Bridal showers are traditionally a time for the bride-to-be's close friends and family to "shower" her with gifts so that she may start her married life well-prepared with everything she needs for her home. With the rise of websites like Pinterest giving us all party envy, we want to throw the best bridal shower ever, and one theme that we love for that is afternoon tea. Bridal showers tend to occur in the afternoon with light snacks being served, and that's what afternoon tea is all about. Shower your guests with cute favors, food, games and decor that will make you feel like a proper British lady.
Tasty Finger Food
Obviously, you need a variety of tea to serve (it is a tea party, after all), but what about the food? Stick to the traditional finger sandwiches, scones, and petit fours, but feel free to experiment with miniature versions of the bride's favorite food or go with other decadent desserts like crepes, ice cream or pie. When it comes to the tea, don't just stick with English Breakfast—let guests choose from a selection of tea flavors, and if the party is outside and it's going to be hot, offer flavored iced teas.
Tea Cup Favors
Let everyone bring the tea party home with these cute teacup candles. Simply melt candle wax, place the wick in the middle of the teacup, pour the wax in, and let it dry. Voila! A cute and functional favor to hand out that is so easy it won't be a Pinterest fail.
Afternoon tea is a relaxed but elegant affair, so keep your decor simple and classy. Start the tone of the party off right with pretty invitations in the shape of a teapot or teabag. White linen tablecloths, cute china and fun centerpieces are really all you need at the party itself, but you can add other traditional decorations like streamers and balloons. A great centerpiece idea is to take teapots and fill them with the bride's favorite flowers. The teapots should be fun and eclectic, so check out resale shops for unique designs.
It's All Fun And Games
Half the fun of bridal showers is seeing what gifts the bride received; the other half is playing games. There are tons of different games to play, but what we're focused on is the prizes. Make your centerpieces pull double duty and give them away to the winners of the games. Make tea the center of one of your games by filling up a glass pitcher with teabags and letting the guests guess how many teabags there are. Whoever is closest to the actual number without going over wins the glass pitcher.