Tag Archives: Love

Inspiration By Frida

30 Jun


Lane’s Afternoon Tea Party

10 Jul

ImageA couple of months ago, I posted an entry on how to create a proper afternoon tea. Unfortunately, the post was created in the middle of April and the weather was not conducive to the fabulous afternoon tea party I wanted to throw for four of my best girlfriends.

ImageJune proved to be the perfect month, as not only were the peonies in the garden in full bloom and the weather was lovely but also, all four of my girlfriends were home! Therefore, I took some of my own lady advice, set a date and invited my girls over for a fabulous afternoon full of sundresses and hats.

I followed the traditional standards for an afternoon tea, but of course, I had to put my own spin on things!

I began with making a few pots of tea depending on the preference of each lady. Having a few tea pots around the table has such a fun and whimsical vibe and gives some variety… it is a TEA party after all! Additionally, I mixed up what my family calls “Witches Brew” or half lemonade and half iced tea to be served as a refreshing drink.

ImageFor starters, I made a small array of finger sandwiches:

Cucumber with cream cheese, Tomato with Boursin spread and Turkey with cheddar cheese and Dijon mustard.

Each sandwich deviated a bit from the traditional servings (Cucumber, Egg mayonnaise with cress, Smoked salmon with cream cheese, Coronation chicken, Ham and mustard) but were just as delicious!

ImageScones with clotted cream and strawberry preserves were next. My favorite chef, Ina Garten also known as the Barefoot Contessa, always provides fool-proof recipes and I knew her scone recipe would be no different. I used Ina’s Cranberry-Orange Scone recipe, minus the cranberries. I wanted the scones to be unique but not overwhelming and the hint of orange flavor was perfect.

ImageClotted cream is very difficult to find in the States, therefore I decided to make my own. Using a mixer, I poured in heavy cream, sugar and a little vanilla. Yes, this is not typically how clotted cream is made (simmering cream in a saucepan) but, for a summer day the result was light, fluffy and yummy.

Store bought strawberry preserves put in a pretty bowl is the final step, simple and easy.

ImageThe next “course” typically features an arrangement of pastries, tarts, cakes and chocolates. I opted for easy, chocolate covered strawberries with champagne for a lighter, more summery feel. I simply melted chocolate chips in a double boiler, dipped the strawberries and put them in the refrigerator to chill. The champagne needed no help on my end to be delicious!

ImageFinally, as a little surprise to celebrate all of our birthday’s throughout the year, I whipped up a chocolate cake with pink frosting, finished off with pink candles.

ImageThe day was all I had hoped for it to be and more. Nothing warms the heart more than a hot pot of tea, scrumptious treats and fabulous friends.

%d bloggers like this: