. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Plexiglas stirrers add punch to signature drinks when they're decked out with petite pennants and pom-poms reminiscent of fireworks. (marthastewartweddings.com)

25 Plexiglas stirrers add punch to signature drinks when they're decked out with petite pennants and pom-poms reminiscent of fireworks. (marthastewartweddings.com)

I love this look. Tie sheer linen napkins in loose knots, then tuck tissue paper blooms inside. Present each one next to a name card that's framed by a shining border.
(marthastewartweddings.com)

26 I love this look. Tie sheer linen napkins in loose knots, then tuck tissue paper blooms inside. Present each one next to a name card that's framed by a shining border. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Serving luncheon entrees or crudite in these white boxes make such a chic and modern buffet setting. (marthastewartweddings.com)

27 Serving luncheon entrees or crudite in these white boxes make such a chic and modern buffet setting. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Here, just a few supplies -- vellum paper, scissors, and tape -- turn a simply set table into something worth raising your glass to. (marthastewartweddings.com)

28 Here, just a few supplies -- vellum paper, scissors, and tape -- turn a simply set table into something worth raising your glass to. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Inexpensive paper parasols can be hung from the ceiling for a stylish, exotic vibe. (marthastewartweddings.com)

29 Inexpensive paper parasols can be hung from the ceiling for a stylish, exotic vibe. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Use gift wrap to create a chic runner at your shower. (marthastewartweddings.com)

30 Use gift wrap to create a chic runner at your shower. (marthastewartweddings.com)

Do double duty by creating centerpieces that guests can also take home as favors after the shower. (marthastewartweddings.com)

31 Do double duty by creating centerpieces that guests can also take home as favors after the shower. (marthastewartweddings.com)

These Martha Stewart ready-made pom poms take minutes to hang and look so lush. (shop.marthastewart.com)

32 These Martha Stewart ready-made pom poms take minutes to hang and look so lush. (shop.marthastewart.com)

I love these Martha Stewart Lanterns in shades of emerald and mint -- so chic. (shop.marthastewart.com)

33 I love these Martha Stewart Lanterns in shades of emerald and mint -- so chic. (shop.marthastewart.com)

These Martha Stewart Pink Glittered Hanging Dots are perfect for a Bridal Shower buffet. I like the idea of stringing lots over one area. (shop.marthastewart.com)

34 These Martha Stewart Pink Glittered Hanging Dots are perfect for a Bridal Shower buffet. I like the idea of stringing lots over one area. (shop.marthastewart.com)

If you are looking for lighted decor, these Martha Stewart White Lighted Camellias are so crisp and sophisticated. (shop.marthastewart.com)

35 If you are looking for lighted decor, these Martha Stewart White Lighted Camellias are so crisp and sophisticated. (shop.marthastewart.com)

Here are the pom poms in silver mixed with white versions. (shop.marthastewart.com)

36 Here are the pom poms in silver mixed with white versions. (shop.marthastewart.com)

Our friends at Confetti Systems make party decorations that are perfect for a chic bridal shower or even an informal wedding.

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Nick and Julie, the creators of Confetti System.

1 Nick and Julie, the creators of Confetti System.

The have their studio here in NYC.

2 The have their studio here in NYC.

Can you believe this is a pinata?  We love the diamond shape.

3 Can you believe this is a pinata? We love the diamond shape.

The subtle palatte of these pom poms are so pretty.

4 The subtle palatte of these pom poms are so pretty.

The pale roses and day-glo yellows are fantastic together.

5 The pale roses and day-glo yellows are fantastic together.

This palate is amazing!!

6 This palate is amazing!!

The silver and blue combination is so sophisticated.

7 The silver and blue combination is so sophisticated.

The pale pink pinata would be the focal point of your party.

8 The pale pink pinata would be the focal point of your party.

We saw this hat and were inspired.

9 We saw this hat and were inspired.

This would be so chic floating over your guest of honor.

10 This would be so chic floating over your guest of honor.

Nick selecting some fringe for his next project.

11 Nick selecting some fringe for his next project.

This paper looks like giant gold chains. Love it!

12 This paper looks like giant gold chains. Love it!

I adore this palette. You could select colors that correspond with the bride's wedding.

13 I adore this palette. You could select colors that correspond with the bride's wedding.

I wonder what this will be?

14 I wonder what this will be?

For ingenious shower and wedding advice, tips, and inspiration, make sure you visit The Bride's Guide!

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Comments (4)

  • Inspiring selection of bridal shower ideas. Love the pinata shapes beauitful.

  • Inspiring selection of bridal shower ideas. Love the pinata shapes beautiful.

  • Just writing to say I concur with your idea of using a pinata as a possible focal point in wedding shower decorations. Decorations that do double duty! Fun to read this post on a dreary November day, inviting a little color in!

  • Thanks for the great bridal shower ideas. I particularly like the colorful and creative centerpieces.

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