Tea with a Twist (on a budget) About a year ago, my mother and I threw a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law. We worked hard to meld her shabby-chic sensibilities with her other loves. The result - a Tea with a Twist!
Details: The shower was held at my parents’ home for 25 people. Invitations were sent out online for free. Because the shower was in the evening, we took liberties with typical high-tea fare! Decor: We arranged many tables through the downstairs. Each table was covered in a black cloth with a sparkly runner. Fresh flowers from the garden were used in various vessels for centerpieces. The tables were set with mis-matched china that we found at a local antique mall at a great price. Fresh flowers and lace were used to decorate the rest of the house. Tulle was used as garland. Photographs of the happy couple were clipped to the tulle. To add whimsy, animal prints were used as accents (our bride is a zoo keeper). All decor was purchased either at the antique mall at rock bottom prices (we purchased enough china for 25 full place settings for $60!) or from the clearance bins at the local craft store. Flowers were gathered from the garden and placed in vases, jars, and baskets we had on hand.
Food and Drink: The meal started off with personal cheese balls with gourmet crackers. Hot tea, coffee, and iced tea were served. Salad was served family-style. Each guest was given a menu listing 6 lasagna types (our bride LOVES lasagna!). My mom and I served each guest their personalized meal. Guests had three options for dessert including pie, cake, and brownie bars. Long Island iced teas were served after the meal. Mom and I made all of the food and drinks which really kept the cost down. We used recipes we found online plus ones we created ourselves for the lasagnas. Favors: Party favors were hand-made magnets. We used clear 1” craft rocks, glued scrapbook paper to the back, added a magnet on the back then a little bling on the front. Two magnets were wrapped in tulle and tied with animal print ribbon and a photo tag for a great and useable gift. The shower was a success! For under $400, we threw one heck of a party!
Audra Michelle is the wife to her best friend and mom to three little boys under four. You can find her blogging and inspiring moms to THRIVE at Rediscovering Domesticity.
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