A Birthday Tea Party

In June, my sweet mother-in-law turned 81. Last summer, when her big 80th birthday came around, we were frantically packing to make the deadline to be out of our old house that we sold quicker than expected, and into an apartment for the summer until our new-build was done. So, having the kind of celebration that an 80th birthday deserves was not possible.

This year, now that we are mostly settled in our new place, we decided it would be fun to invite some of her lady friends from her various senior groups to come over for a birthday tea party. It was so much fun!

In true tea-party style, we had an assortment of hot teas for the ladies to choose from, but also iced tea.

I loved getting out all my real china that I don’t get to use often enough. I just don’t have enough pieces for the big family gatherings that we usually host around here, but this tea-party for four was the perfect occasion to use it. I even got to use the lovely sugar bowl and creamer, plus other little serving bowls for the sliced lemon, and mint from my farmhouse inspired herb garden box.

I bought this three-tiered dessert tray from Amazon especially for the tea party, but I knew I could use it again for my daughter’s bridal shower, so it was easily worth the less than $20 price tag. Plus, it’s lovely and well-made. I am sure I will find many more uses for it in the future.

Sweet Treats

I baked the Lemon Blueberry Drop scones pictured on the bottom tier of the dessert tray because they were super easy, and scones at a tea party are a must, right? But I took a little help from Trader Joe’s for the flower and heart-shaped cookies because time was not on my side when were putting this whole thing together. We had just returned from one of our weekend get-aways, and Mark was also hosting his men’s Bible study group at our house a day or two before the tea party, so intricate baking was not gonna happen.๐Ÿ˜€

Trader Joe’s to the rescue.

Tea Sandwiches

I made three kinds of tea sandwiches: homemade chicken salad on white bread, homemade egg salad on wheat squares, and cucumber with homemade herb spread, again using the herbs from my farmhouse herb box. They were so cute and fun to put together! I purchased loaves of soft bread at the grocery store, carefully sliced off the crusts, and cut each slice into either 4 squares or 4 triangles. For the cucumber sandwiches, I cut them into circles using a round biscuit cutter. You could also use the rim of a round drinking glass. This gives you cute little tea-sized sandwiches!

I again took a little help from Trader Joe’s for the platter with the mini dessert trio. TJ’s has lots of frozen or pre-packages bakery items in little bite sizes that are perfect from a tea party, or even a bridal or baby shower. I was glad I got to make some of the food myself, but take a little help also, so I could enjoy the party without too much stress. ๐Ÿ™‚

Trader Joe’s “Sweet Bites” from the freezer section. This package contained three flavors of tiny cakes: raspberry, tiramisu, and chocolate-caramel.

This is a repeat of my blue ticking striped table runner that I bought for Easter dinner, but it looks completely different in this setting. I used my ordinary gray placemats that we use for dinner each night, but with the white china they look much fancier!

These are the Lann’s Linens – 1 Dozen 20" Oversized Cloth Dinner Table Napkins – Machine Washable Restaurant/Wedding/Hotel Quality Polyester Fabric – White""” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>same white cloth napkins that I use for all my celebrations dinners. I just folded them accordion style, and added some inexpensive pink flowered napkin rings I found in the Spring section of Hobby Lobby marked way down. I think like $1.50 each. These napkin rings made an appearance at my daughter’s bridal shower recently as well when I was looking for something to add some pops of color. I remembered these napkins rings, and they worked perfectly. I love reusing things I already have for different purposes.

Here are those same napkin rings, repurposed on the welcome sign for my daughter’s bridal shower a few weeks later.

Lovely Ladies

Lovely ladies having tea

I really enjoyed this group of ladies. They are all such a testament of how to age beautifully, and live your life fully, well into your senior years. They were so gracious, engaging and fun to visit with.

The birthday girl

I think my mother-in-law enjoyed herself, too. ๐Ÿ˜ I’m glad we could give her a fun celebration, and so thankful we had the opportunity to meet all the lovely ladies she talks about from her different senior social groups. It was a good day.

Here is the recipe for the Easy Lemon Blueberry Scones. They are super quick to whip up, and great with a cup of coffee or tea.

Easy Lemon Blueberry Scones

These scones are quick and easy, because rather than rolling and cutting the dough in the traditional triangle shape, you can just drop them by rounded spoonfuls onto your baking sheet.
Servings: 14 scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup lemon yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, combine the yogurt, egg and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries.
    Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400ยฐ for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
    Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm scones.
    If using frozen blueberries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the batter.
  • GLAZE:
    1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

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