Castle Tea Room Bridal Showers

Bridal showers have been around since the early 1800’s, and while some traditions remain constant, the modern bride has more options than ever before. Typically, the maid of honor and/or bridesmaids throw the shower for the bride-to-be, inviting close family and friends to celebrate the upcoming nuptials. The guest of honor should serve as inspiration for the shower theme, including food, beverage and decorations. 

With 20-30 guests, the Castle Tea Room can easily provide enough space for dining and activities. Whether brunch, lunch, dinner, or even cocktails or tea, having a theme for your food and beverage helps narrow down the seemingly endless possibilities.

In the past, the Castle Tea Room has hosted a number of bridal showers varying from the classic to nontraditional options, for example:

  • Morning crowd? Try serving brunch with mimosas to celebrate.
  • English tea service; Martha provides a great resource for food and favor options.
  • Sweet tooth? Try an array of bite-size desserts.
  • Luncheon or sit-down dinner.
  • Cocktail hour; create a signature cocktail or a few themed drinks.


Working with a small guest list allows for more food options. No matter what option you choose, you can either work a caterer to provide the food and beverage or just bring a few food items yourself.

While food is an important part of the celebration, the gifts can also play a significant role in the traditional bridal shower. Customary gifts for the bride include household or kitchen items to get the new husband and wife off to a proper start in their new lives.

Gift items and activities can be centered around your theme as well. The host(s) can include ideas or examples of themed gifts on the invitations. For example, with an all seasons shower, gifts could include a lemonade pitcher for summer, a throw for winter, and so on. Gifts centered around the bride and groom’s favorite hobby or their honeymoon destination also make for great themes. Check out Beau-Coup.comfor an excellent list of theme ideas.
No matter what the theme, bridal showers are meant to bring friends and family together to “shower” the bride with love and well-wishes before her big day. The Castle Tea Room can provide the perfect intimate setting for this special occasion.


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Baby Showers at The Castle

A baby shower is a special time to celebrate the arrival of a new addition to a friend or loved one’s family. Anyone can host the shower, either a co-worker, a family member, or a close friend. Traditionally, the only job for the mother-to-be is to show up and be the guest of honor. The Castle has hosted a number of baby showers over the years, so let us know if you need suggestions.  After a host, approximate number of guests, and date is decided upon, the fun of planning begins. Martha provides an excellent resource for baby shower planning and etiquette.Here at the Castle, there are many options for hosting a baby shower, here are few examples:

  • Classic Tea Party theme, the Castle can provide basic English tea service with cream, sugar, tea biscuits and jam.  This option also includes use of our house china, linen, silverware and silver tea pots.  Often guests will bring additional finger foods to share or you can pick up some additional items from a local grocery like The Merc.
  • Casual Snacks and Sweets, many times the host(s) work together to bring a variety of snack items and sweets, then rent the house dishware and linens to finish things off.
  • Luncheon, a luncheon can be a fun way to celebrate, it can be a bit more formal and may require the help of a caterer.  If you would like help selecting a caterer we would be happy to make recommendations.

We have many table setup options based on your style and number of celebrants.

With the Castle as a backdrop for your shower, there is no need to go over the top with decorations. Choose a simple color scheme or theme for centerpieces or food that ties in with the invitations. Not every baby shower has to be pink or blue, and has some fun theme ideas. Get creative with your invitations and pull inspiration from the mom-to-be’s favorite color, flower or even a favorite vacation spot or hobby.

Keep guests entertained with fun activities or games centered around your theme. offers some fun suggestions to keep the party going. Baby shower bingo gets all the guests involved in the gift opening, with a bingo board filled with registry items. Make a CD with songs that have baby in the title and have guests try to guess the song after playing a clip. Another fun guessing game tests the pop culture knowledge of the guests by naming the celebrity baby.

Over the years the Castle has been the backdrop for hundreds of baby showers and we look forward to working with you to develop an event to remember.  Let us know if you need help with planning or ideas we would be happy to help.


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The Castle Tea Room | 1307 Massachusetts Street | Lawrence, KS | Phone: (785) 843-1151