What do you do for a super momma? Recently, my friend Julian and I threw a completely over-the-top tea party-baby shower for our dear friends, Sarah and Walter, who recently adopted a baby from Kazakhstan. The baby’s name is also Julian and he is a long awaited dream come true. The theme was super-girly-spring. One, because Julian’s mother is the most girly gal I know. Two, she showed her super girl powers persevering through a most hideous drawn out Kazakh adoption (along with her hubby)<==long, ugly story. Third, spring had sprung the day before and it was a glorious day! I cooked almost everything I could think of within reason (but not much).
I also benefited from attending an outstanding larder swap tea party, the weekend before, hosted by Twitter friends Kate Payne (@hipgirls) and Beekeeper Meg (@bkhomsteader). I was lucky to not only get to meet some of the folks that I know from Twitter, but to swap my chutneys, pickles and homemade raspberry marshmallows (first time!) for additional treats for my tea party. I got caramel Armagnac sauce from Jeannie Rose Field (@fauxgourmet), spiced almond and chocolate drops from Jane Lerner (@janelerner) and streusel topped carrot, zucchini, pecan muffins from Emily Hanhan (@emilyhanhan). It was so much fun!!!
I had a ball making this party and setting it up with all my friends who pitched in to make it look FABULOUS!!! What is great about a tea party is you put all the food out a once! You do some replenishing here and there, but you get to hang out and enjoy yourself too!
Here is the menu with the savory food first and the sweets after. Do try this at home. Get your friends to all bring something. It’s GOOD, CLEAN, FUN!.Here is video overview of what I made. I had people breathing down my neck to get to the food so it’s quick.
Assorted Tea Sandwiches:
- Curried Chicken Salad
- Gala Apple & Cream Cheese
- Deviled Ham Spread & Cucumber
- Traditional Chicken Salad
- Crunchy Bacon & Egg Salad
- Egg Salad & Watercress
- Cheddar & Green Tomato Chutney
- Butternut Squash, Coriander & White Bean Spread
- Chicken Salad & Crunchy Bacon
- Cucumber & Watercress
Spring Frittata with roasted peppers, potatoes, onions, zucchini, butternut squash, peas and Parmesan
Smoked Salmon Choux Puffs w/ Dill
Assorted Cheese & Cracker Board
Warm Scones served with:
- Lemon Curd
- Raspberry Jam
- Whipped Cream
Espresso Pastry Cream Choux Puffs w/ Chocolate Glaze
Carrot Zucchini Mini Muffins (via Emily Hanhan)
Apple Blueberry Pecan Baby Bundt Breads w/ Armagnac Caramel Sauce (sauce via Jeannie Rose Field)
Pink Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Marshmallows
Milk & Dark Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Marshmallows
White Chocolate &Strawberry Bark
Rockin’ Rocky Road w/ peanuts, raisins & marshmallows
Dark Chocolate Roasted Pepita &Cranberry Bark
Heavenly Hazelnut Squares
Spiced Almond Chocolates (via Jane Lerner)
Sugar Dusted Shortbread Flower Cookies
Cashew, Walnut & Hazelnut Cookies
Toffee Crusted Brownies
Cherry & Walnut Blondies w/ 70% chocolate chips
Chocolate Flower Pops in pink, milk and dark chocolate
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Milk, Dark & White Chocolate Grahams
Milk & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Iced Hibiscus Tea
Assorted Hot Teas
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