Host a tea party at your bridal shower

Tea parties don't have to be droll, silent affairs spent eating petit fours and strutting your Sunday best.

They could, in fact, serve as inspiration for contemporary (and dare we say cosmopolitan) bridal showers, events that could feature exciting tea varieties ranging from rooibos to pomegranate to those with herbal tea ingredients, and a large sampling of cast-iron kettles that are currently booming in popularity.

For a bridal shower that'll have all of your friends scurrying along like the White Rabbit, set up a table with a tea-sampling station so guests can get the most out of your offerings. If the weather permits, set up outside (or better yet, in a garden) to enhance the mood.

You could also give tea bridal shower favors to guests once they leave, so they'll be able to savor the flavors way after your event. Whole leaf tea sachet favors and gourmet tea tins are extra chic alternatives.

Offering mini tea sets or teapot tea infusers as favors could be surprisingly cheap and stylish as well.