Back to our usual programming today! I found these photos of a couple of wedding showers that I hosted circa 2005. I remember that year well, hubby and I had a wedding to attend on the average of every 3 weeks! I thought the era would never end but it eventually petered out and then it was baby showers I was hosting...
I just realized that I never hosted a bachelorette party. Funny. I suppose friends knew I'd be handier in the kitchen. Anyway, here are some details that I was able to retrieve from my vintage mac webpage.
I can't believe I'm actually showing this invitation. This was what I'd cough up pre-professional printer time...an invitation designed on word, cut raggedly by yours truly, where the most clever part of the design, I thought, was the use of my newly discovered Jane Austen font. The envelope however was a labor of love that I made using gift wrapping paper! I haven't done that since then as it was bloody tedious, though it was rather cute!
It won't be an authentic tea party without the teapots, the silver and the fine china! So this is the time to beg, steal or borrow from your mom to your friends' moms! As you can see from the photos, I've always had the knack for labeling things. I wouldn't laminate the tags if I had to do this again though! It looks rather tacky in hindsight and did the labels really have to be that big? Oh, notice how I recycled the same wrapping paper and used the same font of the season?
Since people hardly RSVP here I decided to write adjectives on place cards instead...playful, curious, wild, faithful, innocent, frigid, sweet, loyal, desperate, shy...and allowed guests to choose what best described them. If they were late they were stuck with the raunchy ones, no apologies. Note to self: Use cloth napkins next time!
I finally found use for colored sugar! A sweet detail...
Three tiered trays are best for serving little bites and sweets at tea parties and can serve another purpose as centerpieces like with these cupcakes. I remember using Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess cookbook cover as a peg for the cupcake design by Marta's Cakes.
Apart from Nigella, the other reliable friend I kept turning to at that time was Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa fame.
I want to say that many if not most of the what I served at these tea parties we're from an Ina Garten cookbook. I made her raisin scones with lemon curd and devonshire cream, coconut macaroons, carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and I think the photo shows a chocolate sabayon with fresh strawberries, though I don't recall that to be hers.
Since we're Pinoys I also served heftier stuff on the menu such as a pasta salad with olives and sundried tomatoes and other savory bites of which I don't remember as I can't find photos of them!
The Party Favors:
Naturally, party favors had to be given as a token, no matter how small. In this case it was these admittedly useless but still adorable, pink tea cups wrapped in lovely tulle.
Try using tulle to wrap your presents next time. They can make anything drab look fab in no time! Though I am in no way suggesting you give drab presents away...
If you ever want to host a tea party but fear slaving away in the kitchen, you can always do this at The Peninsula or have Bizu Patisserie and Bistro cater it in your own home! You'll be in good hands either way.