In May Windsorbury Housed hosted a garden tea party bridal shower and it was a beautiful sunny day of celebrating the bride. After months of planning there it was finally the big day and it went off without a hitch. There are many themes to choose from when throwing bridal showers, but a garden tea party is a sure fire way to get all your friends to dress up in pretty floral dresses for tea time. I think so many of us have been inspired by the classic elegance of Bridgerton that this is a fun way to spend an afternoon with the bride-to-be.
With that said here are 8 tips to hosting a garden tea party bridal shower with elegance, style and grace.
1: Start with a venue that is appropriate for a tea party. Could you have one indoors, absolutely! Is it fun indoors … certainly, but an outdoor venue would feel more appropriated a be a charming backdrop for the tea party.
2: I always say the feel and tone of your party should be reflected in the invitation. I know digital invitations are a thing but there is sometime special about receiving a stylish invitation. Think of using delicate floral designs and pastels colors for the invite.
3: Set the table appropriately. Use linens (rent them if you must) and have fun going through the kitchen cabinets of friends and family for tea pots and tea cups. They don’t have enough? No problem, with enough planning ahead you can easily source tea cups and tea pots from the Goodwill, thrift shops and flea markets. Fresh floral pieces are a must to add a touch of refinement.
4: It’s a tea party so do be sure to offer a variety. Even if it’s just two. Give options and be sure to offer a selection of premium tea. Think Harney & Sons and Fairytale Tea vs. say Lipton or Celestial Seasonings. We had a blueberry infused white tea and Paris tea from Harney & Sons
5: I know eating with your fingers isn’t the fanciest thing to do, but in this moment. DO THE THING. Serve up dainty finger foods, like bite-sized sandwiches (think cucumber, egg and chicken salad) scones and clotted cream (we served butter and preserves, mini quiches, petit fours and mini tarts.
6: Pop a little bubbly. Yes, it’s a tea party but mimosa and champ are appropriate for toasting the bride.
7: Plan something fun and interactive. Perhaps decorating hats and blending of their own tea for guest. Even a flower arranging workshop would be so fun!
8: Besides fresh flowers being a must, think about adding pretty garlands, signs and personalized seating cards.
Overall you want the event to be comfortable, fun and memorable.
To sum it up, attention to detail and creating a refined ambiance are key to throwing an elegant garden tea party bridal shower. With these tips, you can create an exquisite and unforgettable event for the bride-to-be and her guests.