Party Favor: Bath Tea

When I had the pleasure of planning my best friend’s bridal shower last year, I was searching for the perfect favor for our guests to go home with. The theme was a bridal tea, full of tasty sandwiches, mini desserts, tea cups and saucers. I thought about various options for the favor, but many seemed a waste, something that would probably get a smile and then unfortunately be thrown away or placed on a shelf never to be thought of again.

After searching for ideas, I came across various companies who sell Bath Tea, lovely little bags of herbs, salt and oatmeal with the purpose to relax or invigorate, depending on the blend. I was sold! There was only one problem — 40 ladies were invited to the shower and at $3-$5 a pop, I just could not stomach spending so much. Not to be deterred, I decided to make my own! (read: Adam did help, in fact, he was given tag attachment duty) With the help of Heather from Quite Like It, who made those adorable little tags and one of our favorite online stores for organic herbs and spices, Mountain Rose Herbs these little beauties were born.

The girls at Quite Like It are amazing, they are so kind, they  provided us with a link to the downloadable file for the tags. The downloadable file can be found here.

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The Bath Tea was such a hit, I even caught a few ladies taking more than their fair share at the end of the shower, so if you are planning to give these a try, you may want to make a few extra!

Organic Bath Tea

Ratios of oatmeal to herbs and salt can vary based on your preferences. For the Bath Tea shown above, we used a ratio of 1/2 oatmeal, 1/4 salt and 1/4 herbs. Be sure to use organic ingredients, reducing pesticides and chemicals that will contact the skin.

organic oatmeal
sea salt
lemongrass
red rose petals
peppermint leaf
Hibiscus flowers
4″ x 6″ organic cotton muslin bags
string
Bath Tea Tags, found here

  1. Mix together ingredients until it looks great and smells good.
  2. Fill cotton muslin bags with mixture.
  3. Tightly close the bag.
  4. Attach Tag.
  5. For the tags: Print tags front and back (it might take a few attempts to get the front and back to line up properly) on 8.5″x11″ paper of your choice. Cut tags out following template lines. Punch a hole in the tag and tie with a cute string of your choice.
  6. For use, drop the entire bag into a tub of warm water to soothe and relax.

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13 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Rita Misich April 11, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Our church is having a spring tea party and your bath tea would be a wonderful thank you gift to take home.

    However, I cannot download the tag. If you could forward to me I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you in advance.

    Reply
  • Victoria July 13, 2014, 11:43 pm

    Hi! I love the tea bags and hope to make these for an upcoming bridal shower. The link you’ve listed for the tags does not work. Do you have the downloadable file to share with me via email please? Thanks for your help, it’s appreciated!

    Reply
    • Joanne August 7, 2014, 1:09 pm

      Hi Victoria, Sorry about that. I need to find it. I’ll try and update the post soon!

      Reply
  • whitney January 6, 2014, 12:50 pm

    What if I can’t find the red rose petals? The site you mentioned says they are not available. Any suggestions?

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    • Joanne January 7, 2014, 11:05 am

      You could just leave them out. Or, try searching elsewhere online — you should be able to find them from another website.

      Reply
  • Renea Kraus September 5, 2012, 9:45 pm

    Hi,
    I would like to follow this recipe for baby shower favors. I also have about 40 ladies coming….do you remember how much of each ingredient you ordered from mountain rose? Any suggestions you have would be much appreciated!! Thanks for the awesome idea. 🙂

    Reply
    • Joanne September 6, 2012, 4:05 pm

      Hi Renea – I bought 8 oz bags of each, but ended up with a lot left over (we turned it into potpourri for our home). We made enough for 40. I would suggest maybe 8 oz bags of the hibiscus and rose petals, and then 4 oz bags for the rest. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  • Amy Kirchhoff August 10, 2012, 12:07 am

    How nice is this?! I bet is smells divine. Wish I’d come across it sooner when I was planning my sister’s bridal shower. I included it on my Peek at My Pinterest Post.

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  • Mrs. L April 7, 2011, 4:43 pm

    Oh man, how selfish would it be for me to just make a bunch just for me? Not planning on hosting any showers soon but this would make a great little stocking stuffer at Christmas!

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  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon March 28, 2011, 4:27 pm

    Love the tea bags…and how freaking cute are those tags?

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    • inspiredtaste March 29, 2011, 11:51 am

      Thanks, Wendi — they turned out so well, better than we imagined!

      Reply

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