A Baby Shower Tea Party for Charity

A Baby Shower Tea Party for Charity

What better way to celebrate our soon-to-be happy arrival than to do something generous for other parents? My mom and her friend Liz had the terrific idea of throwing a baby shower with all their friends from the pool to benefit charity. They’re fans of EmilyStyle and I was invited to make a special guest appearance at the event.  BabyShowerTemplate

Mom and I spent the morning making some lovely flower arrangements with roses, iris, love-in-the-mist and other selections from her garden.

Iris and garden rose arrangement

So cute how she positioned the little ceramic mouse I bought her in Japan on the mantelpiece looking at the flowers.

White roses and maidens-in-the-mist

The tea menu included sausage and cheese bites by Liz, mini raspberry cheesecakes, french macarons, a homemade lemon cake brought by Shirley, See’s chocolate truffles and fresh fruit.

Mini cheesecakes for a baby shower

Such an elegant spread!

Baby shower tea party

We were all set by the time guests arrived at 3:00.
Moses basket to hold gifts

The event benefited Alpha Pregnancy & Parenting Support – a non-profit group that provides no-barrier support to parents for the first year of their baby’s life. They give parents baby clothes, blankets and diapers as well as pre-natal vitamins and classes. Their executive director, Patti, brought a sample layette set to show us.

Charity layette set

As guests arrived, they built plates with the delicious treats and cups of one of four kinds of tea with real cream at the buffet.

Maureen buffet

We were 14 guests in total! Mom and Liz guided everyone through a few baby shower games after plates were cleared. First, a general question about advice for new mothers, then a memory game involving a tray of baby items. Guests were given a children’s book to use as a writing tablet.

Playing baby shower games

Next up, opening the gifts to donate to Alpha. And there were SO many. Our hostesses cleverly had each person take a turn unwrapping a gift that someone else brought.

Rotate opening baby shower presents

Just a tremendous amount of onesies, blankets, bibs and other baby gifts were donated to the group. I think we could have filled a bathtub with everything.

Baby shower for donations

The moses basket was overflowing by the end, including with homemade blankets and burping cloths.

Baby shower gifts

A perfect event for a worthy cause. Well done, Mom and Liz! I was honored to be the special guest at this elegant baby shower for charity.

Fundraiser Baby Shower

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There are 4 comments for this article
  1. katie at 4:02 pm

    !!!!! This is the best thing I’ve seen all day. What a special event. I would have LOVED to been able to get baby advise with such wisdom!

    • MrsEm Author at 5:38 pm

      The advice boiled down to “get as much sleep as you can” – will do!

  2. Annie at 3:57 pm

    I think it is so wonderful of you to help out with this charity, more so knowing your own tale of fertility challenges which you shared with us earlier. Such a sweet gesture to help others in this way. I love reading about your adventures, Emily, and am sending you good wishes for an easy pregnancy, delivery, and wonderful baby. I think you are amazing!