I am a big fan of Downton Abbey and I shamelessly have to admit that I finished 3 seasons within a week. Who could forget the big cliffhanger from last season?! One of the reasons I enjoy watching the show (besides a heart-melting script) is its impeccable attention to set design for lavish “luncheons”, dinners and parties – making a simple continental breakfast look so elegant. I am having a dry spell and am thirsty for my Edwardian feed till season 4 comes back on January 5, 2014. So what do I do? I invited my close friends and their daughters to an intimate high tea party.
I have been wanting to use the tea set that I found at the flea market for a while. I also purchased a separate children’s tea set for the kids to play with. I was so happy to find the tea set by Green Toys on Amazon. Not only are they safe to eat and drink from but they are BPA-free and made out of recycled material. Did I also mention that the tea set is durable and beautiful? I gave the tea set to my niece and she loves them!
The menu is really simple.
- Tea sandwiches. Ham with brie/green apple and shrimp salad. Use fresh loaf of bread from a local bakery. Look for recipes on foodnetwork.com. Absolutely love this list. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/50-tea-sandwiches/index.html
- Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars. Check out Better Homes and Gardens recipe. Delish! http://www.bhg.com/recipe/blueberry-swirl-cheesecake-bars/
- Spam Biscuits (my own recipe)
- Tater tots
- Vegetable crackers with spread of cream cheese, side of smoke salmon and thin slices of cucumber
- Pepperidge Farm Milanos dark chocolate cookies
- Fruits: strawberries to garnish dessert, grapes, granny smith apples
- Beverages: tea (your preference), orange juice, apple juice and Yoohoo chocolate milk for kids
- ++Lovely conversation with friends