With their sugar-brushed flower petals and fragrant, rose-flavored glaze, these delicate cupcakes are pretty in pink and perfect to serve to shower guests. On the inside, jewels of candied ginger are hidden in a zesty ginger cake that's just the right amount of sweet.
Flowers fade, but beautiful china can be enjoyed long after the shower is over. Collect cups and saucers from flea markets, rent them from party rental companies, or, for a sweet touch, borrow them from family members of the bride. Stack them high, secure with Museum Wax, set votive candles in the cups, grace every saucer with a single rose or more, and you've got yourself a super-inexpensive centerpiece that's graceful, unique, and perfect for a tea-themed bridal shower.
If you want to truly personalize your tea shower, try serving cookies shaped in the profile of the bride and groom. The Victor Trading Co. will create custom cookie cutters using silhouettes (trace the outline of their profiles from a photograph). To yield the best results, use the cutters on a firm dough that holds its shape while baking.
Everyone knows the special couple is cut out for each other; these monogrammed shortbread sandwich cookies just drive home the point. Let store-bought cookie cutters do the heavy lifting; we used a round ruffly one to get the shape, and mini alphabet cutters for the monogram. Between the layers lies sweet-tart rhubarb jam -- another perfect match.
Serve up these personalized tea bags at the shower, or send guests home with them after the party is over. Simply place your favorite tea inside a glassine pouch. To get the classic tea bag shape, fold the corners in, then the top of the pouch down. Use a needle and thread to stitch closed, and add a tag. Bags, Nashville Wraps.
Warm up shower guests by adding a handwritten note to a tea bag. Cut two hearts out of red construction paper using a heart-shaped crafter's hole punch (available at crafts stores). Use a metallic pen to write a short message on one of the hearts. Next, remove a tea-bag tag; at the end of the string, affix two hearts, back-to-back, using double-sided tape or a stapler.
With their beautiful ornamentation and lettering, biscuit and tea tins bring old-fashioned charm to a bridal shower and perfectly fit in with a tea theme. New or vintage, the containers are inexpensive and easy to find at specialty food stores, tag sales, and online auctions. Test tins to make sure they're watertight before filling with single-flower arrangements. If any do leak, use plastic bags as liners. Choose an array of flowers in the color palette of the shower or wedding.
A dainty rose petal makes the perfect dish for a sugar cube awaiting a cup of coffee, tea, or espresso. These pale-pink rose petals are subtle and feminine, but any favorite blossom can be used, provided it's organic and nontoxic. Pluck petals from the flower, and set one sugar cube onto each.
The classic English teatime elements are reinvented and made modern with ingredients from the sushi bar. This food is as decorative as it is delectable. These tea sandwiches combine the familiar (smoked salmon, poached chicken, cucumbers, dill, watercress, and cream cheese) with the unexpected (wasabi, shiso leaf, fresh salmon roe, black caviar, and black and white sesame seeds). Guests (and the bride) will be delighted with these on the shower menu.
A classic served at a proper tea is shortbread; here we give it a modern twist, making it with green tea. The classic cookies are round with small spoon and fork imprints; the green tea shortbread is cut into the shape of leaves and looks beautiful displayed on a simple tray.
Nothing goes better with tea than a sweet homemade cookie. Create a cookie bar by making some homemade treats and placing them in labeled jars -- this way, your guests can choose their favorites. They can eat them during the shower, or you can set out glassine-lined bags and seals for packaging cookies to go.
Do double duty by creating centerpieces that guests can also take home as favors after the shower. Our arrangements include 'Ping Pong' mums, chamomile, and lady's mantle, but you can use any blooms to fit your color scheme. The flowers are held in small plastic floral tubes filled with water.
Japanese green tea leaves surrounded by French tilleul leaves are nestled in small wooden boxes and make beautiful party favors. They're wrapped in pale-pink vellum paper and ribbon, then decorated with antique waxed leaves. Use different color paper and ribbon to match the color palette of the shower.
After the shower, send guests home with a bundle of your favorite tea. Buy loose tea in bulk, trim the tops of tea bags (by T-sac, available where loose tea is sold) with scalloping scissors, and fill with one teaspoon of tea. Tie with baker's twine. Print a personalized message onto card stock, and cut out. Punch a hole, thread onto twine, and knot.
Tea is twice as nice coupled with cookies flavored the same way. These Earl Grey tea cookies were made by mixing tea leaves into shortbread batter. Customize a box with corrugated paper to form sections for cookies and tea bags. Ours is wrapped with damask paper and ribbon, but feel free to use paper and ribbon that matches the color palette of the shower or wedding. Monogrammed tags, shaped like ones for tea bags, reveal the gift inside.
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