Recently, my daughter hosted, with the other bridesmaids, a Bridal Shower for a friend in my home. The theme was a Garden Tea Party, not necessarily an original shower concept. It turned out beautifully and without a lot of crazy running around and planning. We held a work party the night before. The bridesmaids set up borrowed 10×10 tents and set up the rented tables and chairs. The brides mom provided the flowers for the floral arrangements which were in assorted tea tins and tea cups. We brought a silver tea set out of moth balls and polished it. Assorted tea cups were retrieved from the other Mom’s curio cabinets and proudly put into service . Salads and tea sandwiches were on the menu and beautifully decorated cupcakes served for dessert, all were home made. Since the bride resides across the country and many of the gifts were shipped to her there she took a video of her opening them. The video was shown and proved to be very entertaining. The shower was not a long affair, wrapping up in a little over two hours and the guests went home with a peat plant cup with paper flowers with embedded seeds ready to be planted, tied up in a bow. A fun afternoon for all, short, sweet, and not at all boring.