Spring Tea -A Schedule and “How-To” for Fabulously Decorated Sugar Cubes

When you buy commercial icing in the grocery store, the can comes with many tips. The “kind of smooth with a whip” looking sugar cubes were from one tip and the frilly icing cubes were from a different tip. On some of the cubes I performed the “surgery” you see in the photos (click to enlarge) and others I just dipped in  tiny bowls of sprinkles. **Note: Get the icing in the can. The kind in the squeeze bag will not stick to the sugar cubes.

AND NOW ON TO THE ‘PARTY SCHEDULE” I PROMISED ON TUESDAY!!

Kind of long which is why I have put it at the end! Hopefully it is detailed enough to make it so you don’t really have to think about anything.  It seems like a lot but most of this stuff doesn’t really take very long – I just make detailed lists so I don’t forget anything!  I posted a Flickr photo set here – it might help with ideas for table set up, invitations, etc.! Also, be sure to check Wednesday’s post – it is LOADED with information and links.
3 WEEKS BEFORE

  • Pick a date
  • Buy cute note cards for invitations
  • Make invitations. Ask people to RSVP
  • Order party favor paper baskets for as many children as are invited plus 8 more. Also have 8 additional cups & plates. Since it is a Mother/Daughter Tea, siblings (sisters) are also invited by default – inviting 12 kids can turn into 20 kids before you know it! – a good reason for RSVP!

2 WEEKS BEFORE

  • Send invitations
  • Find 3 serving trays (scones, cookies, sandwiches), spoons (they make great silver plastic ones now!), tea set , cups & plates (there are beautiful paper plates, and plastic cups out there!), tongs for sugar cubes, 4 bowls ( jam, whipped cream, nuts and crackers) and 2 pitchers (lemonade & water). Call rental company to reserve, borrow, buy or dig yours out of storage.

1 WEEK BEFORE

  • Make a grocery list or use mine (below)!

2 – 3 DAYS BEFORE

  • Decorated Sugar Cube ingredients: Canned spray icing, sprinkles, sugar cubes
  • Buy ingredients for and make sugar cubes.
  • Store in a container or on a cookie sheet with a drinking glass in the middle and foil “tented” over the cookie sheet (so you don’t smush the icing).
  • Pick up rentals if needed (or have them delivered).
  • Set table with serving trays, cups, plates, spoons, tongs for sugar cubes, pitchers, clear plastic cups, bowls with spoons, and tea service.
  • Fill sugar bowl with sugar (women do not usually want icing in their tea).
  • Make a little tented card for the PB&J tray alerting people that they are PB&J (peanut allergy).
  • Lay clean dish towels over everything to prevent dust.
  • Set up an area away from the tea with wine glasses and an ice bucket for the sparkling water and wine.

1 DAY BEFORE

TO GET (Grocery):

  • White paper doilies for serving trays
  • Bulk Candy for favor baskets
  • Flowers or something for the centerpiece
  • Decaffeinated mint tea (see Tea For A Crowd for amounts needed)
  • Wyler’s Pink Lemonade mix
  • Clear plastic cups for lemonade
  • Scones
  • Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 & 1/2 cream
  • Jam
  • Cookies
  • Nuts
  • Little snack crackers (Goldfish)
  • Bread for sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter
  • Grape Jelly
  • 3-4 bottles of wine (you probably will not need this much but it is good to have on       hand in case you do)
  • 2 large bottles sparkling water
  • 2 bags of ice
  • 2 boxes of frozen hors d’oeuvres (I always pop some in the oven around 4:45 in case someone would like something other than cookies & scones)
  • Votive candles for bathrooms
  • Cocktail napkins for table and ice bucket area

TO DO:

  • Make whipped cream (you can also buy fresh whipped cream at Whole Foods)
  • Make PB&J sandwiches, cover & refrigerate – do not cut.
  • Arrange paper favor baskets on table and fill.
  • Make lemonade
  • Make tea concentrate (see Tea For A Crowd)
  • Set the bottles of wine and water in the empty ice bucket and remember to lay a corkscrew & cocktail napkins somewhere in the vicinity.

DAY OF PARTY

  • Cut sandwiches into little “2 bite” sizes, cover & refrigerate

RIGHT BEFORE (3:30)

  • Open a bottle of wine & recork
  • Ice the wine & sparkling water
  • Set out Lemonade & Water
  • Boil water for tea
  • Light votives in bathrooms
  • Fill the trays & bowls
  • Fill the cream pitcher

Enjoy your party!

P.S. Did you remember to clean your house?

*Tea concentrate – link to Tea For A Crowd suggests filling each cup with concentrate and adding water but I fill the teapot with boiling water and add concentrate to taste.
*Clear cups – when they are scattered across the landscape of your house, they look better than colored cups and your house doesn’t look like the morning after a Fraternity party.
*Sugar-Free Lemonade – it will get spilled and there is no sticky sugary mess with sugar-free.
*I usually pick out a movie to play if the girls are “done” with the tea party and the mothers are still enjoying themselves.

Design a Cocktail Party Invitation to text to your friends!!! Impromtu “Pop Up” Cocktail Parties are such fun!

Sometimes, ideas just Spring themselves on you (sorry, I couldn’t resist)!  Like this morning I was cleaning out my studio and came across this wonderful issue of Anthology Magazine.  Looking for a reason to take a break after cleaning for a whole 20 minutes, I sat down to thumb through the pages and realized I had already read this issue…….but also remembered that there was an awesome cocktail party photo spread!  Then I thought…”hey!  I should have a cocktail party today!!!….or maybe tomorrow!!!”  But what’s a girl to do when there is only 24 hours until said cocktail party arrives and no time to send out invitations…..or even Evites?…….and then it occurred to me…..what about a text invitation?…….but those kind of things can be soooo boring!  Not to worry!  With the help of the camera on my phone (iPhone) and an awesome app called Photogene, I designed an invitation to text to my friends to alert them of soon to be flowing libations — wahooo!

…….and then I remembered I have a party to go to tomorrow night…….and I would have to clean up the patio…….hmmmm maybe another Friday evening in the near future.  At least I got the invitation done before I remembered I couldn’t have the party!

Here is how to do it!  By the way, I think this is legal because it is not for publication and is for personal use but you might check it out if you worry about such things.

(Click on photos to enlarge them)

1. Find something with fabulous photos

2. & 3. Take photo of fabulous photos……take a close up shot.

4. Get this amazing app called Photogene from the app store.

5. Open Photogene app and choose “edit new photo”, pick your photo from “Camera Roll” and wait for it to load.

6. Click on scissors icon in upper left corner of app and drag the green dots to where you want to crop your picture.

7. Click on Star icon and swipe left on bottom bar to choose the rectangle shape.  Tap, hold and drag the rectangle shape onto your photo.

8. Double tap on the rectangle and wait for the keyboard to appear.  Type in your text.

9. Click outline and pick the top left corner gray button to choose no outline.

10. Click on Font and choose your font.

11. Click on Fill and choose the upper right corner gray.

12. Click anywhere on the image to get rid of all the options. Click the lower left corner “check mark”.

13. Click “save”

14. Do all of the above steps for your next photo.

Now, press your “Home button” on the bottom of your phone screen, go to your photos and text them to your friends for a “Pop Up Cocktail Party”!

Wahooooooo!  Cheers!