Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bridal Shower Tea Luncheon

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Today we have a fun, creative guest post from my dear friend, Laura! She has a great eye for parties and this time she put it toward designing a tea-themed bridal shower luncheon. As maid-of-honor for her friend, Stacy, Laura hosted a sweet DIY party and shares the details with us.
From Laura:
I designed the personalized invitations then had them printed at a local print shop.  Directions to the shower were separately printed on tea bag 'tags' then attached with ribbon to look as though they were coming from tea bags brewing in the pot of tea on the invitation.  I bought simple white envelopes but DIY lined them using wrapping paper in theme colors.  Her wedding colors were Black, Red, and Yellow.
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I kept the budget in check by taking up the bride's grandmother's gracious offer to host it at her house.  This made a comfortable, casual backdrop for close friends and family members to gather.

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I bought nearly-new cream-colored cups and saucers from a second-hand shop so that everyone could enjoy hot tea in a real cup.  Her grandmother's dining set and antiques played into the overall feel of a sophisticated tea party.  Heavy-duty catering plates (though still disposable) and real silverware enhanced the dining experience.  The bride used this as an opportunity to explore her favorite wedding flowers by creating the centerpieces herself.  Favors were placed at each place setting.
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Prizes for game winners (not pictured) were decorative tea cups and saucers individually packaged with either jam, assorted packaged tea, tea cookies, or honey.
The meal included:
Assorted Teas
Pineapple Punch
Salad with walnuts, cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette
Cucumber and Herb Butter Tea Sandwiches on White Bread
Homemade Fruited Chicken Salad
Deviled Eggs
And Earl Grey Tea Cookies as favors
  
Below is the bride Stacy, Stacy and I, and the 'brides' from the toilet paper bridal gown design game.
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Wonderful party, Laura! Thank you for sharing!!

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