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Old 11-02-2005, 07:18 PM   #1
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Tea Party Ideas Please

my dd is turning five. we are doing a 'big girl tea party" . she wants the tiered plates and tea cups ect. now what would you make for five kids, i don't want all sweet. i am thinking egg sandwiches, chocolate strawberries, a square, a cookie......
and a cake help please!!! mom2girls

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Old 11-02-2005, 07:32 PM   #2
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lemon squares?? Short bread cookies?? Will you cut the sandwiches in to fun little shapes?
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Old 11-02-2005, 07:51 PM   #3
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pdswife, yes i was thinking, proper english sandwiches. no crusts and shapes to.
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Old 11-02-2005, 09:12 PM   #4
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I'm sure you'll have a great time!!
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What a fun idea... I hope you all have loads of fun!! Okay, what to serve...proper english tea sandwiches are very good idea... also popular and highly tasty for the tea "nibbles" are

-pikelets, very similar to pancakes, can be enjoyed with various toppings
http://www.cuisinedumonde.com/pikelets.html

-cheese scones, a savoury version of famous english treat
http://thefoody.com/baking/cheesescones.html

the classic scones are eaten with devonshire cream and good strawberry preserve, they are oh, so good!!

Devonshire Cream

120g/4oz mascarpone
250ml/9oz heavy whipping cream (not ultrapasteurized)
a drop of vanilla extract
1 tablespoons sugar
small pinch salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large stainless steel bowl. Beat the cream until it holds its shape. Chill the cream in the fridge until ready to use. This cream should be used within an hour of being made or else you will have to rewhip it.

Classic Cream Scones

250g/9oz self raising flour
80g/3oz granulated sugar
pinch of salt
80g/3oz unsalted butter chilled
120ml/4oz heavy whipping cream
1 large egg
some drops of vanilla extract
a handful of currants (optional)
1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water
for glaze (optional)
Additional Sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 200C/425F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut the butter into 1/2 inch cubes and distribute them over the flour mixture. With a pastry blender or two knives used scissors fashion, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, stir together the cream, egg, and vanilla. Add the cream mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the currants, if desired. With lightly floured hands pat the dough into a 1,5cm/half inch thickness on a lightly floured cutting board. Using a floured 6-7cm/2,5 inch diameter round biscuit cutter or a glass cut out rounds from the dough and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Gather the scraps together and repeat until all the dough is used. Lightly brush the tops of the scones with the egg mixture, if desired. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove the baking sheet to a wire rack and cool for 5 minutes. Serve when either just warm or cool.

Let us know how the party went!!
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:21 AM   #6
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Mom2, Happy Birthday to your dd .

My guess is that five-year-olds are not fond of tea, but like the idea of dressing up and tea cups, to be grown up like mom. IMO, clotted cream, scones, mascarpone, watercress sandwiches etc., appeals to adults - not kids. Guessing kids would be happy with cake, candy, chocolate, hot dogs and ice cream.

Some ideas that might be more kid friendly:

Maybe lemonade in place of tea in their teacups.
Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream
Pigs in a blanket (instead of scones)
Chocolate dipped strawberries (or leave out the chocolate) or a pretty fruit plate
Fruit skewers (i.e. melon, grapes, cheese, etc.) & a yogurt dipping sauce
A Tea Party theme Birthday cake
Music that appeals to kids (not classical)
Tea sandwiches like peanut butter/jelly, cream cheese. bananas - why not some s'mores
Dress up the plates with little doilies
Thumbprint cookies (jam, almonds etc.)
Maybe a fondue with fruits for dipping

I wouldn't go overboard with the sweets. Maybe have an Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter Tea Party theme. Rent a video of Alice in Wonderland.

Just a few ideas to get the ball rolling. Hope the party is a big success.
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Old 11-03-2005, 06:10 PM   #7
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mish, that is exactly what i was going for! i love the ideas. thanks.
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My grandmother had endless ladies luncheons, and I remember helping her make tea sandwiches. Two of the spreads were chicken salad and cream cheese with sliced olives. She also made ham salad sometimes, which I loved. When I was a young mother, I really had to pinch pennies, and I used to make "ham salad" with balogna, hard boiled eggs, mild cheddar (those put through a grinder), a little mustard, Miracle Whip, and sweet relish. My kids loved it, and so has everyone else who has tried it. The reason I mention this is that your little girls might enjoy that more than some of the more "traditional" tea sandwiches.
It's also very easy to make little choux paste puffs, which are wonderful filled with chicken salad, or vanilla pudding inside and warmed fudge topping mix drizzled over the tops.
Chocolate dipped strawberries would be delightful for the kids! Or maybe a chocolate fondue with assorted fruit and chunks of angelfood cake for dipping.
Don't forget the little bowls of mints and nuts...can't be a tea party without those. Of course you could always substitute kid stuff, ie malted milk balls and miniature oreos.
What about the tea? There are so many recipes for flavored teas on the web...such as peach tea, or tropical fruit tea. You might also include lemonade or spiced apple cidar as beverages.
Sandra Lee has done several parties for her niece. If you check out Food Network, you'll find some nice hints for children's parties on her site...things like little bows tied around the napkins.
Have fun with your little ladies...you'll cherish this memory for the rest of your life.
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:35 PM   #9
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You've gotten some fantastic ideas already! Makes me want to have a grown up tea party A few more thoughts...

Fruit salad served in hollowed out melon halves (or oranges if they are big enough)

Apple slices and caramel sauce

A child friendly soup served in large tea cups or mugs

Meatballs or pizza bites

English muffins and jam (or go really Brit and use lemon curd)

Individual triffles instead of a birthday cake (or other small desserts in individual ramekins, like chocolate pudding or strawberry mousse)
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:33 PM   #10
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May I also suggest for the "big girls", providing them ingredients to create their own snacks also. Lots of suggestions for sandwiches, why not let them make them? Having a little girl myself, they LOVE creating new things!!!! Hope they have a grand time!
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