Bridal showers are a great excuse to embrace the fall season if you want to throw this celebration of love during autumn. Bust out your favorite rustic decorations and deck out the food and drink menu with your favorite pumpkin, apple, sweet potato and pear recipes. Embrace the season by throwing a pumpkin themed shower.
While setting a date for a bridal shower is priority number one, you might get stumped once it’s time to plan out your pumpkin themed shower. Getting all the decorations, food, drinks and party favors ready can be daunting. We’ve come up with some must-haves for a successful pumpkin-loving fall bridal shower.
1. Be Strategic about Your Fresh Pumpkins
The first thing you likely have on your party planning list is a trip to a pumpkin patch. While you’ll want plenty of pumpkins for decorations, they don’t have to all be fresh. Leave fresh pumpkin decorations for when you want the rustic, realistic look of a real pumpkin.
Then there are decorations that take the shape of a pumpkin but may not need to look like the real thing. For instance, these Mr. and Mrs. pumpkins can be achieved with black marker on faux white pumpkins you can get at craft stores. You won’t have to worry about what you’ll do with spoiling pumpkins after the party and the bride can always take these home at the end of the night.
2. Incorporate Other Fall Elements
While the bridal shower is pumpkin themed, it’s a good idea to incorporate other fall elements into the decorations. Rustic additions like sprays of autumn leaves or decorative gourds provide a nice complement to the traditional pumpkins.
3. Get Adventurous with Pumpkin Foods
You’re going to feel an urge to go for the same old pumpkin pie when planning the food for your pumpkin themed shower. While traditions are nice, make your party stand out by going for foods that are just a bit cooler and more unique. For instance, this fluffy pumpkin pie dip makes a good party-style replacement for the classic pumpkin pie. Other great pumpkin foods include pumpkin hummus, pumpkin chili or pumpkin lasagna.
4. Incorporate Pumpkins into the Drinks
The same goes for the drinks! Skip the cliche pumpkin spiced lattes and hand out pumpkin punch instead. This spiced pumpkin punch will taste great whether it’s spiked or not.
5. Hand Out Pumpkin Themed Party Favors
Your guests should come away from the fall bridal shower with fun pumpkin favors they’ll actually use, like these cute pumpkin trinket dish. Or you could hand out a sets of pumpkin bottle stoppers and pumpkin bottle openers.