But you can’t have a party without games! The first game was Jane Austen trivia and the second game was a tea tray memory game. I went back to my earlier ideas of creating a Jane Austen Guess Who Game, but decided against it as it seemed too hard for my group of friends that were attending. Unfortunately all my friends who actually Jane Austen fans were unable to attend. So I thought for a while and decided to go with an old wedding shower/baby shower favorite: Guess How Many Sugar Cubes.
So with this game you usually have a jar, or other clear/see-through containers with a lid and fill it with some type of candy, or objects, and have people guess how many are in the container. As this was a tea related party, I used my glass teapot (and I covered the openings with tape to make sure no bugs came in). I fit 125 sugar cubes in my teapot.
People had a lot of fun with this, and my Tia actually guessed the exact number of how many sugar cubes were in the teapot. She chose prize one.
I know I’m sure you all wondering what else could I possibly share but I’m not done! I still have one more game, my music choices, my hair, my regency dress, and what kind of favors I gave out to to share. Stay tuned!
So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). This week was the last for TMN and we had Chai Tea, Cranberry Chai Scones, Cucumber Canapés, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, Mini Shepherd’s Pie, and Snickerdoodles.
I though it would be able to post these faster, but I have really fallen behind. I’m trying though!
I found this recipe from Plum Deluxeon Pinterest. I wanted to do something a little different and this sounded delicious.
1 lb of Asparagus
3-3.5 oz of Prosciutto
Wash your asparagus by holding the stalks under cool water for 10-30 mins.
Cut the white ends from the asparagus.
Boil a pot of water.
Sprinkle salt into water.
Once water has boiled, add asparagus. Make sure they are completely submerged under the hot water.
Let the asparagus cook for 2-4 minutes.
Your asparagus will be ready when they turn bright green.
Place asparagus in ice cold water.
Set the asparagus on a towel and dry the stalks.
Wrap each spear in prosciutto.
These were delicious and a perfect addition to our tea time.
But you can’t have a party without games! In my last post, I shared about the first game, Jane Austen trivia. For the second game I was looking online and I spotted a post by Plum Deluxe about ideas for Tea Party games. One of which was to have a tea tray memory game.
I have played versions of this game in the past at many bridal or baby showers, and a few years ago I did this exact game for a friend’s Spring Tea Party Bridal Shower. This is so easy to do, all you have to do is collect tea themed (or in my case Jane Austen and Tea themed objects). I used the following items:
“I ❤️ Mr. Darcy“ Clutch Bag (I won in a giveaway by Ellery Adams)
And now for the last of our Magician’s Nephew book club/Bible study/tea party: Chai Tea, Cranberry Chai Scones, Cucumber Flatbread Canapés, Mini Shepherd’s Pie, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, and Snickerdoodles.
As I was unable to share these earlier I’m catching up now and am starting with scones of course!
This comes from TeaTime Magazine’s November/December 2020 edition. This was originally supposed to be gluten free, but as none of us have a gluten allergy, I just made them with regular flour. You were also suppose to refrigerate the steeping milk and chai tea, but I hadn’t read that and steeped it for only an hour. They still tasted good.
3/4 Cup of Whole Milk
3 Tablespoons of Masala Chai Loose Leaf Tea
2.5 Cups of Flour
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
5 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter, cubed
1/4 Cup plus 1 Tablespoon of Sugar (Granulated), divided
1/2 Cup of Dried Cranberries
2 Medium Eggs
1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
In a pint jar with lid, combine milk and loose leaf tea. Steep for 6 hours.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Using fingers, rub in butter as lightly as possible until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in 1/4 cup of sugar and then the cranberries.
Using an infuser or fine-mesh sieve, strain infused milk.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of infused milk, and vanilla extract.
Add egg mixture to flour mixture, and stir until dough begins to form.
Working gently, being mixture together with hands until the dough forms.
Turn out dough onto a floured surface, and gently knead by patting dough and folding it in half 3 or 4 times.
Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to a 1-inch thickness.
Using a 2.5 inch fluted round cutter dipped in flour, and cut as many scones as possible from the dough.
Place scones on the prepared baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
Preheat ovens to 400 degrees F.
Sprinkle tops of scones with 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Bake until scones are lightly Golden, 16-18 minutes.
These were extremely delicious and as you see, I enjoyed them the next morning as well with Purple Jasmine tea (this pic is from my Tea Advent Calendar Swap 2020.)
So as I have been saying in every post, I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years (it was originally supposed to be my 27th birthday celebration but things happened); and I was finally able to have it.
So originally I had planned for three games, but I ended up doing four. The first game I had wanted to play a type of guess who game where I gave an Austen character to each party guest. I planned for each to have a short bio of their character along with a list of characters everyone else was going to be. I planned for each to act out their character, the first person to get someone to guess them right would receive a prize. I thought it would be a lot of fun, but then my sister and mother pointed out that the people attending were not really Austen fans.
Yes it turned out that all my friends who had actually read or watched Austen’s works were unable to come and the friends that were attending had very limited exposure to Jane Austen. So it was back to the drawing board .
My next thought was that I would do a game that was more of “Who Am I?” I would give everyone a list of characters and then I would read out a short bio of each character and they would have to match up who goes with which storyline. I thought this would be easier and I could do it either before or after the trivia game, that way it would help people get a boost in answering one of the games.
But when I presented it to my mom and sister, they both still thought it would be too hard. So it was back again to try and come up with a new idea.
I decided to shelve it altogether and instead work on the Jane Austen Trivia game I had planned. I sat down and wrote it up, but then when I looked it back over, I realized it was too hard. I ended up throwing it out and starting all over again.
So I rewrote it, and then this time it was far too easy. I thought if I used it then everyone would be a winner. That one joined the other in the trash.
I did a few more drafts and then finally settled on one that I thought wasn’t too hard, but also not too easy.
However, it still appears that I made it too hard as everyone said it was really difficult.
My friend who won got 9/15 questions correct and chose prize three. I will attach the Trivia file below and let me know what you think. Was it too hard? Too easy? Or do you think just right?