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Monday, June 2, 2008

Hosting a Bridal Shower Tea Party on a Budget

So you are hosting the bridal shower. You want to make it special, but you have a tight budget. Bridal showers are meant to pamper the bride-to-be before she begins her new life. One way to make her bridal shower special is to invite your guests to an afternoon tea party. The invitations should indicate that the party will be a tea party so that your guests will be prepared. Invite them to bring any fancy hats, long gloves or boas and their prettiest tea cup with them but also have an assortment for those that may not have brought their own. You could crown the bride-to-be with a tiara and treat her like a princess at the tea party.

Depending on your budget you could plan an elaborate party and have your wedding planner take care of all the arrangements. Or, for a more economical version, you could plan it yourself. You could pick up the hats, boas and tiara from the party store and possibly get gloves and hats from a local thrift store, or go glove-less. This is not only a great way to save some money but you are also giving back to the community at the same time. Use borrowed teapots or find ones at garage or estate sales. Involving your guests to bring items for the party can not only save on the decorations but also adds to the fun and excitement even before the party begins. For a special gift you could give a few of the prettiest tea cups to the bride-to-be as a gift. She will then have a nice keepsake and be able to reminisce about the fun each time she uses them.

Being on a budget doesn't mean you can't have elegant looking food. Serving buffet style you could have cucumber sandwiches that consist of thinly sliced bread with the crusts removed and cut into fourths with a cream cheese spread and cucumber on it. Have a large fruit and cheese tray, vegetable and dip, and a tray of bakery or homemade cookies and scones. Don't forget the tea but you could also offer other beverages such as iced tea, coffee, punch or wine.

Make a game out of keeping your pinkie out while you drink your tea while telling stories about love and marriage. Having a theme also helps break the ice for people that do not have a lot in common. Whether they are having fun or choosing not to participate, they will definitely have something to talk about.

Having a special occasion, such as a bridal shower, doesn't mean you have to spend a lot to make it very special and show the guest of honor that you care about her.


Anonymous said...

Have any ideas about a teacup exchange party or even a favorite "tea" sampling party.

Teapot Lover said...

Those are fabulous ideas for when you just want to get the "girls" together. You could perhaps have a once a month tea party with a different theme each month.