Getting together for arts and crafts has been a time-tested method for encouraging bonding since way back in ye olden days. Now, instead of boiling lye for soap and squinting at needlepoint by candlelight, we get to do way cooler stuff. Adding an arts and crafts theme to a bridal shower is perfect if the bride in question is the kind who loves to design her own jewelry, do home canning or crochet adorable sweaters for dogs.
The trick is to keep the crafts interesting and accessible. A lesson from the local knitting shop or an hour or two in a pottery studio throwing pots is an ideal crowd-pleaser -- just try to stay away from anything to do with popsicle sticks.
The kitschy factor of an arts and crafts shower will also lend itself to kitschy food. Check through a few old cookbooks from the 1950s or '60s for some retro party recipes to fit the mood.