Last weekend I co-hosted a baby sprinkle for my dear friend who happens to be British. Her sister-in-law and I decided that a traditional British-inspired afternoon tea was fitting for her to celebrate her baby girl since she is far away from home and close family. We wanted to stir up feelings of nostalgia for her and make it a special afternoon with her closest friends. It turned out so well, that I had to document it here for anyone in search of tea party baby shower inspiration.
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My Tips for Hosting a Tea Party Baby Shower
Set the Scene
First impressions matter, and setting the scene is crucial to creating the perfect ambiance for your tea party baby shower. We hosted 12 ladies in the Digs with a tablescape adorned with velvet linens, china, candles and fresh floral arrangements. We had help with the rentals (tables, chairs, and linens) and sourced the china from Facebook marketplace. The feminine floral arrangements, vintage-inspired accents, and linens added a ton of sophistication to the event. To personalize it a bit, I printed maternity photos of my friend, framed them, and used them as decor.
The rental company we used had a boxwood-covered bar and matching hedge and it was the perfect backdrop for photo ops.
No tea party is complete without a delectable selection of treats to tantalize the taste buds. Drawing inspiration from a traditional and proper British Afternoon Tea, we served a mix of savory and sweet delights. The menu included traditional tea sandwiches – cucumber, smoked salmon, egg salad, and chicken salad – as well as mini quiche and brie puff pastries and paired them with an assortment of sweets like petit fours, tarts, macarons and scones served with clotted cream and preserves. We displayed all of the food on the kitchen island on platters and tiered serving trays.
My co-host and I each made some of the tea sandwiches. The quiche was from Costco and the chicken salad was from Chicken Salad Chick. All of the pastries were catered.
We set up the drink options on the boxwood-covered bar in the dining room beside the dining table. While tea is the star of the show at a tea party, our crowd seemed pleased with the bottomless champagne. 😉 But yes, we had a selection of teas, including classics like Earl Grey and English Breakfast, and the mamma-to-be’s favorite blend. Sugar cubes in a vintage sugar bowl as well as milk and creamer finished off the tea station. We used a beverage dispenser for self-serve water on the bar with grapefruit and lemons sliced inside.
Send your guests home with a token of appreciation to remember the special day. We gifted decorated sugar cookies in the shape of teapots and teacups and also sent some guests home with the teapot floral arrangements. We also discussed gifting mini jars of homemade preserves, personalized tea blends, or scented candles in delicate teacup holders.
It was such a special day and I’m so pleased with how our tea party baby shower turned out.
Photography – The Studio Magnolia
Florals – Florist Fire