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Tea Party Ideas... Suggestions needed.

My niece is turning seven and her mother is doing an alice in wonderland themed party. There are are going to be a LOT of adults there so it has to be kid and adult friendly. I have been asked to help cook. I am excited about tea sandwiches, and she will do the desserts so i am not worried about those. There are tons of ideas on the internet for tea sandwiches but i realistically cant try them all out before. So looking for recommendations. I am finally going to get to make a smorbord. I do have lots of ideas for the kids, but im interested in feeding the adults. Any special things you can guide me towards other than finger sandwiches, small desserts and scones?

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  1. My daughter had a tea party for her 7th birthday a few months ago. The menu was:

    Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches
    PB&J sandwiches (after making sure no one was allergic)
    Chicken salad sandwiches
    Mini banana chocolate chip muffins
    Madelines
    Mini vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting (in lieu of a bday cake)
    Mini fruit skewers (grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe and honeydew, using 4" skewers)
    Iced tea and apple juice to drink

    I made everything except for the Madelines which I bought at Costco. I made the muffins the day before, and cut the fruit and made the chicken salad the morning of. I kept the chicken salad simple - poached chicken breast, salt, pepper and mayo, because many kids that age don't like nuts, grapes, etc in their chicken salad! I assembled the sandwiches and skewers with my sis in law's help about 90 minutes before the party and wrapped the platters with saran wrap so they would be fresh.

    1. Did you want foods that are theme related? If not, finger foods other than tea sandwiches...

      prosciutto wrapped grissini:

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

      Or a low brow version:

      http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

      gougeres (can be filled but a great plain). I really like this recipe:

      http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/al...

      smoked salmon mousse--can be put on cucumber, endive, crackers, mixed w/ deviled eggs. This is super easy because it can be made a day in advance, put in a zip lock bag. Just cut the tip off to top.

      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ro...

      1. Devilled Eggs - plain fillings or w/ chopped shrimp or ham

        Egg salad sandwiches

        Caprese salad on a stick (mozzarella, basil, cherry tomato, balsamic vinegar), skewered.

        Tortilla or flatbread rollups, cut into spirals. Make the day before (cream cheese, thin sliced meat, roll up), and wrap each one in plastic wrap to keep them tightly rolled. Slice and lay spirals flat to serve.

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        1. re: MidwesternerTT

          I'd go with this---simple and satisfying--all day.

        2. Someone at work always brings a tea sandwich and the filling is cream cheese and chopped maraschino cherries. It is delicious and might be a good choice for the kids and the adults.

          1. Yay! I knew you would all inspire me!

            1. Mini savory tarts- frozen section will have either phylo or puff pastry small tarts shells. I baked them off, then once cooled made a few different kinds- one batch with an herb filled salad drizzle with dressing at last minute and sprinkle of sliced almonds, another batch i added a bruchetta mix, another with a gob of triple creme (or whatever soft cheese), two fresh fig quarters and drizzle of basalmic.
              Small clear glasses of a cold soup- gazpacho, with cilantro garnish
              Also using taller clear glasses put a hummus or herbed sour cream dip and cut cucumber, carrots, celery the same length

              1. Have a look at this thread:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/835249

                Lots of great ideas, and an enjoyable read. Your party sounds like a lot of fun! Hope you don't end up being the one who falls asleep in her tea after all your work.

                1. Date nut bread with cream cheese - I hear that Trader Joe's Hobo Bread is similar to Thomas brand, which is no longer made. It's a dark brown, sweet, moist loaf cake.

                  Deviled eggs always get gobbled up.

                  Benedictine is a cream cheese spread native to Kentucky.
                  It's shredded cucumber (I did not peel or de-seed) mixed into cream cheese, along with onion and seasonings. I included carrot and red bell pepper, and TJ's 21 Seasoning Salute as the seasoning. I used less cream cheese and more veg. This is a delicious spread for crackers, celery, or sandwiches. Thinned with sour cream or yogurt, it is a dip.

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                  1. re: greygarious

                    I think the Benedictine cream cheese sounds delicious. Anytime you put deviled eggs on a table they do get gobbled up.

                  2. Scotch eggs, sliced in half so you see all of the layers
                    Phyllo wrapped asparagus