This type of party is intended to make the future bride special. It also aims to help her prepare her for a couple’s life. She will be inundated with objects that she will need in the house that she will share with her spouse.
Hosting a tea party in a tea room is an option
With tearooms popping up all over now it can make hosting a tea party easy. Many bed and breakfasts and tea shops offer excellent afternoon teas. They can often host your party in a private room. This would make your food preparation a simple matter of choosing items for your menu. They usually have staff ready to help you with your tea party ideas. Making this choice will leave you more time to plan party games and do special favors for guests
Ideas for the tea party for the menu
Bed and breakfasts, refined hotels and tearooms will have two or three suggested menus to choose from. This helps you keep a limited budget. Some places will allow you to make any decisions about the food to serve. Expect to pay more for this type of option.
Here is a menu offered at the Sisters Special Teas Cafe in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (412) 787-TEAS (8327)
Afternoon tea menu
Choux puffs stuffed with shrimp or chicken salad of your choice
Assortment of tea sandwiches
Sweets stuffed with mushrooms
A variety of teas, breads and scones served with lemon cream, Devonshire cream and preserves
Iced tea and tea
Another menu offered at The Lillagaard Bed and Breakfast located in Ocean Grove, New Jersey 1- (732-988-1216)
Afternoon Tea @ The Lillagaard
Cheese and crackers
Crunchy cucumber salad
Assortment of walnuts
Cream Of Vegetables With Sliced Cucumbers
Chicken curry salad with a slice of Granny Smith apple
Imported and Swiss ham with cranberry horseradish
Slices of egg and tomato with feta cheese
Olive tapenade with a slice of pear
Smoked turkey with cranberries and seasoning
English scone, with Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd and Preserve
Homemade ricotta cheesecake
Homemade Lemon Square
Strawberry Covered With Chocolate
Selection of tea, cucumber water
You can see that it is possible to be very substantial or at least elegant with less variety.
It is important that the food is delicious. The celebration however is to honor the bride.
Often a tea room will allow you to bring unique decorations for your bride. When my last daughter got married, her colors were black and off-white. On Lindsey’s table there was a splendid floral arrangement perfect for its colors. The bridal party had an idea for the other tables which served two purposes. They had a florist who made up several small bamboo arrangements, with three bamboo shoots in each container. The containers were black. The girls gathered bamboo in the center of each table. They made a nice centerpiece for the party and served as favors to take home. Many guests still have bamboo cultivation. I’m sorry to say that while mine lasted long bamboo eventually succumbed to my ignorance of plants and turned yellow. Even though I had it, it brought back the memory of the bridal shower every time I passed it.
Another special touch that is unique for the bride and groom has also been called Photofetti. The photos of Lindsey and her husband have been uploaded to an Internet site. In a short time, bags of confetti of about 1 inch were delivered to be used on the tables. What a conversation piece. There were photos of the two of them at all ages. All the guests had fun remembering them in the different phases of their life.
Consider some tea party shower games to set a timer while the bride is opening her presents. When the timer goes off, the person whose gift is opened wins a prize. If you wish to have more guest participation here are some other game choices. Try a quiz game; give each guest a list of questions about the bride. The guest who knows the most wins a prize. Offer special gifts to the person who has been married the longest or to the person whose birthday is closest to the wedding date.
These are just some ideas for a tea party to start thinking about planning your next events.