Tea parties tend to be associated with uptown ladies in wide-brimmed hats and prim little outfits. But that doesn’t mean such events are inaccessible to brides everywhere. Besides, a tea party provides a welcome break from all the pre-wedding bustle and stress. It gives the bride the chance to relax and have fun–for the last time as an unmarried person–with those dearest to her before the big day.
Start with a theme to make this intimate gathering truly memorable. It can revolve around an unconventional color palette or an unusual color pairing. It can recreate a Victorian-era garden party, an enchanted fairyland, or a cheery summertime soiree. Once the theme is set, further inventive touches can be added. Food items can serve as part of the decor, for instance. Favors can be presented in charming packaging, like a miniature purse, or in eye-catching displays, like a favor tree. The key is to explore ideas with a new twist and incorporate decorations with a modern touch for a tea party that is far from typical.