My friend Gretchen and I thought it would be fun to host a Valentine’s Tea Party for a few of our friends. So we did. And it was fun. I was focused on throwing a fun party rather than on getting good photos. But I did get a few. Thankfully my friends took some photos, too. If you want to throw a tea party for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, a bridal or baby shower, or just because, maybe this will give your some ideas that you can use.
You might notice that the menu title looks misspelled as Tappy Hour instead of Happy Hour. That’s no mistake. My friends from my fun tap dance workout class occasionally meet for an afternoon “Tappy Hour”.
Most of the food on the menu were purchased pre-prepared from Trader Joe’s. I baked fresh pop-overs during the party, so that they could be served hot from the oven, when they are at their most delicious. I pre-prepared the batter, poured it into the pop-over pan, and had them ready to go into the oven before our guests arrived.
Tiered Finger Sandwiches with Garnishes
You can see a short video that I added to my blog recently that shows how to make tomato hearts, strawberry roses, and heart shaped sandwiches.
You can barely see but each tier of the desserts pictures above had a strawberry carved into a rose in the center. I carved these the same way that I carve beets into roses in my Hearts and Roses video lessons using a Thai Pro Knife. You’ll find both in our online shop. You can see a fast overview of making strawberry roses in the video I published in a previous blog post.
Let the Tea Party Begin.
Sometimes a party begins before the host is fully ready. My guests were on time, but I was running late. When this happens don’t fret. Just give them a little something to drink or eat and they won’t mind watching the final preparations. Especially if you are going to put together something creative or interesting. They might even want to help.
Last Minute Plate Decoration
I used the Wavy Peeler on the edges of the cucumber that formed the petals and leaf, and I used the Corrugated U-Cutter with Mini-Melon Baller set to make the radish flowers. You can get both in our online shop. You can see how to make the radish flower in my free radish bouquet lesson. Sign up for your free lesson after you click here. The stems are green onions. Pomegranate seeds were added, too.
The popovers turned out well and came loose from the pan easily. Whew! Occasionally, my pop-overs don’t turn out so well. We served them with butter, assorted jams and honey. My favorite was the Hot and Sweet Pepper Jelly from Trader Joe’s. MMmm. Sorry. no photos were taken of those. We were too busy eating them.
Hosting your own Valentine’s Tea Party
I hope that these Valentine’s tea party photos might inspire you to pull together a tea party for your friends or maybe for your daughters or granddaughters. If you purchase most (or all) of your food pre-prepared, you can focus on the presentation and on enjoying yourself. Trader’s Joe’s made it easy. We bought all the food and flowers there. All except the pop-overs which I made from scratch. But you can get all the ingredients for pop-overs at Trader Joe’s as well. You might think this sounds like an advertisement for Trader Joe’s, but his is not a blog post sponsored by them in any way. I just happen to love their food selection at great prices.
Keeping your tea party smaller makes it easier, more fun and more intimate because you can relax more. In the past, I’ve done a similar tea parties for about 20. This tea party was a lot more fun because it was only for 5 people. In addition, don’t be afraid to add an element of silliness because that element (like our hats and pearls) can turn out to be a hit.
Whether it be a Tea Party for next Valentine’s Day, or a tea party for any other occasion, have fun coming up own creative ideas.