Well, my treats for the garden club meeting the other night turned out just as cute as I hoped they would, and it occurred to me this general idea might be of interest to anyone planning a garden tea in the future. I found the idea on the Family Fun website here.
After unwrapping the Nabisco Bisco sugar wafers, I easily assembled them into "raised beds" using Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Frosting. Easy as pie. (Or, cookie, I guess.)
The carrots are made from the orange Mike and Ike candies. I personally do not much care for any candy that doesn't have the good sense to contain chocolate, but thanks to a young niece and nephew, I at least know what Mike and Ike's are.
The large size box, I found, gives you just enough carrot-colored candies to make 36 carrots, enough for 12 "carrot patches." With some "leaves" made from green gummy candy and the frosting and crushed chocolate wafer cookies serving as "dirt," these were very easy to assemble, if a little time-consuming.
Now here's where I confess to some challenges. Look closely at this photo, and you'll see that the layers of the Bisco sugar wafer have separated. Turns out, the addition of the frosting eventually makes them go soft. In fact, my cookies were a hit looks-wise, but I tasted one two hours later at the meeting and the sugar wafers had definitely lost their crunch. (And yes, the cookies were quite fresh to begin with, because I tasted one of the plain sugar wafers when I got home just to satisfy my curiosity on that point.)
Still, I think this is too cute an idea not to use again, but I would recommend a) have another pair of hands available so you can assemble these very quickly and b) eat them within 30 minutes of construction!