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As a young girl tea parties were a favorite past time! But who says you have to be a child to enjoy a tea party? Not us! Here are some delicious tea recipes to make tea time fun!

Blackberry Sweet Tea

(via Tide & Thyme)


3 family-size tea bags (or 10 regular)
6 cups water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup blackberries
sliced lemon, for garnish
fresh mint, for garnish
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a large saucepan. Once you have a rolling boil, dunk in the tea bags a few times to get wet, and remove from heat. Let tea bags steep 1 hour.
  2. Remove tea bags and pour in sugar, stirring well until dissolved. Pour into a glass pitcher, and add remaining water.
  3. Puree blackberries and add them to the tea, stirring to combine.
  4. Serve in glasses filled with ice, and garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.

 

Summer Peach Tea Punch

(via Southern Living)

3 family-size tea bags
2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar
1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
Garnish: fresh peach wedges
  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add tea bags and mint leaves. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags and mint. Pour into a 1-gal. container; add peach nectar, lemonade concentrate, and Simple Sugar Syrup. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
  3. Pour chilled tea mixture into a punch bowl or pitcher. Stir in ginger ale and club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Hibiscus Tea

(via Little Food Junction)

1 cup fresh wild Hibiscus petals
4 cups water
4 tsp sugar ( adjust
 as per liking)
1 star anise ( opt)
lemon slices for garnishing
  1. Place water in a large saucepan , add in petals , sugar and star anise. 
  2. Simmer for 12- 13 mins till the water turns red.
  3. Strain, garnish with a slice of lime n serve. 

Chamomile & Lavender Tea

(via Celebrating Everyday Life)

1 teaspoon Lavender buds
1 teaspoon Chamomile buds
8 ounces hot water

  1. Place lavender and chamomile buds into a tea strainer and pour hot water over them. Allow to steep for about 10 minutes and enjoy!

 A tea party isn't complete without a few finger foods! Try some of these yummy treats at your next get-together!

Cucumber Sandwiches

(via The Kitchen is My Playground)

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
packed 1/3 c. roughly chopped fresh dill
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. finely chopped lemon zest
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch black pepper
1 large English cucumber
Approximately 12 to 16 slices good-quality sandwich bread
  1. Spread a thin layer of Lemony Dill Spread on each slice of bread and arrange cucumber slices decoratively on top.
  2. Trim away bread crusts with a serrated knife; then cut sandwiches into desired shapes {2 triangles or 3 fingers}.

 Caprese Salad Bites

Spinach
Cherry tomatoes
Mozzarella pearls
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Toothpicks
  1. Assemble ingredients as pictured and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Fairy Bites

(via Pink Piccadilly Pastries)

1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cup All Purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp multi-colored nonpareils
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line 8-inch square baking pan with plastic wrap (or cut parchment to fit) leaving 1-inch overhang. 
  2. Combine butter, sugar and almond extract in medium bowl. 
  3. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
  4. Reduce speed to low, add flour and salt. Beat until well mixed. Stir in nonpareils.
  5. Knead mixture 4-5 times in bowl until dough forms a ball. 
  6. Pat dough evenly into prepared pan. Use overhang to lift dough from pan.
  7. Cut dough into 1/2-inch squares.
  8. Gently place squares 1/2 inch apart onto un-greased cookie sheet. Bake approximately 15 minutes or until bottoms just begin to brown.  

Enjoy!

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