When my sister requested a tea party-themed bridal shower, I immediately went to Martha to find some inspiration. My sister-in-law and I took those ideas and ran and I think we put together a lovely shower! The only thing I would change: having a bit more time before and during the shower to take proper pictures. Hostessing and taking pictures were too much I guess :)
First thing....the invitations. Overwhelmed by all the cheesy ones I saw online, I just asked Jill to do her thing since I had seen some of her other custom invitations. She knows me so well, that this was it on her first try!
Thank you Jill!
Then there was the food.
I made four different kinds of finger sandwiches: Egg Salad, Herbed Goat Cheese, Turkey Tea Sandwiches, and for the bride, almond butter and strawberry jam. I used Madeleine's scone recipe (ok, technically this one, but Madeleine first introduced me to them) and one I found from the Ravelry Cuppa Tea group. Ravelry, can find anything there :)
My sister-in-law made the cake and red velvet cupcakes too! I am so impressed with her cake decorating....amazing! And delicious too. Lemon bars, shortbread cookies, and pecan shortbread cookies were made by me, all courtesy of the fabulous Barefoot Contessa.
Here are the favors we made. Vintage mix and match tea cups, with shortbread heart cookies, heart sugar cubes from Wishingwell Arts and Crafts, and individual tea bags that we made with tags of the couple's initials and wedding date (and without a picture?!).
My sister's godmother hosted the party in her gorgeous backyard and she coordinated the tables to look just perfect.
The bride-to-be and the mother of the bride
Little Snowboarder and I had a great time Friday afternoon putting these together. We took this big pile of flowers....
.....and turned them into these centerpieces. I just love the tea tins as vases!
I spy a little snowboarder..
I'm pretty sure my sister had a wonderful afternoon!
Oh, and the tea. I've become a bit obsessed, I'll admit. Between Harney & Sons and Teavana, I'll be drinking the good stuff for awhile :) There are extra shortbread in the freezer, so feel free to stop by for a spot of tea soon.
Happy Tea Party!