My friend, Carrie, is getting married next month and like many of us she moved to San Francisco for work. Since her family and friends are scattered across the country she wasn’t going to have a bridal shower, which simply wouldn’t do!
The exceptionally talented Kelly Gleeson and I decided a tea party would be the perfect way to make sure Carrie experienced all the frilly girly-ness that weddings entail.
Our theme: Naughty and Nice. The invite’s Kelly designed captured the mood perfectly. A fabulous tea party where we get a little naughty with lingerie gifts.
Carrie’s wedding colors include a dark red “oxblood” and gold accents so Kelly kept those colors, but made it a little sexier with a black background and romantic font.
Here’s the bride! (Sorry we didn’t take enough photos!)
The venue is an adorable tea shop called Crown and Crumpet in SF’s Japan Town. We had a large enough party to use their private room, but the shop is also open for lunch and smaller parties in the main restaurant area. The menu included four different teas, crumpets (of course), tea sandwiches, scones, quiches, and dessert bites.
Kelly designed the “Thank You” tags and the “He Said, She Said” game cards. You can’t tell in the picture, but the Thank You tags are a fabulous gold emboss. Kelly was oh so excited to use her new embossing gun. I told you she’s talented!
We hung the lingerie on a clothesline as Carrie opened it. She had to rank it from naughtiest to nicest. The guest who brought the naughtiest won a prize. The winner was a pink furry number much like the fembot outfits from the Austin Powers movies.
I wish we could take credit for the amazing paper flowers, but they were already on the wall. So fun!
I re-purposed old shopping bags into gift bags for the game prizes. The gifts were homemade aprons from men’s dress shirts. Here’s the tutorial from Love Grows Wild. The clearance section at Anthropologie helped round out the prize bags with a cute tea cup, decorative plate, and headbands.
I had a wonderful time at Crown and Crumpet and can’t wait for Carrie’s big day! p.s. Carrie’s wedding has been a treasure trove of projects for me so stay tuned for a birdcage veil tutorial!