We are in New Orleans for a couple of weeks hanging out with family and of course it is hot! No, I mean like really, really hot. Have you ever been here in the summer? My mom called me a couple of months ago and said, “I think we should have a tea for the kids.” “Great,” I say. Tea parties are one of my specialties! I love doing them.One of the reasons for having this tea is that my mom won an auction item having Elsa and Anna from Frozen come to your party. Well, my wheels started spinning because I knew that my girls would be tickled to see those princesses “in person.” So of course, we had to have a snowflake theme. Yes, in the middle of July in New Orleans where it is hot, like really, really hot. Maybe it would cool everybody off…
Here are some ideas if you need to cool off and have a snowflake tea in the middle of the summer, or even if you have it in the middle of the winter.
We served blue rock candy stirrers with the tea. Those were a hit as you would expect with little ones.
Each child received a special snowflake necklace favor placed on their napkin.
Creating a menu gives your party a special touch.
Elsa and Anna arrived. The kids were enthralled! It was hilarious to see the girls one upping each other telling the princesses how many and what size Elsa and Anna dolls they had. Then it was time for the activity. (My motto is, always have an activity when you have a party with kids.) We moved everyone to a table where they could bead snowflakes. Elsa and Anna helped. The kids loved it! Even the boys liked it.
I cut 2 pipe cleaners in half and twisted them together to make the snowflakes.
After that, the tea began. Everyone sat down and they were served either pink sparkling lemonade or herbal peach tea with honey. Then, they were served the sandwich course consisting of cinnamon and sugar snowflakes, star cheese toasts, and fleur de lis peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches.
We cut the snowflakes out of small tortillas. We folded them in half and then in half again and then in thirds. Then we made the cuts in the sides, top and bottom from there. We adjusted the edges once they were open. That seemed to yield the best results. But we wanted them all to be different as snowflakes are. We used a kitchen scissors. These are just fun kid snacks for any day.
I laid them out on wax paper and sprayed them with spray butter. It was easier than spreading butter on something with so many holes. Then we sprinkled (previously mixed) cinnamon and sugar on top of the butter. We put them on cookie sheets and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes so they would be crispy.
Making the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is pretty self explanatory. When we cut them with the cookie cutter, we needed to run a sharp knife around the outside edges of the cookie cutter so that we could have a clean cut. If you can’t find a fleur de lis cookie cutter where you are you can find one here: R&M Fleur De Lis 4.5″ Cookie Cutter in Durable, Economical, Tinplated Steel
We also needed to use a sharp knife around the outer edges of the cookie cutter with the stars to get a clean cut. The cheddar cheese slices were easy.
After the sandwiches course, we served petite cranberry and orange scones. My kids love these. You can buy them in various flavors at Target, Whole Foods, and some other grocery stores. At times, it’s hit or miss.
Then it was time for dessert. We had raspberries stuffed with a chocolate chip. Those were a hit. We also had cream puffs and turtle cookies.
I made these snowflakes with melted blue chocolate wafers. They were piped onto wax paper laid on a granite counter top. The counter top was cool and helped them to set and get hard. The snowflakes were decorated with pearl dragees. I piped them with inexpensive piping bags and tips like these: Dr. Oetker 2457 Disposable Piping Bag Set
We served them to the kids.
And we also put them on the cupcakes.
The cupcakes were a soda cake. Are you sick of hearing me talk about soda cake yet? I love it. It’s so easy and it’s so moist. This time I used a Blue Velvet mix with 12 ounces of Sprite. I usually use cream soda but this time I decided to use Sprite. It was really good that way too! If you haven’t heard about this, you put a box cake mix into a bowl and add 12 ounces of any soft drink and stir. Then put it in a pan and bake. That’s it. Although, I have made the cake with Guinness, Guinness Chocolate Cake with super rich chocolate icing and one with champagne, a mimosa cake. They both came out really yummy.
The box says you should get 24 cupcakes but only putting in 12 ounces of soda yields 18 cupcakes.
I iced them with a simple cream cheese icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
1 block of cream cheese, room temp
1 stick of butter, room temp
Beat cream cheese and butter together then add powdered sugar till you think it is sweet enough for your taste. I don’t like mine too sweet.
After icing them, I sprayed them with this silver shimmering color mist. I just lightly misted them. You can see the difference between the sprayed cupcake and the one that hadn’t been sprayed yet. Afterward, I added the snowflakes on top. You can find this food safe silver spray here: Wilton Silver Color Mist.
The mamas in the group had delicious treats too. I made Orzo salad with Remoulade dressing. It was delicious! We also had tea sandwiches.
The Orzo with Remoulade dressing is delicious. It was a happy accident for my twins birthday. I usually do it Greek style but we had made the remoulade for something else the day before and decided to add it to the orzo salad because we were out of Feta. It was amazing! Why had we never thought of this before? You can also serve it in little cups with a cheese straw as you can see in my Fancy Girl Tea Party – A 5 Year Old Birthday Event post.
Orzo with Remoulade Dressing
4 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes
3-4 persian (small) cucumbers, cut into slices
1 large red bell pepper
Salt and pepper
Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Salt it and add the orzo. Cook for 1 minute less than the box instructions so that it is al dente.
Drain, then put the orzo in a mixing bowl.
Add Remoulade sauce immediately while still hot. Save some of the dressing to add the next day before it is served if you are making it the day before.
Slice the peppers into bite-sized chunks, slice the cucumber in half and slice into pieces. Slice the grape tomatoes and olives into halves.
Once cool, halved cherry tomatoes, olives, cucumber, pepper into the orzo, then chill.
Add extra remoulade sauce the next day.
And a few extra decorations: I saw this on Pinterest and have been dying to make these. They are so pretty. I’ve seen them all over but this site had a very good tutorial and this is the one that I used.
And their shadows are beautiful too!
This tea was fairly easy to put together. Some things were homemade and some things were bought. It was manageable, even with 3 little ones running around the house while we were getting ready. We were able to do some things the day and night before.
Two days before:
Locate the petite scones and other small desserts that you will use and buy other things for the party.
Cut out the snowflakes from the small flour tortillas and keep them in a ziplock bag.
Put the snowflake necklaces together.
Make the blue chocolate snowflakes.
Make the pipe cleaner snowflakes.
Cut out the dancers if you want to use them.
Bake the cupcakes.
Make the orzo with remoulade dressing.
Cut out the stars and the cheese and keep in airtight container in the fridge.
Decorate the table
Morning of the party:
Make the icing and ice the cupcakes.
Bake the cheese stars.
Rinse raspberries and let dry. Then insert a chocolate chip into each.
Make the cinnamon and sugar snowflakes.
Make the tea and lemonade.
Add extra dressing to remoulade orzo.
Place everything on platters.
This was a really fun party. The kids loved it and especially loved having Elsa and Anna as the guests of honor.
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