Tea Party Ideas and Tea Party Recipes

When your tea party ideas include a whimsical theme, like a Winnie the Pooh baby shower tea party, it can be fun to make tea party menus naming the food you are serving, as it may relate to the characters. You may want to create a menu for each table, or have if you are serving buffet style, separate place cards with the whimsical name. Please put the ingredients on the card, so that someone with food allergies may avoid that food.

Tea party recipes to compliment these tea party ideas

Let’s start with some tea sandwiches, baby shower finger foods sure to delight the mom to be, as well as your guests.

Cream Cheese Pecan Tea Sandwiches
                (Lumpy’s Favorite)

tea party sandwiches8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons ketchup
Mix together in a small bowl

3 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped
½ of a medium onion, finely chopped
½ of a red pepper, finely chopped
¾ cup pecans, finely chopped
(If you have an allergy to nuts you may substitute celery)
Salt and pepper

1 large loaf honey oat wheat bread. Cut and trim edges.

Mix the cream cheese and ketchup together with other ingredients one to two days prior to tea party. Spread on bread and make sandwiches. Cover with plastic wrap. Can be made early in day.

Pear and Stilton Cheese Tea Sandwiches
                (Kanga Roo’s)

8 very thin slices whole wheat bread
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ripe pears, halved and thinly sliced
Lemon juice
1 ounce Stilton cheese

Spread bread with softened butter. Dip pears in lemon juice to prevent browning. Place ½ of the pear slice in a single layer on a slice of bread. Top the pear with crumbled Stilton cheese. Now cover the cheese and pear with a second slice of buttered bread.

Mushroom Cream Cheese and Bacon Tea Sandwiches
                (Piglet’s Dilemma)

2 Tablespoon’s unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 pound mushrooms, cleaned and diced
Salt and pepper
11/2 pounds cooked bacon
1 -8 ounce package cream cheese
12 leaves endive, cleaned and trimmed
1 large loaf Pumpernickel bread, thinly sliced

In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil. Saute mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms begin to soften and juices begin to evaporate. This should take about 8 - 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place mushrooms and cooked bacon in food processor with metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped.

Thinly spread all the slices of bread with cream cheese mixture. Then spread on mushroom bacon mixture. Top with trimmed endive. Then top with another slice of bread with cream cheese spread on the inside. Using a serrated knife, trim the crusts and cut the sandwich in half and then in half again to make 4 triangles.

Tea party ideas must include scones, yum yum

Garlic and Cheddar Cheese Scones
          (Rabbit’s Scholarly Scones)

scones ½ cup butter, softened
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar, preferably white
1 cup Greek yogurt (you may substitute sour cream)
1 tsp fresh chopped parsley
½ tsp fresh chopped thyme
½ tsp minced garlic
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

2 Tablespoons Melted butter
1 clove minced garlic
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin or 2 – 12 serving miniature muffin tins.

Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl with butter ½ cup of softened butter. Using a pasty knife or two knives, cut until it looks like fine crumbs. Add Greek yogurt, cheese and herbs. Stir until blended. Spoon into muffin tins until tin is about half full. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when checked.

Brush with melted butter and garlic while still warm.

Fruit in Season Streusel Scones
          (Tigger’s Tail)

Scone Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1 cup fruit (this is your choice- blueberries, diced strawberries, diced peaches, diced apples)
Zest of one lemon
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup cream or milk
2 Tablespoon extra cream or milk to brush tops of scones

Streusel Topping

¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a lager mixing bowl, mix dry scone ingredients together. Cut in the butter with a pastry knife or two knives until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in chopped fruit and lemon zest.

In a small bowl, combine cream, egg and vanilla. Add this to flour mixture. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead gently for a few times. Roll the dough into a circle with the thickness about 1 ½ thick. Cut the scones into triangles.

If you want to make miniature scones, then make 2 small circles and cut out the triangles.

Place the scones on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush the tops with the cream or milk.

In a separate bowl, mix together, the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter until it forms crumbs. Top each scone with a teaspoon of streusel mix. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until done and lightly browned.


Tea party ideas and tea party recipes to die for

Strawberry Chocolate Tartlets
      (Owl’s Family Treasure)

16 chocolate chip cookies (about 6 ounces)
4 Tablespoons butter
1 cup (6 ounces) semi sweet chocolate morsels
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups strawberries, cleaned, drained and sliced
Powdered sugared (optional)

Makes 8 tartlets

Use paper muffin cups liners in the tartlet pan. Crush cookies into crumbs. Combine crumbs and margarine in a large bowl; press into 8 tartlet pans. Freeze for 10 minutes.

Microwave semi sweet morsels and sweetened condensed milk in medium, microwave-safe bowl on high power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Spoon the mixture into individual tartlets pans. Refrigerate for a few minutes or until chocolate is set. Arrange strawberries over chocolate; sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Green Tea Custard Tartlets

(Eeyore’s Glum Tarts)

1 prepared 9 inch pie crust or homemade crust
2 1/2 Tablespoons corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons green tea powder
2 1/2 cups heavy cream (may substitute milk if you prefer)
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Take dry ingredients and sift together. Blend cream, eggs and vanilla together. Mix dry ingredients into cream and egg mixture. Mix well.

Roll out the pie crust. Using a biscuit cutter, cut the pie crust to fit the pan. Fill the pie crusts only 2/3 full.

Place in oven and bake 45 minutes or until firm. Cool then refrigerate. Serve with favorite whipped topping or fruit topping and favorite glass or cup of tea.

Of course, you may want to make special decorated cookies of the characters, or a Hunny Pot to serve as well.

Tea party ideas and unique desserts

winnie the pooh cakeHow about a HUNNY POT CAKE for dessert?

There is nothing more whimsical for this baby shower tea party than to create a Hunny Pot shaped cake using Pyrex bowls and cupcake pans.
After you finish the baking, cover cakes using butter cream frosting and fondant. You can create a Hunny Pot open with hunny dripping out of the pot. You can use fondant to create a few bees and grass growing on the outside of the pot and flowers. Or you may want to create a closed Hunny Pot with a lid and letters on the side of the jar.

You can customize the cake for your tea party to fit any theme imaginable - using fondant for a whimsical appearance, or flowers for a dainty or delicate appearance. The tea party ideas and themes are endless.

Don’t have time or the confidence to make a Hunny Pot cake-No problem? How about making miniature cup cakes and top with light brown colored chocolate frosting topped with a bee? Place on a three tiered server as a centerpiece.

Now, let’s not forget about the teas, hot or iced, herbals or tea cocktails (non alcoholic) Don’t forget about the garnishes, lemon, sugar, brown sugar, cream, and don’t forget the Hunny. You musn’t run out of the Hunny.

Now, let’s plan for some fun tea games coming soon.

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