Plan a Tea-Themed Bridal Shower

Ashley Rader

Ashley Rader is the owner of Moments of Elegance, an online wedding boutique specializing in beach wedding favors, summer wedding favors and a huge collection of unique wedding favor ideas that will say thank you with style and will truly make your event unforgettable.

A tea-themed bridal shower is a fun way to celebrate a wedding. This is a great way to host a church or sorority bridal shower because it is a little more formal.

Here's how to plan a tea-themed bridal shower the bride is sure to remember.

A Tea Party!



See if you can find tea cup-shaped or hat-shaped invitations. Be sure to include the dress code, the location, time and where the bride is registered. If there is a theme to the shower such as stock the bathroom or bedroom, be sure to note that on the invitation.


It's a tradition for the hostess, the bride or mother of the bride or groom to provide the favors. Make it a useful or fun gift. A tea infuser, a flavored tea set or even a mini tea pot are great ideas for a parting gift for guests.


A tea-themed shower menu consists of dainty foods and tea served at a table or in a parlor setting. Take a nod from the women of days past and bring out the cucumber finger sandwiches and petit fours (small French cakes available at most bakeries). Chicken salad, pinwheels and other finger foods are classic tea party fare.

Serve several flavors of tea in a pretty silver service or in china cups. These items can be rented or borrowed if you do not have your own.

Location and Decoration

Set up round tables or set up in a parlor setting such in a church common area, or host the shower at a bed-and-breakfast with Victorian style furniture. A garden patio is a nice location for a tea shower.

Decorate the room or patio with fresh flowers and real linens. Display tea-themed favors such as flower pot pens or place pretty fans at each place setting or use these dainty hankies in place of napkins.


Have everyone wear a pretty floral dress or skirt. Cardigans and skirts with pretty sandals are great clothes to wear to a tea-themed bridal shower. See if you can find some pretty white gloves to give away as a party favor. Have your guests wear a straw hat decorated with flowers and tulle. Make this part of the festivities - a hat contest. Complete the look with feather boas.


Traditional tea party games are great way to break the ice at a shower. Here are a few classics:

· Penny Prize - Put a penny under a tea cup and saucer setting. Give one of the potted flowers to the guest who sits in that chair.

· Clothespin Taboo - Give each guest a clothespin and the taboo words for the day. Some examples are bride or groom. The guest who says this word forfeits her clothespin to the person who catches her. The guest with the most clothespins at the end of the day gets a prize such as a great tote bag like the one found here.

· The Bride's Words - Have someone write down what the bride says as she opens her gifts. Don't tell her you are doing it. After the gifts are opened, read back her responses as what she will say on her wedding night.

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