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Recipe for Love Bridal Shower Theme

Hosting a themed bridal shower takes on a whole new meaning when you incorporate the theme into the gifts being showered upon the bride.

The idea of a kitchen-and-recipes shower we staged was inspired by these Ingredients for Love Recipe bridal shower invitations from Pear Tree Greetings. Decorations, menu and bridal shower activities shared here all take on a retro-chic vibe for a bridal shower that's budget-friendly, colorful, classic and charming. The design may be "retro," but there's nothing old-fashioned about this shower!

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  • For a Recipe for Love bridal shower theme you'll want to find invitations with matching recipe cards to mail to your guests. These Ingredients for Love recipe invitations offer a vintage look and feel with modern flair, and will help set the tone for your entire celebration.

  • You don't have to spend a lot to create a stunning design for your bridal shower. We've got a few helpful tips for budget-friendly bridal shower decorations that look just as fabulous as the pricier versions.

  • Kitchen themed gifts from the bridal party or close family can double as centerpieces for each table. Accented with colorful flowers in vintage aluminum cans lend added beauty and flair to the table for less.

  • Talk about multipurposing your bridal shower decorations! These heart-shaped cookie cutters pay homage to the recipe for love theme and we used them as napkin rings for each setting. Even better, they do double duty as favors!

  • Skip the fancy finger foods and go with a mini bites menu that's all about classic comfort foods. We love the glammed up look the classic tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich gets when downsized. Tomato shooters topped with mini grilled cheese triangles are the perfect bite!

  • Any mini food will get dressed for a "recipe for love" theme when you pop in DIY heart-shaped food picks. Made from toothpicks and cardstock, they're way less expensive than anything you'd buy in a store and way more charming, too!

  • Pair mini burgers with french fries in paper cones and mini sized bottles of soda. Not only is this a fun presentation for classic foods, it also brings the vintage look and feel of the shower to the menu.

  • Keep the mini menu approach going for dessert, too! We downsized a classic pie recipe and paired them with milkshake shooters. What's more classic than that?

  • Remember those recipe cards we told you to send out with your invitations? As guests arrive with their card for the bride, make sure you have a place to display the recipes. We like turning this into a bridal shower activity everyone can partake in!

  • Although guests took home their heart shaped cookie cutters as favors, we couldn't resist an additional treat as they said their goodbyes! These mason jar recipe favors are easy to assemble and inexpensive so we didn't break budget!

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