#73 Rose’s twinteresting bridal shower!

Our big sis Rose gets married later this month! Wooo!

Last weekend we held a little afternoon tea party for her friends, her mum-in-law to be, our mum and little sis (plus Florrie and Wally the cat!). Rose threw fab bridal showers for both of us so we really wanted to make it extra special to return the favour, plus any excuse for a little crafting right?!

In New Zealand it’s traditional to hold a Kitchen Tea to celebrate the bride to be. This stems back from the days where getting married meant setting up house away from your parents for the first time, so guests brought kitchen staples to stock the nearly weds pantry. It’s a wonderful excuse for some games and cake (and a bit o’ bunting), and also something nice to involve mums and other special people that may not fancy a night on the tiles for the hen’s party (Tigertiger- enough said!). Our theme was hearts and pearls as Rose is the ultimate girly girl (except when she’s on the hockey field).

So here are a few pics from our party- there was nothing copied specifically from pinterest this time around, but I’m sure you’ll probably have seen a few of these ideas/themes around before.

H’s lovely book page bunting:DSC_1188A quick story before the party begins:
DSC_1179Heart brooch favour for each guest:
DSC_1180 DSC_1181A pearl teething ring?! F already prefers the finer things in life!DSC_1190 DSC_1182The spread (including R’s choc dipped marshmallows- we’re trying to market these as the lazy girl’s cakepop!):
DSC_1205Left over wedding straws and a fab new addition to the family- a Jamie Oliver drinks dispenser!DSC_1183 DSC_1186

DSC_1194Love this idea of H’s for an easy table runner:

DSC_1187So what do you serve at an afternoon tea for a vegan bride? Well apart from the cheese in one half of the club sandwiches and the marshmallows (anyone know a good source of gelatin free marshies?!) everything was egg and dairy free.

Here’s our food list:

Pink Lemonade (Lemonade and pomegranate juice)

Club sandwiches (caramelised onion/cheese and red pepper hummous/grated carrot)

Brownies (make ’em cute by cutting with a heart cookie cutter instead of normal squares-recipe here)

Mum’s raisin cake

Choc-dipped strawberries

Cracker “blinis” with toppings (Alpro make a soy cream cheese alternative)

Banana bread- a la Rose’s favourite Happy Herbivore.


For a little trip down memory lane, a couple of pics from Holly’s Kitchen tea last year:535213_10150904602882625_2129601715_n 538482_10150904602327625_516366075_nAnd from Ruth’s waaay back in 2007:119_18831862624_5640_n

Thanks for throwing us such lovely parties Rose, hope you enjoyed yours…and bring on the wedding!

xx H & R


7 thoughts on “#73 Rose’s twinteresting bridal shower!

    • Wow, amaaazing Julie! Didn’t know you could make your own marshmallows…although obviously they’re made somehow!! Looks like a bit of work, but if I’m feeling brave one day I’ll give it a go! Holly :)

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