As promised, here are a few of the pictures from the Mother’s Day Tea Party. I must say we had a great time!

The FOOD:

This was probably the easiest party I have ever thrown. I put down my pride, and decided to purchase some pre-made items rather than cook everything. Although, there wasn’t even that much to cook in the first place. Since the fare at a tea party is usually light and with minimal ingredients, I definitely recommend using a specialty store to purchase the food and not your typical grocery store.

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Menu

shrimp cocktail

fried goat cheese 

tea sandwiches

scones

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Tea Sandwiches

Chicken Salad- Simply add chicken salad to white bread. I actually cheated and used store-bought chicken salad. If you are going to take this route, please make sure it is a good quality chicken salad.

Cucumber Veg- Spread a good layer of vegetable cream cheese on two sides of rye bread. Add on thinly sliced cucumber.

Cucumber with Herb Cheese- Chop up some fresh mint and add to store-bought regular cream cheese. Spread a thin layer of the herb cheese on one side of pumpernickel bread. Add soft butter to the other side of the bread. Layer on thinly sliced cucumbers. This was the overall favorite of the day.

Tips: Freeze the bread before you assemble the sandwiches. Once assembled cut off all crust. Slice into four triangular bite size pieces.

Fried Goat Cheese

Slice goat cheese about 1/2 inch thick. Coat in flour, egg, and panko bread crumbs… much like you would make  a chicken cutlet. Once the goat cheese pieces are all coated, place on a plate and in the fridge for up to an hour. Right before serving heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Once the oil is hot, fry the goat cheese- about 2 minutes on each side. Place on top of a salad of fancy greens dressed with a simple vinaigrette. For this salad I whisked together extra-virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and salt to taste.

The details.

The main focus of the table was the three tired cake stand which held most of the food. I also use this (once clean) as a jewelery stand. I had purchased vintage plates and vintage tea cups from a local consignment store. This kept cost down and style up! A spare pink sheet was a perfect fit for a table-cloth. I tied the points of the sheet into big knots which made a cleaner look. Table runner, votive holders, and turquoise vases were all things I had around the house. I also used small votive holders to hold the cocktail sauce and lemons for the shrimp.

The tea cups were a gift for each guest. I filled them with leftover paper grass from Easter and a variety of teas. 

Two old milk bottles were used to hold water and iced tea. Just to go a step further, I filled heart-shaped ice cube trays (on sale after Valentine’s day) with raspberries. This brought the iced tea to a whole new level!