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Menu Ideas for Tea Party...Please!

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I don't have as much time as I would like to come up with a menu for a tea party.

The party will be for elementary age girls, and the items need to be completed the day before, if possible. (I once tried assembling and cutting the sandwiches "the day of", and it was miserable.)

Any input would be greatly appreciated!!! TIA :)

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  1. Apart from sandwiches, what about making a few items which can be pre-made the day before? I suggest:
    - butter cookies (perhaps you can use fun cookie cutters to make them look cute for the children)
    - pound cake with raspberry/cranberry sauce
    - cheese and crackers
    - assortment of fruits
    - lemonade perhaps?

    1. It's hard to keep sandwiches from either drying out or getting soggy if they're made ahead. One sort that would keep overnight if wrapped well is quick bread (date/nut, banana, etc.) with cream cheese.

      Scones would be good with a pot of jam. They could be made ahead and re-heated if you like.

      Any nice pound-type cake cut in dainty pieces would be good.

      It's not traditional, but chocolate fondue for dipping marshmallows, pound cake squares and pieces of fruit would be a hit!

      1. Kids seem to like quiche, so you could buy the ready made cocktail party ones, or make them yourself. I've also seen kids go after the veggie platters if there is a nice creamy dip involved.

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          It wouldn't be traditional, but the Magnolia Bakery cupcakes would be a hit. They're extremely easy to make, keep well for a couple of days, and you could tint the frosting cotton-candy pink. (Mini-muffin tins, if you happen to have them, would make these even more adorable, and slightly more tea-esque.)

          Copies of the recipe are everyone online, and in the first Magnolia Bakery cookbook.

          1. You should definitely make scones