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Bridal Shower Tea Party

There is a fairly new and positively delicious theme to Bridal Showers/Bridesmaid’s “Luncheons” these days. Influenced by our friends across the sea, the “Afternoon Tea” has become a delightful way to spend time with your friends. There is nothing more relaxing than a steaming pot of tea, accompanied by finger sandwiches, scones with jam & cream and an assortment of wonderful cookies and cakes. Certainly not on the diet, but what a treat!

Afternoon Tea Bridal Shower Favors by English Elegance - www. englishelegance.com
Floral Tea Hat tea party favors by English Elegance

There is a fairly new and positively delicious theme to Bridal Showers/Bridesmaid’s “Luncheons” these days. Influenced by our friends across the sea, the “Afternoon Tea” has become a delightful way to spend time with your friends. There is nothing more relaxing than a steaming pot of tea, accompanied by finger sandwiches, scones with jam & cream and an assortment of wonderful cookies and cakes. Certainly not on the diet, but what a treat!

Create your own setting with tables covered in pastel tablecloths and decorated simply with gorgeous roses, and bring out those family heirlooms, like Grandma’s china or search for her her teapot! Have it indoors or pick a perfect spot in your garden. You can also look through your local listings, Tea Rooms are starting to spring up all over the place, there may be one near you!

If you host it yourself, make up a menu and print it out on pretty paper and don’t forget to keep it authentic, no paper plates or cups! Enlist the help of friends and have them each bring a delectable selection of cookies. If you really want to be authentic, visit one of the many online suppliers of British foods, and add genuine English clotted cream to have with your scones. A typical selection would be cucumber, smoked salmon, egg salad and watercress finger sandwiches; followed by scones with jam & cream, with chocolate digestives, custard creams and shortbread, all available online. Cakes are usually of the ‘sponge’ variety (similar to pound cake), cut in half and filled with strawberries and cream. Make sure to keep refilling those teapots with boiling water and allow a few minutes for the tea to brew nicely.

And give a little token for everyone to remember their delightful afternoon! English Elegance is a wonderful source for elegant favors. For example, their Floral Tea Hat is a whimsical ivory hat box, decorated with flowers and tea motif ribbon. Each one is filled with an English tea bag. The same tea motif ribbon can be found wrapped simply around a square favor box in which there is a choice of two English tea bags or white sugar coated chocolate hearts. Visit them at www.englishelegance.com

By Maureen Nathan, English Elegance

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