Planning a Backyard Bridal Shower: Ideas for a Fun Outdoor Party

You want to have a wedding shower, or bridal shower party but you don’t want to hold it indoors – maybe your house is too small or perhaps you just like being outside. If the season is right and the weather is good then having a bridal shower in the backyard can be a perfect way to party. Read on for great ideas and advice…

Depending on where you live, spring or summer can be great times of the year to have an outdoor wedding shower or bridal shower party. Of course, having a bridal shower party in your garden doesn’t just mean you can set up a few chairs and tables and call it done – planning is key to any successful event and coming up with a few good ideas for your backyard bridal shower party is essential.

Planning a Backyard Bridal Shower: Ideas for Your Theme

As a wedding planner, the first thing I tell people when they are stuck for ideas is to come up with a theme – something constant for your party. When thinking about good ideas for an outdoor themed bridal shower you should keep in mind your decor, food, flowers, music and maybe even your food & drink.

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Backyard wedding shower ideas. Photo: Vera Devera(Flickr)

Having a destination wedding in the Caribbean? how about setting the tone of your party to the style of an exotic hawaiian island – hula dancing, grass skirts, loco moco, palm trees – you get the picture. It doesn’t have to be exotic, if movies are your thing then your theme could be based on your favorite flick. Want a relaxing, slow party? model your style and decor to the theme of a spar – have a massage chair or even hire a masseuse if your budget stretches that far. Having your bridal shower in the backyard doesn’t mean boring – be creative and you will soon come up with some great ideas.

Elegant Backyard Wedding Shower Decorating Ideas

decorating for outdoor bridal shower

Decorating for outdoor bridal shower. Photo: wicker paradise(Flickr)


So how to decorate for an outdoor bridal shower? If you want to create an elegant outdoor bridal shower then go for light, natural colors – spring green and lemon yellow are great for creating a refreshing look.

Sky blue, sunset orange – think natural colors and you can’t go wrong.

outdoor wedding shower decorating ideas

Outdoor wedding shower decorating ideas. Photo: vmiramontes(Flickr)



Colored lanterns are perfect decorating ideas for outdoor bridal showers, not only will they help accentuate your theme colors, you can even have them light up in the evening.

Balloons can also be good but be careful not to use too many or they might look tasteless.


Rugs on the floor are great for adding color and providing a place for people to sit, especially if you’re going for more of a casual party look or perhaps having a backyard picnic bridal shower.

outdoor bridal shower decor

Outdoor bridal shower decor ideas. Photo: Fraser Cairns(Flickr)



Having a tent, or canopy makes a great focal point for your backyard bridal shower decor – you can use it for the food area or just a place for people to hang out, ideal if you are worried about the weather turning bad.



Outdoor bridal shower ideas

Fun outdoor bridal shower ideas. Photo: Rob Boudon(Flickr)

If your outdoor bridal shower has a pool then why not include it in your party? If the weather is good it’s a great place for your guests to hang out and relax – you could always use the pool for some fun outdoor bridal shower activities.

Indeed, if you are thinking of some fun summer outdoor bridal shower ideas and you have access to a pool then it’s a perfect place for some wet party fun – pool relay races, wet T-shirt races, water volleyball, duck racing – your guests will love it and keep cool at the same time.

Fun Backyard Bridal Shower Games and Activities

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The toilet paper game - a popular and fun game for bridal showers (photo: Jessica Wilson)


If you don’t have a pool then there are plenty of other fun outdoor bridal shower games you can do, try the toilet paper bridal shower game.
How about an outdoor bridal shower scavenger hunt for some guaranteed laughter? You don’t have to limit your space to only your backyard, you could use the local park for your games.


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“Want an elegant backyard bridal shower? Consider your theme and setting.”

Stuck on what to wear? Check out our advice on what to wear to bridal showers.

Backyard Bridal Shower Ideas for Entertainment

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Entertainment ideas for an outdoor bridal shower. Photo: Beadmobile(Flickr)


When thinking about your entertainment ideas for an outdoor bridal shower, don’t forget that every good party needs some music and having a bridal shower outdoor party is no exception, if your budget can stretch to it then how about hiring some live music? whether classic, rock or jazz is your thing, nothing beats the sound of live music outdoors. Just be sure to remember your neigbors when you think about the music level! Whatever music you decide on – live or not, your guests will have a great time dancing.

Want more? temporary tattoos make fantastic body art and would be a great way to entertain your party guests. How about having your guests come dressed up and have a costume party?

Great Party Drinks and Delicious Backyard Bridal Shower Food Ideas

Backyard bridal shower party foods

Backyard bridal shower party foods. Photo: CFC(Flickr)

Whether you are having an outdoor bridal shower brunch, dinner or evening event – having a light, varied menu is perfect if you are looking for some good outdoor bridal shower food ideas. Party finger food can be eaten anytime and easy to prepare for an outdoor event. Cold meat, garlic butter, a cheese selection, assorted bread, fish, olives.

Check out these great mouth-watering bridal shower finger foods ideas and recipes to try.

Want something hot? A backyard BBQ bridal shower party would be ideal for an evening event. How about drinks? Signature cocktails are a great idea and can fit your party theme perfectly. For dessert, why not try a refreshing chilled sponge cake or even bridal shower cupcakes.


Indeed, when thinking about fun ideas for backyard bridal showers, there are plenty of things you can do. With a little imagination and planning you can create a party to remember that your guests will love.

Have you ever attended an outdoor wedding shower? Got any interesting stories? Comment and let us know – we always love hearing from you.

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2 Responses to Planning a Backyard Bridal Shower: Ideas for a Fun Outdoor Party

  1. Sally says:

    We had an inflatable pool and everyone had so much fun

  2. LVjemmy says:

    My sister was great at planning my backyard wedding shower. Even tho the weather was bad we had a great time in a big tent she arranged for us

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