My mom, sister, aunts, and cousins loved the idea and when I presented the idea to Grandma at Easter she agreed. She doesn't really care to be the center of attention so we kept the guest list short to just immediate family. I put together a menu with ideas for sandwiches and desserts so that everyone could pick one or two things to make and bring. This was a great way to keep the work down for one person and everyone could go all out on the dish they were making. Best of all there would be no kitchen full of dishes at Grandma's house save the place settings.
I thought about foods that could have pearls in them and came up with caviar garnishing a sandwich, pearl colored dragees on a cookie, and jasmine tea pearls. Then I filled in with the usual suspects for a tea party. Here is the full menu:
- Jasmine pearl tea and Lady Grey tea
- Pink Lemonade
- Pink champagne, mimosas, and bellinis
- Smoked salmon sandwiches on pumpernickel bread with caviar pearl garnish. (I used this recipe for the herb butter.)
- Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches
- Curried chicken salad sandwiches
- Roast beef and cheddar pinwheels
- Ham with pineapple cream cheese
- Mini bundt cakes
- Lavender sugar cookies with pearl dragees
- Chocolate mousse with raspberries and cream
- Lemon tartlets (My mom called these Aphrodites because she thought they ended up looking like nipples)
- Deviled eggs
- Fruit salad
Grandma has Noritake china with a simple silver design so it will go with just about everything. Unfortunatley she doesn't have the tea service to match her china. My mom and I realized one afternoon that a green and pink tea set in her vast collection would tie in perfectly with our color scheme.
This party was so fun to put together and was made very easy the day of since everything was delegated out amongst us.