Trying to figure out how to have a bridal shower at home? Today I am sharing My Backyard Bridal Shower Ideas On a Budget with help from my mom! Lets face it, this stay at home “way of living” right now is for the birds but necessary. With that said, there are ways that you can still create intimate backyard bridal showers, baby showers or even graduation parties at home by transforming your patio, deck or backyard.
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Bridal Shower Ideas At Home
I recently partnered with HomeGoods where they tasked me with creating a stay at home bridal shower and this is what I came up with! My mom was a trooper and I couldn’t have pulled this off without her! Mind you it was 98 degrees this day so she prepped indoors while I melted outdoors. -ha.
At first my mom was like, “what are you doing and who is the bridal shower for?”
I laughed and said, “it’s a creative post to share ideas on how you can still host small at-home bridal showers with family even though hosting at event venues is off limits at the moment.”
We took our bar cart from our foyer / dining room area and put it on our patio and created a cute beverage station full of goodies. I love the idea of pulling indoor furniture outdoors if the weather permits.
This bar cart was about $275 from Homegoods 3 years ago and I have used it everywhere in my house. Here is the same bar cart in black and gold.
This bar cart has also served as a storage piece in my adult glam office space.
Here is another bar cart idea I did last year that took all of 15 minutes to set up!
Filling a large ice tub is also an alternative to using a cooler full of beverages. If you are serving a small amount of people, an ice tub works great and is pretty!
Backyard Bridal Shower Ideas on a budget with large ice tub filled with wine
Bridal Shower Decorations
Bridal shower decorations do not only consist of balloons and paper goods. You can also use food to make pretty decorations. For example, I gave my mom a picture of a donut cake and she went to town creating it.
I ended up going to the store and buying leftover donuts from the previous day and it took her about 10 minutes to create the cake. Super cute and a great focal point for a beverage station or sweets table.
It is definitely cheaper to make a lot of your food but I never seem to have time so purchasing sweets, appetizers and main dishes are easier for me.
Presentation is key. As you can see, the donuts above in the plastic containers do not look like anything special but once taken out and placed on two cake tier trays they look amazing and professionally created. The addition of roses (that were sniped short) and tucked in between the donuts were the icing on the cake.
Backyard Bridal Shower On A Budget
An at home bridal shower affords you the opportunity to save money and utilize the spaces you have.
Whether you have a patio with a pool, a deck or an open space on your lawn, creating a gathering space that encompasses a gifting area will not only look pretty but functional as well.
Utilizing your outdoor furniture and bringing the “indoors outside” is a great way to create a cozy seating area. We used indoor throw pillows, linen tablecloths and candles to add a little elegance to our outdoor furniture.
Bridal Shower Gift Box Ideas On A Budget
Coordinating gift boxes, gift bags and wrapping paper can also be used as decorations especially when creating a gift table. We decided to have our gift table on the coffee table our our patio.
The simple addition of the tablecloth, floor pillows and indoor throw pillows changed the entire look of our casual seating area to a sophisticated seating area in minutes while staying on budget.
My dad came home for lunch while my mom and I were setting up and he said, “who’s birthday and why are you having a party now?” -ha.
What a day this was! The craziness around this post was the extreme heat wave we had during the week setting temps at over 95 degrees everyday. I wish I had gotten pictures of my mom helping me set up these backyard bridal shower ideas on a budget and the bomb that went off in our kitchen. The living room and patio were covered with bridal shower decor items, empty bags and trash along with props I didn’t end up using. I need someone to follow me around with a camera and shoot behind the scenes pictures. 🤷♀️