High Tea Baby Shower Recipes
High Tea Baby Shower Recipes
An afternoon tea won't require alcohol or a full meal. Cutting those items alone can scale back a party budget by quite a lot. Using china that's been collecting dust won't cost you a cent, and it's much classier than flimsy, disposable printed paper plates (no matter how cute the motif). If you don't have enough fine china on hand ask friends or family, they'll likely be thrilled to lend theirs to the cause.
For decorations and shower favors, I tend to shop commercially. So many adorable and reasonably-priced items are available, and it saves me a lot of stress to have some elements ready to go. I often make invitations myself, since they're done and out of the way so early in the process. When you're planning, make a point to contact guests who haven't responded to see if they can attend or not. The personal connection will help them feel welcome in your home, and it's a great time to answer any questions they might have.
My favorite recipes for a high tea are baked goods. Indulging in some bite-sized confections with a hot cup of tea pairs beautifully with feting a glowing mother-to-be.
Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Courtesy of Sally's Baking Addiction (found via Pinterest, which is possibly the best party planning tool since, well, ever!), these are a hybrid of a traditional chocolate chip cookie mixed with funfetti cake mix. They're not your traditional staid, British tea treat but they are tasty and festive. Sally recommends making the dough a day in advance so it's nice and chilled before baking. I heartily agree. Making the dough balls tall on the baking sheet will also help you get those picture-perfect and perfectly-done cookies you've been dreaming of.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread
This hearty (and easy) bread can be made at home from scratch in a jiff. It pairs beautifully with butter, apple butter or jams. It's a nice treat for anyone who prefers something a little more bland (perhaps the mom-to-be?) or hearty. I prefer mine without any sort of raisins or additives. Buttermilk is essential; don't try to work around it or substitute. Mix together all of your ingredients in a single bowl, plop the dough in a round blob on a baking sheet and bake. It's that easy (though do see the full recipe at All Recipes for full details). You can stick a toothpick in it to check doneness, but the traditional method is to flip it upside down and knock on the flat bottom of the loaf. If it sounds hollow, it's ready to go!
The Tea, Itself
My favorite tea to serve is an English or Irish Breakfast tea. These strong, black teas are smooth and mix beautifully with a little cream and sugar. Earl Grey is popular, too, but the bergamot flavor isn't always a crowd pleaser. I also like to offer a low or no caffeine option. Tazo tea (available at Starbucks and most grocery stores) has a Berryblossom White tea that is a little bit sweet, smooth and mellow. Don't forget to have some simple ice water available as well!