A Bridal Tea Party For My Sister

Friday, April 11, 2014

DISCLOSURE:  None! I threw this party for my sister because I love her! =)

My sister is getting married in about a month!  She's the last one in our family to get married.  Everyone's super excited!  My other sister (we'll call her "the married sister") and I were tasked with throwing her a bridal shower.

Because my sister's wedding is going to have a vintage/romantic theme, "married sister" and I thought it would be fun to throw her a bridal tea party!  We envisioned tea pots and tea cups, scones, dresses and big hats!  We only had about a month to plan and since we both have kids, it was a crazy, stressful month.  But, we pulled it off and my sister loved it!

Usually, when I throw a party, I just send out an evite.  It's easier and people are more likely to respond.  But, this was special.  So, we sent out a paper invite by mail.  "Married sister" made a really cute invite:

We scheduled the tea party for a Sunday afternoon.  At first, we were only serving sandwiches, desserts and tea.  But, my Mom said people would be hungry since they'd be coming straight from church.  So, we ended up having two tables.  One with the traditional tea party fare of sandwiches, scones and other desserts; and another table with heavier food.

The tea party menu consisted of:
  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Smoked Salmon on Pumpernickel Sandwiches
  • Mini Quiches
  • Croissants
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Banana Bread
  • Lemon Pound Cake
  • Elephant Ears
  • Cheese and crackers
  • French Macarons
  • Blueberry Scones
  • British Scones with preserves, clotted cream and lemon curd
  • Cupcakes
  • Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

For beverages, we had a mimosa bar and put lemonade and iced tea in beverage dispensers.

And of course, we had lots of tea!  We decided not to actually serve tea in tea pots and tea cups, since we didn't have enough.  We bought an electric kettle and heated up water whenever anyone wanted to have some tea.  We bought different varieties of tea and put them on a platter so guests could choose which one they wanted to drink.  We also bought disposable mugs from Party City.

But, "married sister" had to take a picture with a tea cup and saucer for the complete tea party look:

She and I were really the only ones dressed for the tea party.  And sadly, the only picture I could find of myself was one my Aunt took with her iPhone. 

We played a few bridal shower games, like a word scramble and seeing who could come up with the most words out of the letters in the bride and groom's names.  The most fun was the toilet paper wedding dress game.  Probably, because one team dressed up a guy as the bride!

For favors, I bought a bunch of coffee mugs from IKEA.  We put a tea bag and a honey stick (Amazon sells 100 for under $20) in each one and tied a little tag with the bride and groom's initials on them.

The tea party was a success!  My sister was so surprised when she first walked in and was all smiles throughout the party.  Here's a picture of the happy couple!


  1. Great blog post and pics! I loved both scones you made, must learn recipe!! - married sister

    1. Thanks Noreen! I can email you the recipes or maybe post them to the baking blog!

  2. It was such a great spread and variety!! Everything was neat and organized and it really felt like a tea party!! The scones were amazing!, the little tea sandwiches were so good! I was still eating them after the party! My friends thanked me afterwards for inviting them!

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Almost wedding time! Can't wait!