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How To Host A Bridal Shower Tea Party

Updated on November 15, 2012

A Beautiful Bridal Shower For The Modern Bride To Be

Bridal showers are quickly becoming sophisticated and luxurious with many beautiful options. The bridal shower tea party is a favourite choice and offers the modern bride to be plenty of scope to show off her personality and taste.

A tea party is a lovely opportunity to celebrate your bridal shower in refined elegance for the afternoon. Imagine a garden with white chairs and scattered rose petals accompanied by delicious food and bubbly champagne. What a divine way to enjoy such a happy occasion.

This lens provides information on essentials and ideas to get you started on planning the perfect bridal shower tea party.

Bridal Shower Etiquette

Traditionally bridal showers were hosted to 'shower' the bride to be with gifts to begin her new married life with. As with any tradition it is perfectly ok to modernise it and personalise it with your own interests or choices.

Generally the maid of honour and/or bridesmaids host the bridal shower. Modern women however, may prefer to put something together themselves and ask the bridesmaids and mothers to help which is perfectly acceptable.

Tradition also suggests that bridal showers be an intimate gathering of only ten to twenty of the bride's closest friends and family. Feel free to invite as many guests as you please though, but be mindful, people attending the bridal shower are also usually invited to the wedding.

Bridal showers are commonly held four to six weeks before the wedding to allow for ease of organising and preparation. An informal afternoon gathering is suffice as bridal showers do not have the same formal etiquette as a wedding.

Bridal Shower Invites

Due to the casual nature of the bridal shower, invitations can be issued informally. Regular post, email or phone is acceptable. Hand written or self printed invitations are a lovely touch though and can include wedding theme colours which give guests a small preview of what is to come.

Fabulous Stationery Sakura Bridal Shower Fill-In Invitations, Multi-color, 12 (WI-21)
Fabulous Stationery Sakura Bridal Shower Fill-In Invitations, Multi-color, 12 (WI-21)

These invites are simply exquisite with cascading cherry blossoms and create a stylish finish.

 
Fabulous Stationery Orchid Island Bridal Shower Fill-In Invitations, Multi-color, 12 (WI-19)
Fabulous Stationery Orchid Island Bridal Shower Fill-In Invitations, Multi-color, 12 (WI-19)

Exotic orchids grace the front of this bridal shower invitation and add an elegant charm.

 
Wilton Bridal Shower Fun Invitations
Wilton Bridal Shower Fun Invitations

Romantic and cheerful, these invites add a sense of fun.

 

Bridal Shower Menu

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A traditional tea party is generally a relaxed informal affair with an abundance of delicious food. It can be held indoors or out and the food can be anything you desire. The best option for your bridal shower tea party is minimal fuss with maximum effect.

Imagine a beautifully decorated table laden with delectable treats for all to enjoy. Your guests will be delighted to peruse the table helping themselves to whatever takes their fancy. This will free you up to enjoy your party without losing time individually serving the food. People love to try little morsels of this and that and choosing what to eat can be half the fun.

You can mix both sweet and savoury in abundance and let everyone enjoy the tea party at their leisure. Use your imagination and by all means put your favourite treats on the menu, after all this day is all about you!

A few traditional and modern ideas to choose from are: finger sandwiches, mini chicken drumsticks, mini savoury tarts or quiches, homemade sausage rolls, mini vol-au-vents, antipasto platter, lasagna, crusty bread rolls, pasta salad, potato salad, garden salad, scones with whipped cream and jam, fruit cake, cupcakes, pavlova, pastries, slices, tarts, chocolate, pots of tea, pink lemonade, juice and champagne.

So put on your thinking cap and reach for the sky. You may decide on traditional fare or perhaps a mixture of your favourites, the choice is yours.

Elegant and Chic Table Setting Idea

Elegant and Chic Table Setting Idea
Elegant and Chic Table Setting Idea

Tea Party Essentials To Get You Started - Fabulous Ideas To Create Your Perfect Bridal Shower Tea Party

Plan your menu, organise some fun games to start the party and set the scene with pretty rose petals and champagne flutes. Happy planning!

Victoria The Essential Tea Companion: Favorite Menus for Tea Parties and Celebrations
Victoria The Essential Tea Companion: Favorite Menus for Tea Parties and Celebrations

Filled with more than 100 recipes including scones, cakes, biscuits, tarts, savouries and jams, this elegant book is an indulgent accompaniment to the perfect cup of tea.

 
1000 Wedding Silk Rose Petals Fuchsia Watermelon Artificial Flowers Hot Pink
1000 Wedding Silk Rose Petals Fuchsia Watermelon Artificial Flowers Hot Pink

Beautiful silk rose petals are a cost effective alternative to real rose petals to scatter in the garden. They are available in many luscious shades and can be colour matched to your wedding theme.

 
Bridal Shower Games: Fun Party Games and Helpful Tips for the Hostess
Bridal Shower Games: Fun Party Games and Helpful Tips for the Hostess

Have some fun and celebrate with this collection of eight classic bridal shower games.

 
Marquis by Waterford Vintage Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
Marquis by Waterford Vintage Champagne Flutes, Set of 4

Exceptional sparkling crystal flutes, perfect for a celebratory toast.

 

"My bridal shower tea party was an afternoon I will always remember"

Teapots - Gorgeous Teapots For Your Tea Party

Choose a teapot you love, maybe two!

Corelle Coordinates Teapot, Shadow Iris
Corelle Coordinates Teapot, Shadow Iris

Classicly beautiful stoneware teapot with lovely iris pattern.

 
Yedi Houseware Classic Coffee and Tea White Dots 20 Ounce Teapot, Pink Bubblegum
Yedi Houseware Classic Coffee and Tea White Dots 20 Ounce Teapot, Pink Bubblegum

Pretty bubblegum pink and white porcelain teapot that comes in a satin lined hatbox. Other gorgeous shades to choose from in the collection.

 
Old Dutch 38-Ounce Cast-Iron Nobility Teapot, Pale Blue
Old Dutch 38-Ounce Cast-Iron Nobility Teapot, Pale Blue

Sturdy cast iron teapot with stainless steel infuser.

 

Bridal Shower Favours - Take Home Goodies For Your Guests

Take home gifts for your guests are a lovely way to thank them for celebrating a beautiful occasion with you. While they are completely optional there are some simple ideas that are easy to put together to create a special treat.

Enlist the help of your bridesmaids to put some thought into memorable gift ideas and to add the finishing touches to make them truly special.

A teacup and saucer wrapped in beautiful ribbon (matched to your wedding theme) presented on the table when guests arrive is a perfect gift to take home. They can use it on the day and will always be reminded of you, time after time when they use it at home.

Gorgeous loose leaf tea samplers are another clever idea. Your bridesmaids can wrap them up in colourful paper satchels, mini boxes, organza or tulle pouches and adorn them with ribbon. Potpourri or bath salts can be presented in this way too.

Scented bath soap, candles or essential oils are other lovely ideas that can be beautifully put together to make treasured gifts. Have a brainstorming get together with your bridesmaids and have fun dreaming up your own blissful way to thank your guests.

Aromatherapy Herbal Soap Sampler (Made with 100% Pure Essentail Oils)
Aromatherapy Herbal Soap Sampler (Made with 100% Pure Essentail Oils)

Sample bars of exquisite hand crafted soap. Made from all natural ingredients, they include 100% pure essential oils and organic botanicals.

 
Essential Oil Home Aromatherapy Sampler Set- 6/10 ml.
Essential Oil Home Aromatherapy Sampler Set- 6/10 ml.

Includes Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Spearmint and Sweet Orange. All gorgeous smelling oils!

 

Other Bridal Shower Party Ideas

* High Tea at a Hotel

* Day Spa

* Concert of the Bride's choice

* Afternoon Picnic

Thanks For Your Visit - What Are You Planning For Your Bridal Shower?

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      Sonia DB 5 years ago

      @TransplantedSoul: Bridal Shower games are a great way to get everyone in the mood for fun. See 'Bridal Shower Games' above for ideas.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Tea parties can be great events. The key is to make people feel comfortable and not too stuffy - so they can let loose. Sometimes tea parties seem to get a bit formal. What hints do you have for keeping the balance?

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Love your wonderful ideas.

    • OliviaDaughter LM profile image

      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Lovely lens, I love your intro photo. I do some event planning so I am always interested in shower ideas. Thanks for sharing !

    • GreenfireWiseWo profile image

      GreenfireWiseWo 5 years ago

      Great ideas - thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You've tucked some very nice information here. I like the idea of doing minimal for maximum results.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      very nice lens

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      Fushi LM 5 years ago

      I really love the way you have presented a wonderful party idea which my friend will love to try for sure.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      High Five!! My best friend is planning a tea party shower as I write- I shall be sending her the link to this lens!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I don't have one to plan at the moment, but these ideas would be good for a regular party too.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      What lovely ideas!

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      MrsPotts 6 years ago

      This lens is a nice place to start for the basics plus ideas and resources.

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      Fondi 6 years ago

      SDB-another great blog, i love the way you think so sophisticated!