Monday, November 22, 2010

Easy Christmas Tea Favors for Your Holiday Tea Table

Use this easy to make candy cane easel as a place card or menu holder.  It will embellish your Christmas tea table and your guests will be able to take it home as a  fond memory of  the good times you shared.

Here is what you will need.  With a glue gun,  glue the 2 candy canes side by side to form the easel.  Five inch candy canes were used here. Break the 3rd candy cane about halfway down the stem.  Hot glue it to the back of your candy cane easel to support it.  For the place card,  trace a teapot cookie cutter on paper to make a pattern.  You can have your pattern enlarged as much as you like at your local copy store. The card pictured is 4" from top to bottom and 5" from left to right.  Cut your teapot place card from scrap booking paper or card stock.   Do not use construction paper as it is not heavy enough. Using a hole punch, make a hole at the left for curling ribbon. Insert the ribbon, tie and curl.  To complete your place card use peel off  letters spelling out your guest's name or hand write it.

For another easy favor, using a pretty holiday themed ribbon,  tie a festive Christmas ornament around a napkin. Place it at the corner of each guest's plate.

Mark each guest's place setting with a small teapot made the same as for the place card above.   However, this one doesn't need to be enlarged. Place it between two plates putting a glass plate on the top.

These are several easy ideas for making your tea table more special.  All can be made ahead.  Use your imagination, enjoy and have fun!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Perfect Fall Tea Filled Afternoon

A few days ago I had the pleasure of joining some dear tea friends that I made during my days at Civil-La-Tea.  We met at The Joy Garden in New Freedom, PA for full afternoon tea.

A welcoming tea table with a beautiful fall afternoon view.

 A comforting bowl of mushroom wild rice soup to begin

Next,  tempting Cream and fragrant Cinnamon Chip Scones.  To be followed by delcious Cucumber tea sandwiches, Blue Cheese and Apple Bruchetta, Asparagus and Swiss on marbled rye, and a mini Quiche.

And for the grand finale a luscious Chocolate Brownie Cup with Chocolate Ganache, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Shortbread Cookie with Toffee Crumble. 

The special treat were the tea friends around the table sharing tea with me making it a perfect fall tea filled afternoon.  Where will you enjoy tea this fall season?