Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tea Party Bridal Shower

My sister's Tea Party Bridal Shower turned out fantastic, it was a wonderful event! She was surrounded by tons of family and friends, lots of delicious tea sandwiches and treats--including a chocolate fountain, and the decorations could not have been better, as a co-worker let us borrow many pieces of fine china to help celebrate this tea theme, providing actual glass tea cups to sip our tea from.

Q & A Interview w/ the fiance for a game.

Guess who brought which game...

Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwiches:
Sliced Strawberries
Cream Cheese
White or Wheat Bread
Note: Now I am thinking it would have been a great idea to add Nutella!

Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches:
Cream Cheese
Thin Shaved Carrots
Sliced Cucumber
Baby Spinach
White or Wheat Bread

Cranberry Apple Turkey Sandwiches:
Apple Slices
Thin slices of Turkey (lunch meat)
Smoke Gouda Cheese
Baby Spinach
Cranberry Sauce (in a can)
White or Wheat Bread

BLT Avocado Sandwiches:
Bacon Strips
Sliced Tomato
Romaine Lettuce
White or Wheat Bread

Green Tea Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
4 bags of Green Tea (cut bags and use tea mixture)
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
3-5 Tbsp heavy cream (use just enough to combine)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cupcake tray with paper or foil liners. In a large bowl, combine butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pinch of salt, and green tea until well creamed together. In another smaller bowl, whisk together milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour this mixture into the large bowl slowly adding and mix until thoroughly combined. Divide batter into cups ( I made 12 mini + 12 regular) about 3/4 full. Bake for 10-20 minutes depending on cupcake sizes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting: in a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, cream, and salt until smooth. Spread the frosting using a butter knife to generously spread the frosting, add any choice of sprinkles.
Lemon Poppy seed English Breakfast Tea Muffins with Lemon Glaze:
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Box Mix 4 tea bags of English Breakfast Tea (using tea leaves inside bags)
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter instead of oil
             OR sub applesauce for healthier version
Simple,  just follow instructions on box and combine in tea leaves. 

Blueberry Orange Scones:
Recipe posted on this post.
Vanilla Chai Tea Cupcakes with Vanilla Chai Tea Butter Cream Frosting:
Adapted from the Novice Chef 

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