Whether it is to be the simplest of ceremonies, with only the necessary witnesses, or a formal function attended by all the pomp and ceremony with which time and tradition have invested the occasion, the trousseau is an all-absorbing subject to the bride-to-be and her friends.
“Oh, Madge, you are going to show me your linens and trousseau before you are married, aren’t you?” is the persistent question familiar to all brides-to-be.
A bride of last season complained that she almost wished she had not collected such a trousseau, because she had to take out all of the things to show friends, and then replace them so often.
One girl thought on the question, and finally decided to give a trousseau tea.
The tea party for the bride-to-be
All of her friends who asked to see her things, or who she knew would see her things, or who she knew would, they arrived she had all of her linen, lingerie, house dresses and aprons pressed and looking their best.
On the tables, she placed them in attractive arrangements. On one bed were all the pillow slips and fancy sheets, on another the table linen, and on. Still another was her prettiest lingerie. On hangers around the rooms were placed her house dresses and negligee. (For more on that topic, see this article: Getting ready for the wedding: Bridal lingerie from 1920.)
After the guests had admired all of the things, they were taken downstairs and served light refreshments. Thus in one afternoon, the bride-to-be had saved herself the time and trouble of showing her trousseau to each friend individually, and all the things had looked their nicest. She had also given a small social affair with a minimum of work.