How To Host a Stock-The-Christmas-Tree Wedding Shower

Throwing a bridal shower for a couple who loves the holidays? Give them a stock-the-Christmas-tree party to help them start their collection of holiday heirlooms, ornaments and decorations — no matter the time of year.

©Jessica Peterson

©Jessica Peterson

©Jessica Peterson

©Jessica Peterson

©Jessica Peterson

©Jessica Peterson

©Jessica Peterson

©Jessica Peterson

©Jessica Peterson

©Jessica Peterson


A bridal shower is the perfect time to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of the happy couple, and to create lasting memories with good friends. Why not take advantage of bringing together a bunch of helping hands, and use it as an opportunity to make an heirloom that the couple can keep for years to come? Nothing says "tradition" more than Christmas decorating, and making this the theme of the bridal shower allows guests to contribute meaningful mementos that the bride and groom will treasure. This theme’s party can be held at any time of year — you just need friends who plan in advance.

Creating Heirlooms

Nothing builds up holiday anticipation like an Advent calendar. Prior to the bridal shower, instruct each guest to bring an ornament to gift the happy couple with, then stuff them in these no-sew bags for the ultimate gift-opening experience. The bride will be thrilled to go home with a tree’s worth of ornaments, plus an Advent calendar that can be used year after year. Learn how to make it

Deck the Halls

In Scandinavia during Christmastime, it’s traditional to suspend a branch from the ceiling and adorn it with ornaments. We’ve put a springy twist on the idea by creating paper leaves and flowers and attaching them to a hanging branch over the table. Easy to make and more long-lasting than real flowers, it’s the perfect floral solution for any bridal shower. Get the step-by-step instructions

Dressed in Holiday Style

Transform an outdoor space into a festive party setting any time of year by using your favorite Christmas decorations in fresh new ways. Hanging elegant glass ornaments outside looks Christmas-inspired without trying too hard, and is such a pretty and feminine detail, it's perfect for a bridal shower.

O' Christmas Tree

A Christmas-inspired party doesn’t have to mean poinsettias and pinecones. Instead, combine in-season plans with ornaments, rustic apothecary jars, terra-cotta pots and chic glass cake stands to create a beautiful decorative display.

Merry and Bright

Traditional ball ornaments can look anything but predictable when their presentation has a creative twist. For example, a single ornament is dramatic and modern when displayed on its own, resting under a glass dome cake stand.

Wrapped With Care

Keep the spirit of the holidays alive all year long with a table runner made of piñata gift boxes. Brightly colored crepe paper cut into fringe strips puts a cheery spin on holiday tradition and creates an exciting focal point for your table design. Take a look at the instructions

My True Love Gave to Me

It may not be Christmas morning, but the bride-to-be will feel like it could be when she sits down to open her beautifully wrapped gifts. Don’t forget to have someone make a list keeping track of the giver of each gift, so the bride can write the appropriate thank you notes after the shower.

Spirit of Giving

Ask guests to bring gifts that go with the theme of the party, such as stockings, Christmas decor, ornaments — basically, anything that will have them fully stocked and ready for their first holiday season as a married couple. Guests may want to refer to the bride’s wedding registry to get an idea of her favorite decor style and color palette.

Holiday Ready

It all comes together for an unforgettable afternoon among good friends, and by the time Christmas rolls around, the newlyweds will be ready to decorate their home with holiday decor that’s both beautiful and full of meaning.

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