Friday, February 17, 2012

A new tradition

I started collecting tea cups 4 years ago knowing that one day I would have a tea party.  I have a wee obsession with them and love to find them when I'm out shopping and i have had many given to me as gifts!   I'm quite fond of my collection. Well, I decided that "one day" was here!
 I hosted the tea party at 10 so we could do a simple brunch and because 16 out of the 23 children between the 7 of us were at school.  We wanted to enjoy ourselves as much as possible!

 This is my current favorite tea cup.  Isn't it gorgi?  It's looks a little art decoish to me.

 Speaking of gorgi?  What do you think of this silver tea set from Milan Italy?  Yes folks, ITLY!  My in-laws picked it up on a trip to Italy three years ago.  I think I'm on the short list to inherit it one day.  (fingers crossed.)

 I made this delicious lemon blueberry cake from Pinterest.  It was divine.  Really.  Best bundt cake ever!

 I also served orange scones with orange glaze.  It's a really easy recipe, you can make them up quick and can change the flavor to lemon or to whatever you want!  This recipe comes from one of my BFF's and when I serve them or take them places, everyone raves about them! 

I had such an enjoyable time with some of my dear friends and decided I am going to host a monthly tea party.  Next month's guest list:  My 3 friends and their 5 year olds plus me and my 5 yr old Alexandra.   A mom and daughter tea teach some etiquette and drink some yummy herbal tea!  Hats will probably be required.

Swedish Scones Recipe:

2 C. Flour
1/4 C. Sugar
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
1 1/4 C. Heavy Whipping Cream (you can also use whipping cream or half and half)

Add in any fresh, frozen or dried fruit.  Add extracts to enhance flavor and rinds.  For the orange scones I used the rind of one orange, the juice and about a tsp. of orange extract.  My favorite combos are craisins with orange and blueberries with lemon.

With a spoon, mix all the ingredients until wet.  Form into ball. Press into circle on floured counter about 3/4" thick.  Cut into 8 pie shapes (or make two smaller circles for 16 smaller scones.)  Spread butter on the tops and sprinkle with course sugar like Sugar in the Raw.  Bake at 350 degrees until tops are firm around 13 minutes.

Glaze Recipe:

1 C. Powdered Sugar
1 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon or Orange Juice
1/2 tsp. Lemon or Orange Extract
1 Tbsp. Melted Butter
2 Tbsp. Heavy Whipping Cream

Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm scones.  

Enjoy! xo Melanie


  1. I love that tea cup! How fun to have a girlie day with your kids with a tea party. Fabulous idea.

  2. Next tea party, I want an invite!!