A few weekends ago, I got the honour of hosting my little sister’s bridal shower! She asked for a tea party, and I, of course, had to deliver. With some help from my mom and some of the other bridesmaids, we were able to throw a beautiful High Tea party.
We took some inspiration from one of my sister’s favourite tea cup and went with a purple and gold colour palette with lots of pretty floral elements and patterns. We carried that theme through all the decor including the invitations.
Some rented tables and chairs got a fresh new look with a simple white table cloth, a square floral table runner and a pretty centrepiece. We got these pretty photo boxes from Michaels and they were great. They were a great place to hide pens, papers and other pieces for games inside. We were lucky enough to have several family friends who lent us teapots, cups and saucers and sugar and creamer sets. The teapots with filled with assorted fresh cut flowers and were draped in some strands of pearls. We set them on top of the boxes and voila, a simple but pretty centrepiece.
We set the tables with the borrowed teacups and paper doilies. Oh, and these super cute little tea guest favours we made to match the invitations.
I love preserving memories and I love guestbooks. But for my sister, I wanted something unique. A plain white teapot from Marshalls and some oil-based Sharpie markers were all I needed. I asked all the guests to sign their names on the pot. I put it in the cold oven and then turned it up to 350 degrees. Once it reached that temperature, I let it bake for an hour. Then I turned off the oven and let it cool completely. I never once open the oven; I just let it do it’s thing. This activates and sets the oil ink. Now she has a super cute signed teapot to remember her bridal shower and it goes great with her new teacups.
Food and drinks are an important part of any party and this tea party was no exception. We served little tea sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruits and veggies and other finger-food type items. We also had a great selection of desserts including mini cupcakes, my famous Pulla and a selection of cookies and squares.
For drinks, I opted to have a percolator of hot water and a selection individual teas, including Earl Grey, chamomile, peppermint and lemon. For a cold drink option, I made some delicious Iced Green Tea Lemonade that I served out of a cute glass dispenser at the drink station.
The Fun and Games
We played some cute games thanks to my sister’s best friend, Jazmin. We had a guessing game full of pictures of the bride and asked people to guess her age in each photo. There was also word unscramble, which we kept hidden in the photo box until it was time. She also organised the ever-popular toilet paper wedding dress game with a few twists. Guests also had to identify important dates in the life of Serena and Braden’s relationship. With each correct guess, the teams received more points. It was fun watching the teams scramble to find the date and run up to my sister to check it. Guests were also asked to do a little relay using a chopstick and some peach rings. Each team had to get 7 rings on the chopstick, while only using one hand. The whole team had to complete the task before we declared a winner.
We also had a cute little photo booth. I love having a photo booth at events. It’s such a simple but interactive way to get guests involved. And who doesn’t like taking pictures with cute props? Floral wrapping paper and paper doilies made a simple but effective backdrop. Some fun hats from the local thrift store and little signs from Michaels were all we needed.
It was so much fun having tea with my bride-to-be sister and our friends and family. Everyone had a great afternoon and Serena had so much fun. It was truly a beautiful event and now we are one step closer to her walking down the aisle!