Wednesday, 26 September 2012

A Halloween Tea Party...

There is nothing I love better than having a few girlfriends over for tea.
It is such good fun to talk and laugh and share some food!
I love Fall, so I created this Halloween-themed tea party to celebrate Fall &  friendship.

Although it may not look it, I kept this tea party quite simple by buying the cookies and sandwiches form the grocery store.
I made the pumpkin spice scones with maple cinnamon frosting and pumpkin spice latte  dessert {but you could easily buy the scones and skip the extra dessert}
I know the trend these days is to have parties styled with food and treats lined up in rows on tables, but I still prefer the old-fashioned way of groupings on a table.
 This beautiful 3 tier stand is  filled with sandwiches, scones and cookies to double as a centerpiece.
{See yesterday's post on  how to create a beautiful tea stand here.}
 And some  mason jars are dressed up with pretty striped straws and baker's twine from Greenmuch.
{You can find them here and here.}
 And I made up littel take home treat bags of popcorn for guests to take home. The adorable treat bags also came from Greenmunch. {You can find them here.}
 And you can find the recipe for these delicious pumpkin spice scones here.
How about you?
Are you planning any little celebrations with friends to celebrate Fall?

{Thank you so much to Joy & Phillip at Greenmunch for providing me with their amazing party products for this post!}


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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

How to Create A Beautiful Tea Stand...

I have always been in love the romanticism of English teas.
If you have ever read the 'Anne of Green Gables' series, you know how well those afternoon teas were described and how scrumptious they sounded!
English afternoon teas were often a mid-afternoon petite meal consisting of small savory sandwiches, scones and sweets...along with a good pot of tea.
I am going to show how you can create a beautiful tea stand in mere minutes even if you don't have time to make everything/anything yourself.

1. Start with a 3 tier stand or  3 pretty plates.
 I scored my silver tea stand at Goodwill for $8. Yard sales and thrift shops are a good place to find fun & traditional tea stands. If you don't have a tiered problem! Plates work just fine. Line the plates with white paper doilies or napkins. I cut strips of orange napkins to line my plates because I wanted a pop of colour.

 2. Add sandwiches on the bottom or largest plate.
If you don't have time to make sandwiches, buy them! I bought theses wraps from the grocery store and then cut them into small pieces myself. Trim around the sandwiches with veggies and pickles. I used a bag of baby carrots and sliced an English cucumber.

 3. Add scones and fruit on the second  or medium plate.
I made scones for this tea because I **love** homemade scones {find my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Scones with Maple Cinnamon Frosting here.} and the effort was worth it to me. But you could easily buy scones or biscuits for this plate. Adding strawberries is great for a pop of colour, but any fruit would look lovely...grapes, kiwi, watermelon.

 4. Fill the smallest plate or top plate with sweets.
This plate can hold just 1 type of sweet or a few different things...your choice.I bought some sugar cookies  because I was so pressed for time. A box of chocolates would also work for this plate, as well as cheese & fruit.

And now you should have a beautiful looking tea set out for some family or friends. This would make such a great little birthday party or small shower for a special person, don't you think?
Be sure to come back tomorrow where I share a whole little Halloween themed tea party.
Kids are not the only ones who can have the fun you know!

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