I have a giant list of recipes in my to-be-cooked file. The list is heavily weighted toward party foods and sweet treats, which I don’t have a lot of excuses to make on a day to day basis. So I’d been itching to throw a party for a while, and unable to come up with a good reason. But then my sister came through in a big way – she got knocked up! She and her husband are expecting a lovely baby girl this fall, and as the official foodie big sister I took the lead on the baby shower menu. I decided after some input from the grandmothers and other aunts-to-be that a tea party was the perfect choice for a “theme”. Sister had recently been in England doing a study abroad program, and she and I have loved sitting down with a pot of tea and some cookies in the afternoon ever since our trip to Ireland several years ago. And more importantly, a tea party requires a painfully cute display of finger-friendly treats! So into my recipe files I went and I came out with the following menu:
- tea sandwiches
- samosas and tamarind chutney
- fruit salad (provided by my sister’s lovely MIL)
- scones w/ lemon curd & apple butter
- lemon bars
- almond lemon tea cakes (yes, that’s a lot of lemon. the women in my family are citrus lovers)
- chocolate-covered peanut butter cheesecake bites
- oh, and tea of course! Iced because it was 97 or so degrees that day.
It was by all accounts a success and woo boy it gave me a lot to blog about. 🙂 Between my mom, sis and I I think we put together a very nice display and everybody seemed to have a good time.
2 Notes –
1 – my mom took all of these pictures with the fancy new camera she just got for her birthday. You’ll notice the drop in image quality when I get to pictures that I’ve taken myself. I’m considering hiring her to by my live-in food photographer for this whole blog endeavor. But only if I can pay her in food.
2 – No, in case you were wondering, my sister is not as young as she looks. 🙂
So as you can see, I’ve got a lot of blogging to do. I’m gonna break it up into multiple posts rather than write a novel about the baking leading up to the big day. Consider this your teaser. 🙂 Lots of recipes to come.