You could choose any theme for a baby shower. From a book theme where each guest brings along their favourite childhood book to start off a baby library, to a French theme with baguettes, pastries and hot chocolate, or maybe even a spa theme where you can do manicures and massages. But our favourite theme for a baby shower has got to be high tea. Imagine a beautifully dressed table with decorative crockery, baby pink and blue decorations, flowers, and not forgetting copious amounts of cake.
So whether it's you who's expecting or whether you're organising for a friend, we've collated lots of ideas for decorations, recipes and treats along the theme of high tea to make sure your baby shower is the best ever.
get ready to decorate
From beautiful pastel napkins to colourful flowers served in quirky pots and baby themed party favours too - your afternoon tea table needs dressing to the max. Throw a tablecloth over the table, light some cute glitzy pink tealights and grab some pink or blue napkins to help wipe away the cake crumbs.
Serve your tea in delicate mugs like these floral designs, and a teapot, like this Alice in Wonderland inspired creation. For the food, we love these pretty flower-printed plates, which look way too good to eat off, and invest in some cardboard stands to arrange all your cakes on.
You could also hang up some baby sock bunting, like the image pictured below, by attaching mini socks onto string and hanging around the room.
And don't forget the table favours. We love these 'ready to pop' popcorn bags which are so easy to make and they tie in perfectly with a high tea-themed celebration. Or, if you're not a popcorn fan you could swap the popcorn for some dainty chocolate dipped shortbread to sit on each guest's tea cup.
THE FOOD and drink
No high tea would be complete without miniature sandwiches. Try making mini open egg mayo sandwiches which are layered with radishes, carrot and salad cress to add pops of colour and crunchy texture.
And don't forget the pastries! Why not treat yourselves to some Extra Special West Country Cheddar and Smoked Bacon Sausage Rolls, or Gruyère and Poppy Seed Twists. And not forgetting a few mini quiche Lorraines to round off your savoury menu.
Every afternoon tea needs a few miniature sweet treats. If you're baking from scratch, why not whip up a batch of cute jam treacle tarts, or perhaps your friend is a fan of nostalgic party food and would love these big party rings and fondant fancies. But these mini strawberry and pistachio meringue sandwiches are super pretty and could easily be dyed pink or blue if you know the sex of the baby. For added decoration (and incredible taste) try arranging some ready-made Extra Special macarons on a cake stand for that extra dusting of indulgence.
You may want to create an amazing centrepiece to cut when toasting your friend. This magical baby shower cake recipe is the perfect showstopper for wowing guests and welcoming the new arrival. Or if pink is more their thing, you could try creating this ombre piñata cake which is filled with a surprise inside.
Since the mum-to-be can’t join in with numerous rounds of fizz, check how she feels about having alcohol at the party beforehand. Either way - soft drinks can look and taste super refreshing too! Pick up some mini milk bottles with colourful straws or you could even encourage guests to drink out of baby bottles to really get into the swing of things.