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Hosting a Tea Party Baby Shower

When our cousin Amy was blessed with her first child we knew hosting a baby shower was order. Being avid tea lovers, our baby shower planning took a tea-themed twist. The theme was "A Queen's Tea for the New Mommy"  so the new Mom good enjoy a refreshing afternoon of tea, fancies and gifts for her new little boy, Benjamin.  Here are a few creative ideas from our party to inspire you to plan your own memorable baby shower!

Menu (recipes and pictures provided)

  • Chicken Salad Sandwiches -from a delicious Chicken Salad recipe we found at Mammy's Cupboard in Natchez, MS - served on Angel Biscuits with a tomato garnish
  • Easy Chicken Kabobs (we cheated and used chicken nuggets from the local Chic-fil-a, then added cheese cubes, and tomatoes)
  • fresh fruit with a miniature chocolate fountain
  • scones
  • cake
  • cookie favors
  • hot tea and lemonade

Angel Biscuits

These delicious yeast biscuits are a family favorite. They are extremely easy to make and the dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator, then baked fresh.

Creative Idea - Use them to serve chicken salad sandwiches (we recommend Mammy's Chicken Salad recipe). Garnish with a cherry tomato for a pretty presentation!

5 cups all purpose flour
3 tblsp sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 pkg dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups buttermilk

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt in large mixing bowl. Cut in shortening. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. When dissolved stir into buttermilk. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Cover & chill.

When ready to bake, roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/2-3/4 thickness. Cut out biscuits with a 2 inch cutter and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.

Mammy's Chicken Salad

8 chicken breasts, boiled and de-boned (we used canned chicken)
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 can water chestnuts, sliced and slivered
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Hellman's ® Brand Mayonnaise, to mix

Coarsely chop chicken breasts. Add all other ingredients, mixing with just enough mayonnaise to moisten and hold ingredients together.

Chicken Salad Plate - Place pineapple ring (halved and spread about an inch apart) on green leaf lettuce. Top with a generous scoop of Mammy's Chicken Salad allowing the halved pineapple ring to show on each side. Top with a red cherry. Garnish with green grapes and a slice of cantaloupe.

Chicken Salad Sandwich - Spread two slices of bread thinly (or Angel Biscuits, recipe at top of page) with mayonnaise. Add one lettuce leaf and a generous spread of Mammy's Chicken Salad. Cut diagonally. To make Tea Sandwiches cut in quarters and trim crusts off bread or cut into petite squares. Serve on a green lettuce leaf and garnish with green grapes and a slice of cantaloupe.

This recipe was given to us from Mammy's Cupboard in Natchez, MS. If you ever travel through Natchez, be sure to stop and have lunch at Mammy's - it is a special treat!

Party Planning Tips:

  • Greet each guest at the door and offer a tiara, feather boa, or fun party hat to wear for the afternoon. (we borrowed our selection from friends).
  • Clip fresh honeysuckle vine and use rose petals for inexpensive, yet beautiful  floral table decorations
  • Photocopy Mother/Child art from desk calendars, magazines or gift books and print appropriate sayings or scriptures with your home printer. Tuck these among the place settings on the table for decoration. (We used Mary Engelbreit desk calendars with whimsical sayings about childhood and mothering)
  • Borrow teacups and teapots from friends. The mix and match patterns add charm to any party!
  • Send guests off with an inexpensive favor from their afternoon. We offered whimsical teacup shaped cookie favors with a baby "peeping" out!
  • Don't forget background music - Elegant chamber, orchestra or violin music creates a tea party atmosphere easily and relaxes guests.