English Tea Bridal Shower

English Tea Bridal Shower

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A few years ago, our daughters and I hosted an English Tea Bridal Shower for our youngest daughter. It was such a fun experience, we still smile and giggle about it to this day. For months, we studied traditional English Teas, decorations, and recipes and finally came up with what we wanted.

The entire experience became the onset of our current tea party enthusiasm, or should I say addiction. I’ve outlined the various steps from beginning to end in the following post. Perhaps it will help if you are considering a tea party bridal shower. See more Tea Party Ideas and Recipes Here.

 

English Tea Bridal Shower – The Invitation

The Main Table at the Bridal Shower with Tea Examples and a Bridal Tea Set Gift - Royal Albert English Roses with Green Border

We fashioned our own invitations to match the wedding theme of green ivy and lace.

 

Attendees Encouraged to Dress Up for the ShowerHats, gloves, and pretty dresses were encouraged for those who attended. Many of us purchased tea party hats on Amazon. You might be surprised at how many inexpensive options there are, available in all shapes and colors.

 

The Decorations

Decorations for the Tables - White Roses, Purple and Blue Decorations with English IvyWe held the tea in our church fellowship hall, so we had plenty of table space available. For our theme, we chose an English Garden with decorations of lavender, ivy, herbs, and succulents. Hobby Lobby became our best friend for nearly a year. We called on close relatives (mostly grandmothers) for any available china, tea sets, and pretty serving dishes. 

 

A Tea Table for Little Girls

A Child's Table for the Young GirlsWe also prepared a special table for any young girls who might attend the party, complete with miniature tea sets, decorations, and coloring books. Due to their young age, we opted for tea menu options that included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, carrots, celery, and candies.

 

The Bridal Shower Menu

Printed Copies of the Tea MenuOur menu consisted of four courses, and all of the recipes were tested to make sure they fit the bill for the day! We tried different loose leaf teas from Tealyra, The London Tea Merchant, and Plum Deluxe. Carefully laid out plans were made for serving, with helpers in the kitchen keeping the tea brewed, while others pushed serving carts around to the guests to serve the courses.

 

 

THE FIRST COURSE – Savories

First Course - Tea Sandwiches - SavoriesThe first course consisted of three tea sandwiches served with an Apricot Brandy Tea. Egg Salad with Watercress, Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches, and Smoked Salmon Mousse with Cucumber. We served the sandwiches on tiered plate stands placed on each table.

 

Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches
Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches are a favorite savory selection for our tea parties and is requested often. I first served it at our youngest daughter’s bridal shower tea party and have been making it ever since. 
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Recipe for Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches

 

Smoked Salmon Mousse Sandwiches
Here's another fine recipe for a tea party sandwich.
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Recipe for Smoked Salmon Mousse Sandwiches

 

Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches
This egg salad tea sandwich is easy and delicious. Perfect for your next tea party savory course.
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Recipe for Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

 

THE SECOND COURSE – Scones

Second Course - Scones with Clotted Cream, Strawberry Jam, and Lemon CurdFor our second course, we selected English Scones with Clotted Cream served in baskets to keep the scones fresh-from-the-oven warm. Set out on each table were dishes of Lemon Curd and Strawberry Jam. To go with the scones, we served Rosy Earl Grey Tea. You would not believe what we went through to make the clotted cream, but it turned out fabulous! Read about it in the recipe below.

 

English Scones and Clotted Cream
A few years ago, my daughters and I hosted an English Tea Party for our youngest daughter's bridal shower that included traditional British foods. Here is the recipe for our English Scones and Clotted Cream.
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Recipe for English Scones and Clotted Cream

 

Lemon Curd
Here is a delicious topping to serve on your next batch of scones, or used in tarts or even a lemon meringue pie!
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Recipe for Lemon Curd

 

THE THIRD COURSE – Dessert – Sweets

Third Course - Desserts - Lavender Pistachio Shortbread, Raspberry Cream Tarts, and Mini Chocolate Bundt CakesDuring our third course of desserts we served our only herbal tea–Soothing Trio, a blend of chamomile, mint, and hibiscus. This plate consisted of Lavender Pistachio Shortbread, a Raspberry Cream Tart, and a Miniature Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake based on my Easy Fudge Cake with Ganache Icing.

 

Lavender Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
Here's a delightful recipe to serve with tea.
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Lavender Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

 

A Cool Beverage - Mint LemonadeWe also made available on each table bottles of Mint Lemonade for a refreshing cool drink. 

 

THE FOURTH COURSE – Bonus Dessert

English Trifle - Bonus Dessert

Last, we served a Strawberry English Trifle in these sweet little trifle dishes that I found on Amazon. To go with this course, we chose a blended tea of Margaret’s Hope (Darjeeling) and Jasmine Silver Needle. For anyone still thirsty, we made available a special loose leaf blend called Royal Wedding, from the London Tea Merchant, which is still one of our favorite teas. 

 

Tea Lessons

Tea Party Games - Guessing GamesRather than traditional “bridal games” we offered little lessons on an English Tea–The History of Afternoon Tea and a Memory Tray Game; English Tea Etiquette; Tea Party Attire; and the Language of Flowers. All very wedding/bridal-oriented.

 

Tussie Mussie Gifts for the Mothers.I loved this little Tussie Mussie given to the “moms” for a keepsake treasure. If you’re not familiar with what a Tussie Mussie is, you may read about their history HERE.

 

 

Party Gifts for AttendeesTo end the afternoon, we sent all of our guests home with little satchels that included handmade Tea Booklets, a packet of tea, and a honey stick. The booklets included special tidbits about an English Afternoon Tea and a few recipes.

 

Handmade Handkerchief Roses for Party GiftsAttendees also took home sweet handkerchief roses that we made. We made so many of them that we had the skill down to a science that took 2 minutes to make one rose.

 

The Bride to Be with our GranddaughterWe had a wonderful time as we showered the bride-to-be with lots of love and laughter at our English Tea Bridal Shower. If you would like to learn more about hosting a tea party, please visit Hosting a Valentine Tea Party Here. To make things even easier, I’ve made this Tea Party Checklist for you to download and print off. May you enjoy and gain pleasure from tea as much as we do!

 

See more Tea Party Ideas Here. 

 

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2 thoughts on “English Tea Bridal Shower”

  • Your bridal shower tea party looked so sweet and lovingly prepared! Love the photos, information, and the recipes. I had the same metal tussle mussy holders for our wedding for myself and my maid of honor. I would like to learn how to make the handkerchief roses.

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