How to Throw a Valentea Party

I’m not one of those people who likes to take their holiday decorations right when the holiday ends and set up for the next one. I also celebrate Valentine’s Day until February, but last year I threw a Valentea party in two weeks and wanted to share it with you all. However, I know people need more time than that and wanted to share it with you all.

Christmas 2021 my friend was given a book that had ideas to hold a tea party every month. She held the first party on January 29th and no one wanted to do the next one, the Valentine’s Day party. I agreed and of course had to change the direction to Valentea and Jane Austen.

Invitations:

So the first thing you need for a party is invitations. I like to make my own cards and sent everyone a Valentine. I used romantic and love quotes from my favorite books.

Decorations:

After planning that came decorations. I’m lucky that I still have the ones from my bridal shower. I have reused those so many times! Yep, I used my pink floral table runners, framed Jane Austen quotes (which can be purchased from this shop); along with pink and white flowers.

Menu:

I was able to figure out my menu pretty quickly as I have a Tea Time magazine subscription, a Betty Crocker holiday cookbook, a Nancy Drew Cookbook, etc. I had a lot of recipes to choose from.

Tea Choices:

I wanted everything to be pink and red as it was a Valentea party so I had MadsenCreations make a Red Chai and Pink Moon Tea. I also picked Tiesta Tea Nutty Almond Cream Tea (which turns the water pink).

Food Menu:

We made Teatime Magazine Orange Cream Scones, Tea Time Magazine Lavender White Chocolate & Cranberry-Raspberry Scones, Tea Time Magazine’s Triple Stack Red Bell Pepper and Cream Cheese Sandwiches, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches, French Onion Soup, Tomato Soup, a tart, and Heart Shaped Rice Krispy Treats.

Tea Time Magazine Orange Cream Scones

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon cold heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 2 large eggs, divided
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest until combined. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut in cold butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup cold cream, 1 egg, and vanilla extract. Add to flour mixture, stirring until a dough begins to form. Working gently, bring mixture together with hands until a dough forms.
  4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead gently 4 to 5 times. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to a 1-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch fluted round cutter dipped in flour, cut 13 scones from dough, rerolling scraps as needed. Place scones 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1 tablespoon cold cream and remaining egg until combined. Brush egg mixture over tops of scones.
  6. Bake until edges of scones are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean, 18 to 21 minutes. Serve warm.
  7. Optional: Add a glaze.

Tea Time Magazine Lavender White Chocolate & Cranberry-Raspberry Scones

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon dried culinary lavender
  5. ½ teaspoon salt
  6. 4 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into pieces
  7. 1 cup chopped dried Cranberries and Raspberries
  8. 1 (4-ounce) bar white baking chocolate, such as Ghirardelli, chopped
  9. 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  10. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, ⅓ cup sugar, baking powder, lavender, and salt, whisking well.
  4. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add cranberries, strawberries, and chocolate; stirring until combined.
  5. In a liquid-measuring cup, combine cream and vanilla extract, stirring to blend. Add to flour mixture, stirring until mixture is evenly moist. (If dough seems dry, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time.) Working gently, bring mixture together with hands until a dough forms.
  6. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently 4 to 5 times. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to a ½-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut 12 scones from dough. Place scones 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle tops with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  7. Bake scones until edges are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.

Games:

Game 1: Who Said It?

For this game I took all the romance quotes I had used on the Valentines and people had to match up the quote with who said it.

Game 2: Who Can Name the Most Romance Movies?

For this game I had everyone turn their sheet of paper over and write down as many romance films they could think of in a minute. This was a ton of fun as afterwards we all talked about which ones we liked and what films were our favorites to watch.

I had a lot of fun with our tea parties, and I hope this helps if you want to plan a Valentea party.

Valentea food also doesn’t count.

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Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Apple Buttermilk Cake

Back in 2020, some friends and I started a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club. We met every Wednesday and worked our way through the Chronicles of Narnia and are currently working through The Chronicles of Prydain. When we started I resolved to share all the recipes, we have made-but I haven’t gone through them as quickly as I hoped.

When we completed The Magician’s Nephew,The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and A Horse and His Boy; we moved on to book four, Prince Caspian. This book is one of my favorites in the series as I love Prince Caspian (although the Disney film version is horrible). Like A Horse and His Boy, this book did not mention a lot of specific foods, so we planned whatever we wanted to make.

As I wasn’t in charge of this book, there will be no discussion questions, just recipes. 

The first week we had Apple Cinnamon Scones: Salmon Radish Cucumber Canapés, Cinnamon Bread-Honey-Cheese-Apple and Ham Sandwiches, Kellogg’s Cheese Potato Crisps, and Applesauce Cake; all paired with Caroline’s Coffee Roaster Princess Earl Grey (as we needed to have some royal-tea).

The next week we had lavender flowering tea, Irish Soda Bread, Tuna Salad, Twice Baked Potatoes, carrot soup, and Quaker Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips.

For our final discussion of Prince Caspian we had Earl Grey Lavender Scones, Salmon and Cucumber Sandwiches, Radish-Dill Canapés, Cheese Potato Crisps, and Buttermilk Apple Cake.

Today’s recipe is the Buttermilk Apple Cake from two peas & their pod. I first came across this recipe when I was looking for something to make with the leftover buttermilk from my Irish Soda Bread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • Pinch of fresh nutmeg
  • ½ stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup shaken buttermilk
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, and sliced 
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • Turbinado sugar (to sprinkle on top of cake) [I didn’t have any so I used brown sugar instead)
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ½ teaspoon of the cinnamon, and nutmeg. 
  3. Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.
  4. Beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat until combined.
  5. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the apple slices with the brown sugar and other ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
  7. Stir until apples are coated.
  8. Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Place sliced apples evenly over top and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  9. Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  10. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more.
  11. Invert onto a plate. Serve with vanilla ice cream if you wish or add powdered sugar on top.

This was delicious and is a wonderful way to use up the leftover buttermilk if you are looking for something different to try. It looked a little plain so I added the powdered sugar, next time I make it I am contemplating forgoing sugar on top and maybe adding a glaze? But yes, it was absolutely delicious and I recommend it.

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Brown Butter Matcha Brownies

Do you love Matcha? I do!

And I’m always on the lookout for a new matcha recipe. I discovered this brown butter matcha brownie recipe on Cooking Therapy, last year around Saint Patrick’s day and thought it would be perfect it makes as it is green. Unfortunately, they were out of white chocolate chips and I had to use regular chocolate. It tasted good, but didn’t look very matcha-y. I decided to try it again and make sure this time I had white chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter browned
  • 4 oz white chocolate
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp flaky salt optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 8×8 baking pan with butter and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Heat the butter over high heat until it melts. Lower the heat to low. Heat the butter until small brown bits start to appear. Remove from the stove.
  4. Add white chocolate and matcha powder to a small bowl. Pour the brown butter over the top and stir until all the chocolate melts. Let the mixture cool for 2 minutes.
  5. In large bowl, combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer until thick and creamy (5-10 minutes).
  6. While mixing, stream in your matcha chocolate ganache from step 4. Whisk until a uniform green batter appears.
  7. Lastly, sift your flour into the bowl. Using a spatula, gently fold the flour into the batter using a until a green batter forms.
  8. Spoon into your prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  10. Take out the brownies and slam them on the counter to get rid of some the air. Sprinkle some flaky sea salt over the top and put the brownies back in the oven. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  11. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.

This was absolutely delicious and I cannot stop eating it. I had to give it away to family it is so good.

Cannot stop!

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Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Rice Krispies Chocolate Chip Cookies

Back in 2020, some friends and I started a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club; Books, Tea, and the Trinity. We met every Wednesday and worked our way through the Chronicles of Narnia and are currently working through the Lorien Legacies. When we started I resolved to share all the recipes, but have fallen behind in posting and are trying desperately to catch up.

After we finished The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; the next book in the series was A Horse and His Boy. This book was a bit harder to plan recipes as it didn’t have as many starting off points as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but that also meant we could make whatever we wanted to.

For the first week we had Cederberg Tea Co. Classic Red and Red Chai Tea. We also had Apple Cinnamon Scones, Heirloom Tomato Tarts with Basil, and a Healthy Waldorf Salad.

The second week we had veggies and Greek Yogurt Dip, Teatime Magazine’s Red Pepper Triple Stack SandwichesZuppa Toscana, and Chocolate Covered Strawberries; with Vanilla Rooibos Tea

The third week of going through the A Horse and His Boy we had Tea Time Magazines’ Sweet Cream Scones, Homemade Strawberry Preserves, Tea Time Magazines Egg Salad and Cherry Tomatoes Sandwiches, Hummus and Veggie Sandwiches, Empanadas, and Rice Krispies Chocolate Chip Cookies; with Celestial Tea Devonshire Breakfast Tea.

I don’t have the empanada recipe as my friend made it and she winged it, but using a real recipe. As I don’t have that, I’m going to skip ahead to the next recipe, Rice Krispies Chocolate Chip Cookies.

This recipe I borrowed from my sister blog, Mysterious Eats and is one I LOVE to make over and over again.

“Not your traditional oatmeal cookie-an even better one! RICE KRISPIES add that extra crunch and the [chocolate chips] supplies the extra sweetness.”

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter or Margarine, Softened
  • 1/2 Cup of White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
  • 1 Cup of Quick-Cooking Oats
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut or Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit
  2. Lightly coat two large cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray or butter. Set aside.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  4. Place the butter in the bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the white and brown sugars and beat until blended, Add the egg and vanilla, beating to incorporate.
  6. Stir in the flour mixture. When well combined, stir in the cereal, oats and coconut or chocolate chips.
  7. Drop the cookie dough by tablespoonful onto the baking sheets, leaving room between the cookies.
  8. Bake for 12 mins, or until the cookies are lightly browned.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool.

These are soo delicious! I love making them and once you try them, you will love them too!

And get those cookies out of the oven!

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Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Apple Cinnamon Scones

Back in 2020, some friends and I started a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club. We met every Wednesday and worked our way through the Chronicles of Narnia and are currently working through the Lorien Legacies. When we started I resolved to share all the recipes, but since then have decided to rework these posts. Instead of having the book we are reading through at the front of the recipe, I’m changing it to be our tea group’s name: Books, Tea, and the Trinity.

After we finished The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; the next book in the series was A Horse and His Boy. This book was a bit harder to plan recipes as it didn’t have as many starting off points as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but that also meant we could plan whatever we wanted to.

As I wasn’t in charge of this book, there will be no discussion questions, just recipes.

The first week we had Cederberg Tea Co. Classic Red and Red Chai Tea. We also had Apple Cinnamon Scones, Heirloom Tomato Tarts with Basil, and a Waldorf Salad.

This scone recipe comes from the King Arthur Baking Company.

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup fresh apple, in 1/2″ pieces (about half a medium apple)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Topping

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • milk, for brushing

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the butter to the mixture in the bowl, until the mixture is unevenly crumbly.
  3. Stir in the chopped apple.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and applesauce.
  5. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holds together.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment; if you don’t have parchment, just use a baking without greasing it. Sprinkle a bit of flour atop the parchment or pan. Or use your scone pan.
  7. Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment or pan, and divide it in half. Gently pat and round each half into a 5″ to 5 1/2″ circle about 3/4″ thick.
  8. To make the topping, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Brush each circle with a bit of water or milk, and sprinkle with the topping.
  9. Using a knife, slice each circle into 6 wedges.
  10. Place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  11. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  12. Bake the scones for 18 to 22 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
  13. Remove the scones from the oven, and cool briefly on the pan.
  14. Enjoy!

These scones were delicious! We instantly devoured them! We had a hard time trying to stop eating.

I also just made them the other day and turned out to be missing some ingredients, having to substitute with more applesauce. The scones were just as good, which is a great marker of the recipe, as the base was strong enough to withstand changes. I highly recommend these scones.

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