A well-planned bridal shower should be both entertaining and elegant. If you are looking for a different theme for a shower you are planning, consider a vintage-style bridal shower. Vintage-themed showers can range from sweet and traditional to whimsical and mod. Not only are vintage bridal showers a refreshing change from bad party games and champagne punch, but they can also be quite affordable, especially if you don't mind a few do-it-yourself craft projects.
A Victorian style bridal tea is one option, especially for a traditional bride planning a formal wedding. Tea parties can be hosted at home, in a garden setting or in a tea room. Serve tea, finger sandwiches, scones and a small selection of elegant, beautifully presented desserts. Add fresh flower centerpieces and consider giving beautifully presented tea or candles poured into vintage teacups as party favors. You can even opt to decorate for the tea with the bride's wedding colors, whether classic or a bit more modern.
1950s Ladies Lunch
Consider a 1950s-style luncheon party if you are looking for something a bit more whimsical. Look for vintage dishes at thrift stores to set the table for your luncheon. Glass snack sets from the period are widely available and quite inexpensive. Serve a frosted sandwich loaf, deviled eggs, cocktail wieners and a jello mold. Pink, fizzy cocktails or punch can complete your meal. Petit fours are the classic dessert choice; however, a traditional cake is also a fine choice. For a small shower, consider handmade or vintage aprons for each guest as a favor. You might give small mirrored compacts at a larger vintage 1950s shower.
Make It Mod
Bold contrasts, splashes of bright color and elegance can make a mod-style vintage shower work well for a very modern bride. Start with basic black and white, then add the bride's favorite color. Choose a print like polka dots or damask as the theme for your decorations. Opt for sculptural floral centerpieces and a themed drink menu. Keep the food fresh, light and modern. Include beautiful printed menus, and give decorated cupcakes, cookies or small notepads as favors. While this is not quite a themed vintage shower, it meshes a vintage feel and elegance with a modern aesthetic in a way that will appeal to many brides.