Bridal Tea Table Setting

Welcome to the 155th Tablescape Thursday!

I love it when you share your beautiful tablescapes with me!  I was so excited when Sue, a reader of BNOTP, emailed a few pics of a bridal shower she recently gave for a friend.  Sue loves growing lavender in her own garden and prior to the shower, she visited a lavender farm, Yule Love It Lavender Farm in Michigan.  She was so inspired by her visit to the farm, she decided to make it a big part of the theme for the shower.

Sue sent out invites and each invite included pressed lavender from her own garden.  Sue said, “Lavender symbolizes love and happiness and the bridesmaids are wearing a deep purple color.  I thought it would fit perfectly.”

Sue only had eight napkins and nine were scheduled to attend the shower.  She solved this little hiccup by arranging the bride’s place setting a bit differently.  Instead of a regular napkin, the bride had a pretty dish towel tied with a mirrored bow.  Don’t you love it when a problem is turned into a positive?

The bride’s place setting was made extra special with a small vase of white lavender tucked inside a sweet silver vase.

Sue placed bundles of lavender in tiny crystal vases all around the table.  I think I can just smell the wonderful scent of lavender.  So romantic!  Sue carried the lavender theme right through to the dessert, serving lavender brownies.

Each place setting was adorned with a bar of hand-made lavender soap.

The china is Spode and the pattern is Jewel.  Sue was given this beautiful china by her Mother who is a proprietor of antiques.

The pattern really has a lacy “bridal” look, doesn’t it?

I love the vintage crocheted tablecloth, another gift from Sue’s Mom.  Beautiful!

Each napkin was tied with a sweet glittered bird and a sprig of lavender.

The centerpiece for this beautiful table setting was created with hydrangeas from Sue’s garden. Sue placed the hydrangeas in a pretty Fiesta teapot.

Sue provided a copy of the menu to the bride as a keepsake memory of the bridal tea.

Sue, thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photos of this beautiful bridal tea.  I know they will provide inspiration to others who may be planning for a similar occasion.


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  1. carolinajewel says

    Well you know I LOVE the china pattern – Spode Jewel! Gorgeous table all around – very bridal!!!

  2. What a lovely table for a shower! The addition of the lavender had to make it appealing to all the senses. I really like the Spode Jewel china! Its very delicate looking.

    Thanks to Sue for sharing her event with us & thanks to YOU for hosting TT again & again, Susan.
    I REALLY enjoyed your "look back" of the month, as it allowed me to catch up on several posts that I missed. Thanks!


  3. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Sue put together a beautiful table full of memories for a special day. I love how the plates mirror image the beautiful tablecloth. Thanks to Sue for sharing the special day with us. Thank you Susan for hosting each week.
    hugs ~lynne~

  4. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    What a sweet bridal table — I know the lavendar smelled delightful.

  5. tammylovesdishes says

    Sue's lavender themed bridal tea is lovely. The china is absolutely gorgeous; the embossed edges are fabulous! I can only imagine the wonderful time the bride-to-be and friends had at this sweet tea.

  6. AshTreeCottage says

    Hi Susan! I had a picture of Spode's Billingsley Rose on my blog last week. It has the same eyelet edge. I only have the one plate though. This table is lovely and the hostess did a great job. Thanks for another fun party!

    Susan and Bentley

  7. I absolutely love the china used in this table scape!

  8. Thanks to both of you for sharing these lovely photos. The shower table is truly lovely. Sue was very clever and certainly know how to set a gorgeous table. I know the bride appreciated this beautiful luncheon. ~ Sarah

  9. I love herbal luncheons and teas and lavender is a great theme!!! Herbal desserts are fun too for everyone thinks of herbs in savories not sweets!

  10. I can just imagine how pretty and fragrant Sue's garden smells. Her tablescape is so beautiful and so romantic…Christine

  11. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    This is lovely, and so many neat ideas!

    Thanks for hosting!


  12. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    Oh I love the glitter birds! Thank you for hosting.

  13. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Such a pretty, feminine table! I know the bride and her friends must have felt so special.

  14. I love the elegantly simple approach Sue took to creating this wonderful, lavender-themed table! Creating a speical napkin treatment for the bride (as a solution to being one matching napkin short) — well that was beyond brilliant!

    Love the setting and love being inspired by creative approaches to table setting from the sweetest, most gracious people anywhere. Thank you, Susan, for imagining Tablescape Thursdays and for making it happen week after week!

    Kudos, my friend!


  15. Entertaining Women says

    Although Spode Jewel "Billingsley Rose" is probably better know, I like the Spode Jewel "Heath & Rose", used here, the best. I love the lacy embossed rim. I choose it often when I'm designing for a wedding event. It reminds me of lace in a wedding gown. The lavender was such a special personal touch…just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this event and for giving us the vehicle to share our passion for gracious entertaining. Cherry Kay

  16. classic • casual • home says

    Sue is brilliant…to make the bride feel special, too.

  17. I love it when people solve problems in such a creative way. The tiny pewter vase; just darling. Kathi

  18. Hello Beth,
    Sue made a wonderful table for that bridal shower and the china with the lacy embossed rim is just perfect for that. Lavender with its scent is also a wonderful bridal theme. I am sure, everybody was delighted to have such a table. Thank you and Sue for this inspireing table.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  19. Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage says

    Such a sweet Tea Party for the bride~to~be! I love all your details. I gave all 3 of my daughters bridal shower tea parties too!


  20. Donna Heber says

    What a beautiful table setting Sue created. The touches of lavender are gorgeous! I'm so happy to be joining you this week and thank you for hosting.

  21. Wendy@~Chez~La~De~da~ says

    I love the idea of using a "special" place setting for the honored guest if you run out of place settings! What a way to save the day!!!


  22. Hi Sue! I reeeallly miss TT. Your friends shower table is beautiful.
    Oh everyone's tables are great. I jusr enjoy seeing everyones ideas!
    I hope you can pop by and see my blog and website soon. I created it all by myself.

  23. Well, this tablescape is appropos for me as I will be hosting a bridal shower next Saturday for my daughter. I got some wonderful ideas and I love the theme of the lavendar. I hope the bride-to-be was very happy and surprised to be the center of attention at such a lovely table.

  24. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    Oh my this makes me want to find someone that's getting marries just so I can host a bridal shower! The plates are so perfect too, as you said "very bridal" looking with the lace edge…
    Thanks Sue for sharing!

  25. Design Dork says

    I love this table. Where are those plates from? Super cute! And I love lavender for..well anything 🙂

  26. Renee @ where the grass is greener says

    Love those napkin ties!

  27. Love the china and love the theme!!

  28. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    I can only imagine how wonderful that room would smell! I've tried to grow lavender and we just can't get it to take off. I would so love to be able to pick bouquets from my yard! The dishes are lovely and I'm sure her guests were thrilled with the presentation!

  29. Jordan Marie says


    Now we just all need that recipe for the lavender brownies!!


  30. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Elegant lavender, beautiful and yet so simple, this is a perfect table for a bridal, Sue did a magnificent job. The china is gorgeous, it does look like a bride's chantilly lace. Lovely. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, FABBY

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