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How To Plan A Bridal Shower Tea Party
Originally bridal shower celebrations took place during tea-time, when friends and neighbors would meet up and honor the bride, gossip and indulge in some lady-fun. It’s been only a few years that the event has magnified and is now celebrated in a more elaborate manner. If you want to celebrate tradition with a modern perception a Victorian Tea party themed bridal shower will be an enthralling experience for everyone involved.
I had the privilege to of being involved in organizing one for a common friend and we called it the Mad Hatter’s Tea party (We made the guests wear unusual hats!). But no matter how you look at it, a tea party is so simple yet such a lovely experience.
Tips to Plan A Bridal Shower Tea Party
A Tea Party Invitation
A group of friends can get down into making some lovely hand-made invitations. You can have some cards printed and then add some personal touches to it like a ribbon or a bow. Don’t forget to ask the ladies to come in some dresses and hats or some fashionable head gear if they like. This’ll set the party mood.
The cards can have tea pots printed on them to highlight the facts that it’s a tea-party. If you are making the whole thing by hands you can take postcard sized picture of the bride and write down the party details at the back. Browse through some nice calligraphy or have a person with a good handwriting write it down for you. Attach a small tea bag to the photo and put it inside a pink envelope. Ta-dah! You have some really elegant invites!
Decor For A Tea-Party
You’ll love to host the party in a small lawn or garden but indoors will be just as good. Arrange a long table to accommodate all the guests or have a few small ones. If it’s a long table have a number of centerpieces all along the mid-line or incase you have smaller tables you can have one centerpiece for each table. Nice round tea-pts in china pattern or floral patterns will make cute centerpieces. Beautiful vases with flowers will also look good at the center.
You can take empty tea tins and put in some flowers to go with the theme. You may cover the tables with some linen, personally I like satin. Arrange the table with nice cups and saucers. Ensure your napkins match with the table cover. If you can lay your hands on some pretty vintage glasses or pots do not shy away from show casing them as well.
You may hang mini chandeliers. Instead of bulbs, arrange some fresh flowers in the chandeliers to make look classy. You may use a banner and tissue paper pompoms in varying colors for the décor as well. You can take colorful ribbons, fabric and flowers to decorate each chair.
You can either gossip the whole time or arrange for some activities for everyone to take part in. You can have a “WISDOM TEAPOT” For the bride where you have each guest write down a word of advice on some paper and put the paper in the tea pot. The bride can take the tea-pot home and read them in leisure.
You may also arrange for some fortune cookies and have fun reading them or some craft activities would also be appropriate for a tea-time party.
Food At Tea-Party
It’s obvious that you’ll have no three or four course meals at a tea-party. Have a buffet style with a variety of small things to eat. Before selecting the menu keep find out someone has an allergy to something or someone is vegan or not and have some thing or the other for everyone to eat. Arrange for some nice tea in different flavors for the guests and ensure that the hot water is refreshed from time-to-time so that the tea remains hot throughout the party. Use 3 tiered serving stands to display all the foods. Long serving trays with vintage looks would also be good.
You may opt for a platter of different mini-sandwiches. You could have smoked salmon, grilled chicken, dill, turkey, salami or cream cheeses combined with wasabi, salmon roe and shisho leaves for them. Use different combinations on each sandwich. Flatbreads, mini scones, muffins, assorted mini pastries, fresh fruit salad, strawberries with whipped cream or chocolate will go well with tea. You may also keep juices, lemonade, wine or cocktails.
The favors can be handmade soaps or perfume. You could also make small pouches and fill them with tea and then tie them with colorful ribbons a favor. Another option is to take cute little boxes in pastel shades and fill them with some hand-made cookies and some tea bags or tea pouches and tie the boxes with golden ribbons.How To Plan A Bridal Shower Tea Party,