Vintage Tea Party Baby Shower

vintage tea party baby shower

When my dear friend Kelly Kay had her second baby (a little girl!), our friends gathered together to give her a high tea to celebrate her sweet bundle.  Since the party was going to occur after KK’s daughter was born, we called it a “Sip & See”.

Note:  I do not know if this is a regional thing (Texan?  Southern in general?), but if you give a party for a mother and baby after the baby is born, we call it a “Sip & See” versus a “baby shower”.  Sip & Sees are generally given for a baby that is not the first because the mom usually has the “stuff” she needs already.  Gifts given at a Sip & See are usually smaller, more cutesy items versus the changing pads and more practical items you get at a baby shower.

These beautiful invitations were mailed, and we were in full planning mode.

tea party baby shower invitation

Invitation Tip:  I love Minted and have found that exploring different invitation categories can help me pinpoint the look I am envisioning.  For example, this invitation is in the wedding category {the baby shower category had lots of cute stuff, but I was not wanting anything decidedly baby}.  I have actually used wedding invites for a few celebrations that were not weddings – it’s a great spot to find pretty designs that are not particularly themed.

Using a photo we had of Kelly and her sister’s high tea in London, we formulated the menu and how we wanted the event to look and feel.

High tea

Between several friends, we compiled multiple settings of china, pretty flatware, teapots, vintage linens, and cake stands.  

high tea baby shower

We rented tables, collected tablecloths from various people, borrowed some gold chairs from a friend, and gathered our items in the home of one of the hostesses to create one of the sweetest home party venues I have ever seen.

tea party baby shower

After draping the four tables in a white tablecloth, we laid a floral linen runner down the center of each.  (okay actually, the “runners” are cafe curtains of mine not currently in use.  : )  )  A vintage handkerchief was tied at the top of each chair for decoration.  With the round tables and extra seating of a household (sofa, chairs), there were plenty of places for people to sit and eat.

handkerchief chair

Each table had a stand in the center filled with tea sandwiches, sweet & savory scones, a few dessert items, and delicate demitasse cups with a mini cupcake inside.  We also added fresh flowers to each stand for color and texture.  One of the hostesses, our super talented friend Kat, designed, hand painted (!!), and printed beautiful menus we attached to the top of each stand with a vintage clothespin.

tea party baby shower

tea party menu

tea party baby shower

Each place at the table had a different china pattern complete with plate and teacup.

tea party table

Inside each tea cup were these adorable shortbread tea bag cookies.  (yes, the hostesses made all of the food)  Using bakers twine, we  affixed a white gift tag stamped with a gold teapot to each teacup with bakers twine.

tea bag cookies

tea party baby shower

tea party baby shower

teapot gift tag

We also covered the dining room table with a white tablecloth and had a delicious spread with extra sweets and food.  We stacked cake stands so we could add height to the table, and made sure to have each delectable delight labeled.  (again, with Kat’s pretty tags)

tea party table

tea party food

tea party food

Besides tea sandwiches and scones, we made sure we had plenty of sweets.

tea party desserts

tea party desserts

On the kitchen island, we had a drink station with hot and iced tea, coffee, and water.

tea party drink station

Vintage handkerchiefs were displayed as extra napkins in case they were needed.

tea party baby shower

For decor, we displayed a collection of teapots, some filled with flowers.

tea party decor

It sounds silly, but one of the things that made me so happy about each table were the sugar cubes!

tea party baby shower

Of course, we delighted in all of the work it took to pull this together, and we were so excited when the special day arrived, and Kelly Kay could see all we had planned for her and her lovely new daughter.

tea party wreath

As a hostess gift, we wanted to give Kelly Kay and her daughter a tea set for future tea parties.  It was quite the hunt finding the perfect one, but when we found this amazing antique set in the original box, we could hardly believe it!  (seriously, if anyone out there finds another one of these, please let me know! I would so love to have one!)

tea party hostess gift

tea party hostess gift

Kelly Kay’s reaction was just perfect, ha!

tea party hostess gift

It was a joy to celebrate our friend and her baby.

tea party baby shower

Tea parties can be tiring though.

sleeping baby

As a party favor, I made tags using vintage baby items I have collected (post coming soon on how I made them), and attached them to a muslin drawstring bag stamped with a pink teapot.  Inside each bag was a small packet of bath tea.

tea party favor

They were the perfect little gift for our high tea guests!

tea party favor

While writing this article, I was reminded yet again of the beauty of friendship.  It is such an awesome thing to have people who love you.

tea party hostess photo

I think these ideas could be applied to several different types of celebrations, and let me tell you, this was a really fun party!  Everyone enjoyed having a bit o’ tea, and it was so pretty and yummy!

tea party baby shower

I’m curious, do you have Sip & Sees in your part of the country/world?

(P.S. I’ve got a couple of other celebrations to show you.  Plus I still have more to tell you about our garden that premiered on Domino last week.)

Also, in case you like party posts, see the baby shower we gave Kelly Kay for her first baby here.

Written by Grace

14 Responses to “Vintage Tea Party Baby Shower”

  1. Sarah August 3, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    Um can I be your friend? This is the most beautiful party for a baby I have ever seen!

    • Grace August 5, 2015 at 7:52 am #

      Ha! Sure. 🙂 Thanks so much!

  2. Emily August 3, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    This is so charming, I have no other words. Okay, yes I do. I love how everyone pulled their things together to create such a special event. I can’t get over all the little details! I would have cried all day with joy if I had been the guest of honor. Truly a beautiful party!

    • Grace August 5, 2015 at 7:53 am #

      Emily, thanks so much! Yes, it definitely takes a village to pull off this sort of thing, but we love doing it! xo, G

  3. Susan M. August 3, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    First, just wanted to say you’ve been missed and I’m so glad to see you back in my feed!

    Here in North Carolina, sip & see’s are quite the norm and I’m pinning this one for future reference! So very beautiful and I love all the details.

    As an aside, do you think you’ll be doing a post on your finished master bath? I’m dying to see it!

    • Grace August 5, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      Awww thank you so much, Susan! I really appreciate you saying that, it means a lot.

      Good to know about NC!

      And yes, that is definitely in the works. 🙂 I feel bad that I haven’t especially since I wrote so much about it, but we had an incident with our kids bathroom, and it has been under construction the last six months. Therefore, we are all sharing one bathroom again, and it just makes it difficult to style and get photographed. It will happen though, I’m excited to reveal!

      Thanks so much for reading. xo

  4. J. August 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Dear Grace,
    This is absolutely beautiful ~ and so inspiring. I feel like I attended your tea party as well! Thank you for sharing your beautiful afternoon with us. Love is present in every detail….

    • Grace August 5, 2015 at 7:56 am #

      Thank you so much, J! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment!

      xo, G

  5. Jesse May August 3, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    The care you ladies put into the details is inspiring, indeed! I’m planning a tea party for my daughter’s fourth birthday, and you gave me LOTS of lovely ideas!
    I’ve grown up on the west coast, and I don’t recall ever hearing the term “sip & see.” It’s charming, though, so I hope it gains popularity out here. 🙂
    I must say, I second the request for a post about your master bathroom! I’ve been awaiting the big reveal. 🙂

    • Grace August 5, 2015 at 7:59 am #

      Oh how fun! I LOVE little girl birthday tea parties. I’m sure it will be a delight!

      Hmmm interesting…so no sip & sees out west. I have a feeling the west and northeast are out – it’s looking like a southern thing. I wonder about the midwest? I may text a friend here in a minute and ask. 🙂

      Yes the Master Bath! What a crazy 14 months that was! 🙂 See above for the explanation on why it is not up yet, but yes, it is coming!

      Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. G

  6. Kelly Kay August 4, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    The Orangery has NOTHING on these people. Yes, this group of women throws unforgettable parties for their beloved ones. I was beyond honored that my daughter was the reason for this amazing event and yes, happy tears were the theme of the day. I also want to mention that is was a BITTERLY cold, wet day and the only thing a normal person would want to do is hide in bed, under covers and wait it out. These hostesses selflessly braved the cold and created the most warm and welcoming environment possible.
    Truly love is in every detail and it’s such an honor to be a part of this group of Godly women! LOVE you girls all day long!

    • Grace August 5, 2015 at 8:01 am #

      HAHA! YES! It was so cold and rainy, and notice that I left out the part about unloading all of my goodies in the freezing rain on the porch of the WRONG house! 🙂 🙂

      We loved doing this for you and your sweet baby girl, KK. Love you.

  7. Caroline August 4, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    This is really sweet but it also makes me sad. I just moved from my home state across the country, and left all of my friends behind. It’s so hard to start over. But thank you for the reminder of how beautiful friendship is. Gorgeous gorgeous party!

    • Grace August 5, 2015 at 8:07 am #

      Oh Caroline, I wish I could give you a hug right now. I’m so sorry, that must be really hard. It will take time, but I’m sure you will find new friends. Those friends back home may always be your “special group” though. One of our close friends moved to CA a few years ago, and it was so hard, but we knew it was the right decision for their family. We still miss her so much, and it doesn’t seem quite right even still that she is not here anymore. But we keep in touch, and the love extends across the miles. Most of these girls and I know each other through church – I think that’s a great place to start looking for real friendships. I hope things go well for you in your new home! Hugs, G

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