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Real Parties High Tea In Garden

What is a garden tea party like? Most would say that it’s a party for the elderly because you’ll be sipping a cup of tea while swapping stories– just like what the old British ladies do. Let me tell you something, it’s more than that! You can turn a boring garden tea party, into something wonderful. Too good to be true? Well, it’s one of the party themes that I have organized, and oh boy, I had a wonderful time with my friends. Indeed, it’s a party for everyone, not just the old folks.

Allow me to give you the details on how I made this party cool.

What Food Should I Prepare?

It’s a tea party! Obviously, tea should be present. You can consider serving at least three different types of tea, such as strong, mild, and herbal. You can also add some flavored tea. This would allow your guests to pick one depending on their taste. Don’t forget the brown sugar, lemon, honey, milk, and cream are set on the table and ready to be used. They might want to enhance the flavor of their tea with these. Aside from tea, don’t forget the finger food; this could be sandwiches, scones, sweet and savories, and other treats that go well with tea.

Tea Party Ideas

Keep in mind, this isn’t a party for the oldies, and that’s why it’s important to ensure that your guests are engaged. Thus, you need something more than tea– party games can be very handy, and there’s a ton of party games that you can try. Toss coin in the cups, guess the name please, and Mad Libs are just some of the most popular games.

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The party tables should be decorated with table clothes. However, if you don’t have one, you can always consider going to fabric shops and buy those floral and striped materials by the meter. They’re usually cheap, and that’s why they’re perfect as table clothes.

Additional Tips

– Don’t be afraid to try seasonal food and ingredients, because these would add a nice flavor to your menu. For example, you can consider serving strawberries topped with whipped on your tea party.
– If you’re not used to hosting tea parties, then don’t invite a lot of people. Simply invite a few people first, until you eventually get comfortable with this kind of event.
– Since it’s a tea party, gossiping is a must. However, it’s important to make it clear that you’re only doing this for the sake of fun.

 

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Real Parties Garden Of Butterflies

I really love working with lots of greens, lights, and butterflies; that’s why I have considered doing a backyard/garden theme party. The shades of green and pink are definitely thrilling, and I even made sure that all party aspects from table scape, venue decoration, favor display, and candy buffet would have the look of a vibrant garden party that everyone would enjoy.

Likewise, the beauty and grace of the butterflies are definitely unmistakable and captivating for kids of all ages! That said, here’s how I managed to organize this type of party.

Rustic Key Invitations

Why not capture your guests’ imagination from the start by using rustic, ornate keys as the invitations of the party? No doubt, this would definitely create a strong visual image of guests as they imagine themselves entering the secret garden.

This is a pretty simple project. Just look for ornate keys and attach a small tag where the party details are written.

Drinks

A lot of cocktail mixologists enjoy using herbs as a way to complement fruit-based cocktails. That means, you shouldn’t be afraid of bringing the flavors of the garden into the drinks that are about to be served.

Pear and rosemary cocktail are one of the best combinations because it’s a refreshing summer cocktail that you should definitely try.

Food

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Try to find what foods are in season and this would help you in capturing the flavors of your garden as you create an earthy menu that has a lot of fresh fruits, herbs, vegetables, and even edible flowers. Though, it’s best that you make sure every party meal incorporates with the theme.

For example, slices of lamb marinated in shallots and honey are perfect as appetizers, while cream of pumpkin soup would be good as the first course. For the main course, roasted loin of lamb glazed with rose petal jam would be perfect.
As for the desert, nothing beats an orchard tasting plate that has apples and blackberries.

Honestly, you don’t even need to hire professional caterers just to have a taste of these mouth-watering dishes.

Food Styling

The trays and serving dishes should be as natural and rustic as possible, and this can be done by using a lot of wood, and don’t forget to decorate it with petals, leaves, and flowers. You can always check your local garden and see what it has to offer.

Activity Ideas

– Create colorful collage creatures and flower fairies. This could be one of the simplest themed-activity during the party.

 

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Real Parties Ride 'em Cowboy

My 9-year-old nephew loves to wear his cowboy pajamas, and this gave me the idea that I should organize a cowboy-themed party for him. Everything turned out great and I want to share this experience with you guys!

The Food

We prepared cupcakes for the guests as well as a small cake for my little nephew. We used the favor tags that came from the party package we previously bought in order to make sure that even cake and cupcakes are cowboy-themed.

The Setup

Did you know that a simple, checkered bandana can transform a simple kitchen table into a cowboy-style table? Well, that’s what I just did! With a couple of flower arrangements and cupcakes, everything was perfect.

You can use white cardstock as well as brown construction paper to create a table runner. It looked wonderful with the contrasting white checks of the table napkin and the pop of yellow for the name of the guests.

cowboy ideas for a birthday partyI also picked up some “Wanted” posters from our hobby store. They came in a package of 4 and I simply pasted the pictures of my nephew on them. I forgot to add, I also edited the photos and changed them to sepia color.

You can also decorate the birthday celebrant’s chair with red and white balloons and signs that say “Happy 9th birthday, cowboy!” It might sound quite simple, but it will really help a lot with your theme.

Party Favors

For the party favors, you can consider creating sheriff badges for the guests using a yellow felt pasted on cardboard and cut into sheriff stars, fastened with safety pins that are glued at the back.

Pinata Party Outside!

After cupcakes and opening the presents, the last activity was the horse pinata. For this, you can buy a white horse pinata and just decorate it yourself. The kids were really thrilled when they saw this candy-filled pinata hanging on the tree and ready to be smashed!

Take Home Party Goodies

cowboy goodie bagLastly, each guest was given a ‘happy trails’ bag filled with cowboy-inspired goodies. Inside was some little plastic horse toy and trail mix. Basically, to create this loot bag, I just used brown paper bags and printed some cute cowboy tags and stapled it on the bag.

Overall, it’s a fun-filled afternoon for all of us. Definitely one of the best parties I have organized. I still can’t believe that my nephew is now 9 years old. I know, I know, I say this every year, but come on, where does the time go?

 

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Hot Chocolate Layer Cake With Ginseng

A party wouldn’t be complete without the cake, right? Aside from the colorful balloons, presents, ice cream, and games, a delicious chocolate cake can also make everyone excited– both kids and adults alike. That’s why I’m here to give you one of the healthiest cake recipes I often use during birthday parties! The main ingredient? Ginseng!

Ginseng is one of the best herbs that has a number of benefits. Aside from being a natural tonic and aphrodisiac, some of the benefits that you can enjoy from consuming ginseng, includes being able to lose weight effectively, it acts as a physical and health stimulant, aids in type 2 diabetes, prevents menstrual problems, and many more. So, what could be the best way to influence everyone to give this wonderful herb a try? Turn it into something they’re going to love!

Without further ado, here’s a ginseng chocolate cake recipe for you to try. It’s light, fluffy, and best of all, it has been kid-tested and approved! Go buy ginseng and get your baking pans and lovely molds ready because we’re about to start!

Cake Ingredients

– 3 cups all purpose flour
– 3/4 cup canola oilbirthday chocolate cake recipe
– 3/4 cup unsalted butter
– 4 1/2 ounce chocolate; finely chopped
– 3 large eggs
– 3 cups of sugar
– 3/4 cup cocoa powder
– 3/4 cup buttermilk
– 2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 2 tbs vanilla extract
– 1 tsp. of ginseng powder

Frosting

– 1 vanilla bean
– 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
– 6 ounce bittersweet chocolate
– 6 tbsp unsalted butter
– 2 cups sugar
– 1/4 tsp kosher salt
– 1/2 cup syrup

Cake Directions

– Preheat the oven at 350F.
– Combine chocolate, butter, and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat until melted.
– In a separate bowl, combine all remaining dry ingredients, except for baking soda, ginseng powder, and salt, and pour the chocolate mixture. Whisk well.
– Add one egg at a time, and then the remaining ingredients.
– Transfer in the prepared baking pans and bake for about 20 minutes or until fully baked.
– Cool completely.

Frosting

– In a saucepan over low heat, combine butter, cream, vanilla bean, and stir until fully melted.
– Whisk the chopped chocolate and wait for it to melt.
– Don’t forget to add cocoa powder, sugar, and syrup until smooth, and allow it to dissolve.
– Pour in a pan and allow it to freeze.

Assembling the Cake

– Remove the frosting from the freezer and transfer it to a bowl. Whisk well until it softens, then become light and fluffy.
– Spread frosting around the cake like how you usually do. This would take a lot of patience, but the end result is definitely worth it.

There you have it. It’s as easy as that! Enjoy!

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