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Whether you’re throwing a shower with a limited time frame or looking to add a little extra flair to a party that’s been in the works, we’ve put together 10 last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas that are sure to turn heads.

Last Minute Bridal Shower Decorations

You want the best for your bride. She may be your best friend, sister, relative, or coworker–but no matter what, you’re determined to give her a bridal shower that she (and her guests) will always remember.

Whether you’re throwing a shower with a limited time frame or looking to add a little extra flair to a party that’s been in the works, we’ve put together 10 last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas that are sure to turn heads.

1. Tulle Balloons

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: tulle balloons

To turn traditional party balloons into a chic statement piece, simply add tulle.

What you’ll need:

  • Balloons
  • Tulle fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Rubber bands
  • Faux flowers (optional)

To get the look from At Home in Love, start by inflating your balloons to  your desired size. Then, cut a large piece of tulle and drape it over the balloon, allowing for a few extra inches at the base. Once the tulle is smoothed out and gathered at the bottom, secure it with a rubber band. To hide the rubber band, wrap it with ribbon and add a silk flower. To keep the flower in place, simply tuck its stem into the rubber band.

Note: Heavy tulle may weigh down the balloons, even if they’re filled with helium. To give them the illusion of floating, use invisible fishing wire to hang balloons from the ceiling or securely tape them to the wall.

2. DIY Gold Centerpieces

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: diy gold centerpieces

If you want beautiful, eye-catching centerpieces that can hold candles or flowers, create your own glitter mason jars.

What you’ll need:

  • Mason jars
  • Modge Podge
  • Extra fine glitter
  • Stir stick
  • Paper plate
  • Ribbon (optional)

The key to creating designer-quality glitter mason jars (that won’t make a mess) is applying glitter to the inside, not outside. Start by pouring about two inches worth of Modge Podge into your glass jar. Then, add in about three tablespoons of extra fine glitter (the more glitter, the more vibrant). Use a stir stick to blend the two, adding more glitter if necessary.

Once everything is evenly combined, tilt the jar every which way to make sure the entire inside is covered. Place the jar bottoms up on a paper plate for about an hour (the time it takes the excess glue to fall out), and then flip it over for the remaining dry time. Tie ribbon or twine around the jar to add a bow.

3. Make-Your-Own Mimosa Bar

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: create-your-own-mimosa bar

An  easy, fun way to impress your guests is with a customizable mimosa bar.

What you’ll need:

  • Champagne bucket
  • Carafes
  • Bowls
  • Party straws
  • Champagne
  • Juice
  • Fruit

Put a solid-colored tablecloth on an open table and place a bucket with ice and bottles of champagne in the center. Then, place a few carafes filled with a variety of  juices (but orange juice is a must) on each side, and add bowls filled with various chopped fruits. This will allow your guests to create their own concoction. To top if off, fill open space with empty champagne glasses holding decorative party straws.

4. Personalized Marquee Letters

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: personalized marquee letters

To make the shower personalized to your bride (and groom), light up the room with their initials.

What you’ll need:

  • Two marquee letters
  • One marquee ampersand
  • Batteries
  • Velcro Command strips (if hanging)

These marquee letters can make the perfect addition by creating a welcome, celebratory atmosphere to a plain wall, empty table or inviting entryway. Purchase one letter for each of their first names and an ampersand to join the two. You can find dark metal letters at Urban Outfitters, wooden options at Michaels or white ones at Jo-Ann Fabrics, depending on the style of the decor.

The best part? The bride can take them with her to decorate her new home.

5. Romantic Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: romantic chocolate-covered strawberries

Take beloved chocolate-covered strawberries one step further by topping them with your own pink swirls.

What you’ll need:

  • Strawberries
  • Milk or dark chocolate melts
  • Pink chocolate melts
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cookie sheet
  • New flathead screwdriver

To make the perfect party strawberries, start with the curls. Melt one bag of pink chocolate melts to two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a bowl, stirring at one-minute increments. Then, flip a large cookie sheet on its back and pour a thin layer of chocolate on the pan, using a spatula to even it out. Place it in the fridge to set for one to two minutes (until it reaches room temperature).

Once the chocolate is ready, it’s time to pull out a clean (this is crucial) flathead screwdriver. Press the screw head into the chocolate at a 45-degree angle for one to two inches, making short curls along the way. Set curls aside.

Now it’s time to melt the milk chocolate. Simply dip the strawberries in the chocolate, then cover them in the pink swirls. Keep strawberries refrigerated to avoid melting. When you’re ready to serve, arrange them on a white platter.

Super time-crunch tip: Don’t want to make your own chocolate curls? Pink Jimmies will still do the trick.

6. DIY Travel-Size Favors

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: DIY travel-sized favors

A great way to impress your guests? Offer them a favor that’s both fun and functional.

What you’ll need:

  • Travel-size beauty products
  • Tulle
  • Thin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Small rubber bands

Start by picking small beauty products that your guests would love: Walmart has a big selection of nail polishes for under $3, and Ulta has a ton of travel-size lotions, body washes and hand sanitizers for under $5. Cut a rectangular piece of tulle (or any decorative fabric) about two inches longer than the length of your product, securing it with a small rubber band. Then, cover the band with ribbon tied in a bow.

7. Hanging Lanterns

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: hanging lanterns

Paper lanterns can transform even the most plain or uninviting room into a whimsical party space.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper lanterns
  • Clear fishing line

This one is pretty simple (but effective). Stop by your local party store and pick up few packs of paper lanterns. Instead of using the pre-cut string that comes in the packaging, grab some extra clear fishing line. Cut the line into different sizes, giving your decor varying lengths. Depending on your room, you can either tie the string around bars or tape it to the ceiling. Want to take it one step further? Mix lanterns of different colors, shapes and patterns.

8. Decorated Donut Tier

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: decorated donut tier

Take a twist on traditional cake by offering your guests a true fan favorite: donuts. We love this idea from Mallory from Style Your Senses.

What you’ll need:

  • A few dozen donuts
  • Cake stand
  • Silk flowers

To make your dessert part of the decoration, display the donuts on a clear or white cake stand. Layer one on top of another, like a tiered cake. To avoid melting, arrange messier ones (like whipped cream tops) around the outer base, so they don’t transfer onto the others. Once all of the donuts are organized, slip the stems of pink silk flowers to fill empty spaces.

9. Chalkboard Sign

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: chalkboard sign

Welcome everyone to the party, ask people to sign the guestbook or remind everyone of the wedding countdown by creating a DIY fancy chalkboard sign (also inspired by Mallory).

What you’ll need:

  • Chalkboard
  • Graphite stick
  • Pencil
  • Chalkboard marker

To start, print out whatever text you want on the board on a piece of paper (it may take a few tries to get it to the right size). Once that’s set, turn the paper over and rub the area where the text is with a graphite stick. Then, tape the paper (graphite side down) to the chalkboard and trace it with a pencil. When you remove the paper, an outline of your text will be revealed. Using a chalkboard marker, you can then trace and fill in the design.

10. Clothespin Photos

last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas: clothespin photos

Show off all of the couple’s adventures by displaying their vacation, engagement and other big moment photos on an open wall.

What you’ll need:

  • Clear Command mini clips
  • Printed photos
  • Mini clothespins
  • Twine

To start this project, first determine the length you want your photos to reach–placing a clear mini Command clip on each side. Then, cut your twine to fit that desired length (plus a few extra inches on each side), tying it in a knot around each Command clip. You can then use this bar of twine to clip your photos with mini clothespins. Repeat this if you want to add multiple layers of photos on the wall.

A bonus benefit? This is another decoration that the couple can take with them into their home.

By using these last-minute bridal shower decoration ideas, you will give your bride the party she’s always dreamed of along with a few keepsakes the couple can cherish.

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About the Author

Lauren Thomann

Lauren Thomann is a moving and storage expert. She attended the University at Buffalo and has worked in the storage industry for over five years. Here on the Life Storage blog, you can find Lauren covering everything from finding a home, settling into a new home and all the stages in between.

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