12 Prettiest Ideas for a Tea Party-Themed Bridal Shower

We’ll show you how to throw the bride a beautiful, grownup tea party with all the fixings.
by Amanda Casertano

A classic tea party never goes out of style—and it's the perfect idea for a bridal shower. But we're not talking about your grandmother's tea parties—with a few standout details, this theme quickly comes to life and goes from stuffy to stylish (no professional planner required). Take a look at some of our favorite tea party bridal shower ideas to put even Downton Abbey to shame.

1. Scalloped Escort Cards

Tea party-themed bridal shower decoration
Lauren Gabrielle Photography

These skeleton keys complete a dainty escort card display with a romantic vibe.

From: A Whimsical Garden Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio

2. Cookies and Milk

Tea party-themed bridal shower food

What else would you use to dunk delicious treats in?

From: A Coral Country Wedding in Flora, MS

3. Chevron Straws

Tea party-themed bridal shower food
Michelle Lange Photography

You won't have to ask your guests twice to drink up with these cute tags.

From: A Vintage, 'Alice in Wonderland'-Inspired Wedding at Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

4. Finger Food

Tea party-themed bridal shower food
Delbarr Moradi Photography

Mini appetizers were made for tea parties.

From:A Modern Garden Wedding at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California

5. Bite-Size Treats

Tea party-themed bridal shower dessert
Justin & Mary

This is the perfect alternative for someone who doesn't want a huge cake. Go for passable desserts like cake pops, cannolis or cookies.

From: A Whimsical DIY Wedding at the 1850 House Inn in Rosendale, New York

6. Pastel Place Settings

Tea party-themed bridal shower decoration
Lauren Gabrielle Photography

A tea party needs beautiful china, of course.

From: A Whimsical Garden Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio

7. Frosted Favorites

Tea party-themed bridal shower dessert
Lisa Anne Photography

No need to stick to cucumber sandwiches. Pile doughnuts high so they're almost too pretty to eat.

8. Crafty Activities

Tea party-themed bridal shower hands on activities
Alea Lovely

Include fun crafts to keep everyone busy and laughing. Bonus: The fruits of their labor can double as Insta-worthy party favors.  

9. Trendy Tarts

Tea party-themed bridal shower dessert

Feeling fancy? Serve open fruit tarts. Not only are they easy on the eyes, but their seasonal fillings pair beautifully with a cup of tea.

10. Garden Inspiration

Tea party-themed bridal shower decoration
Amanda Watson Photography

This place card sets the tone for a whimsical tea party. Incorporate florals and watercolors for a feminine feel.

11. . Pops of Color

Tea party-themed bridal shower decoration
Wojo Image

Soft hues are typical for a tea party, but bold colors aren't off limits. Have fun with it, and tailor the color scheme to fit the bride's style and personality.

12. Tiers of Treats

Tea party-themed bridal shower dessert
Wojo Image

A tower of sweets is equally beautiful and delicious.

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