Warm, fluffy scones with lashings of clotted cream and juicy strawberries. Little sandwiches (crusts off, of course!) filled with slices of cucumber, and smoked salmon. Layers of buttery pastry and chocolate transformed into a mouthful so delicious you can’t help but eat more…There’s nothing quite like afternoon tea, is there?
If you’re hosting the bridal shower at your house, we think your bride-to-be and her hens will love a vintage-inspired afternoon tea party.
Read on to find out how to style your afternoon tea hen party, and give your bride-to-be a day to remember.
Mismatched china adds a charming, vintage touch to an afternoon tea party. Scour charity shops for patterned crockery, or treat each guest to a, Personalised Tea Cup & Saucer to go with your existing china plates. And surprise the bride-to-be with a beautiful, Personalised Bone China Teapot, that commemorates her afternoon tea hen party.
Hosting a champagne afternoon tea? Toast to the guest of honour with a beautiful bottle of bubbly and champagne flute designed just for the occasion.
Favours are a thoughtful way of thanking your guests for attending the party, and to remind them of a day spent giggling and chatting.
If you love craft projects, why not get creative and make your favours? We love making teacup candles using vintage crockery or popping a freshly baked cupcake inside each teacup. And you can’t beat home-made fudge or jam (take a peek at our Pinterest page to find handy how-to guides). Pushed for time? We think your guests of honour will love our Personalised Chocolate Bars and Bonbon Jars.
• Place cards instantly add an elegant, formal feel to the party, and a seating plan means that you can help new and old friends get to know one another before the big day. Add the name card to the middle of the plate so that they’re easy for the hens to read.
• Add a modern touch to your vintage-style tea party with a candy bar. Fill glass jars with the bride-to-be’s favourite sweets, and place them on a separate table. Provide guests with party bags that match your colour scheme, so that they can fill up them up with any leftover sweeties. (Top tip: Empty jam jars make brilliant sweet jars. Wrap pieces of fabric around the middle of clean jars and, for an English country garden feel, tie a wide piece of hessian horizontally around the jar, with a piece of lace or ribbon positioned over the top)
• Drape bunting over doorways and around the tables, and hang fairy lights on the back of guests’ chairs to turn your dining room into a twinkling wonderland.
• Teapot missing a lid or cups without saucers lurking at the back of your kitchen cupboards? Fill them with fresh flowers to create a show-stopping centrepiece! Simply choose the bride-to-be’s favourite flowers (or colour) and fill the crockery with your chosen blooms.
• Tie ribbons matching your colour scheme around sprigs of bunched lavender or rosemary, and place on each napkin to add a wonderful, aromatic, scent to the table.
• And what’s a party without photos that make you laugh (and cringe) after the event! Encourage the hens to strike a pose and pull ridiculous faces with adorable, vintage-inspired party props.
• Don’t forget napkins! Paper serviettes in a pretty pattern are a perfect finishing touch for a table display.
Delight guests with a selection of sandwiches filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese, cucumber, and egg and cress. With the crusts removed and the bread sliced into little triangles, of course!
Serve scones with jam and cream, and lay out a selection of cakes and pastries for your guests, too. Mini chocolate éclairs, macarons, and cupcakes with colourful buttercream icing are usually gobbled up very quickly!
Still not sure what to serve at your afternoon tea party? Find some of our favourite bridal shower recipe ideas on our Pinterest page.