DIY Tea Party
Over the weekend my mother-in-law (MIL) and I hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law. She is expecting her second girl, and we decided on a pretty, girly, floral tea party brunch. We invited all the girl cousins, aunts and local family friends, and of course her almost 4 yr old (who loved it).
I have actually been to England (just last year!), and have experienced a real high tea in London. So, it was pretty nostalgic for me to decorate and host this party for her. I've always loved tea (over coffee), but there is something so special about taking the time to sit down and have tea the traditional way with all the China, flowers and desserts.
Here is a list of things I used for our high tea:
- Tea kettle
- Tea pot
- Tea cups & saucers
- Flavored & plain teas
- Tea strainers (if you have loose leaf)
- Paper plates
- Plastic silverware
- Desserts/Snack foods
I’d recommend having a bright open space for people to converse, and of course the bouquets. Flowers add a touch of elegance and beauty to any party, and my bouquets were extremely affordable. I spent like $15 on 3 bouquets from Trader Joe's (eucalyptus, hydrangea, spray roses) and my MIL got 4 (mixed, green & pink carnations, baby's breath) from Publix for $20. Then I mixed them all together and created some stunning diy arrangements (if I do say so myself). I didn't mind spending money on the flowers, because they were the main decoration. Now I'll get to enjoy them for days to come.
For the food, we had all of the relatives bring one dish. I love to do ANY event “potluck” style. Especially if I'm hosting the party at my house. I've got cleaning, organizing, decorating and planning I have to do. I do not have time to worry about food prep too. However, I did supply all the drinks (which technically you could outsource too, to make it easier).
Our menu consisted of:
- chicken salad w crackers
- fruit & cheese tray
- Quiches (ham & spinach)
- breakfast casserole
- scones & lemon curd
This shower was so fun to set up and host! I would highly recommend doing a high tea, brunch style tea party for your next event. Make it even more fun with pretty dresses and big floppy hats! <3 Amanda