Bridal showers are a lot of fun, but
some people prefer something a bit different from the standard fare.
Indeed, some ladies like to have an event with a little more polish
and -- yes, class. A good option for these women: the bridal shower
Every wedding is a special event, and so is every shower. The bridal
shower's purpose is to pamper the future bride before their life
changes and goes in a while new direction. But often, the standard
bridal shower is too expensive and too complicated to pull off successfully.
To create that more refined experience, and to avoid the problems
that come with elaborate planning arrangements, the tea party could
be your best friend. It will be something everyone will remember,
and it won't bring nearly as many headaches or as much confusion.
And if you want, you can even outsource the preparations of the
event to a professional--so that you can just sit back and enjoy
What exactly is the history of tea parties? They come mainly from
the British working clash. Historically they have loved relishing
tea during leisurely breaks. This British tradition later spread
to all classes within the culture, and later to other countries
throughout the world. The tea party gained a reputation as a popular
and extravagant event.
Most people at tea parties enjoy having a snack with their drink.
Sometimes the tea party will include small snacks, while at "high"
parties, heavy snacks or even a meal is included.
Usually, only top-quality linen silverware, teapot warmers and china
are used at the bridal tea party, as they add a sense of grace to
the festivities. If the party is a "high tea party," you'll
want to use scented candles, fine silver and small dim lights, accompanied
by mellow music. All of this together will serve to create an elegant,
refined ambience. If you or the bride likes jazz, then perhaps hire
a DJ to rock the party with current music.
Afternoon tea parties are done slightly different from tea parties
during other times during the day. One suggestion is to serve your
drinks and food in a buffet. For each of the various dishes offered,
use appropriate decorations. Some suggested food items to serve
at your afternoon tea party / buffet could include teacakes, salads,
fluffy biscuits, sandwiches, sweets and some light desserts. And
speaking of desserts, consider putting the bride's name on a cake
as one of the dessert items.
Party favors for the tea party can be created with a unique flower
and gift arrangement. Make the event even more memorable by including
some games. Your games should be entertaining and fun and help people
get to know each other and especially the bride.
You can include different kinds of bridal showers for the night.
Also, pick any colors you like. It's your shower, so customize it
any way you like.
If you're not sure where to start, do a search online for either
"tea parties" or "bridal showers" and you're
sure to find information to help you. So break out the good china
and the tea & crumpets; its tea time!