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Saturday, January 29, 2011

An Eighteenth Century Tea Party with Buttery Creme Wafers


Lynzie and I have been busy all week preparing for her Revolutionary War era tea party!  Last night was the big event and it went so well!

Lynzie has been planning this party for the past 6 or 7 months.  Her little sister Selah was super excited to be invited to her first tea party!

One of the fun parts of our preparation was making all the treats!
Here's my Aunt Donna's "family famous" recipe for Creme Wafers.

Creme Wafers

1 c. real butter
1/3 c. heavy whipping cream
2 c. flour

**Mix with a spoon and chill slightly.  Roll dough out, 1/3 at a time, and cut into 1/8 in. thick circles.  The lid from salt shaker or small spice jar works good as a cookie cutter.  You want these 1-1/2 in. around or so.  Dredge both sides in sugar and lay on a cookie sheet.  Prick with a fork to make a design on top if desired and bake 7-9 minutes at 375.  You want to take them out when they're set but not browned.  Cool completely and then fill with frosting to make sandwiches.  I like to use a quartered version of this recipe.  Aunt Donna uses a cream cheese frosting recipe.


Lynzie received several nice gifts from her friends including a porcelain doll, vintage and new books, a tea cup and saucer set, knick-knacks, and crafting supplies.  Here she is opening a Barbie doll from Selah.

 The girls enjoyed lots of period-authentic treats, as well as Raspberry Tea and punch.


 Back in "those days", they would hide a bean in the cake and whomever got the piece with the bean in it was named King or Queen of the party.  We hid a pink jelly bean in this white cake and Gabriella (below, closest to the camera) was named Queen for the day!



After treats, the girls played many, many (MANY) rounds of Hide the Thimble.

Then the little brothers and sisters did some "entertaining"...







It's all fun and games until Daddy sits on the machine gun...
 

The tea treats menu consisted of Queen Cakes, Almond Tarts, Creme Wafers, Spiced Nuts, Raspberry Tea, and Raspberry Punch. (Click on links for similar recipes.  We used the American Girl Felicity Cookbook)





16 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share this afternoon. I loved the tea party and looks as though Lenzie had a wonderful time, received lots of great gifts and hiding the thimble looked like a lot of fun.

    Your treats look so wonderful. I can't wait to give your Aunt Donna's recipe a try. Those look so delish. Everything does. Thank you for sharing.

    Looks like the little ones had a wonderful time as well. Beautiful share sweetie. I so enjoyed myself today.

    Happy Pink Saturday and great tea party. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  2. What fun everyone had. I loved the pictures. I have a son who has accidentally sat or stepped on more than one of the grandchildren's toys....lol...

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  3. This is so sweet- I love the tea party idea!!! Those cookies look so good- I wish they could be transported through my monitor!!! :)

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  4. Wow Sarah - your kids have gotten so big! What a fun party!

    Hugs,

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  5. thanks for leaving a comment on my snow ice cream ~ i appreciate it!
    you have a beautiful family!

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  6. Thanks for dropping by! Following you! Luv the blog design! Cute!

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  7. Beautiful girls and who doesn't love a tea party...sounds like it was educational, too (about the Revolutionary War). High fives for home schooling as it takes such dedication and love (I would have never had the patience).
    Mary Ann

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  8. Awww - how fun! Everything looked beautiful, especially the girls. :)

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  9. Sarah, this was a great idea, everyone looked like they had so much fun. The treats looked delicious, I am also going to give the recipe a try

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  10. Sarah, what adorable children and a precious idea for a party. Looks like they had great fun! I enjoyed seeing this so much. I need to try this with my little goddaughter. I like your idea of doing things to the period. Thank you for sharing your Aunt Donna's recipe with us. Those treats look delicious!

    Happy Pink Saturday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  11. Hi Sarah!
    What a beautiful and fun party! VERY creative. The treats look so delicious & pretty. It looks like lots of fun was had by all. My girls love the American Girls and we've done a lot of cooking from the Felicity book too. The recipes have been great!:) Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics and special times. Happy birthday to Lynzie!

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  12. What a great tea party! Looks like the girls (and boys too) had so much fun. My daughter had a tea party for her last birthday (almost a year ago) and it was a big hit too!

    Found you through Pink Saturday and love your blog so much that I had to mention you on mine - you're welcome to come see! :)

    http://junecleaverwouldbeshocked.blogspot.com/2011/02/saturday-memes-25.html

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  13. So glad I found this! I've been looking for the recipe for these cookies for a while :) Love this idea for a party too!

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  14. I am sure aunt Donna would be proud that you featured her special recipe!

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