Monday, January 17, 2011

Vegan Tea Party Baby Shower

Yesterday I hosted (with a huge amount of teamwork and assistance from Jackie) a baby shower for dear friends Denise and Mike. Last June, dear friend Jackie had a vegan tea party for her birthday. It was a day of loveliness, and Denise mentioned that she would love something similar for her baby shower. Jackie and I decided this would be a great opportunity to do some serious baking so we jumped in.

When you're vegan (which we are), hosting a tea party takes a little extra planning. Even here in Los Angeles, we can't just walk into a bakery and buy whatever little tea cakes or sandwiches we want to serve.

Jackie and I were really proud of all our sweets and treats, and it was so much fun planning and preparing everything. If you have never hosted a tea party - I highly recommend it!

Jackie make these cookies - they look like they came from a professional bakery! They were really beautiful, and also super tasty. Good cookie texture, sweet filling, mmm.

This scone recipe is from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I used dried apricots and added almond extract. Yum!

The brownie bites are from Skinny Bitch in the Kitch. These are the best brownies I've made (and I've baked a lot of vegan brownies). I wanted to eat all the batter, it was so rich and chocolaty.

These little cakes were so cute. The cakes are lemon-coconut, from Veganomicon. We baked them in a tea cake pan from Sur la Table. Since the batter has coconut in it, there was a bit too much texture in them to show off all the details.

The tea sandwiches were eggless egg salad & cucumber cream cheese from The Vegan Table, and carrot cream cheese found on the "interweb." Jackie filled and cut all those little sandwiches so perfectly. She is amazing!

Tera & Jackie, vegan baking team
Fresh berries, jams, maple "butter," and, of course, tea rounded out the menu.

Jackie was an awesome partner in crime and we really had a blast planning the menu, baking the goodies, and setting up. Thank you, Jackie! And happy baby shower, Denise and Mike.


  1. Looks amazing, and I love your short hair!

  2. wow, i'm going to have to try all of these recipes. i do have a great eggless egg salad recipe from steve at urban cottage but really good baked goods are a treat. thanks for sharing and everything looks and sounded wonderful. lucky friends.


  3. I had so much fun with you Tera! When are we opening our bakeshop? ;-) xoxo

  4. Carrot cream cheese....would like to try that out. I would like to try the others too.

  5. I even ate all the leftovers on my way home from your house. I couldn't help myself. It not only tasted amazing but it was all so beautiful. It was like a party of Food Art. You are both so sweet and I am so lucky to have you in my life. Bless you both!

  6. Everything looks beautiful! I especially love the pretty cookies with the heart shapes cut out. Are those from a particular cookbook or Jackie's own creation? Denise and Mike are lucky to have friends like you! :)

  7. Amy - thanks! I love it myself.

    Janet - appreciate it! i'd love to know what you think if you try out any of the recipes.

    Jackie - it was such a treat to make treats with you! we can open the bakeshop when i retire from the ministry. :)

    Helen - have fun trying them!

    Denise - you are sweet, and we were lucky to get to make a special day for you, Mike and Joshua.

    Cadry - the cookies are from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza. Jackie used a larger heart cut-out than it shows in the cookbook, and we both think they looked prettier that way - more red shows through.