Everything You Need to Create a Bridal Shower Hat and Tea Party

A Bridal Shower Tea Party is an event where ladies and girls gather to congratulate the bride-to-be by bringing gifts and sharing marriage advice. At this special occasion, the décor sets the stage and the ladies come dressed and adorned in fine apparel. The tea party that I attended advised us to wear our best tea party hat, dress and gloves. The finale of the bridal shower tea was the opening of gifts, and her bridesmaids assisted her with that part. In fact, the bridesmaids planned the entire event. I will give you a run down of the various parts of this tea party, and maybe you can pick up some ideas for a bridal shower you are going to participate in.

Bridal Shower Tea Party Decor Display at Auburn Hills Community Center. "Spot of Tea." Pamela Anglin Designer & Decorator
Bridal Shower Tea Party Décor Display at Auburn Hills Community Center. "Spot of Tea." Pamela Anglin Designer & Decorator | Source

Décor. Décor is extremely in planning a tea party. The tea party I attended was held in a community room that was transformed, by the beautiful decorations, for the occasion. The colors were white, gold and green. All the tables were covered with white linen cloth and the chairs were covered in gold with tiebacks. The tea table was decorated with white beads, white gloves, fabric and teacups – notice the picture.

Mother of the Bride, Sylvia Jordan, in the middle with friends and guest at the Bridal Shower Tea Party.
Mother of the Bride, Sylvia Jordan, in the middle with friends and guest at the Bridal Shower Tea Party. | Source
Bride-to-Be, Loren and friend, Tiffany.
Bride-to-Be, Loren and friend, Tiffany. | Source

Attire. The invitation for the shower emphasized that the guest wear hats, dresses and gloves. At the tea party I attended, many of the ladies participated in the attire request – the hats were the favorite of the bride-to-be – “The Queen.” A contest was held to choose the lady with the fairest hat. Each contestant had to model along the aisle in front of the guest of honor, and she chose four winners. I happened to be one of the winners. My hat was a vintage black and white had made of polyurethane adorned with dangling white beads and white bow netting by Deborah of New York. But Janice Holmes got most of the attention with her fabulous wide hat. My prize was a Celine Dion Sensational spray and body lotion set. And of course, the mother-of-the-bride was chosen as a winner too!

Wedding Party. The bridesmaids all sat at the head table with “The Queen.” The bridesmaids had various responsibilities: they sent the invitations in the mail, decorated the room, greeted guest, attended to the gifts, catered the food and created the agenda. The bridesmaids consisted of her friends, family and colleagues. The wedding party girls did a great job in creating a program that was fun, multi-generational and ended right on time.

Guest traveled from out of town to attend the Bridal Shower Tea Party in Auburn Hills.
Guest traveled from out of town to attend the Bridal Shower Tea Party in Auburn Hills. | Source

Reserved and Special Seating. Reserved seating for the bridal shower included: the mother-of-the-bride to be, mother of the groom-to-be, both grandmothers and two aunts of the bride-to-be. Special seating is a good idea when you have several dear family members who will be in attendance. When both the families of the bride-to-be and groom-to-be, sit together, there is more opportunity to create a bond of unity.

Bridal Shower Attire

Hat
Gloves
Dress or Suit
White Wide Brim
White Satin - Long
Solid Color
Black Wide Brim
White Lace - Short
Summer or Spring
Large Hair Accessorie
Colored to Match Your Outfit
Skirt or Pant Suit

Activities. Paper and pencil games were played at the shower – nothing too difficult. One game entailed unscrambling words. There were 20 words to unscramble, and one of the lady’s at my table won first place by getting 16 answers correct. And no bridal shower is complete without singing, right? Three little sisters sang, “Going to the Chapel" - their mom directed the song and they were simply beautiful.

Sima Ballinger and Linda Thornton at the Bridal Shower Tea Party in Auburn Hills.
Sima Ballinger and Linda Thornton at the Bridal Shower Tea Party in Auburn Hills. | Source

Marriage Advice From The Guest. There were about 75 ladies and girls who attended the tea party, and almost everyone gave some kind of marital advice whether they were married or single. Many of the guest suggested, not to let the sun go down on your wrath, as the Bible instructs. To expand upon this piece of advice, one of the guest suggested that…”since the bride is going to be up all night,” (the crowd burst out in laughter), flirt with him.” The advice giver has been married for many years, and the crowd was very pleased with her humor and advice.

Gifts For The Bride-to-Be. The highlight of a bridal shower is always the gifts the bride-to-be receives. Women like seeing the expression on the honorees face when she opens a tiny piece of lingerie. And that is exactly what happened. Overall, the honoree received tasteful gifts with a good balance for a soon to be bride.

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Summary. At the conclusion of the bridal shower, the honoree and her mother expressed appreciation to the guest for coming. The mother was especially grateful because of all the abundance of advice given to her daughter who will soon be married. A tea party is a fabulous way to celebrate a bride-to-be. And when your guest love the bride, the affair turns out as a beautiful memory. A special thanks to my chauffeur, Jackie and new friend Marrian, who took me to Auburn Hills and brought me back safe and sound!

This hub was inspired by Loren Danielle Jordan - the bride-to-be.

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Treasuresofheaven 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi there teaches12345, the girls were so sweet, I wished the video was longer. Glad you see the potential for a summer tea party using these ideas. It's always a pleasure to see your comments. Thanks so much!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Your short video was so sweet. The children must have really made the shower memorable. I love the photos and suggestions. I think these ideas could be adjusted to fit a summer tea party as well.


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Treasuresofheaven 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Dee aka Nonna, I agree with you - these ideas can go with many types of celebrations. Fun was had by all, and the weather was so beautiful. I know the bride-to-be was happy. Thanks for visiting my hub.


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Dee aka Nonna 2 years ago

What wonderful ideas you have presented here. It would be fun to do this for many types of celebrations......you just can't go wrong with a tea party.....so much fun!!!!!


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Treasuresofheaven 2 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks MsDora, we had a wonderful time. I just wished I had taped more of the girls singing - they were so precious. The vintage hat I was wearing is my mother's - glad I preserved it - she's gone on to her heavenly home.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Sound like my kind of party! I love to see women celebrate themselves and a wedding shower seems like the perfect place to do it. Including the little girls is like the icing on the cake. Lovely hat you're wearing. Thank you for sharing this happy event.

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