Have you caught the Downton Abbey fever? We did, hosting our own tea party while we participated in a fun virtual event with World Market. We hosted a lavish spread that had our guests exclaiming how much they enjoyed the tea and asking how soon we could do it again. I prepared two tables, a fancy once for the ladies and a less fancy (but still tasty) table for the “dudes.”
I began by setting the table with a tablecloth that I covered with a fancy lace version I inherited from my husband’s grandmother. I received a collection of Downton Abbey mugs and used them at each place setting, adding a napkin artistically arranged in each one for color. Once the table was arranged, I prepared a scrumptious feast for the guests, including my daughter who has Celiac disease and must eat gluten free. A quick trip to World Market provided me with Sticky Fingers Gluten Free Scone Mix, and a tour of their food section helped me find traditional English cookies; Walker’s Shortbread and Cadbury Assorted Fingers Chocolate Cookie Wreath. I arranged them on white plates and placed the plates on silver chargers. Adding some Seashell candies and cute little gift wrapped chocolates created a festive sideboard before it was raided by the “dudes.”
On the main table, I added our scones along with Lemon Curd, marmalade and clotted cream. We didn’t have time to make clotted cream the traditional way, so we used this simple recipe for “mock clotted cream.”
Recipe for Mock Clotted Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Add the sour cream and powdered sugar and mix by hand just until combined. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
While I served hot tea with sugar or honey, I was afraid some of my guests might not want tea so I added some Peppermint Hot Cocoa to the table. Almost everyone tried both the tea and the cocoa and exclaimed how much they enjoyed both. Because I planned the tea around dinner time, I wanted to add something besides “just sweets.” I prepared chicken salad sandwiches on toasted gluten free bread and placed slices of smoked gouda in the middle of the tray. It added a balance to the amount of sweets I served and helped turn our tea into a light meal. The finishing touch was our Gluten Free Double Chocolate Peanut Butter bread we prepared. No one left the table hungry! When the guests left I provided each of them with a Downton Abbey mug and tote bag to take home. Everyone, even the teenage “dudes” who attended, thought it was a success.
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