Monday, September 26

Surprises!! Baby shower - High tea style

Hi Lovelies!

A few weeks ago I organized a surprise baby shower for my best friend.  I have to say I was so excited about coming up with whole design concept of the baby shower.  I really wanted it to be special as it is my besties 1st child.  

Mrs Cheng is expecting a baby boy sometime mid November.  I didn't want to do the usual blue for a boy colours.  So my first thoughts were teal and yellow!! Oh how I love those two colours together.  With colours now sorted and high tea as the theme I was just brusting with excitement and I couldn't wait to start planning and sourcing everything.

I found this gorgeous teal ribbon from my local emporium 

Next up was what to serve all my lovely friends? After many nights of thinking and researching I settled on the following menu.

High Tea Menu

Lemony Cucumber & smoked salmon
Chicken almond & avocado
Prawn & dill

Caramelised onion
Chocolate & Raspberry
Lemon & passionfruit

Spiced banana
White chocolate raspberry

French Macarons
Mango & white chocolate

Chocolate sponge with chocolate custard

Homemade lemonade
English Breakfast
Earl Grey

I sat back and thought hmmm now that is a good looking menu! But gosh what a lot of work for just one person - there were times when I thought "Gosh, how the heck am I going to be able to make all of this!" Some how I manage to make everything!! Yes, everything on the menu was homemade by moi - well besides the teas of course!! hehe  It was so worth it, everything tasted delicious!


I also got to meet up with the lovely Kerry from Vintage Simplicity to select all the gorgeous china for the high tea.  Oh what a fun morning of all things gorgeous!!! There was so much to choose from!! I just couldn't contain my excitement.  I was like a little girl in a candy store.

I absolutely love paper pom poms and wanted to have a go at making some!! So glad I did, they are so easy to make and give such a lovely look - especially for a baby shower.  I definitely recommend giving them a go - they only cost me $1 per pom pom to make!  There are some great tutorials out there on the web - my pick would be the Martha Stewart tutorial. 

And this is how my weeks of planning turned out!  Mrs Cheng's surprise high tea baby shower.  I wanted gorgeous, sweet and something a little special.  I just LOVED how everything looked together. It was so lovely to wake up the morning of the baby shower, walk downstairs and see it all looking sooo lovely!  I even surprised my dad!! He was just quite taken back with how it all looked.

Paper doilies and gorgeous bottles of yellow & pink ranunculus made for a wonderful center piece

The buffet table with a lovely selection of sweet treats & savory goodness

Mmmmm yummy date scones with raspberry jam and vanilla whipped cream

The cupcake tower

French macaron tower

Lemon & passionfruit tartlets


Homemade lemonade 

Ruffle cake with a sweet baby bunny topper

Chocolate & raspberry tartlets

Mrs Cheng got the surprise of her life when she arrived at our house!! It was the best reaction I could have asked for.  She had no clue what so ever.  All us ladies had the best afternoon - lots of laughing and baby talk - the perfect way to spend an afternoon with close friends and family.

And now I can't wait to meet the new addition to the Cheng family - only 7 weeks to go! Yipeee!

Happy Baking!


  1. OMG, your blog have so many things to see! it's totally inspiring for my work and my future birthday party!
    I follow you!
    Hugs honey!

  2. vanessa,
    you're very talented,it' s a delight to look at everything you do!!! thanks for sharing with us,through your wonderful blog!!!

  3. This is about the most beautiful party ever!! I love the colors, the flowers, your gorgeous dessserts...everything!!

  4. Gorgeous! You are a girl after my own heart - homemade everything and attention to every detail. Wonderful! I found your blog through Pinterest. Not wanting to assume anything, is it OK to pin your photos with link to your blog?

  5. I think this is the prettiest, most well decorated baby shower I've ever come across. I saw this on Pinterest and popped over for a visit and am so glad I did so I could see more details of what you put together. The menu sounded delicious!

  6. This is so beautiful. Cakes look nice. i like the cake and flowers.

  7. Wow!! What a piece of Art. Great!!

  8. What a fabulous post!! Very interesting.