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Fun and easy ideas for a Hamilton themed bridal shower. Plan a laid back, casual shower with an easy menu. Free printables too!
If you dig a party with a theme as much as I do, then you love it when you get the opportunity to celebrate AND be a little creative.
A friend and I had the opportunity this weekend to plan a bridal shower for a simply delightful young lady who:
#1 Happens to be a HUGE fan of the musical Hamilton and
#2 Was totally on board with the idea to give the shower a theme (in fact, I think she was a tiny bit heartbroken that her gal pals didn’t want to come in costume as the Schuyler sisters with her).
So let’s jump right in.
Look Around, Look Around (For All the Hamilton Bridal Shower Ideas)
The bride is pretty low key, so that’s how we aimed to keep the whole event. Our crowd tends to do showers in a generally laid back way anyway…shower games are not really our jam, we’re more about noshing and socializing.
Additionally, however, the bride really didn’t want too much focused attention placed on her, so we planned more of an open house vibe.
What that meant is that we didn’t have a lets-sit-and-watch-the-bride-open-her-gifts time at the shower. But we did have other things for people to do and eat and enjoy along with all of the gabbing (which, let’s be honest, is what we primarily do at showers).
We found some adorable coloring pages on Etsy. There are a ton to choose from, and we got a bunch of different ones…just search ‘Hamilton coloring sheets.’
I have to admit, this one was my favorite 🙂
Guests also had the opportunity to share some advice with the newlyweds.
(Funny aside, when looking for lyrics to pull for the advice printable, I added “Take a Break” thinking of the need for a time out during an argument or something like that. My shower co-host said while reading the sign, “As long as you don’t take too long of a break.”) 😉
In the Room Where (The Hamilton Bridal Shower) Happens
We chose to keep the color scheme in line with the black and gold of the Hamilton poster. Black and gold table cloths, napkins and silverware. We also had some gold, sparkly crowns as well as bouquets of flowers tied with yellow ribbon laid on the tables (meant to mimic the ones tossed on stage at shows).
There were bunches of different signs that all had nods to lyrics from the musical. Many included puns as well, because who doesn’t love a good pun? (You can find all the links to print below).
I think my favorite was the “Alexander Ham-ilton sliders (There’s a million ways to top a bun – so we also have turkey)” one. Of course I didn’t get a decent picture of this, because I cannot host a party and also take pictures well.
I. Cannot. Do. It. I forgot to take pictures of any of the food at my first daughter-in-law’s shower, failed to take even a single picture at my eldest son’s graduation party (I did take a few at my youngest’s grad party) and took, I think, one photo at my newest daughter-in-law’s bridal shower. (This one made it on Instagram… do you follow me on Instagram?).
But that does explain why there are few pictures of our menu at the shower. Aside from the ham and turkey sliders, we had veggies and dip, chips, raspberry tart cookies (from Costco), shot glasses with berries and whipped cream (get it? shot glasses…because the song) AND …
… the stars of the shower:
The Schuyler Sisters
Some of the bride’s friends made these lovely (and super tasty) cakes for us to enjoy. Unbelievable! I’m sad I didn’t get better pictures of these masterpieces.
It’s so much fun to plan a shower that fits the bride. And I’m not even talking about a theme here. I just mean tailoring the event to the guest of honor.
Who said we have to throw the same shower for every bride every time? Here’s a cake. Here are some gifts. Let’s all scoop some cotton balls onto our heads blindfolded before we go home. (If you don’t get that last bit, you’re lucky, you’ve avoided the shame of bridal shower games).
Showers are just parties, folks. And parties should be fun.
It’s okay if you burn one of the pans of sliders a tiny bit.
It’s okay if you buy twice as much food as you need.
And it’s even okay if, while you’re back in the kitchen, you try to play the Phonk song your son shared with you for a friend and can’t figure out why it’s not playing so you keep turning the volume on your phone up louder and louder until you remember that your Spotify account is connected to the church sound system for the shower playlist.
But do think about planning your next shower in line with what the bride might really enjoy. Laid back? Lots of activity? Maybe a particular theme or menu? There are so many ways to personalize a shower for a bride.
Get all the printables free right here, just click the image to download: