Here Comes the Bride Tea

Our Tea Table.

Christy Kilgore
Duluth, Minnesota

When I sent the invitations for our "Here Comes the Bride" Tea, I requested if possible, that the ladies come dressed in an old bridesmaid dress or Mother-of-the Bride dress. It created a lot of laughs as each guest arrived and modeled her outfit. I also asked that they bring a gift for the bride-to-be - an old family recipe with a new accessory for the kitchen that could be used in making that recipe.

To create a wonderful tea table, I sewed simple chair covers in the colors of the wedding and attached pew bows to the backs of the chairs. I used a white lace tablecloth and gold placemats at each place setting. At the center top of each place setting I placed a gift bag which included supplies for a tea party to go. There was a wooden teapot placed at the left-hand corner of the placemat. I painted and personalized each teapot and filled them with little scrolls with inspirational blessings inside. The guests were told to pour themselves a cup of blessings whenever times got a little tough and they needed to know that they were not alone. Once they used their blessing they were to pass it on to someone else as an act of kindness.

As an activity, I laminated pictures of various teacups. I then cut these pictures out and attached 24" of ribbon to each handle. The cups were placed under my dessert which was my centerpiece. The ribbons led to each place setting. One at a time the women pulled their teacup and read a question pertaining to marriage. They then shared a funny or touching incident that happened in their lives that related to their question or statement. The teacups had a magnet on the back so they could be enjoyed and used everyday.

We all had a wonderful time and the party continued on into the early evening. The Bride went home with great family recipes which we compiled into a cookbook and several new kitchen utensils. Just to make sure that we completed the Something Old (family recipe), Something New (gifts of kitchen utensils), Something Borrowed (our Blessings), and Something Blue; I served Minnesota Tea Bread which was full of wonderful blueberries.

Minnesota Tea Brea
1 tsp. active dry yeast (1/2 pkg.)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tblsp. milk
3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
3/4 cup blueberries
2 cups flour
1 tblsp. Sugar
1 tblsp. Melted butter
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg beaten

To set the sponge, whisk together yeast, salt and water in mixing bowl for several minutes until the yeast is completed dissolved. Stir in 3/4 cup flour and mix until smooth. Cover with a towel and let stand in a warm place for 2 hours. Stir in the melted butter, remaining flour, beaten egg, sugar and milk. Mix thoroughly to form a stiff batter. Let dough rest 1/2 hour.

Fold in blueberries and pour dough into a greased 9" pie plate. Let rise for 2 hours. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Mix 1 tblsp. Sugar with 1/8 tsp. cinnamon and sprinkle over teacake. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Serve with Devonshire Cream.

BLESSINGS

~ The best antiques to collect are Old Friends.
~ Friendships are the flowers that blossom in the heart.
~ Everything is twice as nice when shared.
~ Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day of the year.
~ We can't change fate, be we can change our view.
~ Everything is possible.
~ Family is what makes a Heart feel at Home.
~ One word frees us of all the pain of life. That word is LOVE.
~ GOD gave us memories that we might have roses in the December of our lives.
~ Love isn't Love until you give it away.
~ LORD, help me to walk with a calm and gentle spirit and not to go with the mood of the moment.
~ One of the greatest legacies you can leave is your family.
~ This too shall pass.


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