Category Archives: Tea Party

A Fairy Tea Party

This had to be one of my favorite parties!  My daughter turned 6 and she invited a few girls for a quaint fairy tea party.  The weather really worked out because we held it out in our yard under the pergola (though the backup plan was to have it indoors) and the garden was just starting to bloom.  The fairies must have stopped by to open the flowers just in time for this magical afternoon.  Don’t forget to make a place setting for the fairies!

Fairy Tea Setting

The preparations started the night before.  My daughter was just ending her Kindergarten school year and has been very excited about writing.  She left a note for the fairies by one of the many fairy houses in our backyard to “leave a sign that they were here to visit” and invited them to her party tomorrow.  The fairies really did come to visit because when she checked the fairy house first thing in the morning, fairy dust was sprinkled at each fairy house in our yard with a few “gems” or polished glass stones.  She sure anticipated her party after school!

I made the headbands for each girl that attended the party using small silk flowers, ribbon and a butterfly and I found the package of headbands at the dollar store.

Fairy Tea Party Wear

Her guests were welcomed into the yard by a “Welcome to the Enchanted Fairy Garden” sign and a fairy house.

Enchanted Fairy Garden

I made placemats for the girls out of white card stock with their name, butterfly stickers and a fairy quote “Like fairy dust gleams on butterfly wings, little girl dreams are made of magical things”.  At the end of the party I put the placemat and menu in their goodie bag so they could bring them home.

The menu for the fairy tea party was as follows:

Tea Sandwiches

Flower Power Grilled Cheese

Butterfly Egg Salad Sandwich

Ham & Cheese Snail Pinwheels

Raisin Bread with Cream Cheese and Sliced Apple

Sliced Banana and Nutella Spread on Crackers

Fresh Fruit Fairy Wands

Desserts

Chocolate Dipped Fairy Berries

Rainbow Petits Fours

Magical Dragonfly Cupcakes

Beverages

Peach Herbal Tea

Pink Lemonade

Fairy Tea Party Menu & Placemat

I served proper English style tea for the girls using a herbal peach tea.  All of the girls were willing to at least try it.  I think it is important to try new things and it was ok if they didn’t care for it, we then served pink lemonade.

I thought this menu catered to most kid’s and I avoided peanut butter in case of food allergies.  The biggest hit was the butterfly shaped grilled cheese sandwiches.  I had the bread cut, buttered and the sandwiches prepared ahead of time.  As I prepared the three tiered server, I put them on a hot griddle, flipped them and they were ready to serve.

The fresh fruit fairy wands were made using wooden skewers.

Fairy Tea Sandwiches

The dragonfly cupcakes really turned out beautiful.  I dipped pretzels in melted blue chocolate wafers and pieced them together on wax paper.  They perfectly stayed together to adorn the top of the cupcake.  The devils food cupcakes were iced with pink cream cheese frosting.

Dragonfly Cupcakes

Desserts are served!  The petit fours were easily made using frozen pound cake cut into squares and dipped in different melting chocolates.  These could be made a couple days in advance and kept in the fridge.

Fairy Tea Dessert Table

We played two games at the fairy tea party.

The first was an egg hunt in our yard and throughout the garden.  The plastic eggs were filled with small items that the girls will use to build fairy houses to take home.  Some items included, glass stones, buttons, pinecones, sea shells, etc.  The winner had found the most eggs.

The second game was played in between courses.  I filled a tray with “tea party” items and covered it with a table cloth.  Once I removed the cover, I explained the items to the girls and they had one minute to look things over.  I then covered the tray and gave them paper to list out as many items as they could remember.  For young writers, they did a great job!

Fairy Tea Party Game

After the girls finished up their dessert, I cleared the table to work on building a take-home fairy house.  I found these little odd shaped boxes that I thought would be perfect to decorate.  Prior to the party, my daughter and I filled a box with some natural items, clippings from the boxwood bushes, dried pressed flowers, sticks, pinecones and small stones.  I purchased a small bag of moss, seashells and glass stones from the dollar store.  Just a few paper plates with glue and the girls were ready to decorate their fairy houses.  The houses are perfect to be kept in a dry place outside like a covered porch.

Build Fairy Houses Party Activity

It appeared that the girls enjoyed their afternoon together and we were thankful for them coming to our fairy tea party.  The goodie bags included a book on Fairy Houses and a fairy book mark – perfectly matching the Fairy Tea Party theme.

Fairy Party Goodie Bag

Teapot Birthday Cake

I wanted to make a special cake for my Mom’s Birthday and I thought how much my Mom enjoys having tea parties with her granddaughters.  This teapot cake turned out so cute and was super easy to make in a pinch using the Wilton Classic Wonder Mold.

Teapot Birthday Cake

I baked one Devil’s Food cake box mix in the Classic Wonder Mold.  While the cake was baking, I found a bone white teapot in my cabinet.  The teapot lid was the perfect size to top the cake.  For this cake I chose simple white, but if you have a patterned teapot, you could be inspired to decorate the cake based on the color or pattern of your teapot.

I studied the teapot and sketched out the shape for the spout and handle on paper.   Then cut it out and traced it onto yellow card stock twice.  (Two times because I wanted to place toothpicks in between the sheets and then stick them into the side of the cake to hold it in place)

I melted some yellow chocolate melting wafers in a squeeze bottle and outlined a bunch of five petal flowers on wax paper.  Once the chocolate sets and has cooled, they are very easy to handle to place on a cake.

Once the cake had cooled, I frosted it with my homemade icing and added a little more icing at the top to hold the ceramic lid in place.  The cardstock spout and handle were placed and the candy decorations were added to complete the teapot.

Time for tea!  Happy Birthday Mom!

Blueberry Almond Cookies

Blueberries are scrumptious and I can’t seem to get enough of them lately.  I was looking for a cookie that would be perfect for an afternoon tea and found inspiration from a recipe that I wanted to try a while ago on Baker Bettie’s blog.  Her recipe for “Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Lemon Cookies” http://bakerbettie.com/2012/02/22/soft-and-fluffy-blueberry-lemon-cookies/ look heavenly…as well as her beautiful photography.  I used the base recipe and added a couple of touches of my own.  These Blueberry Almond Cookies turned out delish!

Sifting Blueberry Cookie Ingredients

Blueberry Almond Cookies Recipe

1 C unsalted butter, softened

1 C granulated sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

3 C all-purpose flour, sifted

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 C blanched almond slices

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Sift flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder together.  Note: Measure 3 C of flour and sift it by itself, then measure 3 C flour to use for the recipe.  You would be surprised how much is left over, this will keep your cookies lighter! 

Cream the butter and gradually add the sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat the eggs one at a time, then add the almond extract.

Slowly add the flour mixture, scraping the side of the bowl to ensure all of the ingredients are combined.

Once the dough comes together, gently fold in the blueberries and almonds.  I wrapped the dough in a sheet of wax paper and refrigerated for a couple of hours.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Drop a tablespoon of dough on a cookies sheet (or use a cookie scoop).  Bake from 11-14 minutes until the bottoms are lightly browned.

Blueberry Cookie Dough on Cookie Sheet

The cookies turned out delicious….soft, fluffy, cake-like and a slight crunch from the almonds!

Blueberries were the inspiration for this beautiful, relaxing afternoon tea.