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Tea for You—and Your Bridesmaids
An old Southern tradition is perfect for today.
The bridal brunch was a highlight of the weekend festivities when Pike Creek resident Lisa Dahmus returned to her Texas hometown for her sister’s wedding.
“The attendants were flying in from all over the country, so we did not have a lot of time together,” Dahmus says. “The brunch was a great opportunity to get all the bridesmaids together in a relaxed setting.”
The bridal tea, a Southern tradition, is a way for the bride to thank her bridesmaids for their role in her wedding. Whether it is held at home or at a restaurant, the event, sometimes called the bridesmaids’ luncheon, is traditionally a small, simple affair where the emphasis is on friendship. Several local businesses offer a bridal tea.
The British Bell Tea Room at Peoples Plaza in Newark offers a traditional afternoon tea for $19 per person that includes tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves, and an assortment of desserts, all presented on a three-tiered silver server.
The Victorian Tea House at 100 Elkton Road in Newark also offers traditional teas.
The Victorian Lady, set in one of Milford’s most historic buildings, re-creates the elegant manners and decor of a bygone era. Owner Kay Young suggests the Queen’s Tea ($22.95 per person), Afternoon Tea ($17.95) or smaller Luncheon Tea ($13.95).
Hotel du Pont’s Lobby Lounge is another elegant choice for a bridal tea. The afternoon tea menu runs $18, and upgraded menus include a champagne cocktail ($23 or $28). Seatings are at 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
—Theresa Gawlas Medoff