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Bridal showers are becoming a more regular occurrence as I slowly approach the big 3-0. I was at a friend’s shower on Saturday at the University Club in DC. One of the things I love most about bridal showers is their uniqueness. Sure, they all typically involve the bride opening gifts, playing at least one silly game involving rings or toilet paper and answering random questions about the bride. However, the details surrounding these traditions are what make each shower so special.

This particular shower was a more formal affair than others I’ve been to. The invitation called for a bridal tea and the details did not disappoint! Tea sandwiches in all varieties were served as well as petit fours, macaroons and fruit tarts for dessert. Of course, there was tea available but most of us chose champagne!

While all of this was prepared by the University Club, it is a fantastic DIY theme too. Tea sandwiches are easy to make and the desserts can be found at your local supermarket.

Focus on keeping the details ultra-feminine and allow yourself to be inspired by the theme. Give guests teas as favors, have everyone bring a recipe with tea as an ingredient (green tea ice cream, for example) or feature the bride’s favorite desserts in fingersized portions.

Check out the flower arrangements and noshables we were treated to on Saturday. You can also get some great ideas from Martha Stewart!