Being the Maid of Honour is not just a title, but comes with a few responsibilities. Apart from supporting the bride through every decision, helping with tasks and DIY projects, you have to take the lead and arrange a fun, exciting and different Kitchen Tea. Don’t stress though, we have compiled a great list of unique and fun untraditional kitchen tea ideas to help you out!
10 Unique Kitchen Tea Ideas:
1. Wine Time
Hosting a wine tasting party for the kitchen tea will surely be a hit with the majority of the guests attending. Decide which farms to visit and plan accordingly. Remember to include wine farms that serve lunch or brunch – you don’t want the party to be over after the second stop. Book a table at each wine farm ahead of time, and organise a shuttle service for all the ladies. Have a look at our venues for wine farms close to you.
2. Lights, Camera, Action!
A Video is a great way to capture memories, but why not make it a bit more exciting and pull out all the stops! We found this amazing idea and we think this is an awesome concept for a kitchen tea! Get the wedding videographer involved and make a music video. All the ladies can be involved and it will be a lasting and treasured memory for all involved. Yes, it will take time and effort to choreograph.
3. Get Pampered
Having a relaxed day at the spa might do the bride a world of good to relieve stress. It’s also a great treat for all the ladies and takes care of pre-wedding treatments! Many spas can accommodate large groups, and will supply snacks and champagne. Spas might give a discount for a group booking. Good options are Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa or Lanzerac Hotel & Spa. In Gauteng, we can recommend Ingaadi Spa & Events or Mowana Spa at Indaba Hotel.
4. Ready, Steady, Cook!
You could book a cooking or baking class as a fun alternative for a kitchen tea! Make a group booking, and organise with the institution ahead of time for wine or champagne. There are many classes to choose from – from French Cuisine to Pastry Classes, Pub Grub to Macarons – the options are endless! Learn to make bread at Bread & Wine at Môreson Wine Farm, decorate cakes at Julie’s Cake Studio, or fantastic cooking lessons at Cook It Gourmet School in Johannesburg.
5. Rockabilly Baby
If the bride is into the 1950’s, why not throw a Rockabilly-inspired kitchen tea? You can look for a classic diner in your city, and host it there. All the guests can come dressed up – from a 50’s housewife to a classic pin-up girl – just remember the red lipstick and the hair pinned in victory rolls! Serve old fashioned milkshakes (with a kick if you like), cheeseburgers and disco fries – this is a theme sure to be a hit. Contact Franky’s Diner in Cape Town or Pata Pata in Maboneng.
6. Do You Want To Sleep Over?
Why not host a classic girls’ sleepover to awaken some nostalgia? Set up all the girls in one room with sleeping bags and a crackling fire for cosiness. Roast marshmallows, give each other Mani’s and Pedi’s, stay up late and watch movies. To elevate the evening, the refreshments can be slightly more grown-up – serve sushi and champagne or cocktails.
7. Have a Foodie Adventure
If the bride is a bit of a foodie, you can plan a gastronomic trip around your city to all the food hotspots! Visit the food trucks in your city, food markets, check out the latest gastro-pub or fusion restaurant. Don’t sit down for a big meal, try to eat snacks at every spot. Arranging transport ahead of time will be a great idea, removing the risk of getting lost!
If the bride is an outdoorsy type of girl, you can go Glamping! Glamping is a fun new concept making camping a little more glamourous. There are sites that host Glamping parties – have them do all the work with set-up and just show up ready for a night under the stars (but without bugs)! Try Old Mac Daddy in Grabouw out, or find the perfect Glamping site near you here.
9. All Aboard for Some Nautical Fun!
If you live in a seaside city or an area with a large body of water, you can charter a boat or yacht for the day and set sail! Set the dress code for a nautical theme. Think blue and white stripes, cute shorts and large hats, and you’re all set. Make sure that the crew caters or pack the refreshments! Keep to the theme by serving seafood and champagne.
10. Have a Grand Old Time, Chap!
The 1920’s Gatsby theme is still very popular for weddings and parties! Have an evening filled with glamour and mystery, with feathers in your hair and countless strands of pearls draped around your neck. Find an authentic old bar or saloon in your city that has been restored and host the party there. Drink Champagne, Mint Juleps and Old Fashioned‘s and jive the night away!