While The Hen Party is certainly meant to be an evening of playful debauchery coupled with crazy outfits and tequila shots, it is most likely that The Kitchen Tea is a quieter, more civilized affair. Perhaps it’s just me, but I always imagine that Hen Parties are all about your best friends and Kitchen Teas are more for the grannies, the aunties, the moms and the future in-laws. Of course if you’re in charge of planning a Kitchen Tea then it is best to arrange for a few activities, otherwise you run the risk of finding yourself faced with a room full of friends and strangers who are awkwardly uncertain of what to do with themselves.
Here are some ideas:
- Get the ball rolling right from the start so that you don’t have to break the ice later. Make name tags for each guest with tiny little “pull tabs” with the word “wedding” on them. As each guest arrives, pin them with their name tag and inform them that the word “wedding” is off limits. Whenever someone says the word “wedding” they lost one of their tabs. The person with the most tabs at the end of the party wins a small prize.
- Before the tea, ask each of the guests to attach one of their favourite recipes to the gift that they bring. Make the Bride try and guess who each gift is from by looking at the recipes.
- A fun thing to do is have all the married guests bring their wedding albums to the Kitchen Tea. These will keep guests busy during any lulls in the entertainment. It’s great to be able to see how trends and fashions have changed over the years.
- Divide the guests into groups and give each group a roll of toilet paper. Each group must choose a “bride” and then make a wedding dress for her out of the toilet paper.
- A great ice breaker is to have each guest produce the strangest item they have in their handbag. Each person can have a turn to show off their strange item and explain why it is there. A prize may be awarded for the strangest item.
The important thing to remember when it comes to Kitchen Teas is to keep the atmosphere relaxed. For the most part people will be content to just chatter away over a cup of tea and a few snacks. If the activities start feeling forced and awkward, don’t worry about it. Just let girls be girls and go with the flow.
Happy Wedding Planning!