A Bridal Shower Tea

My family is starting to plan my baby shower which made me realize I never posted about my bridal shower tea!  Since engagement season is in full swing and some of my best friends are currently wedding planning, I thought this post would be fun for other brides-to-be and bridesmaids in the midst of planning various wedding events.


When it came to planning my shower (yes, I have control issues and yes, I was heavily involved in the planning), I knew I wanted something ladylike and a little old fashioned.  I also knew I didn’t want to unwrap gifts at the shower so there had to be enough to do so that part would not be missed.  (But really, does anyone enjoy that part?  We certainly didn’t miss it!)  We found the sun-drenched Mary Cassatt Tea Room at The Rittenhouse and I was in love.  High tea included full tea service, tea sandwiches and tiers of mouthwatering desserts.  An interesting fact: high tea sounds very high brow but in fact, it refers to the tea that most working class servants took since they were serving tea to the upper class during afternoon tea.  Historians think it was named “high tea” since it was served at a table as opposed to afternoon tea which was enjoyed at a lower seating vantage point.  For more interesting tea facts head over here. I’ve always been enamored by history (as seen by my nine-year-old 1860s themed birthday party, costumes required and historically accurate cuisine cooked by my grandmama included) so it felt fitting to have a somewhat anachronistic bridal shower.

I loved seeing everyone in their tea finery and provided fascinators to add to the effect. I collected these over the months leading up to the shower and they did not disappoint!

For favors, we wrapped antique dessert plates (found on Craig’s List!) in white tulle and fastened them with ribbon and a personalized card that sweetly stated, “Love is brewing.”  We also found this gilded sign that fit with the aesthetic to display with the favors.  I remember feeling so excited seeing how few days were left before I became his wife!

The cake display was my one of my favorite parts!  I loved the Rifle Paper Co. garland that coordinated with my invitations, place cards, recipe and cocktail cards and recipe box. I  even purchased this pretty print of the illustration on my invitations as a sentimental reminder of the day.  Other details we included were this chair sign and this guest book.  My mom also brought the pearls that she wore on her first date with my dad – such a sweet and thoughtful touch.

For my outfit, I knew I wanted something ultra-feminine that I could wear with these amazing Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps.  I found this Kate Spade dress with a simple A-line silhouette and a bow in the back that felt equal parts ladylike and sweet (similar in black and white here, in pink here, with two shoulder bows here, in white with off the shoulder bows here).  I know the Kate Spade dresses are pricey but the quality is really evident.  If you sign up for their e-mails you can get 15% off which helps!  I have found that they do tend to go on sale so it’s worth it to hunt around a bit if you find one you really love.  Also, my Maid of Honor’s amazing blue floral maxi is by Yumi Kim and there are tons of silk floral dresses on their site that are perfect for shower guests!

The best part of my shower by far was being surrounded by the women I love most in this world.  It was such a special celebration and I was almost overwhelmed by seeing so many people that matter so much to me in one room.  Ultimately, whether your shower is an intimate at-home gathering, a cozy brunch or a tea, it’s the love and support for your upcoming nuptials that makes it truly special.

I’ve linked some additional pretty and polished dresses below that would work well for the bride-to-be and guests of a bridal tea or dressier shower. Happy shopping and celebrating!


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