How to Throw a Tea Party

in Breakfast, Cookies, Sandwiches, Scones & Muffins

Scones! Milky tea! Big hats! Fanciness! Pinkies in the air!

These are all of the things I think of when I hear ‘Tea Party’. So when my friend Johnna was gifted a tea set that’s been in her families for generations, we thought we might break it in with a little tea and our lady friends. Heck yes, tea party!

Wanna get your tea party on? Ooooof course you do. Here’s are a few suggestions for tea party success:

Grab one of your bestest friends in the whole wide world, ’cause you’ll need company when making the grocery list, the shopping, the cooking and cleaning.

{Image via The Cherry Blossom Girl}

Make a cute invite. Girls like cuteness. Trust me.

If you’re gonna have a boy at the tea party, make sure he’s dressed to the nines.

Invite friends. Lots and lots of friends.

Make lots of food. The girls I hang with eat a lot. That’s a good thing.

Make some scones…aaaaand if you just so happen to run out of eggs, improv and make some mini yogurt berry scones. Then pair them with a chamomile infused devonshire cream. Heck yes!

Umm…and if you mess up a cupcake recipe that you’ve made a million times, then grab a bag of chocolate chips, melt them and dip some strawberries in the chocolate. Then top with black lava sea salt. Instant fanciness!

Put Earl Grey tea in shortbread cookies. It’s super lovely.

Cut the crusts off some Wonder Bread (like your mom did) and make Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches. And since people have issues with mayonnaise, swap it out for a feta spread. Dainty awesomeness.

Bake cauliflower in a cheesy sauce to make Cauliflower Gratin. Yum.

Maybe buy a few things from your local bakery, like this Kurtosh. It’ll insure that you have more time to pick out your hat. Don’t worry, I won’t judge you.

Set out board games like Scrabble. I seriously can’t think of a better union than a cup of milky tea and a game of Scrabble.

Drink more tea.

And then when everyone leaves and you start washing dishes, turn your back for a few moments, because you’ll most likely be met with a mischevious puppy that climbed on the coffee table to score some soy cream.  Holy cuteness!

By the way, if you punch your computer screen because this cuteness is too much to handle, I’ll understand. Louie’s cuteness should be friggin’ illegal. I mean….really?!

And then when everything is cleaned up, take a victory picture and walk down to the 7-11 for a Coca-Cola slurpee.

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

Recipe by Martha Stewart

Print this recipe!

Makes 8 dozen (Umm…I’m not sure what I did but this recipe yielded me two dozen.)

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 tablespoons finely ground Earl Grey tea leaves, (from about 8 bags–I cut up my tea to make sure it was super ground)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 (8 ounce) sticks unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

Whisk together flour, tea, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

Put butter, sugar, and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low; slowly mix in flour mixture until just combined.

Divide dough in half. Transfer each half to a piece of parchment paper; shape into logs. Roll in parchment to 1 1/4 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log and force out air. Transfer in parchment to paper-towel tubes; freeze 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until edges turn golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches

Makes 12 finger sandwiches

Print this recipe!

1 loaf of Wonder Bread (or bread of choice)

4-5 (depending on size) heirloom tomatoes

For Feta Spread:

1 4 oz block of feta, cubed

1 large dollop of sour cream

1/4 cup of milk

Slice tomatoes in 1/4 inch slices.  Lay out a few paper towels and place the tomato slices on them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.  Note: In order for the sandwiches to refrain from getting soggy, you want to soak up some of the tomatoes moisture.

In a food processor or blender, put 3/4 of the feta, sour cream and milk and blend until combined. You want it to be the consistency of hummus. If it’s too thick, add a bit more milk, if you it’s too thin then add more feta.

Cut the crusts off of the bread slices and assemble sandwiches by putting spread on both sides of the bread and topping with a few tomato slices. Yum-city!

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

sara July 15, 2010 at 2:09 am

Super cute! I love tea parties. I’m girlie that way.

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Naomi July 15, 2010 at 5:19 am

Oh I love this! I would totally host a tea party if a) I had a tea set and b) I had space for more than 4 people in my apartment. Maybe I’ll just have to make the cookies instead.

Have you been out to have tea and Huntington Gardens? We used to go every year and get all dressed up, it’s lots of fun!

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Jennifer July 15, 2010 at 6:38 am

Ahhh! Louie is tooooo cute…loving the bow tie! :0)

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Elle Sees July 15, 2010 at 7:12 am

HOW FAB!! i want a tea party nowwww!

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Nicole July 15, 2010 at 7:49 am

The Early Grey tea cookies look sooo good. I just love things with speckles. Adorable party! Looks like loads of fun.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking July 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

AGH I really may have to punch the screen! Louie is killin’ me!!

Lovely tea party — looks like so much fun!

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Janna M July 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

I was known for throwing tea parties in my dorm at university. I love tea parties. I need to make those cookies sometime. I have a great recipe for chai spice cookies that uses 2 chai tea bags. They are likely very similar. That you went down to 7-11 for a slurpee after the tea party is hilarious.

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Kirstin July 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

This is SOOO ridiculously cute! The whole event, not just the puppy. Ahhh, it’s almost too much to handle, this post made me so happy!

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Sarah July 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

So cute! LOVE the hats, and the tea cookies.

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Maria July 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

I love tea parties! I had one with my niece recently, they are too fun. Love your spread of food!

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Tracy July 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

Thanks for stopping by Amuse-bouche for Two :) I loved this post. All the lovely tea party foods and the puppy with bow-tie. How nice. What a perfect way to spend a sunday afternoon.

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m @ rambling musings July 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Holey cuteness indeed! what an adorable little puppy…all dressed up for the tea party.

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Adriana @ Bitterswet Baker July 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Sounds like a fun tea party! And Louie. . . You’re absolutely right. That kind of cuteness should be illegal!

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Wendy July 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

What a lovely day you had! I believe I used to babysit for Johnna Lynn when she was a young girl. I have many happy memories of my days with her family! If you would… Please pass along my well wishes.

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Johnna Lynn July 15, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Hi Wendy! Such a small world it’s amazing!! (I actually still make peanut butter playdough every so often that you taught us how to make as kids- so good!). I’ll say hi to the family.
Adrianna, I love the post. Hope this becomes an annual summer event. Oh and I packed a few cookies for my trip up to San Fran this wknd- you’re right they’re even more delicious after a few days.
Louie says hi (woof!)

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tracey July 16, 2010 at 9:23 am

That sounds like the cutest bridal shower idea a ladies who lunch themed party. Beautiful teacups, dainty sandwich and dressing up in your favorite fancy lady attire!

Remember pinky up when sipping tea!

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Joan July 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Looks good. Although I’m partial to iced tea myself. Like tea with lemon in it in a big cup! And crunchy iced cubes. I’m not sure I understand the gloves though. Is one of you afraid of germs or something. I’d be afraid of spilling iced tea on my gloves. I guess that’s why I use a straw. And where was this taken? Some garden somewhere with bunnies hopping all over YOU? Good looking at cookies on the internet. I LOVE cookies pictures. SERIOUSLY! And hats pictures!!! Some good ones.

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Heavenly Housewife July 17, 2010 at 12:08 am

What an awesome post :). Your invitations were so sweet. I’m going to try making those cookies.
Have af fab weekend.
*kisses* HH

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southern hostess July 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I love tea parties! This one looks absolutely perfect.

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Dana July 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

What a sweet looking tea party! I hope you had fun with your ladies! I’ve made Earl Grey cupcakes, but never cookies. I’m going to have to give it a try.

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Stef July 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

This site is amazing. I learned so many things just from this post: that black and red sea salt exist, that kurtosh exists, that friggin’ cute little Louie exists. Thanks yous!!!

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kirsty July 19, 2010 at 2:59 am

love the pics x

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Chrys July 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

This is greatness. Louie is so darn cute. Thanks for sharing!

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Cassie July 27, 2010 at 7:59 am

I love this! I have been giggling about B.Y.O.F non-stop!

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kittenz August 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Love it that you’re doing tea parties! I used to give them for my husband and 3 teenagers so we could practice manners and making polite conversation with each other. Oh, and sometimes we’d do hot chocolate instead in the winter.

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Danielle August 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

What a cute party! This post is definitely inspiring and I hope to have a cute tea party in the future myself. That picture with your cute puppy drinking from the cream dish was too cute for words. Could I say cute anymore times in one comment?

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Lawanda November 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I was really enjoying this idea until the dog on the table. Really disgusting. That is no way cute.

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Amber September 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Lighten up lady.

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Sarah Gupta November 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Too much cuteness! Thanks for the ideas!

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Jessica March 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

Throwing a tea party in april and this site was the first to grab me by the heels! Love all the ideas and will use them. Thanks for sharing.

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Claire September 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm

TEAlightful! Hope you don’t mind us sharing on our page http://www.facebook.com/GreatBritishTeaParty

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Sue March 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Loved reading your ideas.
We ended up getting everything for our Daughter’s Tea Party in a single “kit” at TeaPartyAdventures

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Ellisha September 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

What a fun party! Those Earl Grey Shortbreads looks delicious. And your dog is completely adorable.

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Allyson November 11, 2013 at 8:20 am

Thank you for all you have shared! I want to host a party this spring and your lovely ideas will help me out exceedingly! It looked like so much fun!

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Adrianna Adarme November 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

Oh good! YAY! Glad to be of a bit of help.

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