Welcome to the Spring Edition of the Tea Party Guide Gazette!

April 1, 2009 Issue #002

The Tea Party Guide Gazette newsletter brings you the latest additions to our website, ideas for the season or holiday close at hand, a recipe for a seasonal tea party, and announces the winner of our drawing for a lovely book that centers around tea parties.

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Our First Year Anniversary!

We are celebrating our first year of being online today, (yes, April Fools Day, but this is no joke) and we would like to take this time to thank each of you for your support over the last 12 months.

When I started Tea Party Guide, I had my doubts if I could do it or not, but low and behold, one year later I have a thriving website!

Week by week and month by month my site has grown through persistence and hard work, and from wonderful visitors like yourself who have encouraged me and sent me thoughtful notes and questions through my Contact Me page.

The thanks I have received from you my readers means so much to me, and has kept me going over the rough times when I felt I couldn't make this a success. Your encouragement is why we are celebrating our anniversary, so our heartfelt thanks go out to each of you.

Ideas for Hostessing a Spring Tea Party

Mother/Daughter Tea ~ Perfect for any time you want to show appreciation for your Mother or for your Daughter, but most especially on Mother's Day. Young or old, all Mothers love to be honored with a special tea just for them. Turn the tables a bit, and your Daughter will feel the same sense of honor and gratitude if you hostess one in her honor.

Easter Tea ~ having a tray of tea sandwiches and cakes and a nice hot pot of tea handy will satisfy any hungry ones while waiting for the wonderful Easter Dinner feast. You will also be prepared to offer unexpected guests a satisfying snack.

Spring Garden Party ~ What better time of the year to have a garden party than in the Spring? Minimal bugs, pleasant weather, lush green lawns, and gorgeous flowers make for the ideal setting of the perfect outdoor tea.

Maypole Tea Party ~ Always enjoyed by the young folks! Combine this with a Mother/Daughter tea or a Birthday tea party and you have the makings of a very enjoyable and memorable tea.

Lavender-Lemon Tea Cake

A perfect tea cake for your Spring Garden party. This Lavender-lemon tea cake is perfect served with lemon curd. Visit us at Tea Party Guide to find more recipes to round out your tea party menu.

Lavender-Lemon Tea Cake

  • 3 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. almonds
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons (1/3 to 1/2 cup juice)
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 eggs, temperature
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 2 tbs fresh lavender flowers, or 1 tbs dried
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 loaf pans with floured baking spray. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl, and set aside.

    In a food processor, grind the almonds with 2 tablespoons of the sugar, or chop very finely, set aside.

    Combine the remaining sugar and the lemon zest in a mixing bowl. Press the sugar into the zest with your hands, rubbing it around. Add the butter. Mix with an electric mixer at medium-high speed, beat for about 3 minutes, or until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 30 seconds after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in the lemon juice.

    Add half of the flour and beat on low speed. Add all of the buttermilk, and then the remaining flour, beating on low speed after each addition just until the ingredients are blended. Finally, add the ground almonds and lavender flowers, again mixing just until combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the tops.

    Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool in the pans on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto the rack to cool.

    This tea cake can be made ahead of time ~ the cakes will keep for 2 to 3 days at room temperature and for up to 3 months in the freezer.

    And Our Winner Is...

    Our congratulations go out to Barb, who won our drawing for the book 'You're Just My Cup of Tea' by: Camille Ellerbrook

    We hope you enjoy your new book!

    Note We haven't heard back from you Barb, so please check your junk mail. If there isn't an email from Tea Party Guide, please let me know on my Contact page.

    Come and See What Is New On the Site

    We have a few new pages we would like to invite you to come and peruse at your leisure.

    Recently added pages include a new tea section that explains 'how to brew tea' and additional pages explaining different types of tea, also in our girls tea party section, we have added a Maypole page. What Fun!

    Some great, new information and ideas!

    How to Brew Tea
    How to Brew Black Tea
    How to Brew Green Tea
    How to Brew Oolong Tea
    How to Brew White Tea
    Garden Maypole Tea Party

    Thank you for inviting us to share in your plans for your tea parties. Whether they are large all-friends-included tea parties, or solitary comfy teas, we are glad to help and be a part of your plans.

    Sheila, Your Tea Party Guide

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