Tea Party Bridal Shower

If you are deciding on a bridal shower theme don’t overlook the classic tea party.  Brides are using inspiration from the Mad Hatter tea party in Alice in Wonderland to give a new twist to the traditional party.  For most of us, we don’t get together and drink tea often and it is nice to treat everyone to a girlie and fun party.

Start with a great invitation to let everyone know it will be a tea party to remember.

I still like the idea of having all of the girls wear ridiculously big hats or for a modern twist you can ask them to wear vintage inspired headpieces. Gloves are also a fun addition to a tea party bridal shower. Putting on these small accessories gets everyone involved in the feeling of a traditional tea party and makes everything more fun.

To me, the easiest party of planning a tea party is the decor.  Think about the long estate table in Alice and Wonderland and mimic your decor from that table. You can use different colored pastel linens with lace overlays and any type of chair.

Of course use teapots, saucers and teacups with roses or blooms of flowers as the table centerpieces.

One of my favorite ideas is to ask each guest to bring a vintage saucer and teacup for the bride and groom.  At the party you can have each guest decorate their teacup using a beautiful gold writing.  A gift the bride can treasure forever and use for years to come.

The food can be traditional with cucumber sandwiches and scones.  You can have teapots at the table with different teas and serve sparkling champagne or cider.  A cookie station or dessert table with cookies and cupcakes can add to the lunch.

Give guests a tea inspired favor for attending.  This is an easy DIY project your guests will love to take home.

Hope this has inspired you to plan your own tea party bridal shower.  Let us know what you think of these ideas.  We would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Planning!

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Convertible Bridesmaid Dresses

Convertible dresses are dresses that can be worn many different ways (halter, crisscross, off the shoulder, one shoulder, etc.) and are the new “perfect” choice for bridesmaids to wear in 2012!

Picking bridesmaids dresses is never an easy job.  Many times you are trying to pick one dress that flatters all of your girls’ body types and comes in a color that compliments your wedding….almost impossible (or it may feel that way)!  Convertible dresses are a great way to give your bridesmaids a little choice in what they wear by being able to choose the tie that they like and also makes it easier for you to choose a dress!

Two Birds has amazing bridesmaid dresses that can be tied 15 different ways and are available in 4 different lengths. These dresses are a little pricey ranging from $270-310 but it is such a versatile dress that there is no doubt in my mind that they can wear it again.  Depending on the style of dress, they come in up to 20 different colors and can even be two-toned (top one color and the bottom another).

The Dessy Group also offers a convertible dress starting at $140 and can be either short or long, tied 7 different ways and can come in up to 28 different colors.

I love the fact that your bridesmaids can now wear a more conservative tie for the ceremony and then spice it up for the reception.  You can let your bridesmaids choose how they want to wear their dress so they feel comfortable wearing the tie that not only flatters their body but they feel confident in.

What do you think about these convertible dresses?

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Creative Bridal Shower Ideas

I am always on the lookout for fun bridal shower ideas!  If you are a bridesmaid or a Maid/Matron of Honor and have been put in charge of coordinating a bridal shower this can be very daunting task.  You don’t want to disappoint the bride and sometimes it is hard to think of a fun, creative bridal shower idea.   First, make sure you consider the bride and what she loves to do before deciding on an idea.  Most brides are all about relaxing and forgetting about all the stresses of the wedding.  You know her best so the more personal touches
…the better.  If she loves the color pink throw her an all pink shower or if she loves books throw her a “stock the library” shower.

 Take a look at some of my new favorite bridal shower ideas and see if they fit your bride!

Art Shower:

If your bride-to-be is an artsy gal, then an art party is perfect for her.  One of the things I love about many of the art party classes is that they are BYOB.  You can bring your favorite bottle of wine and learn to paint a canvas painting or a piece of pottery.  The bride will love it and even if you aren’t a painter you can have fun with it!  (In Atlanta check out Sips n Strokes)

Cake Decorating:

How fun is this?  Especially if she loves cakes or sweets this is such a great idea.  You can purchase small cakes for everyone in attendance and have different color icing and icing tools to decorate their individual cakes.  There are bakeries who will conduct the class for you or if you want a more intimate setting you can do it in your home. (Below is a picture of Vanessa Minnillo’s bridal shower)

Eco Friendly Shower:

If your bride is “green” she will adore this Eco Friendly shower.  An outdoor shower is the perfect backdrop using eco friendly centerpieces and linens.  I like the idea of using herbs like rosemary and thyme in the center of the tables. An idea I saw in Inside Weddings Magazine was to set up a Potting Station with everything for guests to pot their own plants to take home.  Love!

Cooking Classes:

This is perfect for a bride who loves to cook or possibly has no idea how to cook.  Either way it will be a great time for everyone to learn a new dish!

Spa Party:

What bride doesn’t love to be pampered?  For this shower idea you can either go to a spa or you can treat your bride to a day of pedicures at your home. If you hire a few people to do pedicures and serve a light lunch (don’t forget the soothing music) your bride won’t want to leave!

Tell us about your bridal shower ideas!! We would love to feature your shower on our blog!

Happy Planning!

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