This past weekend my mom and closest ladies in my life threw me a very special Bridal Tea Party. Since before I was even engaged, my mom has had a vision for my bridal shower. She has been helping with the wedding planning every step of the way, but the shower was something she could design on her own, and she truly went above and beyond.
I think the idea of a Bridal “Tea Party” was a natural fit. I always imagined my shower being held at my parents home, for that intimate, homey feel – but logistically that wasn’t going to work. So my mom and sister-in-law found that perfect location nearby and decorated it to feel like home. My mom used her tea pot collection as the center pieces for each table, filled with spring florals. She baked cookies, shaped as tea bags, with friends and family helping to make the tags with perfect “tea sayings”. These, along with satchels of tea, sugar cubes, and honey sticks, were given as favors. Everywhere I looked there were tons of personal touches and loving handmade pieces.
Something that was so special, and I still can’t get over, are the handmade tea aprons my mom made for me and my bridal party. She got the idea after spending the weekend with friends at a wedding near Woodstock where they saw vintage tea aprons hung in cafes like curtains. She worked for months to hand sew the aprons for each of my bridesmaids and flower girls, and manged to keep it a secret from me! The day of the shower they were hanging with clothes pins around the welcome and gift tables. For my apron she used the same fabric that’s in my parents’ dining room making it extra special and something I’ll truly cherish forever.
A lovely friend made the gorgeous naked cake. I couldn’t get over how beautiful, and delicious it was! The cake itself was perfectly on theme; a Victorian sponge cake with raspberry jam filling and sweetened whipped cream, decorated with berries and powered sugar. The classic tea cake.
Bridal shower game winners went home with a potted spring flower. Before guests left they signed a white teapot and filled it with encouraging notes for Erick and I. My dad even played a part by building two custom chalkboards, one greeted me as I walked in and the other was displayed on the cake table. (I’m planning to keep one for our future home!) It was so wonderful to have family and friends together. We’re so thankful for all of them and can’t wait for the wedding!