Being invited to a Kitchen Tea is the perfect time to sharpen your gift-giving skills. Most Kitchen Teas have a theme, and the maid of honour will usually send a list of gifts that the bride wants. Most often the gift list will ask for small household or kitchen related items. If you are stuck on what to buy, we have some great Kitchen Tea Gift Ideas for you. If you can, join a couple of other girls and put together a gift with a couple of items. Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give a great gift. The tradition behind a kitchen tea is to help the new bride build up her kitchen. From essentials to speciality items, any gift will do. The key is to stick to the idea set out by the maid of honour and put some thought into the gift.
Every kitchen needs crockery, and a girl can never have enough serving platters. You can never go wrong with classic white, but if you’re sure you know what the bride’s colour scheme in the kitchen will be, dare to play with some colour – vibrant reds, cool blues and fresh greens can all work when it comes to crockery.
Spice, Spice Baby
Something that most people don’t think about, is that spice is an overlooked expense when building up a pantry. Apart from the regular salt and pepper, the adventurous bride might want to experiment with cooking. If she has a passion for food, why not get her a spice kit? There are many options out there, and you could build her spice collection according to her tastes and pallet.
Tea for Two
What better way to impress her new mother-in-law than to offer lovely tea in a beautiful set? Give the bride a beautiful tea set, and go the extra mile by giving speciality teas that she can brew whenever the occasion calls for it!
On your marks, get set, bake!
Us girls know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, preferably with freshly baked goodies. Help your friend achieve new baking heights with baking essentials, or out of the ordinary fancy items to create the most astonishing treats. A girl can never have enough muffin pans or cookie sheets, but go the extra mile with an out of the ordinary item like a waffle mould, macaron set or even a doughnut pan!
Nothing beats a lovely throw and some gorgeous scatter cushions to make a house a home. If you’re unsure of the colour scheme of the bride’s home, you can’t go wrong with neutral colours. You’re sure to score a couple of extra brownie points if you get them something they will use daily!
Fully equipped picnic baskets are not something many of our generation has anymore. It’s a great gift to start a lovely tradition that the bride can enjoy with her husband and future family. Make sure the basket has all the essentials – cutlery, plates, glasses, napkins and the like. You can even find beautiful wine glasses nowadays that is picnic friendly – no need for plastic cups.
Build a Library
Help your friend build her kitchen library with a beautiful cookbook. Bonus points if you get her a book by a chef she loves, or of a cuisine she adores. Cookbooks are not only useful to have but can look gorgeous in a kitchen when it’s displayed.
Set the Table
No table is complete without the building blocks of a beautiful table setting – table linen. From crisp white tablecloths and napkins, to bold designs and patterns, a woman can never have enough table linen. You can get a great starter set these days, or you can just assemble your own with your favourite items.
Some of the most boring items in a kitchen, are things like dishtowels, tea towels and the basics. Don’t underestimate these items though – from spoons to spatulas, graters to sifters – these are things we all need in the kitchen. They might not be glamorous, but they are useful.
With this helpful guide you’re sure to knock your friend out with a memorable and special gift. You can personalise any of these by embroidering her name or “Mrs…” on a cute apron and adding that to your gift. It adds a special little touch that she will remember. As long as you put some effort into gift giving, it doesn’t matter what you give. Make it fun, make it personal and give with love!
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