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Throw a Bridal Shower Like a Party Pro

How to Throw a Bridal Shower

19 Cooper strapless culotte jumpsuit | Topshop Unique Aster silk midi dress

Although you never need a reason to celebrate, you were just given the best one: your friend is getting married! Once the squeals, hugs, tears and proposal story conclude, the bridal shower planning begins. To help steer it in the happiest direction, we’ve collected cheery recipes, fun favors and pretty place settings to make your newly affianced pal’s party a success.

Festive champagne toast.

Riedel vintage fine crystal champagne glasses 

Greet your girls with a glass of champagne and a mega candy bracelet from Dylan’s Candy Bar (available in selected Nordstrom stores). A little sugar on the wrist and in the glass sets a sweet mood.

Table set with champagne and sweets.

Rosanna champagne flute set.

Champagne-themed flutes express your sentiments exactly. This is a fête of your friendship just as much as it is a celebration of the upcoming nuptials. These glasses from Rosanna playfully start the conversation. Set the table with them along with gourmet candy bars—such an inviting call to mingle.

Rosanna champagne flute set

Lolli and Pops bars come in flavors like Gimme S’more, Red Velvet and Jalapeño Peanut, so there’s something for every palate.

Lolli and Pops Dessert signature bar set

Chocolate bars from Lolli and Pops.

Thirstystone Canyon salad bowl.

Thirstystone Canyon salad bowl

Chinese Chicken Salad.

For the meal, serve our popular Chinese Chicken Salad. At our store cafes, this leafy mix of julienned vegetables, crunchy wontons, tender chicken and juicy mandarin oranges thrills the tastebuds but is light enough to leave room for snacks, desserts, more snacks and desserts…

Lemon Ricotta Cookies.

How to Throw a Bridal Shower

…like our delicious Lemon Ricotta Cookies. These scrumptious citrus goodies are a sunny delight—and so pretty.

Thirstystone cheese board and copper cheese knives.

Thirstystone copper cheese knives | Thirstystone paddle cheese board 

Keep snacks on hand to pace the day. An elegant cheese board with fruits will fuel guests for the duration of the party. Especially as the cocktails and wine continue to pour, you want everyone to be able to gauge their intake.

Platinum Gem cocktail served with cherries.In addition to champagne, create several cocktails for variety. Here are two of our favorites that use bubbly as a base.

Platinum Gem

Dash of fresh lemon juice
1 maraschino cherry
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
4-5 ounces champagne

Squeeze a drop or two of fresh lemon juice into the champagne glass. Drop in the maraschino cherry. Add chilled Lillet Blanc to the glass then top with the champagne.

How to Throw a Bridal Shower





Le Pamplemousse

1/2 ounce St. Germain
1 ounce grapefruit liqueur
Dash of fresh lime juice
4 ounces of champagne

In a champagne glass, pour St. Germain and grapefruit liqueur. Top with chilled champagne. Add lime juice to taste.

Photography by Tom Burritt and Elizabeth Podlesnik.
Art direction and copy by Britt Burritt.