How to Plan the Perfect French-Themed Bridal Shower
Themed parties are the best parties, which is why we highly recommend throwing one for the bride in your life. And if she craves pastries like madeleines and macarons, is known for her chic sense of style, or loves, loves, loves to travel, that's an easy thing to do. Simply transport her and her guests to France with a French-inspired bridal shower.
Maybe the bride is obsessed with the City of Love. If so, host a Paris-themed bridal shower full of details inspired by local staples, like the Eiffel Tower and love locks. Or maybe, she's a French fare connoisseur. In that case, serve a whole array of regional delicacies, like crêpes and éclairs. If she's more of a fan of French fashion than anything else, there's plenty to work with, too. Pay tribute to her favorite designers (think: Coco Chanel) or decorate with thematic patterns (think: black and white stripes). All of these ideas—and plenty of others—are showcased on the slides ahead.
Whether you're after French-themed activity, menu, or décor inspiration, we've got plenty to go around. That's because there are tons of ways to give your event some Parisian flare. Whatever you decide to incorporate into your bridal shower, your attendees—and most importantly, the bride—won't help but say "oh là là." We'll kick things off with this Sweet + Saucy cake, which was made to look French thanks to its macaron accents. The French blue hues used didn't hurt, either. We've got more pretty, creative, and fun ideas where that came from.
Flower Market Favors
Turn your event into a pop-up French flower market. Just order some blooms and some custom totes for everyone to take them home in.
Cream Puff Tower
Serve a dessert inspired by the French favorite, croquembouche, which makes for a genius cake alternative. Eleventh Hour Bakery built this cream puff tower.
Eiffel Tower Décor
Either make the French-style pancakes yourself or throw your event at a crêperie! This party took place at Sweet Paris.
Black and white stripes are staples of France, so decorate accordingly. We love how this Finch & Thistle Event Design table was topped with a patterned runner.
Paris love locks are a symbol of romance, so why not nod to them at your bridal shower? At this Encore Event Design celebration for
Margo & Me
blogger Jenny Bernheim, guests were asked to affix love notes for the bride and groom to—you guessed it—padlocks.
Éclairs are another delicious French pastry option. San Marco Pasticceria made these ones.
So, you can't fulfill your bride's daydream of leisurely cycling through the streets of Paris. Give her the next best thing! At this event, guests could hop on a bike (styled by Maxit Flower Design and Jacquelyn Nicole Weddings) and pretend they were there.
Sick of the French pastry suggestions yet? Good, we aren't either. Madeleines like these Sugar Fancies ones aren't just tasty—they're pretty, too.
Up the class factor and host a Parisian tea party. A fancy spot, like Ladurée (shown here), is the perfect venue.
French flag toothpicks are a simple way to honor France at your bridal shower.
Invite everybody to your Paris-themed affair with postcard-inspired stationery. It'll let them know straight from the get-go what your party's all about.
Pretend you're at a Paris carnival with fun rentals. This carousel came from Oravis.
Not everyone knows a French bulldog, but if you do, be sure to invite the pup! Ilana Ashley Events even dressed this canine up for the special occasion.