Valentine's Day Tea Party
Valentine's Day Tea Party
Designed by Brenda Hyde
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A few years ago we started a tradition of having a Valentine's tea party. Sometimes we keep it simple with chocolate hearts, dainty cookies and tea. Other times it's more elaborate. Today I am sharing a menu I put together that will serve many friends and grandma too! I hope it will inspire you to become whimsical this month!
The MenuThis is a simple menu, which can be made ahead of time. The sandwiches should be fresh, but making them the morning of the tea is fine. The spread can even be prepared the night before.
The TeaEarl Grey or Lady Grey Tea is a perfect match for this menu. Remember, for your little guests add cream and sugar to the tea in generous amounts. Alternative teas would be a strawberry or raspberry flavored tea.
Shrimp Butter Tea SandwichesIngredients:
1 cup butter
1 cup minced cooked shrimp
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice
lettuce (I like Romaine for crunch)
thinly sliced country style white bread, crusts removed
Cream butter shrimp, salt, lemon and paprika to a paste or leave a little more texture if you wish. Spread a small slice bread with the shrimp butter, add a piece of lettuce and top it with another slice of bread. This is also good on a cracker with a tiny sprig of fresh dill topping it off.
Mini Herb CrescentsIngredients:
1 8 ounce can refrigerated crescent roll dough
dried basil leaves, crushed
Separate the dough into triangles. Cut each one in half lengthwise. Brush with butter; sprinkle with basil and Parmesan Cheese. Roll up from the wide end and press gently into crescent shape. Place on ungreased baking sheet and brush with more butter. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Chocolate Tea BreadIngredients:
1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
Cream butter, sugar and egg in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. Beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into greased 8-1/2x4-1/2x2-1/2 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 55 to 60 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack and slice.
Raspberry Crumb SquaresIngredients:
3/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups quick oats, uncooked
1 12 ounce jar of raspberry preserves
Cream butter, beat in brown sugar, gradually beat in flour, salt, baking soda and mix well. Stir in oats. Pack 1/2 the mixture into bottom of greased 9x12 pan. Spread the preserves over bottom of crust--not quite to the edges. Spread remaining crust mixture over preserves. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until browned. Remove from oven and cool in pan placed on rack. When cool, trim off 1/2" around sides if the edges are too crisp and cut into small squares.
8 squares unsweetened chocolate
4 ounces German sweet chocolate
1 can sweetened condensed milk (15 ounces)
1 cup crushed nuts
Melt chocolates together in saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Add condensed milk and mix until smooth and well blended. Cool a few minutes. Shape into balls, using about 1 tsp. for each. Roll in nuts. Makes about 6 dozen.
Note: Since this recipe is so large you can place one platter of chocolates on the table and there will be plenty leftover to send home a special package for each guest. You can buy small plastic theme bags at most gift stores or small boxes that can be lined with tissue paper or colored plastic wrap. We've also decorated white lunch bags ahead of time and put the name of each guest on a bag to bring home.
Activities and CraftsReading books aloud is our favorite thing to do at a tea party. For your Valentine's Day tea choose books with a love theme. Here are several titles we always enjoy: The Runaway Bunny By Margaret Wise Brown, Guess how Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, and I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse.
A Poem of LoveThe following poem can be read aloud and discussed during your tea. Ask the following questions: Why is home special? Do you feel loved and safe at home? What does love mean to you?
Home Is Where There's One To Love Us
Home's not mearly roof and room-
It needs something to endear it;
Home is where the heart can bloom,
Where there's some kind lip to cheer it!
What is home with none to meet,
None to welcome, none to greet us?
Home is sweet-and only sweet-
When there's one we love to meet us!