How to Host a Spring Tea Party
Spring is in the air. That means that warm weather, sunshine, and good times are on their way! Tea parties are a great way to celebrate a bridal shower, birthday party, or other special occasion. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it’s time to don your afternoon tea party best and get outside! Whether you’re planning an Alice and Wonderland themed Mad Hatter tea party or an elegant garden themed tea party, follow these tips for an unforgettable event! CookDazzle.com has all the supplies you need to throw the best tea party celebration this spring.
- Tea accessories: The first thing to consider when planning a tea party is what tea accessories you will need. Don’t forget tea kettles, tea infusers, tea pot, and tea cups.
- Set the mood: Set up a table in your backyard or garden for the perfect tea party atmosphere. Floral print napkins, a pastel table cloth, and a vase of colorful flowers will do the trick! Hang a chandelier or paper lanterns from a tree branch for a touch of romance.
- Mix and match: Mixing vintage teacups and teapots adds an eclectic style to your décor. Give your guests their very own teacup and bag of tea as a party favor.
- Finger foods: Finger foods like tea sandwiches and cookies make the perfect tea party spread.
- Liven the mood: Play outdoor games like croquet or horseshoes for a little afternoon fun.
Toasted Pecan Butter Tea Cookies (from MarthaStewart.com)
- I cup toasted pecans
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer. Add vanilla and salt. Graduall
y add flour, beating until just incorporated. Break toasted pecans into pieces and stir in until distributed evenly. Cover dough, and refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes.
- Drop 2-tablespoon scoops of dough onto baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges of cookies are golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and let cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.