Party Time: Your Guide to Hosting a Fabulous Tea Party-Themed Bridal Shower

Hosting a bridal shower can be stressful, but we're here to make it easier. With rose-gold accents, durable serveware, and lots of floral details you'll be throwing an elegant tea party-themed shower your bride-to-be will adore.

Personalized Sign

Customizable bridal shower banner with individual squares for letters and pink flowers photo

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Bridal showers are all about, well, the bride. Shine a spotlight on her with this adorable banner. The best part about this decoration—it's completely customizable. Choose your color of letters, add her future last name, and even pick which florals you want displayed. Personally, we like Sugar & Spice, but if you want a more pastel pick, try Song & Dance. Use the banner to welcome guests or hang it on the wall to create a cute backdrop for gift opening and snapping selfies. Pro tip: Create a SnapChat filter for the special occasion. ($5+; etsy.com)

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Double-Duty Decor

Light pink tea cup-shaped planter photo

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You don't have to drop your entire paycheck on bridal shower decor. With this teapot planter bundle, you get 12 ceramic pieces you can use to add flair to your space. Fill a few up with succulents for pops of green, use them to hold paper straws, or place one on your dessert table to hold additional forks and spoons—the options are endless. You can even spruce them up with embellishments and paint. Not a fan of DIY? No problem, the soft pink color paired with plants and party items will still look beautiful. ($20 per dozen; orientaltrading.com)

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Charming Floral Straws

Pink and orange floral paper straws photo

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For an affordable way to add class to your bridal shower, check out these paper straws. The floral pattern fits in effortlessly with the tea party-theme while the bundle pricing of 9, 25, or 50 pieces makes it easy to stock up for the party. Display them in one of your teapot planters and enjoy as your guests sip cocktails and punch without smearing their lipstick. Bonus: The straws hold their shape for hours so you won't have to worry about them falling apart mid party. Durable and decorative—that's something we can get behind. ($1.65+; etsy.com)

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Elegant Table Runner

Light pink table runner with silver metallic threads from Anthropologie photo

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Once the rest of your space is decorated, it's time to focus on the table. First up: linens. With its light pink color and silver metallic detailing, this Anthropologie table runner provides a glamorous base for your place settings. Measuring 90-inches long, it also gives plenty of coverage to longer tables. Decorate it with floral centerpieces and elegant candles to complete the feminine and stylish aesthetic. ($88; anthropologie.com)</p>

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Versatile Dinner Plates

White dinner plate with hammered edges photo

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When it comes to selecting dinnerware, don't overthink it. A simple design like these white dinner plates from West Elm will give you plenty of styling options. The set comes with four sturdy dinner plates crafted of stoneware, making them dishwasher and microwave safe. Each plate features small graphic lines around the rim creating just the right amount of texture. The best part? They are completely versatile. Pair them with rose gold salad plates for the bridal shower and then dress them up with a neutral gray option for your next dinner party.

($40; westelm.com)

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Shimmering Salad Plates

Rose gold and shimmery glass salad plate photo

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You've got the classic dinner plate, now make your place setting shine with this rose gold salad plate. Between its millennial pink hue and weave-like pattern this dinnerware contrasts beautifully against your white plates, and its metallic shimmer will complement the pattern in your table runner. Plus, its glass construction adds a level of sophistication your bride will appreciate. Trust us, with a plate this pretty, salad never looked so good. ($8; crateandbarrel.com)

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Budget-Friendly Silverware Set

Rose gold plastic silverware set photo

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When it comes to hosting a bridal shower there are things you should splurge on—hello personalized decorations—but there are also areas you can tighten the wallet without feeling guilty. Originally, you may think flatware isn't on that list, but thanks to this plastic silverware set you can get beautiful pieces that capture the beauty of real rose gold cutlery at a fraction of the cost. The set comes with 120 pieces that will carry your guests from appetizers to dessert. Hesitant to use plastic? Don't be. Each knife, spoon, and fork are crafted of premium quality plastic that's non-toxic, BPA-free, and 100-percent food grade so they won't scratch or break easily like other traditional plastic pieces. This silverware set is even safe to wash and use at your next event! ($20; amazon.com)

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Tea Party Must-Have

White cup and saucer set with embossed pattern on the cup and plate photo

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You can't host a tea party-themed bridal shower without tea cups, and this cup and saucer set is the perfect addition. Its fancy beading and feminine scalloped edge create an elegant and feminine aesthetic that fits in well with your other bridal shower essentials. Made of stoneware, the dinnerware piece is more durable than other porcelain or glass options and are both microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Bonus: They also double as party favors, or can easily be cleaned and given to the bride to cherish for years to come. ($43; macys.com)

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Sweet & Simple Teapot

White porcelain teapot from Target photo

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Just like you can't go without cups and saucers, your party shouldn't be without a teapot either. We recommend a simple option like this porcelain teapot by Threshold. Its white color won't overpower your statement pieces while still matching your graceful aesthetic. The sweet kitchen staple holds about 1.5 liters of tea and has an affordable price so you can grab one for each table. When the bridal shower ends, run the pot through the dishwasher and add them to your own serveware collection or, like the cups before, gift it to the bride to help complete her registry. ($13; target.com)

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Functional & Fab Drink Dispenser

Cylinder cold drink dispenser with woven stand photo

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Once you've created delicious bridal shower cocktails, make serving them a breeze with this cold water drink dispenser from Crate & Barrel. With its cap-like lid you can quickly transfer liquids from a bowl to the server, or just skip a step and mix your beverages inside. Once ready, place the dispenser on the included stand and set it out on your table. Guests will appreciate how easy refills are, and you'll love how the wicker design looks stylish next to your other party pieces. ($90; crateandbarrel.com)

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Beautiful Butterfly Place Card Holders

Rose gold butterfly place card holders photo

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Last on your list of table decor: butterfly place card holders by Monique Lhuillier. Honestly, we love her entire collection from Pottery Barn—especially when it comes to selecting products for a tea party-themed bridal shower—but this four-piece place card holder set had to make our list. Its rose-gold color pairs perfectly with your silverware and other tabletop pieces while the butterfly design adds a whimsical touch that complements, not clashes, with your floral details. Not to mention every guest will feel special when they find the butterfly holding their name. ($20; potterybarn.com)

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Easy Entertainment

Four printable bridal shower game files with floral border photo

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You've decorated, set up the table, and now it's time to think about entertainment. Instead of searching Pinterest for ideas, make it simple by buying this printable game package. The download includes six different games all with a coordinating peony background to help you get the party started. Enjoy classics like "Who Knows the Bride Best?" and "He Said She Said" then set the timer to see who can unscramble the wedding words first. Finish off the event with a round of bridal bingo where guests jot down what they think the bride will open and fill in their squares when the gift opening starts. Pro tip: Offer fun prizes like a lipstick set or a trendy ring to spark a fun, competitive atmosphere. ($12; etsy.com)

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