6 Favorite Foods for Tea Parties

Are you ready to take your tea party to the next level? Fill your table with a variety of these favorite foods for tea parties and dig in! 6 Favorite Foods for Tea Parties ~ Tipsaholic.com #teaparty #partyfood

 

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Tea parties for adults and kids alike need a good assortment of tasty treats, but where to begin? Check out these great ideas and try some of the recipes to take a tea party to the next level. Whether you’re into traditional tastes like scones and sandwiches or modern sweets like cupcakes and chocolate-covered strawberries, it’s time to fill your teatime table.

 

1. Scones

Scones are a food served at traditional English teas. They come in many flavors and can be topped with butter, jams, jellies, clotted cream and more. For a classic scone, try this recipe. One of these scones ought to do the trick if you’re looking for something a little different.

 

2. Tea sandwiches

A tea (or finger) sandwich is an easy way to fill your guests’ tummies with either savory or sweet, this collection of recipes has some great ideas for both. Try cutting your sandwiches with cookie cutters to add fun or follow a theme.

 

3. Tarts

Bite-size tarts are a great food to serve when you want to really make a buffet spread stand out. They come with in many flavors and with many toppings, which makes them a colorful addition to the table. Better Homes and Gardens has a great collection of recipes that are sure to impress your guests.

 

4. Fruit

Seasonal and buffet-friendly fruits like strawberries often make an appearance at an afternoon tea. They can be served plain alongside other fare, as a fruit skewer or salad, or even dipped in chocolate. Use a melon baller to create eye-pleasing shapes with watermelon or cantaloupe. You may even want to dress things up with a fruit flower like this salad from One Crafty Thing. To make your chocolate-dipped fruits better, follow these tips from The Stir

 

5. Cakes and Cookies

Cupcakes, sponge cakes, and other small and simple cakes make great sweets at a tea party. Cakes with a mild sweetness are usually preferred to the full-flavored, birthday-style cake. Madeleines are a classic tea cookie and can be made at home with a good recipe and the right supplies, or purchased, along with other varieties of simple cookies. You could even try a fun themed cookie like this chocolate-dipped “tea bag” cookie from Munchkin Munchies.

 

6. Cheese and Crackers

Sliced or spreadable, cheese is always welcome at a party. Use American favorites like cheddars or jacks, or go for something a little fancier with brie or Camembert. Provide guests with an assortment of crackers to pair with their cheeses.

 

Other Food Options

While not exactly traditional, there are other foods for tea parties that can really spruce up a table! Vegetables and dip served in small cups are a great option, especially if you want to keep things healthy or vegan. Deviled eggs are an easy bite-size food and small appetizers of any kind can also be appropriate. Check out these recipes to find something great to add to your teatime menu!

 

 

Feature and title image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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9 Creative Cookie Recipes

Creative Cookie Recipes to Try

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of these creative cookie recipes, featuring tempting ingredients like coconut, lemon, raspberries, and Oreos.

9 Creative Cookie Recipes to Try via Tipsaholic.com

Chocolate chip.

It’s the staple cookie. Everyone’s got a favorite recipe, too, whether it’s a soft and buttery, a melt-in-your-mouth, or a crisp and milk-dunking variety. And they’re good. Sooooo good. But sometimes the old beloved deserves a break. Or an upgrade. Or to be thrown out all together because if your husband asks for chocolate chip cookies one more time, you are making him bake his own. No – for reals this time.

So if you’re ready to give the choco-chippy fave a rest, why not go crazy?

These nine creative cookie recipes may sound a little out-of-the-box, but don’t knock’em till you try’em – you might just find your new family favorite. With tempting ingredients like coconut, lemon, raspberries, and Oreos, you never know which cookie might hijack your bored-to-tears-taste buds and take them on a ride through FlavorTown.

That’s right. Time to get crazy.

Give one or two of these unique cookies a try — you might just be glad the next time you’re out of chocolate chips!

 

Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies by Maybe I Will (picture: slide 1)

Lime. Coconut. Coconut. Lime. A classic combination. So of course it should be put in a cookie. A cookie, perhaps, that you would eat on the beach in the Caribbean, with a coconut full of milk to dip it in whilst your Caribbean hottie holds your hand and you giggle as dolphins leap gracefully from the clear blue sea in the distance. Or alone, in your kitchen – because they’re really too good to share, and why wait for the Caribbean?

 

Strawberry Lemonade Cookies by Gimme Some Oven, via Tablespoon (picture: slide 2)

There are many good reasons to make a cookie. The fact that it is insanely simple and ridiculously cute are two of the best reasons, and this cookie is both.

 

Cookies and Cream Cookies by Notes from Nessa (picture: slide 3)

First of all, let’s point out the fact that this cookie has cookies in it. Is there anything left to say?

 

Blueberry Lemon Cookies by Baker Bettie (picture: slide 4)

Perhaps you’ve met the muffin counterpart to this cookie, but let’s face it – muffins are overrated. They’re crumbly. They’re not very portable. You don’t just make a batch of muffins for kicks and giggles. But a blueberry lemon cookie? Now that’s worth stuffing your face with.

 

Salted Caramel and Nutella Stuffed Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies by Topped with Cinnamon (picture: slide 5)

Okay, I know I said we were giving chocolate chip a rest, but seriously. Try saying this cookie’s name three times and fast with your mouth full.

 

Movie Theater Cookies by I Love My Disorganized Life (picture: slide 6)

If you’re like me, taking your kids to the movies and getting snacks (hoping to keep them quiet) is a joke. Popcorn and chocolate everywhere. So tonight: stay home, fire up the old DVD player, and corral the mess by whipping up a batch of these tasty bites.

 

Chewy Chocolate Orange Cookies by Serious Eats (picture: slide 7)

You don’t need to wait for Christmas to enjoy the delectable flavor combination of oranges and chocolate. Just put it in a cookie!

 

Oatmeal Caramel Apple Cookies by Beyond Frosting (picture: slide 8)

Caramel apples – they look so fantastic, sitting on a tray, peppered with nuts, toffee, and the like. But have you ever tried to eat one? Ha. Underneath all that sugar, it’s still an apple, and a messy one at that. This cookie is the perfect alternative.

 

Raspberry Cookies by I Heart Naptime (picture: slide 9)

Does putting fruit in a cookie make it healthier? Nod your head. Now – bake.

9 Creative Cookie Recipes via Tipsaholic.com #baking #cookies #newrecipe #yum

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyineperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.