Throw a Tea Party Baby Shower
Pinkies out—you're having a tea party baby shower! It's an excellent excuse to dress up, haul out the nice china, and generally feel like lovely ladies for a day—especially the mom-to-be. These tea party ideas would make Alice proud.
Baby Cupcakes: Too Cute!
Decorate little cupcakes with fresh flowers then set them inside mini teacups for a pretty little dessert, suggests party and invitation designer Loralee Lewis. Need some china? Check out antique or thrift stores. There’s no saying everything actually has to match—go for ones in coordinating colors. Use extra blooms to decorate cake plates and serving platters.
Photo Credit: Dan Fields
Mad Hatter Style
Spice things up Alice style with a Mad Hatter Tea Party in bold and bright colors like this party designed by Jenn Sbranti of Hostess With The Mostess. Attach miniature “Drink me” and “Eat me” tags to cups and treats. Decorate the table with miniature clocks, faux butterflies, bold colors, and decorative moss for a truly “Alice” look.
Serve a variety of mini sweet treats like cookies, cannoli, and petit fours. Make simple petit fours by baking a white cake in a jelly roll pan and slicing into small squares, then pour some buttercream over the squares. Not in tune with your inner Martha? Order tea pot and tea cup cookies instead, like these from Dainty Delights.
Photo Credit: Amanda McLaughlan
Sweet and Simple
Keep it classic with white dishes and bursts of colorful flowers. A nice favor: Wrap a tea cup with ribbon and a custom tea label. The ones seen here are free downloadables. Use glue sticks to adhere ones to simple tin cans wrapped in floral scrapbook paper and filled with tea, to set around the table.
It is downright impossible to resist a ruffled cake, like this one by food blogger Sweetapolita. The fancy-pants decorating adds a touch of playfulness to treats like this cake or plain cupcakes (you supply the adorable child). Check out the full instructions on making the ruffled cakes and “fairy” tea cakes seen here.
Celebrate the arrival of the baby with personalized tea bags marked with his or her monogram (95 cents each, beau-coup.com). Parents not disclosing the name yet? Choose “Welcome, Baby” or “Congrats, Mom-to-Be” as the message.
Serve in Style
Take a tea party to the next level with mini cakes and cookies on a three-tier tea cup serving stand. Delicate and feminine, it can double as a gift for mom-to-be. Guests can chip in to buy one, or try your hand at making your own with a china plate and candlesticks.
Photo Credit: Meredith Nelson
Keep it Cool
Hosting your tea party shower outside? Don’t forget that Mommy might get a bit over-heated in the summer months, so put together some cute paper fans. Make your own out of cardstock and Popsicle® sticks, and inscribe a message if you wish.
—Designs, Jayme Marie Designs
Sip and See
Have a “Sip and see” instead of the traditional shower: It’s done a couple of months after the baby is born, to allow friends and family to see the new tot (and, yes, sip tea). It’s typically a relief for the new mom, as she gets to show off Baby all at once rather than having lots of stop-ins during the first month.
Not everyone is into hot tea, so be the ultimate hostess and provide a variety of beverages including a chilled fruit tea, pink lemonade, or sparkling fruit juice—served in small Mason jars, with festive straws. Love the table runner, napkins, and party bunting? It’s the Cherry Blossom Linen Set at Acme Party Box Company ($86, serves 8).
A Parisian Twist
Give your tea party French Flair with Eiffel Tower decorations and sweet desserts like macaroons and madeleines. Invite guests to “Le Bébé Shower.” Serve food atop a plain pink tablecloth on a variety of white dishes and platters. Add fresh pink and red flowers, pink tulle, and a mini Eiffel Tower like this one from Hobby Lobby.
—Party design, Glorious Treats
Photo Credit: Hilton Pittman Photography
In a few simple steps, you can make your own tea cup candles. Once they’re done with the candle, guests will have a tea cup to remember the shower by. Wedding Chicks has the complete DIY.
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