Sunday, September 05, 2010

High Tea Baby Shower

Yesterday I hosted a baby shower for my daughter-in-law Nicole... an afternoon High Tea baby shower that was everything and more than I hoped it would be. So, let's start at the very beginning. (sorry, I'm watching The Sound of Music

Anyway, I've always wanted to experience an afternoon High Tea, so why not at the baby shower I'm hosting. It was a family baby shower, so I knew I was in good hands. First off, I wanted the party favors to be personalized Hollyhock seed packets. So my wonderful husband took one of my Hollyhock pictures and designed the perfect packets with a reminder in the bottom corner that says "Sprouting 10-5-10"- the date when the baby is scheduled to be born. Then I filled the packets with seeds harvested from the very Hollyhocks pictured on the packets. 

Sprouting 10-5-10!
* September & October happen to be the best months for planting seeds in Phoenix. 

Then I googled High Tea and read everything I could, from recipes to etiquette to tablescapes. I highly recommend  the two tea sandwiches I made for the party, Putting on the Ritz Egg Salad and Chicken Splendor. YUM! Nicole requested my signature Lemon-cream cheese cupcakes, so I decided not to do the usual High Tea scones. And as you can see, Emolyn loves cupcakes!

"Frosting & sprinkles are the best!"

The theme of the baby shower was SISTERS. Nicole is going to be raising sisters, so I asked each of the guests to come prepared to share stories about them and their sister. It was such a sweet, memorable, precious time of sharing. Nicole was so encouraged and blessed.

Nicole was glowing & radiant the whole day!

My sister-in-law Carol makes the most beautiful baby blankets and gifted Nicole with six of them. Oh my gosh, they are so soft and Carol's crocheted handiwork is simply outstanding!

And get this! Carol also made six matching blankets for Emolyn's baby dolls!

Oh but it gets even better! Carol made me four baby doll blankets for Mimi's house, when Emolyn comes over to play with baby dolls Suzi, Joey, Betty & Angel. I was beyond thrilled! 
Thank you Carol! 
Be sure to check out Carol's Etsy shop ~ Cherished Baby by Carol ~  and do some shopping for that cherished someone in your life!

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Nicole T said...

I had such a fabulous time and couldn't have asked for a more personal shower. The sharing was so special and it truly was encouraging. What a fun creative idea! Who gets a baby shower with #2 and who gets such an awesome one?!
Thank you so much for making me feel so special. It was perfect for me, and so awesome that you knew that.
And the food was fabulous and my grandma still cant stop talking about how beautifully your home is decorated!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

HI Linda,
That looks so fun!
You did a lovely job and everything looks wonderful!
Your dil looks glowing and she could be your daughter, you two look alike!
I can't believe that her due date and my Katie's are only 1 day apart. And they are both having girls!
And what are you wearing in that first pic, it looks so cute?


Anita said...

What a beautiful shower!! I am very behind getting around this week:-( I hope you had a good anniversary trip! I'm all excited about my new butterfly gold pyrex Cinderella mixing bowls I just got. I'm bidding on a couple pink daisy casseroles, but I bet I won't get them. Glad you are back, now I'm going to catch up on your other posts.

Vivian said...

What a pretty party! I love the seed packets! And how fun in your newly remodeled kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I love everything about this shower!
You did an amazing job, Linda!

zerry ht said...

A baby shower celebration with family is quite a wonderful idea. I am planning a birthday party for my nephew at one of sensational venue New York next month. Will go for cricket theme as it would be fun seeing all children dressed as cricketers.