Pinterest and Tea Parties

Watermelon Teapot

 

Are you a Pinterest fan?  If so, you will love the new Tea Party Girl board.  I am pinning new ideas each week so be sure to come back often and share the posts with your friends!  You can follow the new Tea Party Girl board at http://pinterest.com/tpartygirl/tea-party-girl/

Here is a recent pin that really inspired me.  Think hot, summer day with a great big pot of iced tea and a fresh fruit salad.  Got the idea?  Now check this out!  You can find all the instructions at http://www.wikihow.com/Carve-a-Watermelon-Tea-Pot

Watermelon Teapot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another “fresh” idea.  Hosting a picnic tea party?  Use old fashion jelly jars to create this one of a kind tealightful treat.  Although this was created for Valentines it could actually be used anytime of year.  How about red, white and blue for July 4th?  Want the instructions? http://rosislawa.blogspot.jp/2012/02/valentines-day-strawberry-cake-in-jar.html

 

 

Tea party in a jar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least (there are TONS more ideas on our Pinterest board and on our Facebook page!) How about this little charmer?  Afternoon tea cookies and cakes will never be the same.  Think of the fun frostings you can create!  Find out exactly how to do it at: http://www.ehow.com/how_8316690_add-jello-powder-frosting.html

 

afternoon tea frosting

 

I feel Etsy!

Tea Party Package

Summer is in full swing and the time for outdoor tea parties has come.  Planning an outdoor event is simple if you have good suppliers.  Today’s post focuses on Etsy and the many great tea party supplies these individual artists offer.  Here are my top 6 summer picks for tea time fun.

Do you have a favorite product or artist with a shop on Etsy?  Add your picks to our comments area.  (be sure they have to do with tea)

 

Tea Party Birthday Package from MyPink Truffles

Are you hosting a summer birthday party?  If so, a tea party will make fantastic memories but who has all the time?  Etsy artist: mypinktruffles offers complete, customized party packages.

You will receive:

* A custom invitation either a jpg that you can print yourself, or I can print (10 4×6 matte photo style if I print)

* A Custom Thank you note to include a photo from the party either a jpg that you print yourself, or I can print (10 4×6 photo matte style if I print)

* 10 Cupcake toppers (3 photo style, 3 monograms, 2 Happy Birthday, 2 Age)

* 2 Flower Tissue centerpiece (Each centerpiece will include 6 flowers that will ship flat on sticks, a vase and vase filler)

* 5 Buffet Tags

* 10 Favor Tags with hole pre-punched and coordinating ribbon

* 1 Birthday Banner (Happy Birthday “Name,” Name Only (Pictured), “Name’s” Birthday Party, up to three words)

Everything can be customized so you know you will have a memorable party.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/101637107/tea-party-birthday-complete-party?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=tea+party&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all

 

Teacup Cookies add a special touch to your tea party.  Charming Treats by Chelsea has some fantastic cookies just for you!

 

Imagine the reaction of your guests when they see the charming designs of these cookies at your event. And then they will taste them. Prepare yourself, they will be in momentary disbelief. “Cookies this cute never taste this good!” is a frequent compliment from Chelsea’s customers.

These cookies are made with real butter and real vanilla. If you would prefer a different flavor than vanilla, just indicate this during your purchase.”  She offers the option of individually wrapped cookies for party favors or packaged in a dozen to serve at your tea party.

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/77277092/teacup-cookies-tea-party-girls-birthday?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=tea+party&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=5&ga_search_type=all

 

Feeling Crafty?  You will love these printable tea party’s offered by Melangerie Inc.  

 

The printable garden tea party is designed for a kids party but would certainly work well for a ladies gathering as well.  Upon purchase, a printable PDF will be emailed to you within 48 hours. This party includes the following components (with detailed instructions) that you can print, cut and assemble yourself:

 

- Invitations

- Paper Tea Hats (kids size)
- 3-D Paper Flowers and Leaves (for decoration)
- 3-D Flower Place Cards (can double as a name tag)
- Doily Table Runner
- Doily Placemats
- Plate Chargers
- Cup Wraps (for 9 oz. paper cup)
- Saucers
- Napkin Rings
- Favor Labels
- Hang Tags for “Tea Bag” Favor Packaging
- 3 Full-Page Patterned Sheets (to be used for plate liners, wrapping paper, etc)
- Happy Birthday Banner (includes a full alphabet and numbers for personalization)

All items featured in this collection are formatted to be printed on 8.5×11 paper in a fuchsia, pale pink and purple color way. Additional images of this printable are available for preview at:

http://tinyurl.com/2b78sh5

This product is super affordable if you are crafty and just want a little push in the right direction.  All the info is below:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/43629888/printable-girls-tea-party?ref=sr_gallery_22&ga_search_query=tea+party&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all

 

Need A Tea Party Hat?

 

In my opinion, no tea party is complete without a hat.  A large, elegant hat screams…I am in the mood for fun!  The Original Tree offers a wide variety of quality affordable hats.  Choose your decor.  Your hat base can be white, black or even brown.  Hats are large and in charge!

When you aren’t using your new hat consider displaying it somewhere in your house.  Hats make great interior decor and they ALWAYS get people talking.

Be the “hostess with the mostest” and grab a fun tea time hat.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/96706509/wide-brim-black-hat-dress-wedding-tea?ref=sr_gallery_35&ga_search_query=tea+party&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=6&ga_search_type=all

 

 

 

 

 

Teaspoons for the Tea Party!

 

 

Vivian’s Treasure loves to take vintage items and update them for a fresh, new experience.   These silver-plated teaspoons are custom stamped with the word “tea.”  The items make great favors or are fantastic to add to your personal tea party collection.  Remember these are vintage items so the spoon patterns will vary.  Vivian works with items from 1900-1950.

Here’s the information:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/99009228/tea-spoons-hand-stamped-silverplate-tea?ref=sr_gallery_6&ga_search_query=tea+party+spoons&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all

 

 

 

 

Dress for Tea!  One size fits most will prepare you for a memorable tea party.

 

 

 

Want to look your best?  Why not choose an affordable, elegant tea party gown?  River of Romansk offers an entire line of simple elegance in a multitude of styles and colors.  For as little as $48 you could be dressed like a vintage couture ready to serve your guests in style.

River of Romansk is whimsical, romantic and enchanting and the owner desires to recreate an era of dainty loveliness; of sash and ribbons, satins and laces.. all of which are reminiscent of a time more dreamy and innocent.

A beautiful dress is unforgettable. It has the magic to transform and the power to take our breath away. I hope you commemorate each and every precious memory with pieces from River of Romansk – memories which would serve you with a smile many months and many years down the road!

Full info:  http://www.etsy.com/people/RiverOfRomansk?ref=ls_profile#

 

Grandma Hoerner’s Makes Tea Menu’s Easy

Grandma Hoerners

Grandma Hoerners

On a recent drive to Topeka (about 110 miles from my Tea Events office) I decided to stop at Grandma Hoerner’s Food & Factory located just off the highway in Alma, KS. Grandma’s big red barn glimmers in the sun beckoning cars to “stop by.” Well, let me say that I was glad I did. Inside the big red barn is a small showroom filled with award winning foods along with samples galore. Through a glass window you can watch the Grandma Hoerner team creating these classic recipes day in and day out.

Grandma Hoerner’s has an array of products from Big Slice Apple Sauce to assorted preserves, pie filling, sauces and more. My personal pick was their amazing Pumpkin Butter which I found perfect for a variety of tea time treats. (think scone topping, tart filling, drizzled on mini cheesecakes and more!) I also loved their line of Chutneys which would be a true delight in a variety of tea sandwiches.

Grandma Hoerners Tea Foods

Here’s grandma’s story

Yes, there was a real Grandma Hoerner. Mabel grew up on a farm in Kansas in the late 1800s. Her family’s farm included an apple orchard, and Mabel became known as a talented cook. Her apple sauce, made with thick slices of fresh apples, was a frequently requested treat from family and friends. Every autumn, she preserved the bounty of the orchard as it matured and ripened. Grandma never used an apple that wasn’t ripe enough. She peeled bushels of crisp apples and added cold spring water, freshly ground cinnamon, and pungent nutmeg. As the sauce cooked slowly over a low flame, the thick slices of apples grew soft and flavorful. The jars of applesauce sitting in the cellar were a vivid reminder of the summer bounty even on the coldest nights of winter.

All natural. The way Grandma used to do it.  

Mabel’s applesauce recipe was passed down to her grandson, Duane McCoy. Recalling the wonderful flavor from his youth, Duane worked hard to replicate Grandma’s recipe. Cooking batch after batch, he found that Fuji and Pink Lady apples were best at maintaining their firm texture and sweet-tart flavor, and made the sweetest applesauce. As Duane experimented he did make one change to Grandma’s recipe—he replaced refined sugar with natural juice concentrate. Today’s Big Slice™ Apple Sauce provides the health benefit of natural juice while maintaining the wonderful sweetness of Grandma’s tradition.

Duane searched the marketplace for something similar to Grandma’s applesauce but found nothing like it. In 1987, he started producing and marketing Grandma’s Big Slice Apple Sauce. From that first basic recipe, eight more fabulous flavors were developed.

As demand for Grandma’s wonderful applesauce grew customers also began to ask for other foods made with the same high quality, attention to detail, and all natural ingredients. Now, from sauces, jams and preserves, pie fillings, toppings, chutneys, and relishes to premium dry mixes, gourmet coffee, and candles, Grandma Hoerner’s stands for the old fashioned pure products Grandma Mabel would have made herself.

 

Grandma’s is available at Safeway and Super Targets. They are also available online at http://www.GrandmaHoerners.com

 

Here are a couple recipes that would work well at the tea table (there are more featured on their website) :

 

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

1 package (18-1/4 oz.) yellow cake mix
2-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
¾ cup butter, melted
¾ cup Grandma Hoerner’s Raspberry Preserves
1 tablespoon water
In a large bowl, combine the dry cake mix, oats and butter until crumbly. Press 3 cups of the crumb mixture into a greased 13-in x 9-in baking pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, stir the preserves and water until blended. Spread over the crust. Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Pineapple Ginger Chicken Lettuce Spread

Mix together 3 cups cubed cooked chicken, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 cup golden raisins, and 4-oz. Monterey Jack cheese (1/2” cubes). In a small bowl combine ¼ cup Grandma Hoerner’s Pineapple Ginger Chutney, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Pour over chicken mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve on lettuce leaves.

 

Apple Struesel Bread

2 ½ cups Bisquick
½ cup flour
2 teaspoons apple pie spice
4 eggs
1 cup Grandma Hoerner’s Big Slice Natural Apple Sauce
3 cups Grandma Hoerner’s Apple Pie Filling
3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
2/3 cup oil
½ cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the Bisquick, flour and apple pie spice.
In another bowl, combine eggs, apple sauce, apple pie filling, ½ cup brown sugar, and oil. Add to Bisquick mixture, stir till just moistened. Pour batter into 2 greased loaf pans.
Top each loaf with a mixture of the remaining brown sugar and the walnuts. Bake 55-60 min. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Wrap and store overnight for easier slicing.

 

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