Back in Victorian times a Tea Party was the equivalent of today’s “Girl’s Night Out” – although back then it was a traditional afternoon event! It was the ladies chance to get together and do what we do best – get dressed up and talk, talk, talk! It was also an opportunity for a host to impress friends by creating the most beautiful environment and serving sweet and delicious treats. Using the best china, linens and having lots of fresh flowers were a must!
The Victorian Tea Party theme works great for any bridal or baby shower. Starting with the invitations, ask your guests to dress accordingly (including a beautiful hat!) There are many websites where you can find tea party ideas, games, and recipes. Here are some ideas for incorporating flowers into the day. Personally, I think that the flowers really bring it all together!
Don’t worry about being matchy-matchy. Mix the flowers with old and new tableware in various patterns – this will allow you to create your own look. If you are able to visit a flea market or garage sale, look out for old silver trays, tea pots and tea cups. Don’t be afraid to mix and match tea cups too. Straw hats can also be incorporated into your tablescape for a fresh look.
The flower arrangements should be lush and have an “unarranged” feeling to them. Mix roses with other garden-variety flowers such as hydrangea, tweedia and black-eyed Susan’s.
Any piece from the Old Country Roses collection from Royal Albert would be a perfect addition to the setting. Fill it with fragrant fresh flowers and you just can’t go wrong!
Here’s a cute idea to use as a place setting. Fill individual tea cups with fresh flowers and have a “tea bag” label flowing from the flowers with each guest’s name on it. These precious petite arrangements can double as party favors. Just have small shopping bags ready for each guest to place their tea cup bouquet in when the party is over.