How to Host a Stock-the-Bar Shower

Looking for a unique alternative to a traditional bridal shower? Trust us when we say you can never go wrong with a stock-the-bar shower!

Never heard of it? We’ve got you covered! Follow along as we break down everything you need to know to pull off a stock-the-bar party that the bride and groom will never forget!

Stock-the-Bar Shower FAQs

What is a stock-the-bar shower?

A stock-the-bar shower is a coed celebration where guests bring bar-related gifts such as bottles of liquor, wine, and mixers, as well as barware, bar tools, and bar accessories. 

These parties are a fun alternative to a typical wedding shower because they allow for both the bride and groom to celebrate with their loved ones before the big day, while also stocking up on gifts that will allow them to entertain in the future.

Who is this wedding shower theme for? 

This wedding shower theme is for any couple who enjoys drinking, especially those with an appreciation for craft cocktails and mixology as a whole.

A stock-the-bar party is also perfect for those soonlyweds who already live or own a home together and therefore don’t have a need for traditional bridal shower gifts (e.g. cookware and bedsheets)

What kind of food and drinks are served at a stock-the-bar party?

When it comes to the food menu, aim for handheld and quick-to-eat bites like a meat and cheese board or chips and dips. Not only do finger foods allow guests to simultaneously eat and mingle, but they also ensure that no one is too weighed down by a heavy meal.

As far as what drinks to serve, we recommend having a healthy mix of beer and wine, plus a few non-alcoholic options for those driving or simply not drinking. Take it to the next level by having the couple select a signature cocktail or two for guests to enjoy.

MODERN MOH TIP: It’s important to note that you’ll need to set up a drink station that’s separate from the spirits brought by guests. These gifts should be left untouched unless the bride and groom say otherwise.

How do you decorate for this type of shower?

One of the great things about throwing a stock-the-bar bridal shower is that it does not require much decoration aside from the gift display.

If you want to step this display up a notch, consider purchasing a bar cart for the bride and groom (if they don’t already have one) to hold all of their new libations and bar tools.

MODERN MOH TIP: Instead of purchasing traditional bridal shower decorations like balloons and banners, opt for more on-theme supplies like personalized drinkware or customized cocktail napkins.

What do you do at a stock-the-bar shower?

The purpose of a stock-the-bar shower is to allow the bride and groom time to mingle with their guests without having to worry about traditional activities like playing games or opening gifts.

If you do choose to throw some games or activities into the mix, make sure they relate to the theme. For example, hold a cocktail mixing competition or set up a wine tasting session.

What are the best favors for this bridal shower theme?

While it’s not necessary to give out favors to your guests, it is a thoughtful gesture to thank them for joining you in the celebration.

As with all the details relating to a stock-the-bar party, try to purchase favors that match the overall theme. Our favorite ideas include mini wine or liquor bottles, wine stoppers, or bottle openers.

Stock-the-Bar Party Planning Tips

Have it at home

While it’s perfectly fine to hold your stock-the-bar shower elsewhere, it’s a lot less work to hold it at your own home. This way you don’t have to worry about transporting delicate gifts like top-shelf bottles or wine glasses.

Be selective with your guest list

With this being a coed party, it’s easy to get carried away when deciding on who to invite. Keep in mind that this is still just a wedding shower, not the actual wedding, so the guest list should consist of only your closest friends and family members.

Send out themed invitations

As this is a very specific type of wedding shower, you’ll need to send out invitations that make this very clear. And while this theme is specific, it’s not at all formal, so feel free to save some cash by opting for evites over printed invitations.

Create a gift registry

Just because you’re hosting a stock-the-bar shower does not mean you don’t need a registry. Not only will a registry steer guests in the right direction, but it will also eliminate the chances of you receiving duplicate gifts.

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