Tea Party Bridal Shower Ideas

Great ideas for Mother’s Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.

Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.

‘Tis the season for bridal showers!  Since statistics show that June is the most popular month for weddings, it’s a reasonable conclusion that Spring is the most popular time for bridal showers.  Nothing says “Spring Shower” like these classic tea party bridal shower ideas with all the lady-like frills.

For this project I share ideas for design, tea sandwiches & pomegranate iced tea recipes, themed favors, and a bridal shower trivia game. This was a favorite of mine to create because I got to use my collection of tea cups and saucers, and other pretty accouterments. Here are some photo highlights below, and you can get the full rundown by following the links.

Tea Party Bridal Shower Ideas:
These tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event. Mix and match china patterns when you host a classic tea party. Perfect for a bridal shower or Mother's Day!Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event. Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event. Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.Play this "spill the tea" game at a tea party bridal shower and see who knows the bride best.Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.

These tea party ideas would be pretty indoors or out, with a crowd or a more intimate guest list.  Scour thrift stores, antique shops, or grandma’s house to find an eclectic collection of tea cups and saucers to serve tea in.  Not only are these items utilitarian but they form the basis of our decor as well.

When thinking of a tea party, things that come to mind are florals, soft colors, and lots of feminine flair.  Lucky for me I have a collection of pretty tea cups and saucers, and plates that I started to amass over a decade ago.  Nothing matches and yet everything goes together because the colors are complimentary, and the floral patterns are like a garden – it all works in unison.

This comes in handy when setting the tables for a tea party.  You don’t have to worry about having matching sets for a crowd.  Layer larger plate with smaller dessert plates, and top with a cup and saucer.  Honey lollipops are an added touch of “sweetness” and act as a name tag place holder too.

At the center of the table, a vase of flowers is a must, and a cake pedestal filled with tea sandwiches adds height and plenty of tasty bites for each guest to sample.

Distinguish the guest of honor’s seat by decorating the back of her chair with a garland of ribbon and flower clips.

One of my favorite design concepts for this tea party is the garden gate that’s used to hold a menagerie of tea cups.  I use simple “s” hooks to hang them and guests can pick their favorite design.   Combining form and function is always smart!

Tea Party Ideas for the food buffet:

Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event. Display your tea cups so everyone can choose her own pattern to drink from.Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.Great ideas for Mother's Day or any girls gathering, these tea party bridal shower ideas will inspire you to host your own ladylike event.

When hosting a tea party, shop for pretty canisters of tea that can do double duty as decor.   For our sweets table I used tea canisters as risers to hold plates of brownie cakes, madeleines, and jam cookies.  I used even more to hold floral arrangements.

To use the empty containers as vessels for flowers you can do either of 2 things.  Place a small water filled glass inside to hold the flowers, or line the canister with plastic wrap or a plastic baggie and insert water soaked floral foam inside.  Cut the flower stems to a few inches and stick them into the floral foam.

I created a beautiful tea cup display using an old wire gate and ‘S’ hooks.  This can be used solely as decoration or as a holding spot for guests to grab their own and fill. They can also be the take home favors as well.

What do you think? Are you ready to host a tea party for a special occasion? I hope you’re inspired!

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21 Comments

  1. Can you send me the template for the seating cards and the game?

    Also, was the lunch box full of goodies a centerpiece or ???

    1. Hi Tammi, there is no template. These were created a few years ago for this particular project. I would suggest contacting a graphic designer via Etsy, and have them create something for you. 🙂

  2. Wow-lucky lady to have such pretty sweets at the grocer–smart lady to find such nice desserts ready made!

  3. What a gorgeous party. It looks like you have walked into a little English tea room. I love high tea….I am a fan of food that comes in little bites 🙂 Love the little hamper at the end too. Homemade strawberry jam….yum!

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