Monthly Archives: February 2008

Napkin Folding Ideas

Napkin Folding Ideas

Here is one good site for napkin folding ideas and instructions. Enjoy!

http://www.customlinenservice.com/napkins.htm

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Tea Party Check List

A Hostess Check List

If you don’t have it all, use the best you have. Your guests will feel honored no matter what you do because of the spirit in which you offer your hospitality.

Tablecloth, Napkins, Napkin Rings
Centerpiece
Tea cups and Saucers
Teakettle
Teapot (2 if small)
Tea strainer if using loose tea
Serving Plates or tiered plates
Dish for lemon
Lemon fork
Sugar bowl or Honey pot
Sugar spoon or tongs
Cream pitcher
Dessert plates
Tea spoons
Knives
Forks
Small dish for jam or lemon curd
Small spoon for jam dish
Small dish for clotted cream
Small knive or spoon for clotted cream dish
Small hostess gifts (if desired)
Sugar or honey, sliced lemon, milk or cream
Tea and tasty food, of course

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Other Useful Tea Party Tips

Other Useful Tea Tips:

– Sweeten your tea party with one of the following alternatives to honey or sugar:
candied violets, molded sugars, raw sugar, hardened frosting flowers, or rock candy crystals.

– Consider using miss matched plates and saucers for a charming effect.

– Try adding a pinch of cloves to black tea before you brew it.

– Use hot apple or cranberry juice in place of water to brew tea.

– Co-hostess your tea with someone else and pool you’re resources and creativity.

– Be prepared to spend the gift of your time. You don’t want to hurry your guests.

– Look in magazines and catalogs for table decoration ideas such as doilies, placecards, a fancy chocolate or mint, etc.

– If your guests don’t know each other well, consider ahead of time how you might want to introduce them to each other, and think about warm topics of conversation you can bring to the table or ice breakers for the beginning of your tea party.

– Wreaths, ribbons, flowers and ivy can be used as a base for a variety of items, such as candles, nativity sets, vases, small trees, topiaries, fresh flowers, potted plants, baskets, sea shells, etc.

– Small battery-operated sets of clear Christmas lights can add a gentle glow when incorporated in your centerpiece.

– Simple, affordable ideas are usually the most successful ones.

– Make a small centerpiece look bigger by using a round, flat mirror under it.

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Brewing a Good Pot of Tea

Brewing a Good Pot of Tea

There are a lot of good websites for brewing the perfect pot of tea, but here are the basics.

1. Empty the tea kettle and refill it with fresh cold water. Put the kettle on to boil.

2. Pour hot water into the teapot to warm it. Ceramic or glass teapots work best. Tea brewed in a metal pot may have a metallic taste.

3. Pour hot water out of teapot after it has warmed. (Check to see how many cups it holds.) Measure one spoonful of loose tea for each cup desired into the pot and one extra spoonful for the pot. If using teabags, use one bag less than the desired number of cups.

4. As soon as the water comes to a rolling boil, remove from heat. If you overboil the water it will lose oxygen and your tea will taste flat.

5. Pour boiling water into teapot and let brew for 3-6 minutes. Small leaves take less time to brew than large leaves.

6. Stir tea. If tea bags were used, remove them before serving. For loose tea, use a tea strainer when pouring into the teacups.

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Christmas Tea Menu

Christmas Tea Menu

Orange Spiced Tea*
Peppermint Herbal tea
Peppermint sticks or reception sticks for tea stirrers
Piquant Ham Squares*
Chicken Salad Ribbons*
Assorted Cheese & Fruit Tray
Scones with Cinnamon & Sugar Topping *(Use our Best Scones recipe)
Cranberry Orange Bread*
Gingerbread-Lemon Pinwheel Cookies*
Lemon Curd*
Raspberry Freezer Jam*
Clotted Cream or Mock Clotted Cream*

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Autumn/Winter Tea Menus

Autumn Tea Menu

Apple & Cinnamon Tea*
Cinnamon Sticks for Stirrers
Pumpernickel & Cheddar Triangles*
Piquant Ham Squares*
Cucumber & Watercress Sandwiches*
Apple & Walnut Scones* (Use our Best Scones recipe)
Cranberry Orange Bread*
Brown Sugar Shortbread*
Lemon Curd*
Clotted Cream or Mock Clotted Cream*

Winter Tea Menu

Orange Spiced Tea*
Toad in the Hole*
Pumpernickel & Cheddar Triangles*
Savory Beef Spirals*
Chocolate Chip Scones* (Use our Best Scones recipe)
Grandma’s Christmas Nut Cake*
Grandma’s Russian Tea Cakes*
Lemon Curd*
Clotted Cream or Mock Clotted Cream*

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Spring/Summer Tea Menus

Spring Tea Menu

Hot/Cold Lemonade Tea*
Cucumber Sandwiches*
Chicken Salad Ribbons*
Cherry Scones* (Use our Best Scones recipe)
Canadian Lemon Bread*
Sugar Shortbread Hearts*
Strawberry Freezer Jam*
Clotted Cream or Mock Clotted Cream*

Summer Tea Menu

Berry Tea*
Cream Puff Tuna or Crab Bites*
Egg Salad Pinwheels*
Cucumber Sandwiches*
Apricot Scones* (Use our Best Scones recipe)
Pineapple Nut Bread*
Fresh Fruit Tarts
Lemon Curd*
Clotted Cream or Mock Clotted Cream*

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