Tea Party Bridal Shower

Bride Bridal Shower

I am so excited to share this post today. It’s been on my drafts for a while now and I wanted to have it go live earlier this month, but the editorial calendar had me at certain restrictions. Earlier this month was my tea party bridal shower! And my bridesmaids definitely reassured me that I made the right choice picking them to be by my side as I take this next step in my life journey. The bridal shower was amazing and I am so excited to share with you all of the DIY decor that they did and the personalized dessert table that was not only beautiful but had such great treats fit for a tea party.

For my shower, my bridesmaids picked the theme of “Royal Tea Party”. For those who don’t know, my wedding theme is royalty and they included the fact that I absolutely love tea – plus what better way to celebrate the queen marrying her king than with a tea party. For the decor, they did everything. And a lot of it was DIY. For example, my sister made my bridal chair all by herself! She did not just go and buy a gold chair and bring it to the shower – she made it along with the glitter dipped wine glasses. Not meaning to brag, but my bridesmaids are amazing and very creative.

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MY TEA PARTY BRIDAL SHOWER

My entire wedding themed centered around royalty and, in essence, purple since that is the color that I am obsessed with. So as my bridesmaids began putting together all aspects of my bridal shower, they centered on throwing a tea party themed bridal shower. It made me so excited to find out this was the theme since I love going out for an afternoon tea and this is exactly how they were centering the bridal shower.

With a bridal shower being such a special pre-wedding celebration that would be bringing together my closest friends and family – all while introducing my family to my new married-into family, I wanted this to be something that I would remember for years. Unlike many other brides, I was a little too heavily involved in the planning, but my bridesmaids didn’t seen to mind. While there are countless themes to choose from, there’s something uniquely charming about a tea party. Imagine a room filled with elegantly dressed guests, each sipping from beautiful china and enjoying towers of fluffy scones and flavorful sandwiches. It’s a delightful, picturesque way to celebrate and create lasting memories together.

But you’re probably wondering, what did we do with this tea party bridal shower and how can you throw your own tea party themed bridal shower. Well, here are some tips for throwing your own tea party bridal shower.

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TEA PARTY BRIDAL SHOWER Decorations

For much of my bridal shower, we ended up ordering a variety of items from Etsy and my bridesmaids did a lot of DIY projects. It made the tea party extra special to know that each of the elements were done by hand and done with the extra effort of my bridesmaids to add personal touches. From setting the tone with invitations all the way to the party favors, here are some decoration aspects to consider when planning your own tea party themed bridal shower:

SETTING THE TONE WITH INVITATIONS

Whether you create them yourself or order them, consider vintage styled invitations. Think floral prints, lace details, and soft pastel colors. These invitations set the tone for the event, giving guests a glimpse of the delightful experience that awaits them. Adding a touch of gold foil or an illustration of a teapot can also bring a touch of sophistication and excitement.

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SETTING THE TABLE

The heart of any tea party is the table setting. It’s typically the first thing you see when you walk into a space and for a tea party, it’s the place where you’ll be spending much of the time. Begin with a crisp white tablecloth or a floral table runner. Layer this with lace doilies for an added touch of vintage charm. Use elegant china—mismatched sets work wonderfully, adding character and a sense of nostalgia. Each place setting should have a delicate teacup and saucer, a dessert plate, and polished silverware. Don’t forget the linen napkins, preferably in soft hues or floral patterns, tied with a pretty ribbon or a sprig of lavender.

GO FLORAL WITH CENTERPIECES

Flowers are a must for any tea party bridal shower. Create stunning centerpieces with an array of fresh blooms or go with some faux flowers like my bridesmaids did. Roses, peonies, and hydrangeas in pastel colors work beautifully. Arrange them in vintage teapots, pitchers, or even mason jars wrapped in lace. Scatter some loose petals and greenery around the centerpieces to enhance the romantic feel.

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This was absolutely too cute. The flipped tea cup with a smaller teapot on top. Perfect centerpieces!
ADD LITTLE TOUCHES OF ELEGANCE

Incorporate vintage elements like old books, ornate frames, and antique keys into your decor. You can stack books to create varying heights on your tables and top them with small floral arrangements or candles. Place framed photos of the bride and groom throughout the venue for a personal touch. Hanging decorations add another layer of enchantment. Think bunting made from floral fabric, strings of pearls, and delicate paper lanterns or pom-poms in pastel shades. You can also hang teacups with ribbons for a whimsical touch.

GO CUSTOM WITH PARTY FAVORS

Thank your guests with thoughtful party favors. Mini jars of homemade jam, personalized tea blends, or small potted succulents are charming options. Package them in pretty boxes or bags tied with ribbon and a thank-you tag.

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Party favors! Some mints and a little bag with my favorite flavors of tea and sugar cubes. I’ll admit that I took a bunch of these home and have been enjoying the tea every day.
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CAPTURE MEMORIES WITH PHOTO DECOR

Create a lovely photo booth area with a floral backdrop or a vintage-inspired screen. Provide fun props like oversized teacups, fancy hats, and lace parasols. A photo booth not only adds an element of fun but also ensures that guests have beautiful keepsakes from the day.

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Sweet Treats Display & Beverage Station

For a stunning bridal shower where you aren’t serving, create a stunning dessert table that doubles as a decor focal point. Use tiered cake stands to display an assortment of scones, finger sandwiches, macarons, and petite fours. Decorate the table with fresh flowers, lace, and vintage trays. A beautiful cake, adorned with edible flowers or intricate piping, serves as a show-stopping centerpiece.

In addition, set up a charming tea station where guests can choose from a variety of teas. Use vintage teapots and provide a selection of honey, sugar cubes, and lemon slices. For a modern twist, you can also include iced tea or tea-infused cocktails. Elegant signage, such as chalkboard labels or calligraphy tags, adds a polished touch.

SHOP TEA PARTY BRIDAL SHOWER DECORATIONS:

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Bites FOR TEA PARTY BRIDAL SHOWER

Planning a tea party themed bridal shower is an opportunity to indulge in an array of delightful bites and refreshing drinks. The key to a memorable tea party is offering a variety of beautifully presented, delectable treats that please both the eyes and the palate. Here, I’ll share some of my favorite recipes and ideas to help you create a delicious and enchanting menu for your special celebration.

TEA SANDWICHES
Classic Cucumber Sandwiches

These are a must-have for any tea party. Thinly sliced cucumbers layered on buttered white bread with a touch of dill create a refreshing bite. Cut them into elegant triangles or small rounds for a dainty presentation.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese

Spread a generous layer of cream cheese on whole grain bread and top with smoked salmon. Add a few capers and a sprinkle of fresh dill or chives. These sandwiches are both sophisticated and delicious.

Egg Salad Sandwiches

A creamy egg salad made with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, a dash of mustard, and finely chopped chives or green onions is a tea party staple. Serve on soft, crustless bread for a classic touch.

Chicken Salad Croissants

For a more substantial bite, offer mini croissants filled with a savory chicken salad. Combine shredded chicken, mayonnaise, celery, grapes, and a hint of tarragon for a delightful mix of flavors.

DECADANT DESSERTS
Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream

No tea party is complete without scones. Bake a batch of light and fluffy scones, and serve them with an assortment of jams and clotted cream. Blueberry, lemon, and traditional plain scones are all wonderful options.

Macarons

These delicate French cookies add a touch of elegance to your dessert table. Choose a variety of flavors and colors to create a visually appealing display. Popular choices include raspberry, pistachio, and lavender.

Miniature Cakes and Tarts

Tiny cakes and tarts are perfect for a tea party. Lemon tarts, fruit tartlets, and mini Victoria sponge cakes bring a burst of flavor and color to the table. Decorate them with edible flowers or fresh fruit for an extra special touch.

Petit Fours

These bite-sized, icing-covered cakes are not only delicious but also incredibly charming. Offer a variety of flavors and fillings, such as almond, vanilla, or chocolate, to cater to different tastes.

PERFECT TEA PAIRINGS
Traditional Hot Tea

Provide a selection of high-quality loose-leaf teas. Offer a variety of black, green, and herbal teas to cater to your guests’ preferences. Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and Chamomile are always popular choices. Serve with milk, lemon slices, honey, and sugar cubes for a classic tea experience.

Iced Tea

For a refreshing twist, offer iced tea options. Freshly brewed black or green tea served over ice with slices of lemon or sprigs of mint is perfect for a warm day. You can also create fruit-infused iced teas, such as peach or raspberry, for added flavor.

Tea-Infused Cocktails

Add a modern twist to your tea party with tea-infused cocktails. A classic Earl Grey gin and tonic or a green tea mojito are sure to impress. Use quality tea, fresh herbs, and premium spirits to create these delightful drinks.

Sparkling Lemonade

For a non-alcoholic option, offer sparkling lemonade. Mix freshly squeezed lemon juice with sparkling water and a touch of honey or simple syrup. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint for a refreshing, bubbly treat.

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WHAT Games TO PLAY AT A TEA PARTY THEMED SHOWER

A tea party themed bridal shower is not just about delicious bites and elegant decorations—it’s also an opportunity to enjoy some fun and games with the bride-to-be and her guests. From classic favorites to tea-themed twists, here are some entertaining games to keep everyone engaged and laughing throughout the celebration.

BRIDAL BINGO

Put a twist on the classic bingo game by creating bingo cards filled with wedding-related words or items, such as “bride,” “groom,” “ring,” “cake,” and “love.” As the bride opens her gifts, guests mark off the items on their bingo cards. The first guest to get a row or column filled shouts “bingo” and wins a prize!

GUESS THE BRIDE’S AGE

Create a slideshow with photos of the bride at different ages, from childhood to adulthood. Guests must guess the age of the bride in each photo. The person with the most correct guesses wins a prize. It’s a fun way to reminisce about the bride’s past and see how much she’s changed over the years.

TEA TRIVIA

Test your guests’ knowledge of tea with a fun trivia game. Create a list of tea-related questions, such as “Which country is famous for producing Darjeeling tea?” or “What is the difference between black tea and green tea?” Divide guests into teams and see who can answer the most questions correctly. The winning team gets bragging rights and a small prize.

BRIDAL VEIL CONTEST

Encourage guests to channel their inner Mad Hatter by hosting a hat decorating contest. Provide plain hats, ribbons, feathers, fabric, and other embellishments, and let guests get creative. After a set amount of time, have everyone showcase their hats, and let the bride choose her favorite. The winner receives a prize for their creative masterpiece.

TEA TASTING CHALLENGE

Turn tea tasting into a fun competition by blindfolding guests and having them taste different types of tea. Provide a variety of teas, such as black, green, herbal, and fruit-infused, and ask guests to guess the type of tea they’re tasting. The guest with the most correct guesses wins a prize. It’s a fun way to explore different tea flavors and learn more about everyone’s preferences.

ADVICE FOR THE BRIDE

This was another game that my bridesmaids set up, and the advice went into a cup that I still have today. To “play” this game – set up a station where guests can write down their best marriage advice for the bride-to-be. Provide pretty stationery and pens, and encourage guests to share their words of wisdom, funny anecdotes, or heartfelt messages. Collect the notes and compile them into a keepsake book for the bride to cherish long after the bridal shower.

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