Wedding Tea Bars & Favors
It seems like everyone I know is getting married or having a baby right now.
And a lot of my friends love tea!
To get in the spirit of the wedding and baby season, I’ve compiled some ways to incorporate tea into your wedding and baby shower.
There’s a lot of reasons to add tea to your wedding.
Wedding tea bars are an awesome way to help out the teetotalers in your midst. Its caffeine also gives a boost when guests start slowing down on the dance floor.
Tea generally is a way to bring some personal style to your wedding. You can add a tea that’s a beautiful as the rest of your wedding.
Click here to get the tea blending guide I give to my students. Tea blending is easier than you think.
Plus, tea’s enjoying a moment in culinary trends right now, so you’re on the cutting edge when you incorporate tea into your wedding or bridal shower.
To help you or your friend celebrate the Big Day, here are a few tips to take care of your guests and showcase your personal style.
4 ways to incorporate tea into your wedding
1. Classic wedding tea bars
My friends married a little over a year ago, and they were kind enough to include me and my tea in their wedding. I created a small tea bar for them with two of my tea blends.
I chose an herbal blend and a tea blend because I didn’t want to exclude people who can’t have caffeine.
The labels were super easy to make. I printed the description of the blend, so the guests knew what they were drinking. Then I cut them out and placed them on index cards. After that, I used clear packaging tape to laminate the cards, so they’d stand and wouldn’t be damaged. Below is a picture of the labels.
If you want to forgo the hassle of creating a tea blend, click here to get the hand-blended tea I brought to my friend’s wedding: Catarina and Lola.
2. Creative tea favors
There are a lot of ways to package a special loose leaf tea blend for your friends. Loose leaf teas are classy looking and smell amazing.
A few ways to package loose leaf teas for your guests include:
- small gift bags
- test tubes with corks
- tins with clear tops to display the tea
Add a bit of twine with a thick paper with a handwritten note, and you have yourself a personalized tea favor for your table setting.
If you want to forgo the hassle of creating a tea blend, click here to get the blends I brought to my friend’s wedding: Catarina and Lola.
And if you want some inspiration, click here to go to my curated Pinterest wedding page.
3. Tea cocktails
Tea cocktails are the “in” thing right now.
Try mixing a tea infused simple syrup (recipe below) with a gin & tonic, high quality tequila or whiskey. They’re refreshing.
Simple syrup recipe.
What you need:
1 cups water
1 cup sugar
4 Tablespoons of loose leaf tea (or 6 tea bags). I most like black tea for these infusions or a tea blend.
(Note: you can make an herbal infusion with rosemary or basil instead of tea.)
What to do:
First, place water on the stove and start heating it with the tea. Let the tea simmer for about 15 minutes to make it really strong.
Second, remove the tea and water from the heat.
Third, remove the tea leaves/bags.
Fourth, stir in the sugar and stir until it’s completely dissolved.
Last, let the tea cool for about an hour before you combine with alcohol.
The magic ratio for cocktails is 2:1:1. Two parts alcohol, one part simple syrup, and one part something sour (like lemon or lime juice).
4. Tea infused desserts
There aren’t a lot of teas that have enough flavor to hold up to sweets, but my favorites have to be Earl Grey and a spicy chai.
Culinary Tea by Cynthia Gold & Lise Stern has some delish dessert recipes you can try.
If you don’t want to grab a book and try your hand at tea infused desserts (you’re busy planning a wedding after all), a few tea bar worthy snacks that won’t overpower tea are:
- berries (raspberries and strawberries are my favorites with tea)
- shortbread cookies
- lady finger cookies
- pound cake
Be sure to check out my curated Pinterest board with wedding bar and favor ideas and inspiration. Click here to go there now.
Let me know how you’re incorporating tea into your wedding or baby shower in the comments below.
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. It’s totally doable though. You’ve got this!
If you want to create your own blends, click here for a free guide walking you through how to do it.
If you want to skip that bit, you can get unique blends at the shop. Click here to check out the blends available.
And feel free to email me at Dina@SicilianTeaCompany.com if you have questions.
Lots of love!
Sicilian Tea Company