Suggested Tea Party Menu for your St Patrick’s Day Tea Party

Cocktail Smashed Leprechaun (optional)

Cut up Green vegetables with Green Ranch Dressing for Dipping
Fruit Kabobs with Emerald Isle Fruit Dip
Irish Oatmeal and Cranberry Scones
Irish Soda Bread with Four Leaf Clover Green Butter or Cream Cheese
Devonshire Cream
Smoked Salmon with Sundried Tomato and Basil Cream Cheese Tea Sandwich
Reuben Tea Sandwiches on Rye Bread
Roast beef and Irish Cheddar Cheese Tea Sandwiches on Potato Bread
with Horseradish Sauce
Pistachio Fruit Fluff
Miniature Green Twice Baked Potatoes
Green Deviled Eggs
Tray of Shamrock and Pot of Gold Cookies
a variety of  green tea, loose leaf teas
limes because that are green
sugar cubes with shamrocks on them

Leprechaun Green Tea Cake with Shamrock Green Tea Frosting

Some Recipes from the tea party menu

Smashed Leprechaun

Place mint leaves on bottom of glass. Add tea syrup and combine well. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add whiskey. Stir. Garnish with sprig of mint.

Emerald Isle Fruit Dip

Using an electric mixer, blend cream cheese and marshmallow creme , orange juice and whipped topping until mixed thoroughly.

tea party menuIrish Oatmeal Cranberry Scones

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, and salt into a food processor, then add oats and pulse 15 times. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with small (pea-size) lumps. Transfer to a bowl. Stir together zest and buttermilk. Toss cranberries with oat mixture, then add buttermilk, stirring with a fork just until a dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead 6 times. Pat dough into a 1-inch-thick round, dusting surface with more flour if necessary. Cut out as many scones as possible with cutter, dipping it in flour before each cut, and transfer scones to a lightly buttered large baking sheet. Gather scraps into a ball, then pat into a round and cut out more scones in same manner. Brush tops of scones with buttermilk and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake in middle of oven until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes, and transfer to a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Pistachio Fruit Fluff

Place instant pudding into a large mixing bowl. Add pineapple, and mix well. Mix in whipped topping or real whipped cream which ever you use. Stir in chopped nuts. Cover, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Serves six.

Leprechaun Green Tea Cake with Shamrock Green Tea Frosting

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
6 to 8 drops green food coloring (optional)

4 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 - 9 inch round pans. Sift together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, salt, and 4 teaspoons of matcha. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, and eggs until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Beat the sour cream into the flour mixture. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes before removing from pans.

Shamrock Green Tea Frosting

1 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
4 drops green food coloring (optional)

Sift together confectioner's sugar and matcha powder. In a medium bowl, combine tea mixture with butter, cream cheese, vanilla and milk and food coloring. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

To assemble the cake:

When the cakes are completely cooled, put one layer on a flat serving plate. Spread a thin layer of frosting over it. Place the other layer of cake on top, and spread frosting to cover the top and sides of cake. Dust with additional matcha powder if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature. Makes one 2 layer 9 inch rounds or one sheet cake.

Use these recipes or create your own tea party menu and have fun.

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