Tea (or Champagne!) Party 101 and 3 Must Have Tea Cookie Recipes

 

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Tea  Champagne Party 101.  Start with three really good cookie recipes, a few bottles of champagne and some of your best girlies!  Done!  It’s that easy!  You’ve made a party.

But seriously…with a little pre-planning, you can throw the most heavenly tea champagne party that’s ever been.  The pay off is so worth the effort!   Like with any party, once you’ve determined what you’re celebrating…birthday, engagement, baby shower, etc…you can then settle into some details.  My planning/brainstorming looked something like this:

Tea Party…Around Valentines Day…A “Gal”entines Day Affair…Marie Antoinette Style…One Year Blog Anniversary…around 8 – 10 ladies…all in shades of blush

Color Scheme/Decor:  Peach, Rose and Blush

Menu:

  • Peach and Carrot Cake with Caramelized Peaches and Fresh Blackberriestasty-bites
  • Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting and Balsamic Strawberries
  • Mandarin Orange Mini Pound Cakes (recipe here)
  • Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream
  • Pink Meringue Cookies – Must Have Cookie #1
  • Heart Shaped Sugar Crackers-Must Have #2
  • Lavender Shortbread (recipe here) –Must Have #3
  • Petit Fours Piped with Peaches and Willows (from Bakery)
  • Peach and Gorgonzola Flatbread with Arugula
  • Bacon Jam and Brie Crostini
  • Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Canapes
  • Mango and Arugula wrapped in Prosciutto
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Beverage:  Champagne Bar

Table Setting:  White flower petal runner, Fine China, White Linens, Bracelet Napkin Rings, Petite Rose Nosegay Arrangements, Cakes and Cookies Galore

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My foyer console set up as a Champagne Bar where guests helped themselves to a cocktail.  The “love” banner was purchased from Rock, Paper, Scissors in downtown Franklin where you’ll find a smorgasbord of wonderful stationary and party accoutrement.  Love the rose gold color of the balloon banner!
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Strawberry and Peach Puree’ add just the right touch of fruity sweetness and color to a bubbly champagne cocktail
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A splash of Elderflower or Raspberry Liqueur perhaps?
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The bar also doubled as the party favor table.  The decorated cookie boxes make a great table decoration.
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Putting the final flourishes on the tea table.  The white petal table runner is cut yardage from a fabric store…no sewing needed.   The menu is a nice mix of sweet and savory offerings.
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The china pattern is Apple Blossom, a pattern handed down to my husband from his mother and a reminder to always use the beautiful things you have acquired along life’s way.  Sparkly bracelets from my jewelry box act as napkin rings.  Each guest received a fun lip gloss tucked in the napkin as a party favor.
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Rose Floral Arrangements were small and dainty in keeping with the theme.  I used crystal stemware and china bowls as vases.
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Laid back and relaxed conversation among friends both new and known
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Rose colored heart balloons make a whimsical backdrop!  Source:  Rock, Paper, Scissors
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I had never played MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House) and what fun it was to play amongst girlfriends!  Print out a downloadable PDF for each guest like this one …
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One of my guests brought her Polaroid Instamatic!  Throwback fun!!!

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The three must-have, fail proof cookies I served were Heart Shaped Sugar Crackers, Lavender Shortbread, and Meringues.  The recipe for Lavender Shortbread can be found HERE from an earlier post.  They are easy to make and scrumptious.  The following are recipes for Sugar Crackers and Meringues.  Equally as easy and delicious!

SUGAR CRACKERS

  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugarsugar-cracker
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 3/4 teaspoon sal
  7. 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating well.  Add egg, and beat well.  Combine flour and next 3 ingredients.  Add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended.  Stir in vanilla.
  • Roll dough to 1/8″ thickness on a lightly floured surface.  (When I can see my countertop through the dough, I know I’m at the proper thin-ness.)  Cut with cookie cutters.  Place 1″ apart on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  • Brush cookies with egg white wash and sprinkle with dusting sugar and a pinch of kosher salt.  I literally 0nly allow 4-5 granules of salt per top of cookie…but those granules count!  Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes.  Cool completely on  wire racks.

PINK MERINGUES

  1. 4 large eggs
  2. 1 1/4 cups sugarmeringues
  3. 1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
  4. 1 Teaspoon Juice from raw beets (or 1 tsp pink food coloring)
  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees F
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Whisk the egg whites until stiff, but do not beat them too much.  Gradually whisk in the sugar a spoon at a time, then add the vinegar and food coloring or beet juice.
  • Using two teaspoons, place big dollops of the pink meringue on the baking sheets, each an inch or so apart.  Bake 45 – 50 minutes, then cool on the parchment paper on a wire rack.
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Send your guests home with a sweet treat from your party.  I packed mine with Heart Sugar Crackers…but any of your nibbles would work nicely!

 

 

Sugar Crackers recipe adapted from Christmas with Southern Living, 1999;  Meringue recipe adapted from Scandinavian Baking, Trine Hahnemann

All Photo Credits:  Robyn Rodehaver (Robynrenee77@gmail.com)

 

One thought on “Tea (or Champagne!) Party 101 and 3 Must Have Tea Cookie Recipes

  1. Amy Gibbons February 16, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Beautiful!

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