Afternoon Tea Party in preparation

Slowly but surely we are getting closer to our Summerholiday! We are so ready for this holiday! We had a few (nasty) surprises this week with Juliette suffering a mild form of pneumonia (oh the joy of a sick child. oh the joy of a broken mother’s heart. oh the joy of many sleepless nights….) and a gas leak that was discovered just in time! I just hope that from now on all is going to be well!! I had a good cry last night about it and now I am kind of fine again. Tired, but fine. I don’t have time to dwell in my misery because it is Joshua’s birthday this Sunday and I am preparing an Afternoon Tea with lots and lots of delicious cakes, snacks and sandwiches. And belieeeeeeeve me, I need all the time and focus I can get because of course I want it all to be perfect!

Time for Tea

I came up with this idea a while back, Pinteresting on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Yes, it is a boy and yes he is turning 3 and yes he likes cars…A LOT, but this time I wanted something different. I wanted the whole family (or both families) to sit together at one long table and enjoy some delicious food, good company and celebrate Joshua turning 3. It is going to be a lot of work but I am sure it will be all worth it! So it is going to be all about flowers, cake, teacups and pompons! Hopefully the weather will be sunny and warm enough to have the Afternoon Tea in our garden. But this is Holland and it is a typical Dutch summer this year with lots and I mean LOTS of rain. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

An Afternoon Tea is a very English tradition (not be confused with High Tea….just found that one out!) which is served between 3 and 5 PM. The ‘menu’ consists of a mix of sweet and savory appetizers. I kind of came up with my own version of a menu and will serve:

  • Palmiers and stems of puff pastry (recipe: Rachel Khoo)
  • Financiers en apéritif (recipe: Rachel Khoo)
  • Old Rag Pie (recipe: Nigella Lawson)
  • Sandwiches with cucumber and herb-spread
  • Rye bread with smoked salmon
  • Green pea and Mint-soup
  • Nutella brownies (recipe: Nigella Lawson)
  • Red velvet Cupcakes (recipe: Nigella Lawson)
  • Strawberries dipped in chocolate
  • Scones with clotted cream and marmalade
  • And of course a wicked Festive Chocolate Cake (recipe: Jamie Oliver)

Of course all of this served with tea, lemonade and wine :-).

Thee Tafel Kopjes

Now some festive Pinterest inspiration! I created a High Tea-board (Yes I know…should be Afternoon Tea..). Go and have a look. So if you are trying to get hold of me….I’ll be in my kitchen!


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