High tea food ideas for baby shower

How to Host the Most Elegant Baby Shower Tea Party

My older sister is having her first baby this month. So it was only natural that I wanted to throw her an extra special shower to celebrate her growing bundle of baby this spring. But because I live in a different state than she does, my amazing friends volunteered to host the shower at their house. And they suggested the idea of having a tea party instead of a traditional shower so we could let the phrase: “A Baby is Brewing” serve as the shower or tea theme.

So that is exactly what we did. And let me tell you, it could not have been any lovelier! Or elegant. The only thing missing was Downton Abbey in the background. So for all of you who might be in charge of hosting a baby shower in your future, here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to transform an ordinary baby shower into an elegant tea party:

1. Choose a Tea-Themed Invite

As I searched online, I found many fun tea-themed invitations. But I wanted to choose one that had the right feel. And as soon we saw this invite on Zazzle, we all agreed it was the perfect fit! The old-fashioned picture of a baby boy in a teacup seemed to be the perfect choice for our vintage tea party theme! Link to Invite HERE.

2. Pick a Menu True to Teas

For a tea party, it is fun to have food that keeps in the theme of classy and elegant. So our tea included fun finger foods:

  1. Cucumber Sandwiches with fresh dill {here}
  2. Egg Salad Sandwiches on Marble Rye {here}
  3. Fruit Salad with Basil, Lime and Honey {here}
  4. Homemade Biscuits and Jam
  5. Homemade Chocolate Chip and Lemon Strawberry Scones
  6. Macaroons in Several Flavors
  7. Cheesecake Bites
  8. Tea and Mimosas

3. Offer a Wide Array of Teas for Sipping

To draw out the tea theme, it is fun to offer various tea choices. One of the hostesses drove to a local coffee brewery for my sister’s shower and picked out several of her favorite kinds of tea. This served as a great conversation starter as guests told the hostesses what kind of tea they wanted to drink because it let them say a little about themselves. Are you a “Breakfast in Paris” tea type of girl or a “Mojito Mint” type?

4. Use Fresh Flowers

What is a tea party without flowers? In an ideal world, you could host the tea party outside near a garden, but we were unsure of rain with the time of year we hosted. So we chose to sit indoors and bring the flowers inside. And boy did we ever! The hostesses bought flowers, flowers, and more flowers and adorned the tables with them. They were beautiful and feminine and fragrant.

5. Wear Fascinator Hats

On the invitation, we included the phrase, “Please wear your best tea party attire.” So the shower hostess thought it would be fun if the three hostesses and mommy of honor all wore fascinator hats. So we did. She ordered them from Light in the Box. And if I do say so myself, they looked so chic and festive.

6. Be Great Hostesses

One of the best ways to make an event seem extra special is to truly host the event. And the hostesses of the event did a great job doing just that. When guests entered the door, they were asked what they would like to drink and then received a warm cup of tea or a refreshing mimosa. The hostesses made sure to refill guests’ plates with food throughout the event and kept their drinks filled. An extra special touch that makes such a difference!

7. Have Guests Sit at Tables with Real China and Tableware

At many showers, guests are just standing and talking while munching on food or sitting in chairs for opening gifts. But for a tea party, it is much more fun to let guests sit and eat from a table. It allows for more conversation amongst the group and allows the party to feel dressier. As for the tableware, using real china (or at least plates that are not plastic) makes such a difference in creating an elegant feel. We used family heirloom plates and napkins from my mother in combination with some tableware my friends bought at an auction for this tea party. It came together beautifully.

8. Adorn tables with Floral or Lace Tablecloths

Flowers and lace always add a tea theme to a party. So we wanted our tablecloths to be floral or lace. However, we struggled to find the right size and length of tablecloths we needed for both tables. So we used one floral table cloth on one table and then a plain colored table cloth on the other covered by a lace curtain. We just picked out the hem of the curtains to make them long enough.

9. Play a Classy Game

Baby shower games can be fun, but for a tea shower, the games should fit the theme. So, for this shower, we chose a different type of game. Before opening presents, we had everyone in the room tell the group how their parents chose their name or chose their children’s names. And let me say this is one of the best games I have ever played at a shower.

It immediately breaks the ice and allows people to instantly get to know each other. And if the mommy of honor already has her baby’s name picked out (like my sister did), she gets a chance to tell all her family and friends why they chose the name she did. And if she is like most expecting mommies, there is a lot of meaning and thought put into name choosing, so it’s very rewarding to share!

All in all, the shower went off without a hitch, and the guests had a great time! It was memorable, elegant, and classy. But like anything in motherhood, no matter how elegant or classy the event, real-life comes back in full swing when the kids get involved! And the heels come off.

An Afternoon Tea Baby Shower

It almost seems like a cliche to write about a shower in April, but I had to share a few details from a recent celebration that was a long time coming.

This afternoon tea is also another chapter in my sister’s story, and since you’ve already joined us virtually for the winter engagement, the West Coast wedding, and the backyard reception here on the homestead, it’s only fitting we tie things up with a baby shower.

Now this joyous event had originally been planned to take place back in November, when my sister, Miranda, was six months pregnant, a comfortable stage of the pregnancy to travel from her Halifax home.

The invites had been sent, Miranda had purchased a plane ticket  – and then my nephew was born early. Almost 2 months early.

Since he weighted a mere 3lbs, 4 oz and was making his home in the NICU, all baby shower plans were postponed – until now. Of course every baby shower and every new life is incredibly special, but we had extra reason to celebrate Alfred (Alfie) James considering his adventurous start.

{Side note. Why do people have to give their opinion on such matters? I had more than one person tell me that they never heard of a baby shower after the baby is born – as in who does that? Let there be no right or wrong, black or white for celebrating life, be it the first baby or the fifth, pre or postpartum.}

So celebrate we did! With tea and scones, sandwiches and pickles, Pimm’s Cup punch and a tableful of sweets shared among friends and family. Read on for details on the full spread, then be inspired to host your own tea! Mother’s Day is on the way, after all…

Some time after serving that famous outdoor buffet in a canoe, I decided the baby shower must be considerably more civilized. A while back Miranda and I had spent some time in London together, including a most memorable Wolseley afternoon tea, and the charms of that occasion inspired this present day event. We’re also half British (my dad is from Lancashire), so spending the afternoon chatting over Eccles cakes and scones feels perfectly natural to us.

We started with Pimm’s Cups, because it is the spring cocktail in the UK, and very complementary to finger sandwiches. I served it up in punch form for practical reasons (no need to stand by and play bartender). I played around with my recipe a bit, but based it off of this version from Serious Eats. If it’s good enough for J. Kenji, it’s good enough for me!

While guests arrived, found a glass of punch and made little Alfie’s introduction, my two shower co-hosts (Alfie’s grandmothers) and I piled hot scones and sandwiches onto tiered trays.

I am currently enamoured with finger sandwiches, cut into lengths rather than triangles, and with the crusts removed, of course. They are ever so dainty and a perfect three-bite accompaniment to a cup of tea or a glass of Pimm’s punch.

We served:

  • Chicken salad, which my mother-in-law cleverly assembled with one side of each white and wheat bread.
  • Cucumber & cream cheese – a classic!
  • Smoked salmon & radish on rye – which I served open face, with a sprig of dill and a smear of creme fraiche.
  • Cream cheese & red pepper jelly – tangy cheese and hot/sweet jelly make for an unexpected and delicious bite.
  • Herbed avocado egg salad & onion sprouts – another classic, dressed up for tea.

I could have added even more to this list, as my Sandwich board on Pinterest hints (avocado! radish & butter! pickled carrot & Brie!) but I restrained myself. I almost always go overboard in the food department and I wasn’t sure how enthusiastic our guests would feel about, well, plain old sandwiches.

As it turns out, I shouldn’t have worried; the sandwiches disappeared in a twinkling, along with several pots of tea.

Oh hey, look for my egg salad recipe to make an appearance here on the blog next week. I made it without mayonnaise, and instead I used smashed avocado for a creamy binder, which worked out really well. Update >> it’s HERE!

We need to talk about scones. I may have obsessed over finding the perfect British-style recipe, testing variations from Jane Hornby, Pippa Middleton’s book, Celebrate, and many more. We ate a lot of scones, but there was no complaining from the kids!

The absolute best recipe I found was from cookbook author, Claire Ptak, who owns the Violet Bakery in Hackney, East London. Her sweet cream scones graced the cover of Saveur magazine a few months ago; fortunately you can also find the recipe over at Saveur along with the story of their evolution.

It’s worth noting that I was hunting for a classic scone, with no additions whatsoever. I do love my Triple Berry Scones in the summertime, Cranberry Orange Scones for the winter holiday months and Cheesy Irish Soda Scones to accompany a pot of soup any day of the week. But for afternoon tea, the scones had to be inspired by London tea rooms: the classic cream.

After nibbling on all the scones and sandwiches we could, we took a bit of a break for – you guessed it! Games. And gifts, too. And Clara took the opportunity to break away from the festivities and rip around the sopping wet yard in her party dress and stocking feet. Gracious me. Apparently she can only behave like a lady for a few hours before the tomboy urges take over.

When we had wrapped up an intensely competitive game of Nursery Rhymes Jeopardy, it was time for sweets. I kept most everything bite-sized, so guests could sample one of each.

  • Eccles cakes, in tiny, two-bite servings.
  • Buttermilk pound cake, my mother-in-law’s excellent recipe.
  • Vanilla and toasted coconut marshmallows.
  • Cream cheese cut-out sugar cookies, in little teddy bear shapes and dressed up with royal icing and sprinkles.
  • Strawberry cream puffs. Janice’s recipe, with strawberry jam swirled into the cream and a strawberry slice, too.
  • Lemon-glazed lemon madeleines. A basic version of these beauties.
  • Chocolate truffles, because chocolate is essential.

I boiled the kettle yet again and made a fresh pot of each English Breakfast and Earl Grey tea. Everyone lingered over the sweets for some time as the sun slanted through the trees and the afternoon slipped away.

Guest of honour Baby Alfie seemed unruffled by the attention; a handsome little man in a room full of women.

Motherhood certainly suits my sister, who is a glowing new mama. Her sweet boy is now triple his birthweight and has just started laughing out loud. Their whole little family has relocated to the Greater Montreal area, so we’re going to get to see Alfie grow up.

Here’s to many more special occasions shared between our two families and our wider extended family. Here’s to babies, and here’s to afternoon tea!

TOP-10 snacks for children or what to feed a child for an afternoon snack - Cooking

When a child turns one year old, any mother tries to diversify his diet as much as possible. But after some time, many moms are faced with the fact that they no longer have enough imagination for new recipes and “the head is spinning” on the eternal topic: “What to cook ...”

Afternoon snack - a light meal between lunch and dinner . In Russian kindergartens and health camps, it is a mandatory meal, held at about 4 p.m. or some time after a quiet hour.

We offer you 10 most popular snacks for children , add to bookmarks - let this be your tip. Many recipes are based on cottage cheese, because children need the calcium contained in cottage cheese for the growth of teeth and bones. It is a well-known fact that calcium is better absorbed in the afternoon, so curd dishes for an afternoon snack are ideal!

So, TOP 10 popular snacks for children.

Cottage cheese casserole

The classic of the genre - cottage cheese casserole . Both adults and children love her, they feed her for an afternoon snack in kindergarten, and they also serve her in schools. It is delicious both warm and chilled. In addition, there are many recipes for cottage cheese casserole for every taste, you can add various fruits and dried fruits, syrups and natural flavors to it - the taste of the casserole will “sparkle” with new colors.

We offer you several recipes for cottage cheese casserole:

  • Cottage cheese casserole with condensed milk
  • Diet cottage cheese casserole

Cottage Cheesecakes

Small Cottage Cheesecakes - An interpretation of the cottage cheese casserole in small molds. They are especially convenient for children to eat, besides, they can be baked in small interesting molds in the form of animals or funny figures - this is especially attractive to children.


  • Cottage cheese roses
  • Cottage cheese muffins with pear

Bun and kefir

Another classic kindergarten afternoon snack - bun and kefir . It can be any bun, for maximum benefit, it is better to serve the child with cheese or a cheesecake with cottage cheese. It is better to replace kefir with bifilin, it does not contain fermentation alcohols and is softer for children's stomachs.

Cookies and milk

Bright taste from childhood - shortbread flavor with milk . Crunchy biscuits can be washed down with milk, for kids, a great option is to soak the biscuits in milk. Great snack for an afternoon snack! Cookies will be even tastier if you bake them yourself, for example, according to these recipes:

  • Barney Bear Gingerbread Cookies
  • Favorite shortbread
  • Curd pretzels

Crepes with cottage cheese

Who doesn't love freshly baked pancakes ?! With melted butter or condensed milk, honey or sour cream. And if you add the filling in the form of cottage cheese and fruits to them, you will lick your fingers! Or in the form of meat and rice - then the husband will be subdued)

Fritters or pancakes

Warm pancakes are eaten with pleasure by the whole family for breakfast, but they are also good for afternoon tea! You can also experiment here. Layer pancakes cottage cheese mass with fruit for toddlers, or for older children, serve pancakes with ice cream and chocolate, before you blink your eyes, the children will “sweep” them off the table.

Here is our recipe for pancakes that are great for kids:

  • Oatmeal pancakes

Curd dessert

Curd is an amazing product! Crumbly, pasty, granular. You can do whatever you want with it. The simplest, but at the same time, no less tasty, curd mass with various fillings. To do this, it is better to take pasty cottage cheese and continue to include fantasy. Add banana, honey to cottage cheese, beat in a blender - you get a sweet and satisfying afternoon snack, add ice cream and berries to cottage cheese - a refreshing healthy dessert. Various fruits, dried fruits, toppings, dozens of options! Most importantly, hurry up! And here are our options:

  • Cottage Cheese Chocolate Pudding
  • Berry-curd dessert

Apple/pear baked with cottage cheese

It's no secret that apples are a very healthy and affordable fruit, they contain a lot of vitamins and microelements. But not everyone knows that when an apple is baked, acid evaporates, and pectin is produced - a very useful substance that brings great benefits to the human body, improving its health. And the evaporation of acid from an apple is more suitable for babies with still fragile stomachs. Introducing Recipe baked apples , which will serve as an ideal afternoon snack for both you and your child.

  • Baked apples with cottage cheese

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad is a very light and tasty snack that will appeal to both children and adults. There are a huge number of recipes for fruit salads. For salad preparation, children are advised to use seasonal fruits and berries. We have selected 5 interesting options for fruit snacks:

  • 5 fruit salad recipes for the whole family


Ingredients. To prepare a cocktail, you can add fruits, berries, cocoa, even a little cottage cheese to milk, which will completely dissolve in milk, but at the same time provide the drink with a pleasant consistency. Another little secret: for greater satiety during cooking, you can add a little steamed oatmeal, which, after the blender has worked, will not even taste, but will bring benefits.

Let's prepare delicious and at the same time very healthy milk drinks together at home.

  • 5 milkshake recipes for children and adults

We hope you and your little ones enjoy these recipes!

Bon appetit!

Published: 03/04/2016
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