Great Bridal Showers

Victorian Era Theme

Set of 4 “Be Seated” Victorian Chair Tea-Light Place Card/ Photo Holders

The Victorian Era refers to when Queen Victoria, who had the longest reign in British history, ruled over the British people…during her reign, economic, political, and cultural, among other things, prospered. Women’s clothing during this time was elegant…gowns trimmed with lace, ribbons, and frills…feathered hats and gloves…the times when women were a vision of elegance and grace. Recreate this time period by having a Victorian theme…

Use Victorian colors such as soft pinks, dusty roses, ivory and creams, and soft blues…the space could be decorated with flower vases filled with roses and miniature roses, snapdragons, morning glory, as well as ivy. If possible, replace existing furniture with rattan and wicker furniture for a more authentic look…also you could have flowered or lace tablecloths covering the tables. Invitations could be made with the colors of that era with lace for the edges or elegantly embroidered with miniature pearls.

Guest can wear Victorian era like clothing, such as a feathered wide rim hat or an accessory or two that reflects that time period. Food that could be served could be finger sandwiches, hot and cold teas, and miniature bridal cakes, just to name a few…for entertainment, guest can play games such as “The Laughing Game,” “I’ve Been to Market” or “Hot Boiled Beans”…if some of the guest play piano, they could play something for the bride-to-be. Goodie bags for the guest could be filled with items such as a small milk bar soap, bubble bath, and bags of herbal tea.

The Victorian Era may have passed many years ago but by creating this theme, you can bring it back and feel as if you were living during that elegant time…

Old Lace Tea Party Theme

White Hand Pearled Alecon Lace Guest Book and Pen Set

Tea parties have changed over the past several years…in the days of the 1800’s women wore long lacy dresses, beautiful bright jewels, and showy hats…the tea parties of today are nothing like they were then, so why not recreate the tea parties of the olden days by hosting an “Old Lace” party.

Get your guest excited about this shower by sending Victorian-style invitations wrapped in a lace handkerchief modeled after the calling cards of 1800s society…a simple white card with the affianced’s name in gold on one side and a handwritten request in fountain pen on the reverse. Make the message concise and alluring but convince the recipient to come to a formal tea in old lace at a date and time and location given. Request everyone bring a copy of a wedding photo from their parents or grandparents as a gift for the bride.

If this is a secret surprise, say so, and ask the ladies to leave things behind that might break the illusion, like cell phones, pets, or children, if possible. The hostess should include her name and number and an offer to answer additional questions by phone.

The basic plan for the party is for the group to sit around large tables talking and laughing while having a fancy tea party with friends and family. Pick a nice space for the event and decorate it with all the grandmotherly formal niceties you can think of… lace tablecloths, fancy napkins, nice centerpiece, china, silver, and crystal. It could be a provincial English High Tea, a hearty Scottish tea, a precise Japanese tea ceremony or even a coffee klatch….you can have biscuit cookies, little cakes and fresh fruits at the party…if you need kitchen helpers, costume them as the assistant/butler/maid and ask that they stay in role for the entire party.

Incorporate low-volume music appropriate to the mood and fresh flowers and prepare a small memento for the guests. Buy a flowery scrapbook to display engagement announcements and letters of congrats to the bride, setting aside a section for a guestbook of the event and another for the thank you notes expected afterward. Add additional pages ahead of time if you have relevant pictures or souvenirs, or just create chapters in this book of love like “First Date” or “The Proposal.”

There are many variations to this type of shower that you can do, but whatever you decide you will feel as if you were living during the 1800’s.