There are a lot of things to get excited about for fall: pumpkin spice lattes, chunky sweaters, beautiful falling leaves and cool breezes. But if you’re a bride-to-be, you may also be looking forward to your bridal shower. If you’re still trying to come up with the perfect theme, look around you! Get inspired by the colors, smells and tastes of the season as you plan your big bash.

Give your guests a taste of what your shower is going to be like with some rustic invitations like this Wooden Lattice – Bridal Shower Invitation. Its gray, wood-grain background and lattice pattern sets the tone for the feel of the season. The bright orange color also reflects the stunning colored leaves during autumn.

Rich flavors
The weather is getting cooler, which means you’ll want to serve food that’s going to warm up your shower guests. For the main courses, think about serving hearty soup accompanied by roasted chicken or a seafood-based dish like smoked salmon or crab cakes. As far as desserts go, pies and gooey brownies are always a fall favorite. But if you’re looking for a nontraditional dessert, try some red velvet cake balls, which can stand up to the bold flavors of your main dish. Caramel apples are another favorite and perfectly capture the flavors of fall.

Natural decor
When it comes to decorating your space for the soiree, just look around you. Bright orange pumpkins and deep red apples are perfect for centerpieces. Golden leaves can even make an appearance sprinkled across your tables. Bring the outdoors indoors!

Drinks of the season
Warm up your friends and family with the tastes of the season. Create a few unique drinks, like peppermint hot chocolate, lattes infused with cinnamon, spiced tea or sparkling apple cider garnished with a citrus wedge.

Autumn is filled with warm colors and flavors, so your lighting should warm up the room and create a welcoming environment for your guests as well. Paper lanterns, strings of lights, small chandeliers and plenty of candles will set the mood for your special event.

Send your shower guests away with a favor that reflects fall. Keep things simple and offer them a small autumn-scented candle, potpourri, packets of flower seeds that grow well in autumn or even a few freshly picked apples.

Do you have more ideas for a fall-inspired bridal shower? Share your thoughts with us!

Photo credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat for HGTV