These decorating ideas for a barn wedding shower can provide visual inspiration as you plan your own celebration. I will include shower activities as well. Whatever your barn celebration – wedding, wedding shower, baby shower, or birthday – I hope you leave inspired.
An upcoming post will share food and dessert ideas.
Decorating Ideas for a Barn Wedding Shower
This barn wedding shower theme began as a wildflower theme. To celebrate my niece, we planned a an outdoor shower to embrace the natural wildflower look.
When you live in the pacific northwest, you should always have a plan B, even on summer days. We did not have a plan B in the works, but we had to pivot when the weather report suddenly showed rain.
Thankfully, my sister’s friend has a fantastic barn, and she is used to hosting events there. If you are one who loves to entertain, you’d be in heaven among her collection of chairs, candlesticks, vases, serving dishes, tablecloths, glassware, and more. While we had things purchased and a plan in place, having her collection of decor made our job that much easier.
We can all just take a moment and thank those people in our lives that give of themselves and of their things graciously and selflessly. We took over her property for a couple of days, and she showed nothing but grace.
With her help, I can now offer up some amazing decorating ideas for a barn wedding shower.
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A couple more shout-outs. Above you see my beautiful niece and her mom (my little sister), who helped arranged the venue and the flower collections. My mom is pictured next to me, and my other sister is on the far left. That sister was in charge of all of the food and drinks, while I was responsible for desserts and decor.
I also have to give credit to the photographer, Kiana. She is my niece’s future sister-in-law and donated her time and talents to capturing this barn and wildflower wedding shower.
Side note: If you see any blurriness in the pictures, it is an issue with me and my site and not her talents.
Table Decor for Barn and Wildflower Wedding Shower
My sister had connections in the wildflower world. She had generous people with wildflowers growing in their yards. I know some flowers were also purchased. As the flowers appeared, we simply put them in vintage vases at random.
With God’s gorgeous nature as the main decor, filling in the gaps became secondary.
The table decor consisted of mismatched, vintage glassware and vases, brown paper doily placemats, plastic scalloped plates, plastic gold silverware tied in a plain white paper napkin with twine, vintage gold candlesticks, and white candles.
Guests came into the shower and mingled. Before the meal, we sang “Be Thou My Vision” together and prayed for blessings over their marriage. This was printed out and put on the plates. Later, we had a mentor give a devotional to her.
With fairy lights, a collection of chairs, mirrors, and tablecloths, a dirty barn transformed into a magical place for this wildflower wedding shower.
Activity Ideas for a Barn Wedding Shower
Beyond decorating, I want to provide a few simple ideas for a shower. We didn’t play games at this shower. Rather, we had a few side activity going on throughout the event. This was a big shower with over 50 people, so we needed to streamline the agenda.
Marriage Advice Photo Booth
For a marriage advice photo booth, you set up a cute background and provide a white board speech bubble as well as white board markers and an eraser. Guests are asked to write other their marriage advice, take a picture, and send it to the bride-to-be. You could also assign someone the job to be the photographer for the photo area.
Date Night Idea Box
The date night idea box becomes the inspiration for creative dates. We encouraged the guests to write out creative date night ideas on the paper provided. They were supposed to include their name. My niece was then told that when her and her future-husband were lacking ideas, they could go to the box. The hope would be that they would do the date ideas and then send a photo of them on the date to the person who made the suggestion.
Simple buy a small wooden box and write “Date Night Ideas” on the top. Cut paper to the size of the box and provide pens for the guest to write down their ideas.
Favorite Recipe Card Basket
Guests were encouraged to bring their favorite recipe to share with the bride. These were collected in a basket, so that my niece would have a good start to family favorite recipes.
This idea was done for me as well, and I still cherish my homemade recipe box with the recipes from all the people that attended each of my showers. If you are sending out paper invitations, you can send a recipe card along with the invite.
He Said, She Said Wedding Shower Activity
The final activity was called “He Said, She said.” Prior to the shower, we asked the bride and groom to send in sentences that one of them had said or tends to say regularly. Each guest received the game card, and they had to guess which person said the quote.
After our meal, we read out the real answers and whoever had the most correct received a gift.
Want More Wedding Shower Ideas?
I hope these decorating ideas for a barn wedding shower have stirred up some creativity for your own event. If you are wanting more inspiration, check out these other posts:
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