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 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.
red rose petals
4″ x 6″ organic cotton muslin bags
Bath Tea Tags, found here
- Mix together ingredients until it looks great and smells good.
- Fill cotton muslin bags with mixture.
- Tightly close the bag.
- Attach Tag.
- 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.
- For use, drop the entire bag into a tub of warm water to soothe and relax.