Host a Tea Party This Holiday Season!

The holidays are always a great time to get friends and families together. Why not put a twist to your holidays…? Host a special Holiday Tea Party for all your gal pals, and make it an excuse to cozy up with your best friends and relax on a snowy, windy Sunday afternoon. Never had a tea party, here are a few tips to hosting the perfect party!


Two Weeks Before

  • Set the theme of the party, even though its a “tea” party, you can choose to make it extremely elegent or extremely casual
  • Select a date and send out your beautifully themed invitations
    (snail mail would add a nice personal touch)
  • Take out your tea set and purchase appropriate teas and assorted accessories
  • Plan your menu, research for the most appropriate dishes. Include both savory and sweet food, sandwiches and treats. Hand-made scones with clotted cream, refreshing cucumber sandwiches and creamy egg-salad sandwiches, for instance, are the classic and traditional foods for tea parties (please find their easy recipes below – all of which can be prepared and refrigerated hours in advance)

Day of Tea Party

  • Set a beautiful table and layout
  • Set a holiday-themed centerpiece to elevate the seasonal mood, fresh flowers are always a beautiful touch to any tea party
  • Brew and serve proper pots of tea
  • Serve the tea party delicacies
  • Relax and enjoy!

 

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Serves 8
Ingredients

  • 16 slices white toast
  • 1 8-ounce log goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup walnuts, thinly chopped
  • 1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced length-wise, dried on paper-towels
  • Fresh mint leaves chopped

Directions

  1. Spread a thing layer of goat cheese on 8 slices of toast
  2. Sprinkle with walnuts, evenly add cucumbers slices and sprinkle mint leaves sparringly
  3. With remaining 8 slices of bread, place gently on top and slice into triangles


Egg Salad Sandwiches

Serves 8
Ingredients

  • 16 slices of white toast
  • 8 eggs, hard boiled
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tbs relish, either sweet or dill
  • 1 tbs onion, chopped

Directions

  1. Cool the eggs, then break the shells off. Use a fork in a mixing bowl to mash the eggs
  2. Stir in mayonnaise, relish, yogurt and chopped onion. Mix well to combine all the flavours
  3. Spread the egg salad on bread to make your sandwiches
  4. Trim off the crusts and slice into small triangles

 
English Scones

Serves 16
Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 tbsp of sugar for sprinkling on top
  • 4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp salted butter to flavor tops

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and butter in a food processor. Pulsate everything in 3-second intervals until everything resembles course meal.
  2. Stir in heavy cream, egg, and vanilla mixing the dough by hand until it forms into a uniformed and slightly moistened dough.On a floured surface, grab enough dough to fit into your hand about the size of a baseball and gently roll it in a ball.
  3. Flatten the ball and until your disk is approx 3/4″ in height. Press down the outside of the dough circle so the center is slightly taller. Evenly sprinkle sugar on top of each circle.
  4. Cut each circle in quarters. You should have enough dough to make 4 circles and 16 scones.
  5. Bake on a ungreased cookie sheet, or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown. Remove scones from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  6. Butter the tops of the scones, while still hot, so the butter melts and cools.
  7. Serve with strawberry jam and  thick Devonshire cream!


Easy Devonshire Cream

Serves 24
Ingredients

  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in sour cream and confectioners’ sugar until smooth
  2. Add whipping cream. Beat on medium speed until combined; beat on high speed until stiff peaks form
  3. Refrigerate until serving

 
Enjoy your tea party, and please let us know how it goes 😉

PinkRay
www.bubu.ca

 

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