Muv was off galavanting last weekend, which, rather awkwardly, left me without a Mother to wait on on Mother’s Day.
Thankfully I managed to get myself pencilled in this weekend and we celebrated as family tradition dictates- with a tea party.
Planning is imperative. A good tea party takes at least a week to plan. There is always a shopping list, a drawing, hours of research and vivid cake-related dreams.
Some of my favourite books for inspiration:
I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict and have many boards dedicated to tea, cake and all things vintage. You can follow me here.
Usually, I am rather traditional in my tea fare, but inspired by the likes of Kerstin Rodgers of MsMarmiteLover, Angel Adoree of The Vintage Patisserie and Christabel Beeson of Christabel’s, I’ve tried to do something a little more experimental.
I fancied a bit of botanical theme, with my sweet, miniature greenhouse taking centre-stage. On a normal day I keep seedlings and carnivorous plants in there, but for one day only chocolate strawberries and tomato, basil and mozzarella flowers bloomed.
I have always stuck to the finger-sandwich format, varying the fillings slightly, however I had seen a few examples of the classic Swedish smörgåstårta and rather fancied giving it a try. In essence it’s a cake made from a loaf of bread with savoury fillings. I envisioned some sort of elaborate miniature vegetable plot styling to continue my botanical theme. I intend to jumble together some sort of instructions later. But to give one an idea this was my smoked salmon creation:
As much as we all enjoyed these rather unconventional sarnies, I found them rather labour intensive. They also required an electric bread knife to be plugged in at the table to enable them to be served- not appropriate for a tea party at all.
These sausage rolls are a firm family favourite, it is often requested that make a batch on a weekend.
This simple pizza was for my darling youngest brother, inspired by our recent skiing trip to the Alps. With all the heavy meats, cheeses and breads, a simple tomato and mozzerella drizzled with pesto was a joy and I’m sure will bring back fond memories forever more.
Tomato, mozzarella and red onion pizza
Goats cheese, prosciutto and roasted red pepper filo cups
Heart-shaped scones (made by my beautiful sister in law to be) served with clotted cream and strawberry jam
Chocolate brownies with Cadbury’s Pebbles
Fairy bite shortbread
Served with Twinnings English Breakfast tea
Jelly snakes (to decorate the table)
You can find instructions for my lotus napkin origami here.