"During college, I spent a rainy month in London. Without a real purpose for being there, I aimlessly strolled through museums, read The Bell Jar in Hyde Park, saw American Psycho in a fancy movie theater, and as many West End shows as I could. But despite the great surroundings, I was lonely, lost. I found great comfort in the ritual of the afternoon tea," says Annie Campbell of Après Fête .
This British tradition was the inspiration for the classic high tea shower that Annie hosted for her friend, Frannie, prior to the birth of her baby girl. Click through to see how Annie pulled together this very proper tea-time affair.
Time For Tea!
The simple setup featured pastel buntings strewn from the ceiling and an elegant dessert table. The decor was based on shades of pink, ladylike florals, and ribbons in honor of the little girl on the way.
Pretty in pastel, buntings strewn across the ceiling suggested, but didn't scream, "baby."
Duck, Duck, Goose
The table's centerpiece? A wooden goose with a ring of posies around its neck. Proof that you needn't spent a lot on elaborate floral centerpieces, look around the house for decor elements that can be transformed for your party, or check your local flea market.
A Spot of Tea
A mismatched assortment of teacups and saucers were displayed across the table and strewn with rose petals for an elegant, shabby chic look.
Guess Who: Part 1
Guests were instructed to bring baby photos of themselves to the shower, which made for a totally tasteful guessing game .
Guess Who: Part 2
The photos were hung from string with clothespins and each guest was given a printout and pencil to place their bets on who's who.
The Finishing Touches
The hostess with the mostest making one final round before the guests' arrival.
Iced Moroccan mint tea
Iced pink rose tea
English breakfast, Earl Grey, green, and peppermint teas
Pickled quail eggs
Steamed asparagus with green peppercorn Champagne dip
Minted English pea soup shots
Cucumber and watercress on white bread
Curried egg salad with roasted tomatoes on wheat
Gravlax, cream cheese, capers, and dill on pumpernickel
Smoked turkey and cranberry on orange currant muffins
Rose water scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream
Carrot cake cupcakes
Raspberry french macaroons
Pink coconut macaroons
Raspberry filled chocolate cups
Fig and pomegranate tarts
Chocolate espresso cookies
Almond sugar cookies
Lavender lemon squares
White chocolate petits fours
Serving cold soup in a shot glass is an appropriate solution for a cocktail party, or any affair when guests are mingling as opposed to being seated for a full meal.
"All of the nibbles and treats were artfully displayed on tiers of crystal and floral cake stands," said Annie.
Grab and Go
Sugar cookie favors were adorned in white ribbons and handmade gift tags.
The Party's Started
Our favorite thing about this event? It felt like an entirely-adult baby shower. We love an event that fits the occasion, without being too "cutesy." Annie's taste is impeccable!
Bubbly For the Baby
Nonpregnant guests enjoyed a Champagne cocktail alongside their tea.
Nothing about Annie's tea time shower was overly extravagant (except, perhaps, for the decadent menu!), but the entire thing felt incredibly special.