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How to Host a Tea Party Bridal Shower

Updated on January 15, 2015

Throwing a Tea Party Bridal Shower

Are you thinking of throwing a tea party shower for the bride to be? Think of elegance, femininity, flowers, tiny cakes and savouries. Giving a tea party is the ultimate traditional bridal shower party...a timeless idea and a wonderful gift to the bride.

Modeled on the English afternoon tea it's a very girly occasion so is suited to the hen party.

This article has the steps to make your party a successful affair!

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Inviting the Guests

tea party list
tea party list

The bridal tea party shower is usually hosted by the Maid of Honor or Bridesmaids. I have recently read that it is inappropriate for a member of the bride or groom's family to pay for or host the shower as it can be seen as a form of solicitation. Bearing this in mind it is also not an obligation for any of the bridal party to arrange a party...but many enjoy this part of the proceedings for their friend, the bride.

The first impression of the occasion is going to be the invitations so you need to get this right.

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Let's look at what your invite must have...

Use a separate line for each.

  1. The reason you are sending the invite: for example, "You are cordially invited to..."
  2. Let the guests know that it will be a tea party shower (or other theme) and if you would like them to dress in a particular fashion.
  3. The date and time!
  4. The location -- if necessary include a little map on a separate paper.
  5. Ask for an RSVP and provide a couple of ways for them to make contact with you.
  6. If gifts are to be on a particular theme be specific so that guests are not left wondering.

    A couple of ideas are: each guest bringing a favorite recipe or the invited guest bringing a vintage cup and saucer to be used at the party and left with the bride.

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. - Henry James, Portrait of a Lady.

Tea Table - Set of 10 Pop-up Style Invitations
Tea Table - Set of 10 Pop-up Style Invitations

Just what you need to invite your guests to your tea party! This pretty pack of ten quality pop up cards comes with matching envelopes. The above quote appears on the inside of the cards.


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Have Your Say!

Some people like to dress up in Victorian dress for an afternoon tea party shower. What do you think about this?

An Idea or Two as a Gift for a Shower

candle cup and saucer
candle cup and saucer

Ask each guest to bring an antique or collectable cup and saucer that can be used at the party and left as a gift for the bride.

Or you may like to make a fragrant candle in the cup as shown in this idea. The bride to be could use the candle around the home or when having a spa...and then later as a cup and saucer set. All suited to a tea party theme.

Photo by Lyn Bell

candle cup and saucer set
candle cup and saucer set

I got this idea when visiting a market day...the idea of making candles in tea cups. I think it's great!

If you have a cup that is not the best inside but still attractive on the outside this could be a great solution to the problem. And of course it extends the life of a perfectly pretty cup!

The bride to be will appreciate fact that you have made something specially for her...and it fits with the theme of the day.

Photo by Lyn Bell

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The Venue


These days many high end hotels serve afternoon tea. This means the catering and ambience are all taken care of. There's no need to hire or buy the tea sets. Many cities also have mansions and beautiful homes that cater to weddings and functions.

You may decide that catering in your home is the way to go. You can arrange to hire beautiful tea sets, use your own or buy them. Another idea is to get the guests to bring their own cup and saucer with the idea that they will use it for the event and then give the bride the set at the end of the party.


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Tea Party Foods - Cupcakes


Photo by Lyn Bell

Cucumber sandwiches
Cucumber sandwiches


Cucumber sandwiches are traditional at afternoon tea parties...cucumber and cream cheese.

The sandwiches are dainty in size and the crusts are cut off. The skin of the cucumber is kept on but is very thinly is the bread.

As long as they are small sized sandwiches other popular fillings are ham with mustard, roast beef, egg and mayonnaise, cheese and pickle or chutney and salmon or tuna.

Photo by bitboy on Flickr, under creative commons use. ( Photo is linked)

Petit Fours

Petit fours
Petit fours

These are dainty little French cakes or biscuits often decorated with marzipan and icing. They are little works of art, and for my money give the popular cupcake a run for your money.

Thanks to Wmeinhart for the use of this photo.

Other English Cakes

Battenburg cake
Battenburg cake

These days you don't see or hear much about the Battenburg Cake. My Mom used to make it quite often. She made it in green and red colors.

Battenburg cake is a very English cake and just right for an English afternoon tea. It is made in layers and pieced together with jam. The whole cake is wrapped in marzipan (almond paste).

The cake is believed to have been created and named to honor of the wedding of Queen Victoria's granddaughter to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884.

To make a Battenburg Cake you will need two Victoria sponge cakes made in oblong tins. One cake will have a few drops of coloring to make it pink and the other is left plain. Cut the cakes longways into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide. Join together with apricot glaze. Roll almond paste (Marzipan) and wrap around the assembled cake.

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Scones and Cream

Devonshire tea
Devonshire tea

I absolutely love scones, jam and cream...often referred to as Devonshire Cream. They're a classic English afternoon treat so your afternoon tea party would be lost without them!

Photo by Liyster under Creative Commons. Photo linked


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    • Dabdab profile image


      5 years ago

      I love the idea of this theme for a bridal shower - could you perhaps add some recipes for the foods you mention?

    • onyesvic profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens


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