I’m sharing all my tips, tricks, recipes, and crafts that I made for this tea party that I threw for my mom on Mother’s day! It would be a perfect theme for a bridal shower, baby shower, or birthday!
Sunday was Mother’s day and it was my first time hosting a family party. I decided to have a tea party theme because my mom and I went to a tea shop in New York City and we loved it. I did a lot of planning, recipe testing and prep work because I wanted it to be perfect! It really was a wonderful day, full of love and family time.
Tea Party Decorations
I found all the china, linens, and glassware that I used for the tea party at our local thrift store and at garage sales. It took me a few months and lots of trips to the thrift store but I finally found all the pieces I needed for the table and the buffet.
The tiered platters you see on the buffet are china plates and small glass dessert cups that I stacked and glue together! It’s really easy to do and an inexpensive way to make your own platters that match your party theme!
I also made the pretty place cards that are in front of each dish. You can see how I made the jeweled place cards here!
I found the flower poofs, doilies, paper flower table runner, and romantic pink candlesticks at Michael’s.
Tea Party Food
I tried to incorporate food on the menu that we’ve had at tea shops before. I had to super-size the chicken salad sandwiches though because tiny tea sandwiches would not be enough for the boys!
- Chocolate chip scones
- almond thumbprint cookies
- Cucumber dill sandwiches
- Butternut squash soup
- Tomato crostini with goat cheese
- Greek yogurt parfaits with fruit
- Assorted mini desserts
My dad’s favorite was the tomato crostini. He’s a funny one, he can be a picky eater and I know he wouldn’t have tried the crostini if he knew it had goat cheese on it! So, we didn’t tell him and he loved it.
Grilled Tomato Crostini with a Balsamic Glaze
I made these on my electric griddle because it has a big surface area. I picked up a french baguette from Panera and asked them to slice it into 1/2 inch rounds. I drizzled olive oil over the whole griddle and put the slices of bread on one-half and the diced up tomatoes on the other side. I flipped the bread a few times to make sure it was lightly coated in the olive oil, so it would get nice and crispy. I added some garlic powder and rosemary to the diced tomatoes for extra flavor. I let it sit for a few minutes, stirred the tomatoes around a little and it was done.
Super easy to do while I was running around getting the other food ready. When the bread was browned and crispy, I took it off the griddle and spread a light coat of goat cheese on each one. I topped each slice with a spoonful of the grilled tomatoes and drizzled some balsamic glaze on top. I got the glaze from Trader Joe’s, it’s delicious! I finished the platter with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.
Crispy, crunchy, sweet, tangy and vinegary all in one bite. YUM. You can really top these with anything you like. Next time, I’m going to top it with goat cheese, grilled mushrooms, and shallots.
- 1 French baguette, sliced into ½ inch rounds
- 3 T Goat cheese
- 2-3 T Balsamic glaze
- 2 Large tomatoes, seeded
- Sprinkle of garlic powder
- Sprinkle of dried rosemary
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 T Chopped parsley
- Heat the griddle to 200 degrees.
- Drizzle olive oil over the whole griddle.
- Place the baguette rounds on one side and flip to coat both sides with olive oil.
- Seed and dice the tomatoes.
- Add tomatoes to other side of the griddle.
- Sprinkle tomatoes with rosemary and garlic powder.
- Saute bread until crispy and browned, about 3-4 minutes.
- When bread is done, spread a light coat of goat cheese over each slice.
- Remove tomatoes and spoon onto bread slices.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze over the whole platter.
- Top with roughly chopped parsley.
Have you ever been to a tea party before? Let me know in the comments!
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