Did you miss one of the monthly Tea Party ideas on the home page? Well, you can find them all here so you do not have to miss anything at all.
May is the month when most people plant their vegetable gardens. Why not mix garden planting with a Garden Tea Party? Invite 4 or 5 of your friends who do not mind getting down and dirty. Set up an outside table and chairs near the planting area. Make a light spring fare: scones with lemon curd and clotted cream; cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, corn muffins stuffed with ham salad and tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers drizzled with balsamic vinegar. A simple ice cream with espresso for dessert would round out the event nicely.
In between courses you and the girls can get down in the dirt and plant those vegetables. Have soap and water nearby for wash-ups before going back to eating.
Send everyone home with a little thank you. A child's pail with fresh herbs ready for planting is a great take away and can be used as a part of your tablescape. If you are a good shopper this will not cost more than a few dollars to make and the price is small compared to the labor and camaraderie you will receive.
June is a gorgeous month. The weather is not too hot or too cold. It is the month for weddings, graduations and other important life events. Take one of these events and turn it into a porch tea party. Set up tables and chairs on the porch, if you have a house with a big front porch that would be perfect.
Start your afternoon tea party off with a Turkish delight, cacik, which is essentially cold cucumber soup. Serve this cool, creamy and tangy dish in one of your fancy tea cups and it is sure to be a big hit.
Make the event even more special by hiring a violinist. Can you see it now? A nice, lazy summer day, cool soup, cold iced tea, sumptuous tea sandwiches and good friends. Add some sun dresses, straw hats and a game of crochet and I am even coming to that Afternoon Tea Party!
March is such a great month because the weather is changing, the sun is popping in and out a little and St. Patrick's Day appears every year on March 17! St. Patrick's Day is a fun day for many of us celebrating this terrific Saint ( for more about him go to https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=89) . As such, in addition to my big corned beef and cabbage dinner on the actual day, I like to have a friend over to enjoy a small Tea Party with me. Whenever I am hosting a Tea Party, no matter the size, I take pictures of the tablescape in advance. By doing this I can see what it looks like through a third party ( the eye of the camera) and make changes as necessary. Here it was all about the fun decorations. I used dish towels instead of napkins and made sure there was some good, old-fashioned Irish cream on hand. In my cabinets I dragged out the heavy green Italian glasses for my tea.
April is a great month. Spring is here. We celebrate both Easter and Passover. We know April showers will be bringing May flowers. What better time to plan an Easter Tea. I love holidays for planning a Tea because I always have a lot of leftovers that can be transformed into a delicious meal. My Easter meal consisting of tomato and mozzarella salad, ham, mashed potatoes, and a variety of vegetables, ravioli, meatballs and Italian bread will be transformed into a marvelous menu. To get the menu go to Easter 2019 menu. The recipes will follow. Happy Holidays!