A bridal shower tea party is a great way for a small group of special friends to celebrate an upcoming marriage.
A tea party allows the bride and her guests a chance to relax and visit with each other.
This type of bridal shower has become increasingly popular and with a guest list of 20 or less, a tea party is an elegant and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
Most bridal tea parties take place between 2pm and 5pm.
Find elegant and simple invitations with roses or pansies on them. Or look for vintage postcards that you can write your invitation information on.
When writing your shower invitation information, use a Victorian or calligraphy font for a special affect.
The bridal shower can be held indoors or out in your backyard garden.
If there isn't room at the host's home, then a local park with a large gazebo, a Tea Room, or even the conservatory of a local museum, are all great places to have a bridal tea party.
Try to create a setting that is simple but elegant.
Cover round tables with pastel tablecloths. You can purchase matching floral fabric and make cloth napkins for each place setting.
Fill old vases or antique china bowls with roses, peonies or wild flowers for the centerpieces of each table. Put a white doily under the flower arrangements.
Place ferns around the room to stay with the Victorian setting.
Use real china cups and saucers.
If you don't have enough, borrow from the bride's mother, grandmother, and other guests. It doesn't matter if the china matches. Mismatched cups and saucers will actually add to the charm of your tea party.
Or purchase extra cups and saucers at Goodwill or an antique store. These extra cups can be given as favors tor the guests.
Another idea for your bridal shower tea party is to get the guests to go in together and purchase a China tea set to use at the shower. Then give the set to the bride.
Print out a simple but elegant menu for each place setting. The guests will love taking these home as a memory of your unique and special bridal shower. Use the same font on the menu that you used on the invitations.
The menu for a bridal shower tea party should include some of the following foods:
In a large silver punch bowl, which may be rented, mix the following ingredients to make Champagne Tea.
Some ideas for favors for your guests are:
Play classical or soft jazz music to keep a calm peaceful atmosphere.
For a bridal shower tea party, games really don't need to be played. Most of the guests will enjoy the calm atmosphere and take this time to sit back, relax, and talk.
However, if you would like an idea for a game...
Fill a large bowl with uncooked rice. Put 100+ fake wedding rings in the bowl. These can be purchased at any party supply store.
Mix the rice and rings together.
Have each guest grab a handful of the rice and count out the number of rings they grabbed.
The guest with the most rings wins!
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