High Tea Shower

DSCN0343Just before Thanksgiving, I co-hosted a high tea baby shower at Hotel Bel Aire and the holidays got in the way of me sharing how lovely it was!   This was a small shower for a second baby, so the mother-to-be wanted something intimate at a restaurant…which was a strange new world for a DIY party gal like myself!   I was put in charge of invitations, favors, and simply making the table more personal.  It has been a long time since I threw a small party, so being able to spend a little more money and time on these things was a nice change.  Here’s the intimate tea shower round-up:

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For the invitation, I printed an “S” in gray on vellum and machine stitched it to a floral kaleidoscope image I created from some royalty free clip art. I mounted it onto a 6 x 9 gray flat card from Paper Source.

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I printed the back of the invitation on a high quality matte photo paper to make the colors pop and also mounted that to the gray flat card. Using this layering and mounting technique allows you to achieve a higher quality invitation weight and feel with your home printer.

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I bought a teapot, creamer and sugar bowl from World Market for the base of the centerpiece. Clementine Floral Works created a stunning, wild arrangement in the three pieces and I topped it off with a glittery “S” for a little visual height.

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I tied place setting cards onto the restaurant’s white napkins to make it feel more like an event and I used waterslide decals to make a monogrammed mug for each guest. The mugs were filled with toile printed cookies to round out the tea party theme!

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These are the sugar cookies I made for the favors. You can buy printed and cut edible rice paper wafers from Queen of Tarts Cakes and apply them to royal icing with a little light corn syrup. Really simple but so impressive looking!

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I can take no credit for this beautiful sight…this is the savory course for the high tea at Hotel Bel Aire. Delish.

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I ate the scones too quickly to take a photo, but this is the dessert platter AFTER those wonderful scones. After the dainty little guests picked one or two each, I ate the rest of the plate.  Just so we didn’t waste anything.   I also class-less-ly took a doggie bag home to my husband!   You can take the girl out of the trailer park…

 

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