A Gorgeous Garden/Tea Party Bridal Shower

May 6th, 2013

Permit me a little walk through memory lane here.

My grandmother loved flowers. She had gardens all around her property, each one tastefully done. There were always cut and carefully arranged flowers in vases throughout her house. And one thing she really loved was a sweet, simple and beautiful garden party.

I get nostalgic seeing all the retro bridal showers today — especially those that involve all things floral. I think the look is so sweet, and it’s so very, well, bride-like.

Flowers have always been (and, in my opinion, will always be) a huge part of most wedding related festivities. After all, flowers are all about beginnings, growth, the innocence of fresh love and the beauty that’s in this world — and between the two of you.

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Where Should You Hold Your Garden Bridal Shower?

If you have a back yard, or if a friend or family member does, obviously, that’s your first choice. However, don’t feel limited to a large yard — or even to the outdoors. If you live in an area where weather may be a concern, or if you’re in an urban or small space, you can still add floral touches to your bridal shower.

If the weather is expected to be nice, don’t discount outdoor locales like the local park. Just be sure to call your city first to find out whether the park requires notice and reservation of picnic tables, gazebos, etc.

Yum - vine-covered brownie pops! (Mongramed, too!)

Garden/Tea Party Foods

Garden party foods don’t need to be expensive. That’s one of the great things about a garden party. Try:

  • finger sandwiches — any kind the bride and guests like
  • tea, iced for summer or hot for cooler days
  • cut fresh fruit arranged prettily on a tray with a few cut flowers for decoration on the plate
  • cookies, mini brownies, mini cupcakes
  • cool salads: potato;  pasta with sun dried tomatoes; three-bean; romaine lettuce with pecans or walnuts, plum tomatoes and a sprinkling of feta or another cheese; or any chilled salad that’s your favorite
  • sorbet – mmm!
  • fresh fruit punch

Your Table Setting, Decor and Shower Favors

Sweet, floral tea party dessert plates.

Use cut or silk flowers in a vase for your table centerpiece. A subtly floral-decorated tablecloth is also nice, but any pastel or soft color tablecloth will do for a garden party.

If you’re using a tent, gazebo or other covering, lace it with faux flowers and ribbons.

For favors, why not give small potted plants or a pretty packet of seeds? Another option: cute floral-shaped soaps and other toiletries.

Candles are always a favor “favor-ite:” you can even go to your local dollar store, pick up empty candle holders in frosted glass and hot glue small faux flowers to them. Make sure these don’t go near or over the lip of the candle holder because if you do, they’ll be too close to the candle flame.

What Types of Flowers?

Any kind you’d like! And don’t limit the decor and gifts to just flowers. Ferns, natural twig arrangements gathered in pretty bows and set around the table arrangement, and fruit are all pretty additions.

Lilies are traditional to weddings, as are baby’s breath. You may want to include some of each of these to add a very bridal feel to your garden wedding shower.

Have pics of your own garden bridal shower? Send them in! We may just feature you in a future post on yourweddingwhisperer.com.