Baby showers are an exciting time for families and friends to come together to celebrate the birth of a new baby.
High tea includes sandwiches, cookies, scones, bars, and sweets to indulge in.
You can pick and choose your own menu and food ideas that will suit your guests and give them a variety to choose from.
You can make themed baby shower cookies like sugar cookies and macarons to include in your high tea (see below).
Tea sandwiches are small sandwiches that are cut into rectangles or circles to give them a unique shape.
You can also serve them in croissants or buns, or open faced on a baguette slice.
You can make different types of sandwiches for a high tea baby shower such as:
- ham and cheese
- cucumber and cream cheese
- egg salad
- chicken salad
- tuna salad
- strawberry, basil and cream cheese
- cream cheese, smoked salmon, and capers
- horseradish and roast beef
Tea scones, clotted cream, and jam are one of the most classic treats served with high tea.
Tea scones are small, only about 1-2″. High tea scones can be savory or sweet.
- scones with clotted cream and jam
- cheese scones
- vanilla scones
- pumpkin scones
- lavender scones
High tea cookies are small, with a hint of citrus, herb, spiced or buttery flavors.
High tea cookies are light, crumbly, and melt in your mouth when you eat them alongside your hot tea.
Typically high tea cookies are small enough just to have a taste.
You can make high tea baby shower cookies personalized by making sugar cookies with royal icing.
You can decorate sugar cookies or macarons with names, colors, words (Oh Baby!, Sweet Baby, Boy, Girl, Baby, Welcome Baby) and designs (rattle, soother, baby clothing, bottles, bibs, footprints) to make them have a baby shower theme.
- macadamia nut white chocolate chip cookies
- lemon shortbread
- plain shortbread
- lavender shortbread
- earl grey shortbread
- chai shortbread
- cranberry orange almond shortbread
- chocolate dipped shortbread
- orange slice tea cookies
- raspberry almond thumbprint cookies
- sugar cookies
- oatmeal raisin cookies
- peanut butter cookies
- matcha cookies
Sweets for high tea include loaves, tarts, cakes, and mini pastries.
You can make miniature versions of croissants, and Danishes, or you can cut cakes and loaves into small bite sized pieces for high tea.
- lemon loaf
- carrot cake
- pumpkin loaf
- butter tarts
- raspberry tarts
- strawberry tarts
- lemon curd tarts
- raspberry jelly filled cookies
- mini vanilla custard stuffed croissants
- mini Danishes
- mini croissants
- mini pain au chocolat
- mini eclairs
- peanut butter cups
- chocolate cake
- vanilla cake
- chocolate covered strawberries
Bars are a layered dessert that are cut into rectangles. Bars should be cut quite small for high tea.
- lemon bars
- Nanaimo bars
- rhubarb bars
How to Serve High Tea
Serve your high tea on a 3 tier platter.
Your high tea sweets will go on the very top tier of the platter.
Scones and breads will go on the second tier.
Finally, tea time sandwiches will go on the bottom tier.
Serve your tea in an elegant tea pot with specialty tea cups if you have them. Typically tea cups will have a cup and saucer for the tea cup to sit on. Don’t forget to put out cream and sugar for your guests tea.
For your guests, have some fine china plates for them to eat off of.
If you don’t have any, try a small side plate to catch any crumbs for your guest.
You’ll want to select at least 3-4 different types of sweets for your high tea, and at least 2-3 types of sandwiches.