Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Tea Time!--Strawberry Tea Party

May is National Strawberry Month (yum!), making it a perfect time for a Strawberry Tea Party.

To start with, plain china with strawberry table linens would set the stage in grand manner. Have a look at these table linens at Outside In.





Alternatively, you may wish get this Strawberries and Bees Tea Set from Shop.com.




For a centerpiece, group 3-5 small pots of strawberry plants on the table. You could use more if you have something upon which to raise some of the pots (a footed plate, a small box covered with a piece of coordinating fabric), setting a few more around the raised center.



Menu
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette*
Strawberry Blossoms**
Strawberry Shortcake
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Strawberry Tea




*Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

1 lb. (450g) bagged, pre-washed baby spinach
1 cup sliced strawberries
4 Tbsp. sliced or slivered almonds or walnuts
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 slices cooked & crumbled bacon

Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

1/2 cup sugar, (or if you’re watching your sugar: 1/2 cup Splenda or 1/4 cup fructose)
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. minced red onion
2 tsp. poppy seeds
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. salt



**Strawberry Blossoms

12 large, fresh strawberries, rinsed
1 - 3 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tbsp sour cream
Remove stems from strawberries to form a flat base. Place berries on cutting surface, pointed end facing up. With a sharp knife, carefully slice each berry in half vertically to within a 1/4 inch of base. Cut each half into three wedges to form 6 petals. (Don't slice through the base.) Pull petals apart slightly.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and sour cream; beat until light and fluffy. With a pastry bag and star tip or small spoon, fill strawberries with cream cheese mixture.

Note: A zipper sandwich bag can be used instead of a pastry bag by filling with cream cheese mixture and squeezing out excess air before sealing. Carefully cut one corner off of the bottom of the bag.

Variation: Use strawberry flavored cream cheese for added sweetness.





Don't you just love to give little gifts? I don't think guests are owed take-home treats; afterall, we've served them a lovely tea and provided for pleasant company. But party favors are such fun to give (and receive)! Here are some wee treasures you might like to give:

Strawberry-themed small lotions (maybe Strawberry Body Butter)

jars of strawberry jam (that you canned yourself?)
Strawberry recipe cards

strawberry candies

scented soaps (such as Chocolate Strawberry Soap or Strawberry Fields Soap

How about sending each guest home with one of the potted plants you used in the centerpiece?

Eli's Cheesecake Scented Tin Candle - Strawberry Cheesecake Mmmm--looks good enough to eat!

Strawberry Born Lippy Balm

Strawberry Lip Balm



If you have, or have had, a Strawberry Tea Party, please leave a comment telling me what you served and/or gave. I'd love to hear from you.

1 comment:

  1. Great ideas!! Sounds like it's time for a tea party!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for posting. I really appreciate it.