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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tea Party Menu

I recently had my first "grown up" tea party for a small group of ladies and a few of our kids, and had fun coming up with a menu and serve ware for the party.  I found some good resources through books and websites and face book foodie friends.   Dainty food served on pretty serve ware and enjoyed with some good company made for a lovely evening!  I love the tea party theme and will keep building up my collection of pretty tea and serve ware.    Here's what I came up with and links for all the tea party goodies:
 
Tea Party Menu
Assorted Hot Teas
Hibiscus Sangria Iced Tea
Fresh Berry Tarts
Egg Salad and Watercress Finger Sandwiches
Apple Cinnamon Scones
Mini Carrot Cakes
Munchkin Donut holes
Assorted Chocolate Truffles
Sugar cubes, milk, honey, lemon slices

 
Recipes and Recipe Links:
 
Egg Salad and Watercress Finger Sandwiches
4 hard boiled eggs, cooled
4 Tbsp mayonnaise
3/4 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
a handful of watercress leaves
8 slices thinly sliced white or whole wheat bread
butter at room temp for spreading
Instructions:  Thinly butter 3 slices of bread.  Mix the mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl to combine.  Peel the eggs and mash them well with a fork in a medium bowl.  Add the mayo mixture to the eggs and mash again until the whites have broken up and the mixture is creamy.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Divide the mixture between 3 slices of bread and spread evenly.  Top each with watercress and a second slice of bread.  Press down gently with your hand and cut the crusts off with a serrated knife.  Then cut each sandwich lengthwise into three fingers.  Yields 12 finger sandwiches.

The delicious Fresh Apple Cinnamon Scones are from this King Arthur Flour recipe:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/fresh-apple-cinnamon-scones-recipe

Berries and Cream Tartlets from Martha Stewart:
http://www.marthastewart.com/354026/berries-and-cream-tartlets

The fun tea flavor assortment was found at Republic of Tea, I ordered a 24 pack assortment
http://www.republicoftea.com/

Mango Ceylon, Ginger Peach, Blackberry Sage, Wild Blueberry Fair Trade,
Cranberry Blood Orange, Acai Green Tea , Vanilla Apple Hibiscus
Coconut Hibiscus, Blueberry Hibiscus, Good Hope Vanilla, Sip/Cure Pomegranate

Vanilla, Strawberry Vanilla-Room to Read, Red Velvet, Strawberry

Mini Carrot Cakes made from The Best Carrot Cake recipe:  http://rosiescountrybaking.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-best-carrot-cake.html

Resources for Pretty Serve ware and Table setting ideas:

Pretty Sugar bowl and creamer sets:
http://astore.amazon.com/rosscoubak-20/detail/B006AUNCUO


Silver Sugar Tongs
http://astore.amazon.com/rosscoubak-20/detail/B001K3L48I

Pretty China Tea Cups:
http://astore.amazon.com/rosscoubak-20/detail/B007P15FMK

Tea Party Book Resources:
http://astore.amazon.com/rosscoubak-20/detail/0754823490
 
 

Web Pages:  Facebook ~ Tea Paparazzo, lots of pretty tea inspiration!    https://www.facebook.com/TeaPaparazzo?fref=ts

2 comments:

  1. What a great party! I'm sure you felt that your effort was well worth the trouble once your guests walked in to a very beautiful party. It's a nice idea that you served assorted tea so that your guests can choose what that they want. Next time, you may want to also serve tea goodies. I have an idea, why don’t you purchase loose tea. They taste good! Have you tried one yet?

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  2. Wow!! Your tea party menu is really good. Liked all the recipes. Want to include some of them for my tea party at one of Chicago event venues. Have never arranged such tea party before. So quite excited to figure out everything.

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