By Bridget Mora
Looking for an elegant theme for a bridal shower? Try a tea party theme. It is a timeless idea which is perfect for a multi-generational party. Learn more about how to host a tea party theme bridal shower for that special bride in your life.
Start with the invitations. There are some very sweet printable stationery sets which have pictures of tea cups on them. The wording can read “The pleasure of your company is requested / for a bridal tea shower / in honor of / Miss Amanda Green / Sunday, April 21st at 4 o’clock / 131 Willow Street, Stamford, Connecticut. Be sure to add your R.s.v.p. details in the lower left corner of the invitation so that you can get an accurate headcount for your party. Shower invitations are generally mailed about four weeks before the event, since they are mostly for local guests or the bride’s immediate family and bridesmaids, who will know about the shower long before they receive the invitation in the mail.
Everything should be timeless and romantic for a tea party bridal shower. Fine white lace tablecloths and crisply starched napkins in a feminine shade like pink or mauve would be the perfect table dressings. Add a Victorian inspired centerpiece to the table or on a sideboard. Take a footed urn and fill with a loose arrangement of flowers overflowing the sides in shades of pinks, creams, and dusty purples. Everyone should dress in their prettiest and most feminine clothes: floral dresses, cultured pearl earrings, possibly even fancy hats. Most women have at least the pretty dresses and cultured pearl earrings in their wardrobes, so it will not be an imposition to request this type of attire for the shower.
Certainly, tea will be an important part of the tea party shower. Serve several varieties in an elegant fashion. Forget about tea bags, and instead brew several pots of tea to be served from handpainted china tea pots or on a silver tea service. If you happen to have a large collection of tea cups with saucers, they would be great, or scour the flea markets and antique shops to amass a pretty collection of assorted tea cups. Offer guests fresh milk, lemon, and sugar for their tea in elegant containers.
As for the food, fancy and light fare is ideal. The traditional high tea menu is a mixture of sweet and savory foods. For the savory, offer cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off and miniature chicken salad sandwiches cut into triangles. Next comes the bread course, which is generally scones with strawberry preserves and clotted cream. You may also add small muffins and a bread, if you want to make it a bit heartier. Finally, the sweets are served. Plan on one fabulous torte or pie on a fancy pedestal and a tiered tray of delicious sweet morsels like petit fours, tea cookies, lemon squares, and perhaps some chocolate dipped strawberries. Nothing should be larger than two or three bites in size (except the scones), but make sure that there are plenty of pieces for each guest to try a few of everything.
Once everyone has had their tea and snack, it is time to open gifts! If the bride loves tea, you could suggest that guests bring tea themed gifts like tea pots, tea towels, fancy imported tins of tea leaves, and the like. Otherwise, the usual assortment of gifts is just fine, and might be more practical for the bride. Thank everyone for coming with a tea themed bridal shower favor. There is a wide variety available, including customized tea bags and infusers, mini teacups with candles, and tins of gourmet tea. It will be the perfect ending to your classic tea party theme bridal shower.
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