By Samantha Little
A kitchen tea party traditionally celebrates a bride being hitched to the kitchen. Female friends and family of the bride bond over tea and cakes, sharing recipes and bringing kitchen presents. But if your bride is already a domestic goddess, why not host a themed kitchen tea for the adventurous, cute or quirky bride to be?
candle in a teacup
Floral Kitchen Tea
A typical kitchen tea party with arrangements of flowers, floral tea sets, paper doyleys and a large selection of sweet treats.
Location: Garden or patio
Time: Afternoon tea
Tea: Floral tea, rose tea, camomile, earl grey, green tea.
Food: Savoury bites, sandwiches, sweet biscuits for dipping. Set up a sweet and savoury popcorn bar for guests to flavour their own bags of popcorn, provide flavoured salts, rocky road, caramel and butter toppings.
Guest Gifts: Coloured cookie cutters of all shapes and sizes or coloured kitchen items such as wooden spoons or egg whisks.
Activities: Get crafty; create personalised teabags from coffee filters or make you own teacup candles.
High Kitchen Tea:
Ever dreamed of sipping tea with a royal? Set a decadent dining table with cake stands and vintage fine china plates.
Location: Kitchen or dining room
Time: Afternoon tea
Tea: Earl grey, English breakfast with cream and sugar on the tables.
Food: High tea stands with pinwheel sandwiches, scones and jam, petite fours.
Guest Gifts: Silver spoons
Activities: Create a cupcake bar â customise your cupcake with icing, sprinkles, glitter and sugar art flowers.
Raspberry and Vanilla Sundaes - Martha Stewart
Breakfast Brunch Tea:
Perfect for an early kick off, piles of pancakes and mimosas all round.
Tea: English breakfast of course.
Food: Breakfast bar of savoury or sweet options, oatmeal cookies, make you own muesli, pikelets and egg and bacon mini muffins. Some make sneak a cheeky champagne cocktail.
Guest Gifts: Tea or jam gift packs.
Activities: Get guests to share sweet and savoury recipes and create a book of secret recipes for the bride!
Mad Hatterâs Tea party:
Bring out the magic of a childhood tea party with an Alice in Wonderland or Mad Hatterâs theme. Think green grass and playing cards, dozens of roses and white rabbits.
Time: Afternoon tea
Tea: All kinds, mix and match teapots and coloured cups.
Food: Tea party foods, Tic Toc cup biscuits, Spoon cookies, Drink Me potions and Eat Me cakes.
Guest Gifts: Packs of playing cards or red roses.
Activities: âLolly Laneâ â use lolly jars and custom gift bags. Lolly bags for the child in all of us.
Chinese tea ceremony
Drinks of the World:
For the adventurous bride, take a trip around the world.
- Oriental tea party: Drink jasmine tea out of china cups or have a Japanese tea ceremony.
- Mexican: For the non-tea drinkers, strap on a sombrero and hang some paper flowers for a Mexican fiesta party with sweet quesadillas.
- Tiki: Pineapple punch and flower leis for the bride whoâd rather have a fruity cocktail out of a coconut.
Charity Kitchen Tea:
With all the wedding gifts from the engagement and reception, Why not host a charity kitchen tea? Sip tea and give to a good cause.
- Pink Ribbon Tea: Everything pink! Iced vovos, pink lemonade and fairy floss machines to support breast cancer research.
- Daffodil Day Tea: Drink camomile tea with lemon and spread daffodils all around for The Cancer Council, send guests home with daffodils seeds to plant.
Picnic in the park
Picnic Tea Party:
Laid upon a grassy flat, spread some picnic rugs with a delectable array of baskets and breadrolls.
Location: Grass area, picnic area.
Time: Lunch, afternoon tea.
Tea: Green, peppermint, fruity tea.
Food: Picnic baskets filled with sandwich supplies, fresh fruit, cheeses plate with quince paste and a picnic punchbowl.
Guest Gifts: Mini gift baskets
Activities: Lawn rounders, bat tennis, hopscotch, rope ring toss.