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Summer Bridal Shower Ideas


In the heat of the Aussie Summer, hosting a fun bridal shower gets even more fun!  You can choose to host an outdoor celebration and take in the Australian love of the beach, or incorporate a sport into your bridal shower day.  Alternatively, a garden bridal shower offers a relaxed alternative for the stressed bride and her friends and family.  Here are some ideas for creating a beautiful summer bridal shower.

Choosing a Theme

There are many themes to choose from when hosting a bridal shower, and it’s always a good idea to ask the bride what she prefers.  If she’s a mad keen golfer, a golf themed bridal shower might be a fun idea for anyone who loves to chase a hole in one!  If she’s a sit and relax kind of bride, then a high tea in the garden might be her preference.  Does she love to cook?  Then a gourmet afternoon soiree might be in order.  For Summer, we love an outdoor theme – so sport such as taking golf lessons, learning to surf, or tennis might be a great way to have fun and also celebrate being together before the wedding. 

The fun part of organising a bridal shower is it is a relaxed celebration before the more formal nuptials, so you have the opportunity to make the day all about the bride and what she adores.


Games are so important for the bridal shower as they relax the guests and enable everyone to get to know one another better.  You can find our favourite bridal shower games at Pink Frosting’s wedding planning website.  Some of our faves include don’t say “bride” or “wedding” which is very hard at a bridal shower, old fashioned pass the parcel and even apple bobbing or cupcake eating for outdoor celebrations.


For Summer bridal showers, there is simply nothing better than freshly cut flowers as decorations.  You don’t need to go overboard with the budget – guests can be asked to provide freshly cut blossoms from their own gardens, and daisies and hydrangeas are in abundance in the Australian summer and make beautiful centrepieces.  It’s easy to personalise the bridal shower decorations - you might like to incorporate personalised water bottles for the guests in an ice bucket to cool the guests in the heat and also delight them with bottled water featuring the bridal shower theme and a special message!   Other lovely ideas include coloured paper lanterns which can be hung from trees to swing in the breeze, pretty place cards or place card holders in the theme of the day which might include beach or sport themes; and personalised bridal shower decorations such as golf themed flags!

Food & Drinks

You can find our best Summer party menu over at Pink Frosting’s party planning website which includes yummy Vietnamese rice paper rolls, zesty scallops and citrus salad, and a smoked salmon and mango stack.  Yummy!

For drinks, try a Mojito cocktail:

1.5 oz Bacardi rum
12 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime
7 oz club soda
2 tablespoons sugar syrup

Gently crush mint leaves and lightly squeeze lime in a cool tall glass. Pour sweet syrup to cover and fill glass with ice. Add Bacardi, club soda and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few sprigs of mint.


Say thank you to guests for coming to the bridal shower with Summer themed bridal shower favours, such as paper hand fans which can also be used on the day to cool guests as they enjoy the Australian summer, personalised shot glasses make a great memento for the guests to keep at their homes after the event, and fun wedding themed frisbees make a great game for the day as well as take-home gift for guests to remember the party with!

Whatever you decide, a bridal shower or kitchen tea held in the heat of the Australian summer will make everyone feel breezy – relaxed, fun and happy!

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