Host a Tea Party for Mother’s Day

Instead of brunch, how about hosting a Mother’s Day tea party this year? This is something that can be appreciated by moms, moms-in-law, grandmothers, aunts and other ladies in your life for whom you’d like to do something special.

Our Mother’s Day Cookies Banner is perfect for kicking off this get-together. Set a table in rose-red or Candy Pink Tableware, and bring on the flowers!

Tea parties were made for conversation. Try history – or, rather, herstory — activities with the guest(s) of honor:

  • Ask everyone to wear vintage hats or another fun dress-up item.
  • Generate a list of questions that elicit anecdotes about the family’s history. If appropriate for your group, assign one of the younger guests the task of recording the stories.

  • Ask guests in advance to write down their favorite memories to read, and to bring old photos to share.

  • Our contribution is a recipe for tea cakes, below.

    Tea Cakes

    1 cup butter, softened
    1/4 cup powdered sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 cups ground almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts
    powdered sugar with a tiny pinch of salt (1/4 teaspoon salt per ¾ cup sugar) for dusting

    Preheat oven to 325° F. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour, salt, and ground nuts; stir together until well combined. Chill dough for 1 hour. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets in rounded teaspoons. (Alternatively, you can roll the dough into balls, but return the dough to chill again if you do this. The dough must be chilled when you put it in the oven or it will spread too much.) Bake for 25 minutes or until bottoms are barely beginning to brown and tops look dry. Allow to cool for 10 minutes; roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely on a wire rack, and roll them in powdered sugar once more.

    See our Mothers Day party pages for more ideas. We hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day!

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