I'm here to tell you about the tea party. No, not The Tea Party! This is the food section, people. Tea parties. Nothing to do with Republicans. Unless you want to invite some Tea Partiers to your tea party. Which is totally up to you. I mean, it's a free country. Anyway, back to tea parties. They can be fun. Right? They sound fun anyway. Who doesn't like tea parties? Tea, scones, little sandwiches, the whole kit-n-kaboodle. You can't go wrong. And kids love to play with tea sets. So, you know, break out your tea set, and the kids' tea set, and invite some Tea Partiers, or not, and let's get down to what makes an excellent tea party that kids will love too.
Here are some must haves for your tea party.
Tea. English, of course, madame! Earl Grey or Yorkshire are good brands and pretty easy to buy. If you've got a tea steeper, use loose leaf. If you're lazy, like me, use bags.
Scones with Devonshire Cream. If you want to do a tea party right, you need scones with Devonshire Cream, otherwise known as "clotted cream." Now you can buy this, and Devon, England is the place to do it. But say you don't want to travel all the way across the ocean for your tea party ingreidents? You can buy it online or in an English specialty shop. Or you can make your own. It actually doesn't sound that complicated. That is, IF you can find unpasteurized cream. And then you have 18 hours to spare to let it stand. But if you do, here's a recipe from The Joy of Cooking. Or, you know, just buy the stuff!
Tea sandwiches. A couple of staples for tea party sandwiches are the cucumber sandwich and the egg sandwich. Here, the cucumber sandwich contains dill and cream cheese. Yum! And the egg sandwich also contains dill. These are fancy egg sandwiches, m'dear.
Peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Kids, however, may not be too "keen" (as the Brits would say!) on either of the above sandwich choices, so add some of these as well. Remember to make them tea party-worthy by cutting off the crusts and into smaller triangle shapes.
Cookies. If you're really hardcore about this tea party, and want to bake your own cookies, here's a recipe for a popular high tea cookie, the lemon cookie.
Here's a video to show you how to do it all.
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