How to organise a high tea baby shower

Looking for ideas for staging a baby shower?

Why not try an afternoon high tea baby shower with scrummy cakes and tarts and an assortment of flavoursome teas!

High Teas have been re-kindled by the growing number of celebrities showing interest including Madonna, Claudia Schiffer, Victoria Beckham and Kylie Minogue, to name a few. You'll be in good company!

Twining's Tips for setting up a high tea baby shower

Decorate the dining table with opulence and flair. It doesn't have to be stale or old fashioned.

Create your own theme based on what you think your pregnant friend would like. You can use the flowers in season to decorate the table and place settings, tiered cake stands and champagne.

High tea was eaten between 5 and 6 o'clock in the evening. However, anywhere between 2 and 4pm is practical for a baby shower

For a little bit of extra fun, hide small prizes underneath random place settings, surprising guests with these treats.

Traditionally speaking..........

Traditionally high tea was served in the parlour or drawing room and guests will stay seated at the table for the majority of the event. They were served in the late afternoon accompanied by a three tier tray displaying assorted sweet and savory delights such as scones, biscuits, sandwiches and tarts.

"Where afternoon tea focused on sweet treats, High Tea traditionally includes sweet and savory delights. It was enjoyed before dinner or as a pre-theatre meal," says Stephen Twining, tenth generation of the famous tea company.

High Teas were first intended as a light supper to combat hunger pains before dinner. While a steaming pot of flavoursome tea is a must, modern high teas often include champagne too.