This past weekend some friends and I threw a bridal shower tea party for another friend of ours, who is getting married next month. I thought that the we pulled this tea party together so well, that I would share it with you all!
Every bridesmaid brought a little something special to the table, and I must say it’s pretty amazing when so many women can come together and have something like this run so smoothly. It was a total hit! Our pretty little bride to be loves tea pots, tea cups and all things vintage(y) so we decided on a tea party theme.
I’ll share more with you about my DIY on a budget tricks below…
Pretty gorgeous right?
Like I said, we call brought something fun to the table to make this magical. Here are a few of my DIY tips for the party decor…
For the Welcome sign, I cut up a wooden pallet, and used a Zig Posterman paint marker (like this one) to write the letters. I had my husband nail it to an old wood snow stake, and we stuck it into one of our planters!
For the balloon arch, I found this tutorial on Pinterest, and as always, put my own spin on it. I grabbed the balloons and faux flowers from Dollar Tree, score! Instead of using wire like she had recommended, my husband had a genius idea to use a tent pole and slide it through the fence to create an arch. He’s so smart.
For the gift sign, I took an old plastic dry erase sign and pulled it out of the frame, painted it with chalkboard paint, and used the same Zig Posterman marker to write on it. My husband had some old fence laying around so he cut and nailed four pieces to create the frame for it.
For the guest book, one of the bridesmaids had purchased a Jenga game and we had each guest sign a piece so when the happy couple plays the game, they’ll remember all the people who came to celebrate. Such a fun idea! She also set up a little box with envelopes so the guests could address the thank you card envelopes. Talk about a time saver for the bride!
For the fruit salad, one of the bridesmaids recreated this fun teapot made from a a watermelon, and it was a huge hit!
For the beverage station, a couple other bridesmaids had those fun drink dispensers and mason jars pictured above, so we set up a mimosa station and I brewed a big batch of iced tea. We set out fresh fruit and a small cooler with some bottled waters as well.
For the cupcakes, I made my own buttercream frosting, and used pastel colored fondant and nested fondant cutters to create the daisy shapes. I piped roses and made fondant leaves for some others as well. To get the rose look, you can use the Wilton 2D or 1M tip, start from the inside out (it’s so easy!) We placed these on top of an old wooden electrical spool covered in lace. Super cute! (Here’s another fun cupcake tutorial!)
For the centerpieces, we had all picked up some teacups and teapots from local thrift stores, so we placed those around the table with a teapot planter (with a mum inside) at the center of each table.
For the favors, one of the bridesmaids ordered personalized mugs, and we tied tea bags and honey sticks with ribbon to go inside.
For the rest of the decor, a few of the bridesmaids brought lots of fun fabric and lace that we laid across the tables and the brides chair. Odds and ends of lace and shabby chic fabric came in very handy! I also grabbed this banner, and this banner and we hung them around the gift and food tables.
For the food, we all pitched in to make or purchase something. We served finger sandwiches, meatballs, pasta salad, tossed salad, cheese and crackers, fruit salad, and lots of assorted baked goods. It was definitely a feast!
All in all it was a beautiful day, with beautiful decor and beautiful ladies!
I am so confident you can recreate this look or something similar without breaking the bank. If you do, share your photos with me, I would love to see them!