Is it a given that a tea party baby shower theme be formal (read: boring) ? Visions of antique teapots, old lace and elegance may be the first images that pop into your mind when a tea party invitation arrives or when a baby shower tea party is mentioned. However, if old-fashioned formality is not your (ahem...) cup of tea I have some ideas that will help you to plan a celebration that is anything BUT stuffy!
On the other hand, if you have been waiting on just the right occasion to polish the silver service and iron the real linen napkins and tablecloths well, all I can say to that is to go ahead and play Grande dame for a few hours! But before you proceed, you know that there is more to hosting a proper tea party baby shower than fine linens, good china and shiny silver.
Proper order and presentation is essential in every aspect of planning the party from the order that the snacks are to be displayed and eaten to whether gloves should or should not be worn while dining.
By now you may be questioning your plans for a tea party baby shower theme, but don’t jump ship just yet. There are several less formal tea party baby shower themes that you might consider where it would be more acceptable to bend the rules of proper tea party etiquette AND you still get to put your favorite teapots and cozies on display.
SHARE YOUR TEA PARTY MENU or DECORATING IDEAS
Do you have a great invitation that you made yourself? Perhaps you wrote a cute poem, have some creative wording ideas OR a killer recipe for lemon curd? Here's where you can share!
Tea Party Ideas for the Holidays
Holiday tea showers are the busy mom’s safety net! Invite a group of close friends to sip tea, have conversation and exchange gifts. It takes very little time to brew a lovely pot of tea and serve a plate of scones and the atmosphere is elegant yet personal and so very cozy.
Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower
Fans of the whimsical adore this theme for a girl baby shower. So much, in fact that Mad Hatter boy baby showers are popping up everywhere!
TEA PARTY BABY SHOWER INVITATIONS
Teapot themed baby shower invitations can be found at any discount store. The more creative of you might consider making your own. Here are some tea party invitation ideas that use quotes out of the famous Alice in Wonderland storybook:
TEA PARTY BABY SHOWER INVITATION WORDING IDEAS
Instruct your guests, "Don’t be late for this very important date!" ala the White Rabbit
Make the announcement that “This invitation is from the "Queen Mother to Be"
Ask your guests to join you in Wonderland to welcome our friend, the Queen’s, baby
Consider using themed playing cards as baby shower invitation inserts for fun
TRADITIONAL TEA PARTY BABY SHOWER THEME
Before you start boiling water, here are some ideas that will assist you in creating the proper atmosphere. Make a pass through the garden and fill large vases and pitchers with peonies, foxgloves and other heirloom flowers when in season. Once you have soft lighting, pastel colors and a refined musical background it’s time to make the decision as to whether Earl Grey, Oolong or homemade mint tea would suit best or perhaps it would be prudent to feature an assortment of flavors for your guests to sample.
TEA PARTY SHOWER MENU, FESTIVE FOOD and DECORATING IDEAS
Tiny tea sandwiches, scones, mini-muffins and dainty petit fours arranged attractively in a tiered display alongside an ornate tray offering pitchers of milk or cream, sugar cubes and slices of lemon are the perfect food choices for a tea party baby shower theme. If you have a favorite cookie recipe, consider baking them in baby themed shapes like onesies, baby bottles, rattles or pacifiers.
TEA PARTY BABY SHOWER FAVORS
Fill a goodie bag or favor box with a variety of teabags in flavors that were represented at your party.
If you have any tips for hosting a tea party shower or have some pictures of tasty snacks that were a big hit with your guests, please consider adding them to our gallery of Unique Baby Gear Ideas and photographs.
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