3/28/18

Join Me For A Spring Tea Party

Let your JOY burst forth
like flowers in the Spring.




Hello, lovely friends!
It's an absolute delight to have you here.
Won't you join my dear mother, son, and me
as we have a cup of spring tea?

Come, let us have some tea
and continue to talk about happy things.




The table has been set with an array of sweet treats. . .




and a bounty of beautiful spring flowers.




'Tis the little things we do
For others through the day,
With a kindly thought in view
That brighten all the way.
'Tis the little things we give,
Unspotted as the dove,
To others while we live
That make the bonds of love.
The little things that flow
With kindness through the year,
The little smiles aglow-
Bring happiness and cheer.
- H. M. Hopewell -




Let me pour you a cup of hot tea.
This tea brews up strong with a distinctive taste and aroma.
Full bodied and pleasantly blended with clove and orange.
Oh, it's delicious and my new favorite tea.
A dear friend from Kansas sent it to me.




And do you take milk and sugar in your tea?
Please, help yourself. . .




On the menu you will find:

Cucumber Sandwiches
{my favorite}

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 large cucumber
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
sliced white sandwich bread
sprigs of dill for garnish

In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and mayonnaise 
until completely incorporated. 
Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chopped dill.
Spread on sliced sandwich bread and layer sliced cucumber on top.
Close sandwiches with remaining bread slices. 
Cut crusts from bread, forming square sandwiches. 
Then cut into rectangles or triangles.
Enjoy!




Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I simply used Ghirardelli melting chocolate
and garnished a few strawberries with shredded coconut.




Dainty Tea Cakes

I got this idea from the lovely blog Pink Piccadilly Pastries.
Oh, what a glorious place to visit!
I could spend hours looking at her tasty creations.
The cake is a Sarah Lee pound cake
and the frosting is homemade buttercream.

Buttercream recipe:
3 cups Confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup {1 stick} butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large mixing bowl,
cream butter and Confectioners' sugar together.
Add vanilla.
Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
Mix until nice and creamy.




Fresh Orange Scones

1/3 cup sugar
zest of one large orange
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg

Orange Glaze
3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 tbs freshly squeezed orange juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and set oven rack to the middle position. 
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, 
gently toss flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
Set aside. 
In a separate small bowl, 
whisk sour cream and egg until completely smooth. 
Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir sugar and orange zest together 
until sugar is moistened and zest is evenly distributed. 
Pour in flour mixture and toss to combine. 
Grate frozen butter into mixture. 
Using your hands, work in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. 
Gently stir in sour cream mixture until just about combined. 
Do not over work the dough! 
Again, very gently press the dough against the sides of the bowl 
a few times and form a ball. 
The dough will be sticky at first, but will come together as you form it.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface 
and lightly pat into an 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. 
Use a very sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles {like a pizza}. 
Transfer triangles onto prepared baking sheet
leaving about 1-inch between each one.

Bake scones for 15-17 minutes or until the tops begin to golden. 
Don't take them out too early or they will be too soft. 
Allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the pan 
before transferring onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely. 
During this time, prepare glaze. 
Stir together melted butter, confectioner's sugar, 
vanilla and orange juice until smooth. 
Once completely cooled, 
go ahead and either dip the tops of the scones into the glaze 
or drizzle it on top with a spoon.
The original recipe can be found here.




Lemon Cream Butter Balls

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch

Lemon Icing
1/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups Confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

In a mixing bowl,
cream butter and Confectioners' sugar.
Beat in extract.
Combine flour and cornstarch;
slowly beat into creamed mixture.

Gently roll the dough together with your hands
to make 1 or 2-inch balls
{the dough will be slightly dry and crumbly}.
Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 - 15 minutes.
Cool on wire racks.

For the icing, in a small mixing bowl,
cream butter and Confectioners' sugar.
Beat in lemon juice and peel.
Spread the icing on top of the butter ball.
Sprinkle with Confectioners' sugar and enjoy.




Finally my winter fat is gone.
Now I have spring rolls.
-Unknown -




SPRING heralds the return
of the sun's warmth,
the renewal of life,
and the reappearance of green 
and color everywhere.
- Unknown -




Came the Spring 
with all its splendor.
All its birds
and all its blossoms.
All its flowers
and leaves and grasses.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -




Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.
- Lewis Grizzard -




Sweet friends and followers,
I want to thank you for visiting
and for joining my Spring tea party.
I hope you enjoyed yourselves.




Just a reminder. . .
the 12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange will begin
next Wednesday, April 4th.
If you would like more information on the event
please visit this PAGE.




Love and hugs to you!
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57 comments

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Oh dear Stephanie, what a fabulous idea! I so enjoyed your wonderful tea party! It's as if I'm right there with you, partaking in all the delicious delicacies! You have certainly made my day! Thanks for inviting me! Have a marvelous and blessed Easter!

Sarah said...

Stephanie,

Thank you for inviting us to your beautiful springtime tea. : ) Everything looks lovely! The recipes sound delicious!! I was so surprised, and delighted to see that you are hosting a spring tea cup exchange after all! I am excited to participate once again.

May you have a blessed day!

Sarah

Sylvia said...

Oh what a beautiful Tea you have put out for us. I would love to have tea with you. Do you know I have never had a cucumber sandwich? Your recipe for one makes me want to give it a try. All your goodies has my mouth watering and the pretty flowers are so much spring!
Have a blessed Easter weekend, dear Stephanie

Bernideen said...

Stephanie:
This post with these delicious recipes is wonderful If you have a minute and could do a link to my blog party - that would be a delight!

Elizabethd said...

How delightful, and what delicious things you provided. I felt as though I was there!

Karen said...

A very beautiful table. I love the pastels.

Lea said...

Oh, my goodness Stephanie, you are absolutely something else! I want to come and sit at this table. Talk about feeling special, I would feel queenly for sure. You are without a doubt have such flair that I love. Looking forward to the teacup exchange. I'll run over and sign up! Hugs to you!

Creations By Cindy said...

How lovely dear Stephanie. I just love everything. Oh my goodness what a delightful spread you had too. Oh I would feel so prissy sitting at this elegant table. I know you enjoyed your sweet mama and your son at your lovely tea party. Happy Easter dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Linda S. said...

I love your tea party! And the orange scones....I just might combine my chocolate chip scone recipe with your orange one because chocolate and orange go so well together! :-)

Chris Lally said...

How inviting, Stephanie. Such a lovely post. Thank you (and thank you for those recipes)!

Sarah Rogers said...

What a lovely event, dear lady!!! Your descriptions, RECIPES :), and gorgeous photos made me feel like I was right there with you. One thing I have loved most about your photos/posts is all the lovely flowers you always seem to have!!! Such beauty. THank you for brightening my day, sweet Stephanie! Can't wait to sign up for the teacup exchange next week. :) Love you lots!

Tamago said...

Oh wow, I love your spring tea party! Your decoration and treats look breathtakingly beautiful! I wish I could really come over :-)

krishna said...

Oh dear!! such a lovely post.. I wish, I could have had tea with you.. big hug..

Madison Marie said...

Stephanie, this is one of the loveliest blog posts I have EVER read!!! Everything looks perfect, and I am tucking some of your recipes away for later. Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

Grace H. said...

Beautiful!!! Those cucumber sandwiches look especially good. I'll have to try those sometime soon. ;)
Very much looking forward to the teacup exchange!!!!! So excited. I have some friends who want me to let them know when the next one takes place. I have to get in touch with them!!!
Blessings,
Grace H.
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kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my, sweet friend, I want to come to a tea party and your lovely table!!!! It is set so beautifully and with such delectable treats...perfection! Thank you for sharing the beauty with us. Love and hugs are sent to you!

Debby Ray said...

Oh what a delightful tea party, dear Stephanie...thanks so much for the invitation! What a beautiful table and gorgeous spring blooms! I haven't had cucumber sandwiches since forever...they were so delicious! I'm so excited to hear that it's time again for the teacup exchange. I wasn't sure I would be able to participate when I thought we may be getting ready for our move but now that it's postponed for a bit, I think I will join right in again! Looking forward to it...and have a most blessed Easter weekend!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It is so beautiful and festive! I love those pink tea cakes. My! How did you get that all done! Happy Easter week. I made this banana bread, and I was going to share it, but I went to take a photo and it was destroyed. I mean it was eaten, but you would not believe the way it was cut. Well, at least it was eaten. xoxo Su

Olivia Bell said...

How lovely! Everything was so beautiful and dainty and pretty, I loved seeing all the beautiful teacups and treats! {{smiles}} I simply cannot wait until the teacup exchange, I am so excited! {{smiles}}

Elizabeth said...

Dearest Stephanie,

What DELIGHT this post brought me today! You see, all 4 of us in our home are recovering from a nasty cold that we got last week...it has mostly left us, but we still aren't quite back to our normal selves yet. And I've been feeling a little blue from that, so seeing your post here was like a ray of sunshine! ♥♥♥

I love your tea table, and oh, how lovely all the goodies look! My sister and I are planning a Mother's Day tea party for our dear mom, and I may just refer back here for ideas and recipes...especially those cucumber sandwiches! I'm also going to be making my very first quiche...I've never even tasted one before, so I'm quite excited about that {{smiles}}

I hope you have a beautiful rest of the week and a blessed Easter celebrating the triumphant Resurrection of our Lord! Oh, how good He is!

Love to you,
Libby

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Wow, you have been busy in the kitchen, and all for the three of you! Your table looks wonderful and your recipes sound just as wonderful. Have a very blessed Easter!

Polly said...

oh Stephanie, what a gorgeous table with delicious treats, I would be delighted to to receive an invitation to afternoon tea with you :-)

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

My mouth is watering reading all of these wonderful recipes and seeing them in the pictures. I'm going to have to make some of these as they look simply delightful! I can hardly wait to join the tea exchange next week, thanks for the reminder :) Hugs my friend

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

How incredibly lovely, and I'm so excited about the exchange - I won't miss it this time!

Hugs to you,
Andrea

living from glory to glory said...

Beautiful and made my mouth sing YUMMY...
Happy Easter
Roxy xo

Pam Jackson said...

Yes, yes, yes...I would love to play along this time. Let me know what I need to do. Thank you. I loved your tea party. Wow...I would love to come to that next time! And I would really like to know how you made that tea. Love your table setting....BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a message.

Zaa said...

Dear Stephanie... What a delightful table you have set complete with most of my favourite foods... cucumber sandwiches and orange scones ( Yummy) Everything is perfect and so very imaginative as only you could do it... BEAUTIFUL !!! Thanks you for so gracious sharing your talents, my friend... Love IT !!!! Happy Easter xoxoxo

sarah said...

Everything looks so very lovely, it truly makes my heart shine to see it and imagine each thing. How beautiful you make your life. Thank you for sharing it with us, it's inspiring. Many warm blessings to you and your family for the week ahead xx

Margie said...

What a beautiful tea party! I loved everything: pretty china, delicious foods, blingy Easter eggs and adorable mini-glass teapots. Happy Easter to you and your family, Stephanie!

Mari said...

Such a beautiful table! I've never had cucumber sandwiches, but they look really good!

Kate said...

Your tea party is beautiful! My mouth is watering on this side of the screen and I am wishing I could sample these amazing treats. I think scones are one of my favorite treats. And of course the strawberries!
I hope that you had some special people to share your table with. Thank you for such beautiful eye candy!
Kate

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, I feel like I've stepped back in time to a kinder gentler time. Simply beautiful!

Mary E. Stephens said...

You put so much effort into your tea parties! I'm sure your mom and son and others appreciate that. :-) It's so special. If we ever make it to Colorado I hope I can visit with you and we can have a cup of tea together - though I wouldn't expect a whole tea party! :-)

I love your strawberry plates! I still have a small dream of having strawberry dishes someday, but it's hard to justify the expense of changing when the ones we have are perfectly fine. ;-)

Lillie said...

Oh Wow! what a delightful and perfect spread.
So looking forward to the next exchange. Thank you!

Michele said...

What a gorgeous, pretty, feminine, colorful and perfect spring tea party!

Your pictures are absolutely lovely, sweet lady.

I pray for your family to have a truly blessed Easter.

Hugs and love. ♥

Pam Richardson said...

Sweet friend, what a lovely presentation! The teatime food looks delicious, from the cucumber sandwiches to the orange scones! Happy Easter blessings~

handmade by amalia said...

What a beautiful tea party, Stephanie! Every detail is delightful and you are so kind to share your recipes. I take both milk and sugar :-)
Amalia
xo

Anonymous said...

Everything is so pretty! What delicious-sounding recipes, too. Blessings to you and yours this Easter.

SOTIRIOS KOSSIERIS said...

Wonderful Easter tablescape and so pretty china!Easy recipes to savor with a cup of tea in hand.Thanks for sharing Stephanie! Have a blessed Easter with your family!
Olympia

Dianna said...

Dear dear Stephanie, your tea table is just beautiful and your dining area is such a light and pleasant place to sit and enjoy tea with you. I feel as if I am sitting in an actual tea room. Everything is lovely and my plan is to use some of the recipes (thank you for including them) when our granddaughters next visit so we can have a proper tea! It makes me smile just thinking about it.

Vee said...

Cucumber sandwiches are my favorites, too. I have not made them your way, but I will try them. Sounds yummy. What a beautiful table you set. Would love to have seen your family enjoying the delights! A blessed Easter~Resurrection Day!

Angie @The Blush Bloom said...

I loved everything about your post. Simply beautiful. And I am going to try some of your recipes for a little gathering I am having. they look scrumptious. So glad to have found your blog. :)

Carla from The River said...

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful recipes. I appreciate that and your decorating ideas too.
Happy Easter,
Carla

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh my goodness! I would be ADDING spring rolls to my winter fat if I ate all those yummy goodies!! That's not to say I don't want to though!

Cheryl said...

Oh, how beautiful! And, I am so looking forward to the teacup and mug exchange! I must have missed the last post announcing it. Thank you so much, sweet friend, for all you pour into your beautiful blog and the exchanges. May God bless you richly!

Cheryl said...

Your table setting is so pretty, all of the treats look delicious. My late beloved with have loved the scones. I am looking forward to joining your tea cup and mug exchange!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my that sounds just wonderful and looks even better, you sure have a way of dressing up a table so lovely!! I need to invite a few friends over for a spring get together :) So sweet of you to share the recipes too. Wishing you and your family a lovey Easter as we celebrate our Risen Lord!

Paige said...

What a stunning tea party! The decorations are beautiful and what a scrumptious and bountiful spread of eats! :) Thank you for sharing. Would you mind telling me what kind of tea it was that your friend sent?

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Oh dear Stephanie, you know you made my heart sing tonight as I read this beautiful post! Not a single detail left undone, but truly a remarkable event you put on! I just love every special detail and appreciate and thank you so much for sharing the recipes for your tea party delights! What a sweet blessing for you, your mother and your son to enjoy such a fun time together! I'm just so thrilled that you are putting on another tea exchange too, I can't wait for the fun to begin :) Sweet hugs to you dear friend, and may the Lord bless your Easter with an abundance of His presence as we celebrate His resurrection!

domenica.60 said...

Wonderful tea party !
Franca

Lowcarb team member said...

Well done dear Stephanie, I so enjoyed my virtual tea with you. Thank you.

A simply wonderful post from start to finish.
I did enjoy the words from H. M. Hopewell too.

My good wishes to you and your family

All the best Jan

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Stephanie, oh you made such a beautiful and pretty spring tea party. The food looks so nice too!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a happy easter
Julie

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Such a lovely tea party and it was so fun seeing all the details you put into dressing up the table! All the treats made my mouth water and loved the theme of light green for your runner and napkins.. and those vases of bright pretty flowers... how pretty! I used to have tea parties with my mom. She passed away 17 years ago and I still miss her and her afternoon teas. She always made a special treat too. I've never had a cucumber sandwich either, but they look so yummy, especially with the filling of cream cheese and mayo... my two favorite things! Thank you for sharing with us! xoxoxo Marilyn

My thrift store addiction said...

Oh what a delightful table, you've created, Stephanie and such tasty treats! What a joy! Hope you had a lovely Easter! Blessings, Cecilia

Membuat Pupuk Organik dari Kotoran Sapi said...

I tried making that scones, taste realllly good! thanks

Jill said...

So very lovely!!! Reminds me I have to get my tea party planned with my girls too, we haven't done one for away ;-) The recipes look so yummy!

Blessings,
Jill

Loni said...

Stephanie your tea looks so delightful! I am greatly looking forward to the day when I get to have a tea party (not in plastic cups) with my little daughter. Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us!

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