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!
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)
So as you know if you have been following my page, I just celebrated my 29th birthday with a Jane Austen Garden Tea Party.
Some of you might be wondering why I am so extensively going through all the party planning and it was because I had been planning to have this two years ago, but life got in the way so I decided to wait and now I’ve finally been able to have it.
So starting with sandwiches, remember how we’ve been having those The Magician’s Nephew Bible study/book club/tea party? Well, those have also been a dry run for me as it gives me a chance to try out recipes and see which ones I really love. I decided to start off with one I really loved: Curried Egg Salad Triple Stacks Sandwiches
I also really love cucumber sandwiches and wanted to use the recipe from SpendWith Penniesbut to save time I used Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread.
But I used a cookie cutter to make them into teapot shape; along with cutting the other half of the cookies into a teabag shape. And I dipped them in chocolate
Chocolate Dipped Cookies:
Have your cookies baked and cooled.
Using a double broiler, melt a chocolate bar or chocolate chips.
If you do not have a double broiler, get two pots about the same size or have one be slightly smaller than the other. Heat water in one until it boils. Turn down the flame and take the other pot and hold it over the one with boiled water. Place the chocolate in the top pot and stir until melted.
When chocolate is melted, dip cookies and lay on wax paper. Put cookies in freezer or fridge to get chocolate to harden.
The last cookie I made was Better Home and Gardens Sugar Cookies.
2/3 Cup of Shortening
3/4 Cups of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
4 Teaspoons of Milk
2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour (Sifted)
1.5 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
Throughly cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla.
Add egg; beat until mixture light and fluffy.
Stir in milk.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Blend dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Divide dough in half.
Chill for one hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 of an inch thickness.
Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees F for 6-8 minutes.
Cool slightly, then remove from pan.
I had wanted to make Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cakebut I ran out of time and I ended up just buying an Almond Poppyseed cake from Raleys. It was good, but not as amazing as the Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake.
My friend also made Carrot Cake (my favorite) and carrot cake cupcakes. I didn’t take a picture of the cake (so good) but in the picture below, where the cupcakes are is where the cake was placed. All the cupcakes were gone by the end of the party. The recipe is a secret or else I would have shared that too.
I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, and even though the party has ended I will be continuing to share all my other party plans!
I though it would be able to post these faster, but I have really fallen behind and I’m trying hard to catch up though!
I had made something and I had all this buttermilk left over and nothing I could think of to do with it. So I started looking around online for a recipe. The only thing I could find that wasn’t too time consuming and I had all the ingredients for was Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen’s Melt-in-Your-Mouth Buttermilk Chocolate Cookies
2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup dark chocolate baking chips (or another cup of chocolate chips)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Line a baking sheet. (I used foil).
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
While the butter is still warm, add the cocoa powder to the butter and whisk until smooth.
Then whisk in sugar, vanilla extract, and buttermilk.
Gradually add the flour mixture and stir until no streaks of flour remain.
Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving a few inches in between each cookie to allow for spread.
Bake for 10-14 minutes, or until cookies are set around the edges.
Cool for 3-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
These were delicious and I just know I’ll be making them again when I have leftover buttermilk; such as after I make my Irish Soda Bread.
I though it would be able to post these faster, but I have really fallen behind. I’m trying to catch up though!
So my friend had made some meat pies a few weeks earlier and they were amazing! I begged and begged her for the recipe but she couldn’t give it to me as she didn’t really have a recipe. She just kind of throws things together.
So I instead went searching online and found a site called Longbourn Farm, and I was like “Longbourn”? Do you mean this Longbourn?
Pride and Prejudice’s Longbourn?
So of course I went with it. I ended up using my pie crust recipe from my apple pie recipe.
Ingredients: Pie Crust
2 Cups of All-Purpose flour
1 Teaspoon of Salt
3/4 Cup of Shortening
1.5 lbs of Ground Beef
1 Cup of Chopped Onion
3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Thyme
1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Oregano
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1 Cup of Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 Teaspoon of Water
In a mixing bowl, mix up the shortening and flour. Add in water, a tablespoon at a time until dough is more malleable. If you add too much and it is too liquid-y, then just add a bit more flour to firm it up.
Put dough aside.
In a medium frying pan on medium heat, add ground beef and spices.
When ground beef is brown, about 8 mins, add onion.
Cook until the Ground Beef is completely cooked through and the onoions are translucent.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Roll out pie dough and cut circles out of the pie crust, they should be about 4-6 inches in diameter. You can use a large cookie cutter or biscuit cutter or just trace a drinking glass if you don’t have a cutter.
Divide the Ground Beef and cheese up evenly between the circles.
Fold the circles in half and press the edges together gently. Crimp them firmly with a fork.
Whisk the egg and water together.
Brush the egg-water mixture onto each beef hand pie.
Place the beef hand pies on a lined or greased sheet tray.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
So these weren’t as good as my friend’s hand pies, but they were extremely delicious.
I did run out of pie dough though, and ended up having to buy more (I just bought the premade frozen ones).