A Birthday Tea Party

A birthday tea party is such a fun way to celebrate! It’s perfect for little ones, all the way up to grown-ups! We had a tea party for my mother-in-law’s birthday, but this would be such a fun party to celebrate Mother’s Day, a bridal or baby shower, a house-warming party…

The possibilities are endless.

How to Host a Birthday Tea Party

How to host A Birthday Tea Party

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

How to host A Birthday Tea Party.  Perfect for Mother's Day, Briday Shower, Baby Shower...

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.

A Birthday Tea Party with mini tea cakes

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.😀

Trader Joe’s to the rescue.

A Birthday Tea Party table setting and decor
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tea sandwiches

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. 🙂

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

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 place mats that we use for dinner each night, but with the white china they look much fancier!

Lovely Ladies

A Birthday Tea Party
Lovely ladies having tea
How to host A Birthday Tea Party

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.

A Birthday Tea Party
The birthday girl

I think my mother-in-law enjoyed her birthday tea party, too. 😍 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.

A Birthday Tea Party

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

Niky @ The House on Silverado
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.
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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 400° 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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