Cups-and-Tea-Leaves Shower

Martha Stewart Weddings, 1997

This shower takes the theme of tea one step further than most. Each guest is asked to bring an antique cup-and-saucer set as a gift; the result is a tabletop no bride could ever plan.

Invitations
Invitations are tea bags with handwritten, accordion-pleated messages enclosed in pink envelopes.

Favors
Japanese green-tea leaves surrounded by French tilleul leaves are nestled in small wooden boxes and make appropriate party favors. They are wrapped in pale-pink vellum paper and ribbon, and then decorated with antique waxed leaves.

Flower Garlands
Completing the very pink theme, garlands of delphiniums are strung by hand on green embroidery thread, and hung across the mirror. The garlands can also be draped from doorways and window frames.

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