By Janey Velasco
Let’s face it, not everyone wants a Paris themed bridal shower. Sometimes embracing a favorite childhood memory or activity can be the magical theme every bridal shower needs. Whether you met your lifelong best friends at summer camp, simply love the outdoors or the annual glamping with the girls is your mojo, a camping themed bridal shower could beat the Paris cliche anytime.
To help put together the perfect camping or glamping bridal shower, we compiled a few fun ideas that are sure to guarantee your guests and bride-to-be a good time.
Summer Camp Games & Bingo
Summer camp games are the perfect ice-breaker for bridesmaids who don’t know each other. Some classics include telephone, charades, scavenger hunts and bingo. These activities are bound to spread laughter among the group and keep the vibe upbeat.
One of the main bridal showers focuses is opening gifts. Playing bridal shower bingo is an exciting way to get all guests involved while predicting what exists underneath the wrapping paper. Shutterfly created a few bridal bingo printables with blank spaces to write in your own guesses. From floral to nautical, there are different themes to match your bridal shower’s aesthetic.
Wondering what to write in your printable empty spaces? Some safe assumptions include kitchen items such as a blender, waffle makers, skillet, coffee makers and lingerie. If you’ve known the bride for a while, incorporate a couple unique answers that other guests won’t have on their boards.
Campfire Hors D’oeuvres
From s’mores and hotdogs to grilled cheese and baked beans, one of the challenges for some campers is cooking and preparing food for a party. Campfire camping challenges people to think innovatively with their cooking since an oven, microwave and stovetop aren’t usually available (unless you’re glamping, of course!).
Incorporating classic campfire foods to a bridal shower can take camping food innovation to the next level. Consider serving campfire themed hors d’oeuvres at your party and include cold meats, cheeses, and canned foods like olives or even tuna to make a salad.
Skewers scream camping. Most people use skewers to roast marshmallows or meat kabobs. Elevate this idea by making all your hors d’oeuvres bite-size and on a skewer. This can include meats and veggies or fruits and toasted marshmallows. The more creative, the better!
Glamping in the Woods
If you’re a die-hard camping enthusiast, glamping or camping in the woods could be your ideal bridal shower destination. What better way to embrace a camping theme? Whether your style is pup tents or a cabin, stick with a camping trip that’s authentic to you.
Sometimes planning a group hike can be the most engaging activity for all of your guests. Not only does a hike embrace adventure, but having minimal cellular service can tightly bond your group. It’s likely some challenges may arise along the way like a flooded path but overcoming these challenges and reaching the end as a team can be satisfying for everyone!
Furthermore, planning a day hike to a waterfall can embrace the magic a bride feels leading up to the big day. Don’t forget to pack the essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen, and a first-aid kit to minimize risk. Ultimately, glamping in the woods can be a unique way to celebrate your next big adventure: marriage.
Outdoor Decor Indoors
Now that we’ve looked at food, location and games—let’s talk decorations! Decoration is perceived as one of the easiest ways to embrace a theme. However, an outdoor theme can be most challenging due to the variety of climates, plants and season. People don’t soley camp in the woods. Some people camp in deserts and during snowy seasons. Identifying what season and camping style should be your first step before searching for decorations.
Once you’ve decided on a specific camping theme, it’s time to decorate! For example, a desert camping theme will likely incorporate mini cacti, wildflowers, sand and rocks which you can easily find at your location. Bring some colorful, paper centerpieces and paper flowers to create a photo wall to fully develop your ideal camping theme. Paper decor is light to carry and recyclable!
Choosing a bridal shower theme that’s reflective of the bride-to-be can be more meaningful than a fairytale. Make it a night to remember with games, decorations, food and a location that all embody the same theme. Happy planning!