Bridal Shower Tea Party

Create a fun and memorable bridal shower tea party by making it an all-dipping occasion using fondues, tea, coffee, and milk.

Scrap the traditional muffins-and-scones-with-tea approach and use dip-friendly treats that bring out delightful flavors and moods. And remember to personalize the occasion by using china and tableware that reveal the bride’s favorite colors and shapes.

Materials Needed

 Cheese fondue pot
 Chocolate fondue pot
 Fondue forks
 3 tasting cups per person (for coffee, tea, and milk)
 1 plate per person
 A selection of cookies, biscuits, and bread for each dipping liquid or sauce
 Small bowls for nuts and other toppings
 1 small washcloth per person to wipe fingers
 1 small tray per person to place washcloth

Place the fondue pots in the center of the table with different platters encircling them. If there is not enough room to place everything, it’s not a bad idea to have the bridal shower tea party on the floor with mats in a round configuration. This can set a more intimate and leisurely ambiance.

Cheese Fondue Dippers

 Crusty bread cubes
 Breadsticks
 Apple wedges
 Grapes
 Broccoli
 Cauliflower
 Celery
 Asparagus
 Baby mushrooms
 Zucchini cubes
 Cucumber slices (thick)
 Cherry tomatoes
 Carrots
 Sausage cubes
 Meatballs
 Chicken bits
 Potato cubes

Chocolate Fondue Dippers

 Strawberries
 Banana slices
 Blueberries
 Blackberries
 Raspberries
 Kumquats
 Kiwi cubes (firm)
 Cherries
 Coconut chunks
 Breadsticks
 Pretzel rods
 Pear slices
 Pineapple bits
 Marshmallows
 Pound cake cubes
 Angel cake cubes
 Banana bread cubes
 Brownie cubes
 Rice crispy cubes
 Chewy fruit snacks
 Red licorice bites
 Dried fruits

*On the side, prepare mini bowls of shredded coconuts, roasted almond bits, and crushed peanuts as options to sprinkle on top.

Dipping Etiquette

Double dipping in a communal fondue pot is considered rude and is susceptible to germs, so it should be avoided, even when the bridal shower tea party is with a group of close girlfriends.

Tea Dippers

 Peppermint Herbal Tea + Dark chocolate-coated biscuits and Milano cookies
 English Breakfast Tea + Sugar cookies, almond cookies, shortbread cookies, and plain biscuits
 Green tea + Lemon cookies with vanilla cream filling, lemon bars, jelly-filled shortbread cookies, and plain biscuits
 Chai Tea + Gingerbread cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, and plain biscuits
 Earl Grey Tea + Sugar cookies and shortbread cookies
 Chamomile Tea + Chocolate coated and plain biscuits.

Black Coffee Dippers

 Milano chocolate or mint cookies
 Chocolate chip cookies
 Twix candy bar
 Almond, chocolate, and vanilla Biscotti

Sweetened Coffee Dippers

 White toast
 Raisin walnut bread
 Cigar wafer rolls
 Plain tea biscuits

Milk Dippers

 Graham crackers
 Peanut butter cookies
 Crunchy chocolate chip cookies
 Oreo cookies
 Nilla wafers
 Cookies with cream filling

Remember to organize and separate food plates by their drink or sauce pairing. Platters can also be set on a side buffet table so that the eating table has more space and looks neater. Soft background music is also a good mood-setting idea. Choose a song playlist that matches the theme, and finally, a successful bridal shower tea party is well on its way.