Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tea party details

For today's tea party wrap-up, let's begin with a few words about ... cupcake wrappers! I learned of these through the Paper Orchid stationery website but they were offered only in large quantities at the time. I fell in love with the teapot wrappers and eventually found some on eBay for about $12 a dozen, and I'm happy to see Paper Orchid now sells them in smaller quantities as well. They also have cake wrappers that work in a similar fashion, and I just *love* these elegant paper accessories. (I do wish I'd made my cupcakes taller, because I misjudged the height I needed, but the effect was still pretty good for a first-timer!)

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes: There are a variety of recipes online, but I didn't find one that was just what I wanted. Instead, I used a basic vanilla cupcake recipe (for 12 cupcakes) and added a single, small packet of Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid powder mix to the batter. I purchased white frosting in a plastic can and likewise added a single packet of the Kool-Aid to it as well. Pretty and pink and easy!

Homemade Sugar Cubes: Sandra and Beth have had these before, but I didn't realize they were new to my friend Liz. Couldn't be easier to make: Take a cup of sugar. Add one drop of food coloring and about a tablespoon of water, just enough to give the consistency of wet sand. Mix. Pack into those plastic candy molds from Michaels (they're about a dollar or so), and immediately turn out onto waxed paper or a plate to dry overnight. Took me about 20 minutes, start to finish, to make a few dozen of these in yellow and pink. I actually ended up with two sugar bowls on the table (including this vintage vase I used as a sugar bowl) because I made so many of the sugars.

Shrimp Salad: Again, I couldn't find the perfect recipe that used lemon, which I wanted to feature, so I improvised and really liked the result. I made these with the butterfly garnishes using the Pepperidge Farm butter crackers I once wrote about here. Here's the recipe:

Lemon-Pecan Shrimp Salad

1 (14-ounce) bag frozen, pre-cooked shrimp (thaw and remove tails before using, or use equivalent amount of cooked fresh shrimp)
1/2 cup pecans
2 ribs celery
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon each of white pepper, salt and garlic salt, or to taste
2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise (just enough to hold mixture together)

In bowl of food processor, add shrimp, pecans and celery. Pulse a few times until pieces are small enough for salad consistency. Pour into mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients and combine. Season to taste. Yields approximately 2 cups of mixture.


  1. I like the look of the shorter cupcake showing the teapot cut out
    design border of the cupcake liner.

  2. I have never seen the cupcake wrappers before. I am so enjoying reading the details of your tea party!

  3. Oh, Angela! This SO beautiful and so amazing!

  4. The sugar roses are soo pretty!! And I have been admiring these cupcake wrappers at various weddings over the past year or two. they are so delicate and lacy looking. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

  5. Love this!!!! I'm so glad you posted about the sugar. I've done this before YEARS ago & had forgotten all about them & those cupcake holders. I've seen them in magazines, but have not seen them in stores- where did you find them if you don't mind sharing?

  6. Simply beautiful, Angela! You have, once again, out-done yourself! Loved the photos and the recipes, thanks for sharing,

  7. Thanks for the salad recipe. I also didn't know sugar cubes were so easy to make; however, I rarely put sugar on the table. Most of the people I serve tea do not use sugar. Loved your cupcake idea too!

  8. I love the idea for making your own sugars! I found a source when I was writing Tea with a Twist called Fancy Flours. They are really nice to work with and have a ton of baking things including cupcake wrappers. I am not sure if they have teapot ones though. Love your Blog and thanks for sharing!

  9. Thanks for sharing the details and recipes with us. It's almost as good as being there with you. Wish we could have tea one day.

  10. Angela, your tea party was lovely. The food looks delicious and so pretty too with the butterfly garnishes, cupcake wrappers, rose sugar, etc. Outstanding!


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