Throwing a bridal shower in someone’s backyard is a fun, affordable way to celebrate, but these at-home events still require careful planning. Don’t worry! We’ve prepared some tips to tell you what you need to know first and you’ll easily plan a cool backyard shower using them. Let’s begin!
Avoid The Hottest Time Of The Day
Your vision of an awesome bridal shower probably doesn’t include the guests sweating and fanning themselves. If temperatures usually soar at 3:00 p.m. in the area, start the party at noon and end by 3:00 p.m. or have an early evening cocktail party instead – no one wants to melt!
Be Aware Of Bugs And Noise
Research when mosquitos are most active in your area, then plan to be indoors before that time comes. Place citronella candles and lanterns around the backyard to keep the bugs away. Give your neighbors a heads up about the shower and kindly ask if they could avoid using lawn mowers and other ear-splitting equipment during those hours.
Add Some Decorations
Since the party is outdoors, you’ll want to direct guests to the bridal shower with proper signage. You could construct a sign from wood, burlap, or another natural material, or else order a pretty calligraphed version from a pro. Offer guests a drink as soon as they arrive—nothing says, “Glad you’re here” like a warm greeting and a beverage, whether it’s a lemonade or margarita.
It’ll demonstrate that something special is going to happen here. Choose a theme close to the bride’s heart or go with something classic, like a garden party vibe. Don’t feel limited to the wedding colors—this is a totally different party with a totally different personality.
Set Up A Buffet
A backyard shower most likely has a casual vibe, so serving food buffet style will feel right. To avoid one long line, set up each side of the table with identical dishes to speed things up.
Have An Indoor Backup Space
Rain happens and so do unusually chilly temperatures, so making a backup plan is crucial. You could put up a tent but if your budget screams “no” or you can’t borrow one, plan to bring the outdoors inside; obviously you’ll need to get the okay from the homeowners ahead of time. Ask if you can move some furniture out of the way to make room for guest table and chairs. Use the same decorations and serve the same menu, including summery cocktails.