Thank you all so very much for attending my little Tea Party, it was such fun and I loved reading all your sweet comments.
In the hopes that I have inspired you to have your own little tea party I thought I would tell you a little about some of the lovely things we had at our tea party.
First my teacup cakes or rather apple buttercake muffins. They looked pretty special didn't they and they are soooo easy to make and do indeed look trickier than they are. Most important point about these is that you do not cook these in the tea cups...they are just the serving vessel. These were cooked in jumbo muffin tins and filled right to the top so that they sort of mushroom over the top when they are cooked. DH and I made these muffins with apple in them but any cake recipe should do the trick.
When they were cooked and cooled a little we transferred them into the tea cups...some of the tea cups were a perfect fit for the muffins but others were too big around the top and the muffins didn't sit up properly in them, this was soon fixed with a piece of engineering by DH who cut the bottom off the end of the little round ice cream cones and popped them into the bottom of the tea cup first and then sat the muffin on top..problem fixed! They were then decorated in the cups...a sprinkle of icing sugar and a little rose..see easy!
Pomegranet Punch...yum..easy to make and chosen especially for it's pretty pink colour..I am not fickle..hehe...simply Pomegranet juice mixed with dry gingerale and lemonade...mix it in another jug and transfer to your pretty jug.
The tiny little bottles of juice were just from the local supermarket and they are nectar...too divine and cute bottles to keep when you are finished.
Tags..Pomegranet Punch, Eat me, Drink me and Read me tags made from a luggage tag with vintage music sheet on one side and a beautiful tag printed out from ones bought from the talented CassisCreations on Etsy, machine stitched on and then the wording handwritten. I laminated them, hole punched them and threaded string through so they are reusuable...just a quick wipe over.
Do you not just adore this Chicken wire Cloche ( or mad tea cosey). This was a sweet hostess gift ( I got gifts...oh my goodness how spoilt I was) from the Sweet Mrs Tiff . It immediately got put to use for photos and I think it may turn up in many a picture from now on it...you can read about how she made it and see much better pictures....over HERE
I love this picture of Rosey, adding a few gorgeous props of her own..some fabulous teaspoons, little chairs...sweet little touches.
The other thing I love in the photo above is my sugarbowl...see the pink and blue coloured bowl to the left of the picture? I use that everyday as my sugarbowl and I adore it. I found it at an antique shop and had to have it as it is the same as one my mother uses that she received as a wedding present a long time ago. ( I will now be on the look out for more... seems other party guests would like one too)
Another talented lady and a great helper on the day is Deb from Shabby English Rose, not only did she add some last minute touches onto the table for me, she baked this sweet little cupcakes..all perfect and all with rosewater icing!! They tasted divine and the perfect tea party treat.
See those lovely pendants in the dish under the teapot? ( A great cakestand can be made by placing a plate on any sturdy dish underneath..a crystal vase, a tea pot, glass dish like the one here..anything with a flat top is a great base.)
Anyhoo the beautiful pendants seen above and below were also made by Deb ( (Shabby English Rose) and she handpainted each one and made them as a gift for each guest...eeekkk! How wonderful!
Did you know though that before any of the party goers could enjoy one drop of tea or one bite of cake they first had to find a matching tea cup and saucer that woas hidden in the long grass and on the beach...
look at them go...this was only half of the guests, the others went the other way..hilarious...it wasn't a race but each wanted to find a pretty cup.
Look at the glee on Chris' face having found a match!
I love this photo below too...yes they were real pears but look beyond the pears...can you see the tea cup hiding? None of my photos have been photo shopped (I don't know how) these are just as they were taken, love this shot.
The best thing about the tea party, besides the fabulous weather and the view and the birdsong and the dolphins prancing out in the ocean beside us was that it was fun! Everyone joined in and had such a lot of fun...most of the ladies didn't know each other and next thing you know they have been thrown into a mad game of croquet and they were off and running, high heels and all.....and boy were they competitive..
There is nothing like a pop up tea party at the beach to let you escape from reality and have fun for a morning.....I am thinking there will be another pop up tea party very soon...now to find another nice location.
If you have anything else you would like to know about, let me know and I will answer ( if I can).
Back to reality now....after a nice cup of tea..
Kiss Noises Linda