There is something warm, inviting and wonderfully therapeutic about tea parties don’t you think? The enticing aroma of brewing tea, fine intricate china and those moorish sweet delicacies with an allure hard to resist. There’s also the excuse to catch up on some serious gossip with your girlfriends. So time to spark your ‘inner hostess’ with this pretty collection of tea party inspiration and bridal shower ideas!
For many of us, the tea party is a nostalgic event transporting us back to our childhood days. I distinctly remember how wonderful it felt to act all grown up and sophisticated and play “tête-à-tête.” I would painstakingly set up my colorful kiddy table with four pretty plastic tea cups and saucers, fill them with bright red raspberry cordial and make a display of my favorite butter cookies. Then acting the perfect hostess, I would carefully serve each one of my VIP guests (Mr Teddy, Miss Barbie and my Siamese feline Kimba) and “wax lyrical” throughout the afternoon.
Hosting a classic tea party is a wonderful tradition which spans across many cultures. It will always be and elegant and fun way to entertain a group of friends no matter the occasion. You can plan a tea party to raise money for charity, use it as an excuse to catch up with the girls, or as a pretty bachelorette party or bridal shower. Here’s my tips for hosting a bridal shower tea party with plenty of pizzazz!
How To Host A Bridal Shower Tea Party With Style
Get out your prettiest plates and dust off the crystal . . .
Style up your table with bunches of pretty blooms, floral linens and as much girl power goodness you can fathom . . .
Cupcakes at a tea party are practically mandatory. . .
Adding a touch of sparkle to your wedding shower will make you feel like a Princess.
For maximum WOW effect stylize the decor with a monochromatic look (white looks amazing!)
or go retro with lots of neon colors and groovy hip decor .
Take it outdoors for a enchanting garden party . . .
Channel your inner child and decorate with reckless abandon!
Go a little crazy with a Mad Hatter or Alice in Wonderland theme . . .
Go all out with the menu – display pots of tea in a variety of blends, pretty platters with assorted tea sandwiches, gorgeous cake stands overflowing with decorative cupcakes, and mouth watering cakes too pretty to eat!
or. . . ditch all the girly stuff, keep it laid back, and have a BBQ style bridal shower with the boys!
If all else fails . . . . you can always have tea-for-one!
Hope these ideas help trigger your imagination and give you plenty of creative ideas for your ultimate tea time.
Tell me . . . what is your favorite Tea Party style?
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