Rose Tea Party or Luncheon Ideas

Sometimes it’s fun to do something special such as doing a theme for a tea or luncheon. You can carry  out the theme in various ways through food and decorations. These rose tea party or luncheon ideas are ones that my sister and I did for a tea. Some are original and some we found through various sources.

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The table and place settings of course, reflected the theme. As soon as you entered the room, you knew what to expect. We found some fabric that had teapots and roses on it. It was perfect for making a table runner. Teapots, roses, rose plates and pretty pink napkins carried out the theme. Even rose teacups hung from a chandelier adding to the festive affair.

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We started about a week early and wrote down all the ideas we found and then came up with some of our own. We tried a few of them and then decided on which ones we wanted to use for the tea.

Here is what we used for each course……

Tea, of course! At a local tea store, they usually carry varieties of tea made from dried roses. Check out your local store. Select two varieties and switch teas half way through.

At a tea, scones are traditionally the first course. There are many great scone recipes, but what we did with our favorite recipe was to add dried rose petals. We added a few to the batter and then sprinkled a few on top of each scone. Be sure you order these online and use organic ones; not from your garden. You don’t want insecticides on your rose petals!

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The second course is savory sandwiches.

 

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This was an idea that I came up with for the savory course. I bought oven roasted turkey and had it sliced a bit thicker than the usual super thin slices. I wanted the brown roasted edge to show. Laying each piece on a cutting board, cut in half and roll up to look like a rose. Place a toothpick in it to hold. Slice off the end so it sits on a cucumber slice garnished with a small spinach leaf. If you like, place a dollop of cream cheese to hold the “rose” to the cucumber. The toothpick also holds the turkey to the cucumber slice. Be sure to warn guests that there is a toothpick in it. This is a nice low-cal choice. In the center of the plate, garnish with a tomato rose made from the outside peeling of the tomato.

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Not everything needs to look like a rose, but these roll-up tortilla sandwiches look great when they circle around the rose-cut watermelon pieces (use a rose cookie cutter).

 

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Open-faced egg salad sandwiches is another idea we used. While they don’t look like roses, again we used the rose cookie cutter and created a center accent of roses made from red and green peppers.

Cut squares from a dark pumpernickel bread. Freeze the bread squares for quick preparation. Take out of freezer and spread with a light coating of butter. Add a spinach leaf. Then, using a small cookie scoop, place a scoop of egg salad on top and garnish with a slice of olive. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

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We found Rose Petal Jam online and used it with strawberries.  First, cut off crusts from white bread. Freeze. When ready to prepare, slice strawberries, spread bread with Rose Petal Jam on one side. On the other side spread with a little butter or cream cheese and cover with sliced strawberries. Place both sides together and cut into triangles.  In the center, make a strawberry rose for a garnish.

 

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A small sweet item for this course was a failure that we revived…   We tried making small roses out of refrigerated cinnamon roles. They didn’t look like roses!  We salvaged them by using part of the frosting on top and then used a little bit of green food coloring to the remaining frosting and placed a dried rose on top!

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Third, and final course, is the dessert. I found the rose dessert on Pinterest and decided I should try it out before the tea. It was fine, but I felt it needed more flavor. I changed the recipe a bit. Check out my version!

Puff Pastry Apple Roses

Ingredients

  • 2 Delicious apples (or any bright red pie apple) for 6 roses.
  • 1 sheet of Puff Pastry (thawed)
  • 3 oz. cream cheese (softened and lightly sweetened)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • Powdered Sugar - optional

Instructions

  1. Thaw puff pastry and roll out almost double in length.
  2. Cut pastry into 6 - about 2 - 2 1/2 inch strips.
  3. With cream cheese at room temp. Add 1-2 tsp of sugar in a small bowl.
  4. Mix 1/4 cup sugar with the 2 tsp. cinnamon in a small bowl
  5. Cut apples in half and core. DO NOT PEEL
  6. Slice apples quite thin (as shown in the picture) and place in water with lemon juice.
  7. Microwave apples in the lemon water for 3-4 minutes until just pliable.
  8. Take each section of Puff Pastry and coat with a layer of cream cheese.
  9. Arrange apples across the top half making sure they overlap well.
  10. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the bottom part of the apples.
  11. Fold pastry over and start to roll from one end to another.
  12. Place in greased and floured muffin tin.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
  14. Sprinkle with Powered Sugar, if desired, just before serving
  15. Serve with ice cream - optional
  16. Serve warm.
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Puff Pastry Apple Roses….. so beautiful and they look like a rose!  Be sure to serve warm! Maybe serve with a small scoop of ice cream on the side!

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Another idea for your tea or luncheon is adding small rose mints made from candy melts. These can be done way ahead of time, too. All you need is the candy melts and a mold. You can find rose molds at Michaels.

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We found these small petit fours and bought them. Not everything has to be homemade!

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At the end, each guest was given this special Rose poem! The author was simply listed as Elizabeth. It was originally published in Poems on Life.

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Another idea is a rose napkin….   Check the link for an easy demonstration!

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Hope you enjoyed these ideas. It’s easier when there a two to do it. Find a friend to work with, divide up ideas, and give a memorable Rose Tea or luncheon.

Phyllis

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Cowboy Baby Shower

Looking for ideas for a boy baby shower? This Cowboy Baby Shower is perfect for a little buckaroo! Decorations, food and game ideas are all included in this cute shower theme.  Have your guests wear something denim for this party. Decorate with burlap, denim, plaids, bandannas, and you’ve got a memorable shower for a little cowboy!  

This shower was given by my friend, Vicki.  I’m sharing her cute ideas along with adding some game ideas for this theme, too!

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Don’t limit this just to a little boy, but change the colors to denim and pink and this would work just as well for a little cowgirl!

Vicki found the  denim pennants on a clearance rack and add the red-checked letters of the newborn boy! How quick and easy to do making a nice keep-sake for the new baby’s room.

 

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Denim, burlap, bandannas and “cowboy” named snacks carry out the theme…..

Pitch Forks- Forks, Cowboy Caviar-Bean Salsa, Chicken Feed – Deviled Eggs, Cow Chips- Chips for the Salsa, Vittles- Cheese and Caramel Popcorn,

 

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Cow Pies – Cheesecake, Fruit Round-up – Assorted Fruits, and, of course, Cowboy cookies!

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Hay Bales – Rice Krispy Bars, and the drinks are named: Morning Dew – Juice, and Cactus Juice – Punch

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Cute paper plates and napkins add to the cowboy atmosphere. Also, use stuffed horses or a rocking horse for more cowboy decorations.

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Looking for a cute gift idea to make along the Cowboy theme? These onesies with cowboy themed iron-on symbols are perfect for the theme.

 

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Now, if you’re ambitious, sew a cowboy quilt for the little buckaroo. Nice job, Vicki!

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Now for some game ideas….

Cowboys round-up “little doggies”  so a match game of baby animal names would fit.  Here’s a site with all the names of baby animals  to use for your match game.   www.zooborns   A smaller list is available for printing at www.baby-shower.com

Other cowboy related games are found on www.grandparentsplus.com/western-game-ideas.  These are ideas I used with my grandchildren for our camp, but the Snake in the Boot game would work for a shower game, too. Substitute the snake with a baby item! If you don’t have a cowboy boot, use a cowboy hat and stand at a distance to throw the pacifier or other baby item in it. Give 3 tries and see who has the best score!

If you would like to create your own game of interesting cowboy terms, go to www.lemen.com

For prizes, give bags of Trail Mix! 

For more cowboy food ideas, go to grandparentsplus.com/western-food-ideas

Here are ideas for Cowboy Cupcakes…..

Horse Cupcakes  – Complete instructions are on www.luckypony.com

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Cowboy Hat Cupcakes by  ricarocuisine

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Hope this gives you many fun ideas for a cowboy baby shower. Lots of these ideas would translate for a kid’s birthday party or even an adult western party.

Have fun!

Phyllis

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Winter Sunset

Most of the beautiful sunsets occur during the summer with the gorgeous colors mirrored across the lake. However, this winter sunset was awesome with the patterns on the ice. I had to take a picture and show that winter can be beautiful, too. 

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This is the view out our great-room window! We never tire of the beauty of God’s world around us!

This is not my usual post, but thought I’d share.

Thanks for viewing and Happy New Year!

Phyllis

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Amazing Sunsets

Amazing Sunsets

We are fortunate to live on a small lake facing west. During the summer, we see some Amazing Sunsets! Each one is completely different. Even though it is take from our same yard, the colors, clouds, and water change to paint a different picture every time. (By the way, these are not color enhanced!)

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 Some pictures are from my deck and some are from the beach area. I just love to see a beautiful sunset! Only God, our Creator,  can paint a picture so different and beautiful every time! On the picture above, the tall, stately, White Pines silhouette this amazing sunset! This was so short-lived.  Five minutes later, it was gone.

 

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For the one above, I zoomed and focused across the lake. Those storm clouds turned into objects of beauty with the sun’s power.

 

Here’s another of pinks and blues….

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Quite different with grays and orange!

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The next one shows clouds that seem laced in pink!

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We’re not the only place that enjoys beautiful sunsets. I took this picture during our visit to the Puget Sound in Washington. There’s a sliver of the moon showing across the water.

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Back at home again…..

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The sunset this night didn’t start too spectacular, but…….

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the clouds moved and displayed the sun’s rays!

 

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These next 3 shots I sent to a local news station and they made the news that night.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen the sun’s rays like they were this night. The clouds suddenly had a silver lining!

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And finally fading away…..

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The next two pictures were taken about 10 minutes apart.  At first, it looked like this…..

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Later it changed to look like this…..

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Another evening, it looked like this….

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It seems that when there are  clouds in the sky at sunset, the sun does magic with them! Sort of like our lives…sometimes there are “grey clouds”, but God can do “magic” at making our lives beautiful again through Jesus Christ, our Lord! It reminds me of the song, “Something Beautiful”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIfdDLXuuUg

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I was just finishing this post and looked out the window at this Amazing Sunset! I had to include it!

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Hope you enjoyed a look at some of the Amazing Sunsets of God’s world viewed from where we live. 

Phyllis 

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