If you’re trying to decide on a theme for a bridal shower you’ll be hosting, a very good choice would be a Paris themed shower! And not just because I am obsessed with all things Parisian. A Paris theme is actually a very simple way to make sure the shower is elegant and stylish, all the while being able to rely on several easy standby items.
Just keep the following choices in mind. Mix and match from among these ideas and you really can’t go wrong!
For your colors, make sure to go with a soft and subdued palette. Mint green, blush pink, tiffany blue, and pale yellow will all work. If you do choose the pink, a classic Parisian combination is pink, black, and white and you’ll find many decorations already for sale in this palette which will make things even easier.
Toile, damask, and stripes are all timeless French designs. Simply do a search for any of these words when you are searching for decor online, and you’ll find a plethora of wonderful choices. If you’re unsure, go for black and white in any of these patterns and then you can add whatever soft color from point one is your favorite and it will coordinate together beautifully. These patterns are what you want to focus on for items like tablecloths, trays, gift wrap, table cards, and any paper products. If you have a great bakery available, a black and white or pink and white striped cake would be perfect!
There are so many possible Parisian symbols to choose from that you really can’t list them all. Some of the most popular are of course the Eiffel Tower, macarons (which seem to be everywhere today), perfume bottles, and shabby chic birdcages for a vintage French look. The fleur de lis is a classic, traditional choice and then there are more just for fun ideas like the French beret! Once you choose a symbol or two that you prefer, this is the time to start choosing your favors, centerpieces, and napkins – it won’t be hard to find most of these symbols on these products for sale. Of course, if you’re crafty, you can always DIY! Even elegant, understated jewelry like pearls will fit right in here. One easy idea is to fill glass jars with loose faux pearls – all the better if you can find pale pink ones. Scatter these smaller items around the room for a true Parisian touch.
Here is where you can really get creative. Just consider the types of dishes that come to mind when you think of “French food”, and run with it!
Croissants are a true French tradition, so why not serve sandwiches on croissant rolls? Of course cheese plates are always an option in Paris, so do the same here and create a spread with lots of delicious cheeses, crackers, and fruit (especially grapes). It will look very fancy and upscale for very little effort, and at any price point of your choice.
If you have a source for them, I have to suggest croissants! I found these crepes at my local Wegman’s grocery store and they were really good and easy to use as long as you are gentle with them. You can fill them with anything you like; I prefer nutella and bananas which is a combination I ate repeately in Paris and everyone seems to like.
Other ideas are loaves of French bread (which can also serve as decor if you put them in nice vintage baskets), tarts, macarons, and even French fries for a fun little treat. French wine can also be offered with the rest of the beverages.
For games, you can probably stick with the shower games that are familiar to most of us. An old standby is “bingo” played while the gifts are being opened. The possible gift choices are entered onto bingo cards, and guests check off the boxes on their card whenever they match what the bride is opening. You can also do “mad libs”, and even get cards specially printed for these if you prefer.
The Paris part can come in with the prizes for the winners. With a Paris theme, luggage tags would be a great choice, especially if they are decorated to match. A French Manicure nail polish set would also be an inexpensive prize that would fit in well. Bracelet charms of the Eiffel Tower are another option.
By now, you should be well on your way to planning an amazing Paris theme shower, and it really shouldn’t be difficult to either purchase or make any of the things you’ll need. Of course don’t forget to check out our shop for some more inspiration. Bonne chance!