Bridal shower tea parties are a very traditional, elegant way to celebrate a bride's upcoming wedding. A bridal tea can be intimate, with just the bridal party attending, or a larger event including other female friends and relatives that will be invited to the wedding. This shower theme isn't suitable for a co-ed shower since the food is lighter and the decorations are more feminine.
Setting the Stage
Serve the food and beverages buffet style since there won't be a plated entree as part of your menu.
Decorate the buffet and guest tables with linens and flowers selected with the bride's colors in mind.
Ask guests to bring a small gift for the "wishing well" that fits with the tea theme. Items might include loose teas, tea strainer, tea bags, tea spoons, tea cookies.
Plan to organize a few bridal shower games for fun and to help break the ice when guests first arrive.
When the bride arrives, give her a small bouquet to welcome her and she can use it to mark her place.
Create a tussy mussy for each guest and tie them with ribbon that is wide enough to write each guest's name - then use them as place cards.
Assorted pots of tea. Keep refreshing them with hot water throughout the party.
Chocolate covered strawberries. Offer an assortment of white and milk chocolate dipped berries for visual interest.
Create and decorate elegant Angel Food Cupcakes.
A large Fresh Fruit Salad.
Assorted Chocolate Truffles.
Serve Blushing Bride champagne cocktails.
Send guests home with party favors that will help them remember this special party. Think about a gift that will fit with the bride's interests. You might give each guest any of the following:
A small container with loose tea and a tea ball.
A package of tiny cookies or candies.
Hand made soaps.
A seed packet with a trowel.
A cookie cutter and homemade cookie mix in a decorated jar.
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